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Winter run training shoes: 10 of the best reviewed

Need some new run shoes to see you through winter training and the increased mileage? Jack Sexty tests 10 of the best


On Running Cloudswift


On’s trademark ‘Clouds’ have become hugely popular, and their latest cushioned offering should see that popularity continue. They’re designed with urban runners in mind, so you get a reinforced yet stretchy upper that moves with your foot, making them comfy with or without socks. A criticism would be the risk of stones getting stuck between the sizeable lugs, although they dislodge themselves after a few strides. Overall the Cloudswifts have the comfiest upper on test, and the extra cushion compared to other On shoes makes them a great option for Ironman racing as well as urban running.

Verdict: An ideal blend of flexibility and comfort 92%

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Newton Kismet 5


Newton tout the Kismet 5 as a lightweight stability shoe, with cushioning from the midfoot through to the heel and a 4.5mm drop to keep your foot in a neutral position. At 324g it’s not super light, but Newton have updated the upper to make it more breathable and supportive. The patented P.O.P.2 lugs are five raised strips of rubber located towards the front of the outsole, which provide a springy sensation during toe-off. Newton say it’s more responsive than foam-core run shoes, and we kept a high cadence during fast efforts in these compared to other stability running shoes.

Verdict:  springy and cushioned for neutral runners 82%

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Hoka One One Clifton 6


Despite their ‘maximal’ appearance, the 285g Clifton 6s offer a deceptively-responsive ride. Hoka did away with printed overlays from the Clifton 5’s upper and stuck with embroidery, which we found soft and breathable without causing midfoot blistering or discomfort. Although the high stack takes a little getting used to, the cushioning felt just right on our test runs. Hoka’s heel-to-toe ‘Meta Rocker’ tech combines with soft EVA foam to provide a cushioned but responsive ride, without deforming or feeling squishy towards the end of long runs. A heel loop is the finishing touch of a great tri shoe. 

Verdict: Surprisingly light and fast shoe considering its size 84%

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New Balance Fresh Foam 1080V9


At 322g the latest Fresh Foam 1080 is lighter than the previous edition, with an 8mm drop and a full-length Fresh Foam midsole. Those with wide feet will be happy that they come in four different widths, including an X-Wide version. The cushioning is balanced and offers plenty of energy return during faster efforts. But we did suffer some discomfort around the heel due to the rather rough material on the upper, and there’s no real padding so we wouldn’t want to be putting these on without socks. We also felt some discomfort due to the overlapping materials on the midfoot. 

Verdict: Nice, stable cushioning, but the heel counter dug in 77%

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