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7 trainers that will help you up your fitness game

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 9/10/2018 Katie Strick

September brings a change in pace for your fitness regime: there’s nothing like a change of season and cooler climes to get you back into action. Which means new gear and, more specifically, new kicks.

From super-lightweight sneakers to get you through that HIIT class to rugged off-roaders for trail running in Richmond Park, take your pick of the season’s hottest kicks.

1. For speed machines

Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo

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Nike’s Zoom Pegasus Turbo has a special feather-light upper that’s built for speed and featuring the same high-tech Nike ZoomX foam cushioning used in Nike’s record-breaking marathon shoe, the Vaporfly 4 per cent. Olympic gold medal marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge says the light foam “it absorbs all the impact from the ground”.

£159.95, nike.com

2. For going top of the class

New Balance x Sweaty Betty ​Exclusive Trainers

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Branded apparel is studio style 101: to complete the look, match your Zero Gravity leggings and Homestraight run crop top to your footwear. Sweaty Betty has collaborated with New Balance on a limited-edition trainer in an exclusive print for your HIIT workout. It comes in slate with a camo design and has a cushioned foam to absorb all the impact from those burpees.

£95, sweatybetty.com

3. For eco exercisers

Adidas Ultraboost Parley

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Adidas’s new Parley range is designed for long-distance running and features Parley Ocean Plastic, a yarn made from recycled waste that is intercepted from shorelines before it reaches the ocean. The heel of the right shoe features a chip enabling you to learn how to live greener: scan it with your mobile phone and you can follow the story of your shoe from plastic bottle to final product

£149.95, adidas.co.uk

4. For pavement pounders

Asics RoadHawk

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One for the urban runner. Asics’ RoadHawk FF is designed for training on the streets: it’s super-lightweight — the midsole is made from a

groundbreaking high-tech foam called FlyteFoam that’s 55 per cent lighter than the industry standard and features organic fibres for extra cushioning. The mesh upper is breathable and a special OrthoLite insole ensures feet don’t get sweaty.

£105, asics.com

5. For trailfinders

Saucony Xodus ISO 3

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The Xodus ISO 3 is tougher than it looks: it’s made with a rubber outsole, which provides three times better traction than standard rubber for added grip. A moulded toe shell provides extra durability, while the midsole is made from an award-winning Everun cushioning system to keep you bouncing across the Heath.

£140, saucony.co.uk

6. For going barefoot

Merrel Vapor Glove 3

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Merrel’s new Vapor Glove fits like a sock but features TrailProtect pads underfoot to protect you from rough paths. They’ll fit easily in your backpack if you’re running to work.

£90, merrel.com

7. For apres gym

Stella McCartney Stan Smith

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Stella McCartney has created the world’s first vegan-friendly Stan Smith in association with adidas. The shoes are made with vegan leather and look just like the usual shoe, with added details like a tongue featuring Stan Smith, and another with McCartney’s portrait.

£235, stellamccartney.com

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