If you are planning to do a marathon, you may be looking for shoes that will help you to overcome the 42 kilometres of one of the toughest and most epic events in the world of running. If you are going to run your first marathon you can access this post where we explain how to do it. If, on the other hand, you have some experience in long distance races and your goal is to break the 4-hour barrier, here is a 16-week training plan to help you achieve it. Here is a list of the best shoes for marathon running.

HOKA Clifton 9 Shoes

The HOKA Clifton 9 shoes reduce weight while adding 3mm of height compared to their previous version. The Clifton 9 offer a revitalised underfoot experience with a new responsive foam and improved sole design. The minimalist upper has been consciously crafted with a softer heel, a reflective heel panel and a streamlined tongue with single-sided midfoot reinforcement. This model is ideal for long-distance running, such as a marathon or half marathon.

Saucony Endorphin Speed 3 Shoes

The Saucony Endorphin Speed 3 shoes are designed with a new winged chassis for better support in all phases of the stride, so you don’t need anything else to run faster than ever before. The Endorphin Speed 3 are a highly technical and innovative model that offers great dynamism and a powerful sensation of speed from the very first moment. The PWRRUN PB midsole provides quality cushioning and reduces fatigue so you can run even faster. Speedroll geometry gives you propulsion and a natural stride for smooth, agile transitions.

HOKA Mach X Shoes

The HOKA Mach X shoes are made with high-rebound cushioning and PEBA foam (34% more resilient than Carbon X3 foam). The HOKA Mach X feature a low-profile cushioning base that keeps the foot closer to the ground and uses a firmer material designed to provide efficient propulsion. Smoother and more dynamic than ever, these adaptive trainers are comfortable enough for endurance challenges and respond just as well to speed increases in long-distance running or training.

Puma Deviate Nitro Elite 2 Shoes

The Puma Deviate Nitro Elite 2 combine responsiveness, propulsion and maximum cushioning in an incredibly lightweight shoe. Thinner rubber, a stronger carbon fibre plate and a thinner unlined upper maximise breathability after long distance runs or training. The plate is redesigned to be stronger and turn the foam into a better spring, helping efficiency. Advanced Nitro midsole technology provides superior responsiveness and cushioning in a lightweight package.

New Balance FuelCell SuperComp Elite v3 Shoes

The New Balance FuelCell SuperComp Elite v3 shoes are designed to help you complete your workouts and competitions over 10 kilometres thanks to their good energy return with every stride. The dynamic energy return of the Energy Arc system is complemented by a breathable knit upper with built-in tongue for a secure, snug fit. With a 4 mm drop, it has a unique design thanks to the different brand logos included in this model.

Altra Vanish Carbon Trail Running Shoes

The Altra Vanish Carbon shoes are designed with a carbon sole, making them a model that combines comfort with speed so you can run long distances in total comfort. Equipped with an EGO PRO foam midsole, they offer good cushioning with every step. Altra has been promoting a flexible stride in which the foot acts as naturally as possible in all of its shoes for years.

ASICS Noosa TRI 15 Shoes Women

The ASICS Noosa TRI 15 shoes are built with Flytefoam technology that provides comfort without sacrificing speed for your workouts, marathons or triathlons. Their raised toe box creates a higher curve at the front of the shoe, which directly affects the propulsion and speed of each stride. The open upper allows you to put the shoes on and take them off with ease so you can move from one race to the next with little to no time loss in a triathlon.

Mizuno Wave Rebellion Pro Shoes

The Mizuno Wave Rebellion Pro shoes are perfect for elite runners looking for speed in long distance races, such as a marathon or half marathon. Enerzy Lite+ foam in the midsole provides good cushioning with excellent rebound. The outsole has been updated for better traction on asphalt, with small rubber lugs for added durability and abrasion resistance.

Saucony Ride 17 Shoes

The Saucony Ride 17 shoes are designed to perform comfortably during your daily running workouts. The technical mesh upper construction gives you more breathability in the forefoot, better support in the midfoot and more comfort in the heel. PWRRUN+ cushioning offers unparalleled comfort and adds dynamism to your daily runs.

Brooks Hyperion Medium Shoes

The Brooks Hyperion Medium shoes are designed for competition, so they are perfect for long distance races such as a marathon. Lightweight cushioning and an updated design accelerate the transition from heel to toe to propel you forward. The upper has been updated with a new knit and mesh fabric for lighter weight and improved breathability.

ModelWeight MenWeight FemaleDropDistanceRhythm
HOKA Clifton 9248 g205 g5 mm5 – 50 km4’30″/km – 5’15″/km
Saucony Endorphin Speed 3229 g204 g8 mm10 – 50 km3’45″/km – 4’30”/km
Puma Deviate Nitro Elite 2191 g151 g8 mm10 – 50 km< 3’45″/km
New Balance FuelCell SuperComp Elite v3230 g182 g4 mm10 – 50 km< 3’45″/km
HOKA Mach X266 g227 g5 mm25 – 50 km3’45″/km – 4’30”/km
Altra Vanish Carbon206 g176 g0 mm10 – 50 km< 3’45″/km
ASICS Noosa TRI 15227 g196 g5 mm5 – 50 km3’45″/km – 4’30”/km
Mizuno Wave Rebellion Pro235 g215 g4.5 mm25 – 50 km3’45″/km – 4’30”/km
Saucony Ride 17282 g238 g8 mm5 – 50 km4’30″/km – 5’15″/km
Brooks Hyperion Medium215 mm192 mm8 mm5 – 50 km3’45″/km – 4’30”/km

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