The new budget will make (imported) running shoes dearer by a significant percentage so the time is ripe to revisit the reasons why we invest in a new pair. Beginners need the comfort first, but as you graduate to a regular runner, try to drop the cushion.”Here’s what I do: my training shoes are more cushioned than my race-day gear. So between two pairs of shoes, if one claims to simply be ‘faster’, avoid it. No point changing your running shoes simply because the colour clashes with your tee or wind-cheater. Old model-new modelWorse than admitting to a predilection for seasonal switches is buying a shoe simply because it alleges upgraded technology.