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Last updated: 27 April 2018

Most of us have a pair or two of running shoes in our cupboard. And they're not just used for pounding the pavement – they're often your comfiest everyday walking shoes, or perhaps you need them for sports activities.

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We review styles from top-selling running shoe brands including Nike, Under Armour, Asics and more. Our expert testers give each pair a thorough work-out to help you find the models that:

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  • are the slowest to wear out.

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This is what the manufacturer says the shoes are designed for. Running = all purpose; trail running = unsealed paths.

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We use our treadmill lined with emery paper and a running shoe rig to do an accelerated wear on each shoe. Each shoe is tested for 7 hours and 30 minutes for a total of 75km. The loss of sole is measured and compared against its original weight.

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We apply a 5kg weight to the shoe and measure the force required to move it across a wet concrete surface (70%) and a wet tile surface (30%). 

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