Having decided that my well worn Nike Pegasus running trainers had had it for many reasons I decided to look for something a little more rugged that I could still wear more or less all day, hill walk and walk and run outside in. Let me say right now that I’m a very occasional runner (if you can call it that) but my favourite cardio is finding a steepish hill with a good track or pavement and walking up it as fast as I can. I do this pretty much every day.
When researching walking boots (which I hate and you definitely can’t wear all day) vs trainers for walking outdoors I discovered Nike’s Wild Trail running shoes. They’re not as cushioned as my Nike Zoom Vomeros which I wear to the gym but they have very good traction and they’re perfect for the country and for taking anywhere, as they weigh very little.
Nike’s Air Zoom Wildhorse trainers are a bit more expensive and have the Air Zoom cushioning but they will do the same thing - take you off-road in ultimate comfort with more grip and support than normal running shoes and look good at the same time.
You can tell by the ridged sole that these are not ordinary trainers you’d wear at the gym (although you could, at a pinch), but trainers that are designed for the outdoors. Having said that when you have them on only you will know the difference.
Living in hilly South Bucks I like to drive up a steep hill and then think….’I’ll stop here and walk up that’. I carry water, a mini phone charger and headphones with me everywhere in case, and am normally to be seen in leggings and hoody.
The cardio rush definitely makes up for the lack of glam……
Just a note, Nike Wild Trail come up a bit on the small size so go up half a size. Even with quite wide feet half a size has been perfect. The notes on the Nike Air Zoom Wildhorse say the same thing, so again I would go up half a size.
You’ll find both of these on the Nike Website, and you can also find them for less at Start Fitness, Sports Direct and Amazon. Those with GTX after the name have Gore-Tex water protection. What more could you ask for in a pair of trainers?