Global Running Day: The best men's performance running shoes under S$200

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It’s Global Running Day today (3 June) and while countries around the world may still be in lockdown or practising easing of measures, health junkies like us need to hit the outdoors for a dose of dopamine rush.

While the occasional joggers and runners can make a pledge on the Global Running Day website, you could also make this a fun activity by running ‘virtually’ with your friends - you can pledge as a part of a virtual team and help your crew reach their goals today —or create your own team and invite your friends to join!

Another fun activity to participate online is by tagging your friends on a social challenge - run one mile (1.6 km) for someone that inspires them (or complete an at-home exercise) and tag a friend to do the same.

Participants can also join this ASICS Global Running Day Virtual Run 2020, which is also open from now until 7 June. You’ll need to download a GPS-tracking app such as the ASICS’ Runkeeper in order to participate.

Running categories include 3km, 5km and 10km to cater to runners of all levels. Admission is free for all participants and registration is open from today till Friday (5 June).

If you’re thinking of taking up running, or looking for the latest running shoes with the best performances, here’s a list you can shop from, to add a little boost to your sprint.


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Asics Gel-Nimbus 21 Men’s running trainers | S$119.69 onwards

Asics Gel-Nimbus. (PHOTO: Amazon)
Asics Gel-Nimbus. (PHOTO: Amazon)

Is it a wonder that over 1,000 ratings were collected for this trainers, leaving it with a starling 4.5 rating?

The Asics Gel-Nimbus is packed with their in-house Impact Guidance System technology that allows the shoe to respond to your movements - there is stability and shock-absorbing silicone for heavy-impact performance.

The shoe is also made with a special high-energy return elastomer to help put a spring in your step.

What we like is the Asics High Abrasion Resistance Rubber, which is a tough rubber compound used to reduce excessive wear, especially when running on tarred roads.

adidas Men's Purebounce+ | S$58.75 onwards

adidas Men's Purebounce+. (PHOTO: Amazon)
adidas Men's Purebounce+. (PHOTO: Amazon)

If you’re running in the city, then you’ll want to invest in a pair of comfortable and responsive shoes.

With cushioning and a durable rubber outsole for traction, this pair of adidas Men’s Purebounce+ can give you an all-round boost and protection for your soles and feet.

Mizuno Wave Rider 22 knit running shoes | S$99.37 onwards

Mizuno Rider 22 knit. (PHOTO: Amazon)
Mizuno Rider 22 knit. (PHOTO: Amazon)

These running shoes are made for the open road as it has a lightweight cushioning for underfoot support and comfort.

Mizuno employs an Intercool ventilation system that reduces heat and humidity build-up inside the shoe and their trademark Cloudwave technology provides a comfortable underfoot feel.

This product received 4.5 stars from over 383 ratings from customers, making it a best buy.

Asics Men’s Gel-Kayano 22 running shoes | S$138.48 onwards

Asics Gel-Kayano 22. (PHOTO: Amazon)
Asics Gel-Kayano 22. (PHOTO: Amazon)

Asics has been revered as runners’ favourite shoe, so it’s no wonder this pair raked in 2,000 over ratings on Amazon.

This pair is considered as the ‘successor’ to the Gel-Kayano 21, and this updated version has extra reinforcements such as the stretch mesh that adapt to the foot for a glove-like fit and its FluidRide® midsole piece that provides the ultimate combination of bounce back and cushioning.

New Balance Men’s 481V3 Cushioning Trail running shoes | S$75.18 onwards

New Balance Men's 481V3 Cushioning Trail Running Shoe. (PHOTO: Amazon)
New Balance Men's 481V3 Cushioning Trail Running Shoe. (PHOTO: Amazon)

Made for long-distance running on trails and hilly terrains, this New Balance running shoes received over 3,100 ratings.

Why this is a best buy - there’s secure fit, ultra-soft cushioned insoles for added comfort and midsole for added support.

These versatile all-terrain men's New Balance 481 shoes overall, blend rugged styling, athletic fit and support, and casual comfort in one silhouette.