The Best Running Shoes for a 5K 2023
Written By: SportsShoes
Got your sights set on a new PB this season?
If you’re training for a 5K race, you’ll want to make sure you have the perfect pair of running shoes to keep you comfortable and supported.
Check out our selection of racing category models that are fast, sleek and engineered to help you smash your 5K target.
*PLEASE NOTE: THE FOLLOWING SHOES ARE NOT LISTED IN RANK ORDER*
- Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 3
- adidas Adizero Takumi Sen 9
- ASICS METASPEED SKY+
- HOKA Rocket X 2
- New Balance FuelCell RC Elite v3
- Saucony Endorphin Elite
1. Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 3
Catch 'em if you can. The Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 3 is made for the chasers, the racers, the elevated pacers who can't turn down the thrill of the pursuit. The leader of the super shoe pack is back, but even lighter, stabler and somehow more responsive than ever. The upper is reworked and the engine underneath is tuned and ready for those who see speed as a gateway to more miles and more seemingly uncatchable highs.
2. adidas Adizero Takumi Sen 9
It's race day. Chase your PB in these adidas running shoes that are built for speed.
The adidas Adizero Takumi Sen 9 features ultralight LIGHTSTRIKE PRO foam to energise your stride on the road and on the track. Carbon-infused ENERGYRODS add stiffness for snappy toe-offs to help get you to the finish line fast.
MADE TO WIN. Wear the shoes that helped Emile Cairess break the European 10-mile record at our SportsShoes x Podium 'Breaking 10' Event.
3. ASICS METASPEED SKY+
The ASICS METASPEED SKY+ racing shoes are designed for stride-style runners who are looking to start fast and finish faster. Runners wearing these shoes will be able to take longer strides while conserving energy with each step. Thanks to an energetic midsole foam and a propulsive carbon plate, runners wearing these shoes will be able to conserve more energy while maintaining their pace at the later stages of the race.
Check out our detailed shoe review here
4. HOKA Rocket X 2
The ultimate road racing shoe, designed to take you further in pinnacle competitions, the HOKA Rocket X 2 is the newest addition to the Rocket family. World Athletic approved, the Rocket X 2 has been amplified with a hyper-focused on construction for the best possible ride.
5. New Balance FuelCell RC Elite v3
The New Balance FuelCell SC Elite v3 is designed to give you a competitive edge on race day. This lightweight running shoe features the high-rebound FuelCell midsole compound paired with a full-length carbon fibre plate to help promote energy return and propulsion.
6. Saucony Endorphin Elite
Your best is yet to run. This is your breakthrough moment. Shine with the Saucony Endorphin Elite. It's got new PWRRUN HG foam cushioning for energy that helps power you toward your next PR. Plus, a heel-to-toe plate design that helps maximize flexibility as you roll past the finish line. Ready to win?