Recharge your running with the best new shoes for the road, track, or trail.
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The new golden age of the running shoe is upon us. Now more than ever, athletic shoemakers are using the power of actual data—human and otherwise—to create footwear that can help you correct your form, boost speed, and improve overall performance. On these pages, you’ll find seven brand-new models to help you take your running farther—and faster—than ever before.
Adidas is calling this shoe, with its energy-returning Ultra Boost technology, not just the brand’s most technologically advanced running shoe, but its best running shoe ever. With 3,000 microcapsules in the sole (up from 2,000 in previous models), a sticky outsole for heightened traction and feel, and an extremely comfortable Primeknit upper, it’s made believers out of us as well. $180, adidas.com
Imagine watching a car go so fast that superficial components start peeling off its body. Same idea here: New Balance created its Fresh Foam Zante by studying the foot strikes of superfast runners to come up with this streamlined, minimalist design (in appearance, anyway—NB’s Fresh Foam still provides a superplush ride). $100, newbalance.com
This everyday trainer stabilizes the foot with Brooks’ Guide Rail support system, which wraps around the shoe to keep your stride properly aligned as fatigue sets in and form breaks down. The heel-to-toe transition is quick and smooth, and the locked fit allows you to turn and cut at speed, making it a great trail shoe. $170, brooksrunning.com
Reebok’s legendary pump technology makes its way back to your feet in this all-new running shoe. Made up of three components—a pump mechanism, fitted sleeve, and outsole—the ZPump Fusion is completely structureless when deflated, allowing you to pump your footwear up for a custom, locked-in fit. $110, finishline.com
Hoka is still the gold standard in maximalist running shoes. Fans of extra cushioning eyeing their local trails will rejoice at the release of an off-road version of Hoka’s award-winning Clifton shoe, made with a roomy forefoot area and the brand’s signature rockered profile that provides a smooth, rolling sensation as you run. $130, hokaoneone.com
If “lightweight” and “flexible” are high on your list, look no further than Nike’s all-new runner. Weighing in at a featherweight seven ounces, the LunarTempo is constructed from Nike’s breathable Flymesh, Lunarlon cushioning and Flywire cables. The result: midfoot support, secure lockdown, and a sexy silhouette. $110, nike.com
Altra is all about natural foot positioning, and the Provision 2 allows your foot to move and perform in the shoe just as it does out of it. The foot-shaped toe box lets toes splay naturally; zero heel-toe drop encourages a natural stride; and visible StabiliPods in the midsole stabilize the foot at three crucial points. $120, altrarunning.com