For access to all of our training, gear, and race coverage, plus exclusive training plans, FinisherPix photos, event discounts, and GPS apps, sign up for Outside+. The 220 does look pretty good, though I’m kind of bargain basement shopping at the moment! A couple of the Saucony shoes look ok too, but I’d like to be certain of plenty of toe room.

If you can answer yes to all of those questions, you’ve found your pair. Those who already appreciate the brand found the slim toe box a little narrow for their liking, but those used to other brands welcomed the more mainstream narrow-fitting upper. Fresh Foam is a firmer cushioning than New Balance’s popular Revlite foam, and don’t think maximalist here.

Overall, there are very few racing flats on the market which provide this much cushioning in a featherweight package. Flat lacing reduces pressure on the top of the foot, and the design team focused on improving the mid-foot wrap with some welded overlays which connect into the lacing system. Brooks keeps the midsole and outsole the same but has increased the heel drop by 2mm to an overall 12mm heel drop. Are there any inov-8’s that are more versatile with more cushioning than the 212 that have a narrower fit? I’m getting the feeling the 290 is probably too wide for me.

Using high technology and design innovation, Adidas continually creates what is aspired and not just what is necessary. All Adidas products are meant to deliver high performance, durability and great comfort. The On Cloudmonster provides extreme cushioning underfoot, without sacrificing energy return and responsiveness. It really is a joyous experience running in these shoes, especially if you tend to get hot feet when you run because of the wondrously breathable mesh upper. For forefoot/midfoot strikers, look for shoes with added forefoot support and lower drop. Its platform follows the shape of the foot , meaning there’s enough room for toe splay and the base is wide for stability.

This foam is highly resilient and compliant meaning it compresses under load but also returns a significant proportion of energy. “The theory is that these shoes work by improving running economy. Your energy cost of running improves by an average of 4%. This translates into an improvement in performance,” adds Allen. “The evidence is pretty compelling, particularly for long distance running,” says Rice. The tech in specific shoes enables athletes to run at faster speeds while working at the same physiological intensity and consuming the same amount of oxygen. The co-founder and former editor of Trail Running magazine, Claire now runs the YouTube channel Wild Ginger Running, creating films packed with trail- and ultra-running content.

Here below you’ll find a video interview and many shoe previews. Having run in Innov8 233s for the last three years, you can guess I was very disappointed to find that they were discontinued. Thought you might like to hear about the shoes I tried as replacements. Seriously though, best of luck to you at Western States! My favourite shoe was the GoBionic which, the v2 sadly has never been sold in the UK. I have been extremely interested in the adidas adizero Takumi Sen 2 but no LRS have them in stock hence I would like to try them on before purchasing.

Salomon is well know in in the trail running world for its grippy Speedcross multi-terrain shoes but it started as a ski equipment brand in 1947 making skis and bindings in the heart of the Alps in Annecy, France. If a new runner were to ask me for advice on which shoes to run with, I’d tell them the On Cloudgo are the best running shoes for beginners due to their overall comfort, cushioning, support, and reasonable price point. The Nike Pegasus 39 has React foam in the midsole which is a lightweight, durable foam that delivers a smooth, cushioned, and responsive ride. Shortly after, Brooks developed the DNA Flash—their first nitrogen-injected midsole technology—and applied it to silhouettes such as the Hyperion Tempo as well as a few easy everyday running shoes. The brand worked with nitrogen injection for about three and a half years before releasing its DNA Loft V3 nitrogen-injected foam, which was introduced in the Aurora BL sneaker.

The next major piece of news is that the availability of adidas’ Boost sole technology is filtering down through the range. The Supernova Glide is a mid range shoe with a less technical upper than the Adizero Adios, and eschews the normal Glide’s Foremotion heel section, instead having a straightforward Boost sole, with Continental rubber outsole. The 2013 Outdoor Retailer trade show took place this week in Salt Lake City, Utah. On display for retailers and media were a sampling of 2014 products we’ll see coming down the pipeline in the next few months, including dozens of new running shoes from all the major players.’s Brian Metzler shares 21 of the models you can expect to see in stores next year. Other changes I am less excited about, including a change from the Minimus last to the PL4 last to allow for an insole.

Saucony enhanced the Speed’s stability in this version by widening the midsole, especially under the arch, and giving the nylon plate wings that extend out from the sides at the midfoot. At the heel, a firm piece of plastic runs strategically up the outside, providing unintrusive rearfoot support. soso shoes Inov-8 is most famous for its lightweight shoes with extreme grip, catering to hardy fell runners in the UK’s muddy, boggy mountains. Hoka One One is possibly best known for its foray into maximal cushioned shoes in 2009 following the massive trend for minimal or barefoot shoes during the 2000s.

We all know the APL’s sneakers can make you jump higher, but did you also know they make you run faster? Through the running shoe’s Propellium construction, the Joyride uses less rubber to allow more direct contact to the ground. The result is an increase in energy generation, therefore making you faster. The shoe is also incredibly versatile as it’s able to be used both indoors at the gym and outdoors on the pavement. Now, you don’t have to go to Foot Locker to find great runners shoes.