Best in Test: Support Shoes

Our team of testers give their verdicts on the latest stability shoes

PRODUCT

BROOKS ADRENALINE GTS 18

MARKS OUT OF 10

COMFORT: 8 / PERFORMANCE: 9 / STABILITY: 9

Brooks’ flagship stability model is back, lighter and better than before. In the midsole, Brooks’ Progressive Diagonal Rollbar and BioMoGo EVA foam provide super-sturdy stability, but elsewhere the GTS 18 offers far more than simple support: the overhauled mesh upper, in particular, is incredibly comfortable.

A suberb stability shoe that pulls no punches when it comes to performance.

£120, brooksrunning.com/en_gb


PRODUCT

361 SENSATION 3

MARKS OUT OF 10

COMFORT: 9 / PERFORMANCE: 7 / STABILITY: 8

361 Sensation 3

The 361 Sensation 3 is a perfect shoe for those wanting to race a marathon in a lighter but still well cushioned and supportive shoe. Stability features include arch support in the midsole and a carbon fibre plate in the midsole to prevent too much pronation, which is welcomed for when fatigue sets in on longer runs.

Despite being lighter than other shoes in this category, the Sensation 3 still provide a snug and secure fit with a nice, breathable upper.

$129.95, 361usa.com


PRODUCT

HOKA ONE ONE CHALLENGER ATR 4

MARKS OUT OF 10

COMFORT: 8 / PERFORMANCE: 9 / STABILITY: 8

Hoka One One Challenger ATR 4

Hoka One One’s Challenger ATR line is much-loved in trail circles, and the latest iteration, the ATR 4, continues the trend of lightweight, yet plentiful cushioning and an ultra-smooth ride (thanks to the shoe’s meta-rocker technology). The toe box is wonderfully wide—perfect for long days on the trail when your feet begin to swell—and the mesh upper surprisingly durable.

£110, hokaoneone.eu


PRODUCT

SALOMON SONIC RA MAX

MARKS OUT OF 10

COMFORT: 7 / PERFORMANCE: 8 / STABILITY: 8

salomon sonic ra max

The RA Max is remarkably light for a stability trainer, weighing in at just over 230g. Built on a new road-specific last, the RA Max features Salomon’s new Geometric Decoupling technology which, in this shoe, provides a wide, stable forefoot platform. The shoe also features heel collar padding, which delivers cushioning where you need it. A lightweight shoe that delivers a stable ride.

£120, salomon.com/uk


PRODUCT

MIZUNO WAVE SKY

MARKS OUT OF 10

COMFORT: 8 / PERFORMANCE: 7 / STABILITY: 8

mizuno wave sky

New to Mizuno’s cushioned range, the Wave Sky maintains the brand’s trademark firmness while offering a plush and comfortable ride. Plenty of padding, combined with solid support and a hard-wearing outsole, means it isn’t the lightest shoe on the market, but it does deliver on that intended long-run comfort—and does a fine job of ensuring a stable ride.

£150, mizuno.com/uk


PRODUCT

SAUCONY LIBERTY ISO

MARKS OUT OF 10

COMFORT: 8 / PERFORMANCE: 9 / STABILITY: 8

saucony liberty iso

The Liberty Iso is that rarest of things: a high-performance stability trainer with the feel of a lightweight racer and the support of something far more substantial. Nowhere near as stiff as most motion control shoes, the touch of medial support does, nonetheless, fit its intended purpose, without taking away from the impressively lightweight (275g) build and foot-hugging comfort.

£150, saucony.com/uk

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