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The 5k distance offers the unique versatility of being the perfect entry into long distance running for newcomers to the sport, whilst also attracting serious attention from the most seasoned club runners. 

There’s no two ways about it, 5ks can really hurt! Nothing quite compares to the lactic induced torture of a hard 5k hit out but when you’re bounding down the finishing straight to demolish your previous PB, suddenly the oxygen debt and metallic taste in the mouth is so worth it! 

On the opposite side of the spectrum, a relaxing 5k trot around your local park with good company can be a truly wonderful way to improve general fitness and clear the mind.

Either way, in this article, we’ll go through a list of shoes suited to the needs of runners from all abilities. So stick around!


Carbon plated super shoes are all well and good, but if you’re new to running and looking for a comfortable, cushioned running shoe that won’t break the bank, check out some of these affordable, yet highly capable options!


Lover of the great outdoors? Prefer technical terrain and forest trails to pounding pavement? For those days when you need a little extra bite underfoot, or, if you’re taking on a more adventurous route, the following shoes will keep you on your feet.


If you’re looking for a little extra support in your stride to keep you running 5k and beyond in comfort and confidence, take a look at some of our favourite stability options.

Most of the shoes on this list will feature the same plush padding and cushion underfoot, with the addition of a firmer density medial post on the inside of the shoe to guide your foot through your gait cycle.


We love parkrun for a plethora of reasons. One of which being it’s commitment to inclusivity for runners of all abilities. That being said, if you’re ready to let rip and use the free 5k as a chance to blast your old PB out the water, we’ve got the shoes for you.

Ultra-lightweight uppers, responsive midsoles, carbon plates. You’ll find all that and more with the following top tier, high performance options!

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Tom Folan

My name's Tom, former professional football freestyler turned long distance runner. As a self-proclaimed running shoe aficionado, I love keeping up with the latest performance innovation and product releases almost as much as I enjoy running in them. With a running specialty retail background, I hope to provide some valuable insight and aid you in finding your next favourite item of running kit!
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