The best new sports gear for runners UK 2021- from trainers and earphones to shorts and skirts

12 of the best things for runners - from technology to clothing12 of the best things for runners - from technology to clothing
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Running is a great way to keep fit, and this is now a sporting activity which is about much more than just lacing up a pair of shoes and getting out on the streets.

You need to still get the basics right, of course, so below you will find some of the best running shoes on the market.

But there’s also other things to consider, from clothing to the best technology and accessories to make it easier to track your fitness and stick to your goals.

If you also like to take exercise more gently sometimes, take a look at our guide to the best women’s walking sandals and also the best men’s walking sandals.


These lovely ladies running shoes are part of the ASOS responsible edit.

They use breathable mesh upper and Adidas Primegreen technology. It’s a high-performance material which contains at least 50 per cent recycled content, helping reduce plastic waste.

The bounce midsole provides lightweight cushioning, and there’s a durable rubber outsole and textured grip tread which provides a comfortable and secure fit.

Available in sizes 3.5 to 9.

Was £85, now £68


Dreamt up by twin brothers and athletes Adam and Ryan Goldston, APL (Athletic Propulsion Labs) has been designing and creating innovative trainers since 2009.

Inspired by the weight and shape of a feather, the LA brand is engineered with mesh panelling for maximum breathability.

These classic and comfy black trainers are also vegan friendly and are designed with a propelium sole that provides more cushioning than regular rubber.

Available in sizes 3 to 8, including half sizes.


These men’s running shoes will help you to keep running, and running and running . . .

A refreshed upper uses flywire technology that combines with flyknit for support and breathability where it’s needed.

The high foam heights provide soft responsiveness and long-lasting comfort. It’s one of Nike’s most-tested shoes, designed to help you feel the potential when your foot hits the pavement.

Available in sizes 6 to 14, including half sizes.

Was £139.95, now £83.97


These women’s multicoloured Air Jordan 1 Mid sneakers come with a contrasting swoosh and a beige and gold-tone toe cap and tongue.

The collar and heel are where the palette starts to increase in volume in black, yellow and beige tones from the top down creating a bold look.

Available in sizes 6 to 12.


Lace up and get moving with ease with these beautiful bright designer trainers.

They are a perfect choice for your runs, whether you are a serious runner or just starting out on your exercise regime, with an uplifting pink colour to provide that extra pep in your step.

Better yet, these are on sale with 30 per cent off so you can get these gorgeous pair for less - and you’ll love them forever.

Available in sizes 2 to 7, including half sizes.

Was £630, now £441

Marks and Spencer

Turn to these pure cotton jogger shorts for effortless style during your running routine on warm days.

Casual design, in a flattering high-waisted cut and a fresh bright pink colour.

Finished with a elasticated drawcord waist so you can be sure you’ll stay comfy as you pound the streets.

Available in sizes 6 to 18.

Marks and Spencer

Goodmove cuffed joggers are crafted from super-soft, breathable cotton rich.

A drawcord waist makes for an adjustable fit.

These are perfect for cooler days, however, the moisture-wicking and quick dry fabric helps to regulate your temperature while you train.

Ankle cuffs lock in the warmth, while handy hip pockets are for extra storage.

The cotton is sustainably sourced too, so these are good for you and good for the environment.

Available in sizes 6 to 24.

    The right kit is vital for getting the most out of your running.
    These leggings are built with stretchy sweat-wicking material so you can be sure of keeping fresh while you get in as many miles as you can, no matter how hard you work.
    Prices start at £32. Was £40.
    Available in sizes XS to 2XL.

Designed specifically for running and tennis, this hyper flow pink multi/black skirt is a pretty and functional alternative to the usual shorts or joggers.

This is made of a lovely lightweight fabric and even has pockets so you can keep your essentials close by.

Available in sizes 0 to 14.


The Fitbit Charge 4 is a sleek, water-resistant tracker is packed with features that help you know your workouts.

It features new exercise modes and sleep tracking with sleep score and smart wake technology.

Plus, with Fitbit Pay, Spotify Connect and Control and up to seven-days battery life, you get more convenience on the go and more inspiration to reach your health and fitness goals.

Available in black, plum, black and blue and granite. The blue colourway is an Argos exclusive.


Perfect for keeping your essentials conveniently close at hand while you’re out and about, it’s got a discreet little key holder clip, so you can don’t have to worry about keeping things safe.

Not forgetting the pocket with its earphone hole, perfect for your phone so your able to listen to your motivating running tracks.

Designed to fit comfortably around you, there’s an elastic adjustable band to suit you.


Perfect for serious runners, this running bag is made for carrying your equipment and drinking comfortably during your first trail runs.

At only 140 g, the 5 L trail running bag remains comfortable while also holding your essentials.

There’s two front pockets, three rear pockets and one for a wind jacket.


This armband has been designed for carrying your phone when running. The clear screen makes it easy to use your phone when running, either to check the time or play music.

It has velcro fastening so it can be secured on your arm quickly and efficiently and can be tightened to perfectly fit around your arm.


These headphones offer three wearing styles; choose between earhook, fins or earbud to keep the headphones firmly in you ear.

They also offer IPX4 water resistance and Kevlar reinforced cable for more durability.

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