We normally think of spring and fall as the seasons when every running shoe brand is pushing out the latest versions of their top-performing sneakers, plus introducing new color ways and even brand spanking new models. But with the recent onslaught of new kicks hitting the market or soon-to-hit-the-market in 2016, now is as good a time as any to pick up a new pair. Here are five new sneaks that may even motivate you to run outside before spring.
UnderArmour's first "smart shoe" will hit shelves on February 29th, along with a ton of other super-high-tech health gear. (You can read more about it here and here.) The kicks will actually track and store info about your runs, such as duration, distance, and even your split times (!).
New Balance's "fresh foam" is nothing new (not to say it isn't great!). But, it has been "rebirthed" in their latest shoe, the Fresh Foam 1080. The designers studied runners' biomechanics, force patterns, and wear tendencies to come up with what they call "a supremely cushioned underfoot that respects and maintains the runners' need to engage with the ride itself." Essentially, it's a neutral shoe with premium cushioning.
Just launched on February 1, this new shoe from Asics is arguably the brand's coolest-looking yet. Like the Fresh Foam 1080, the FuseX is uber-cushioned thanks to a fusion (get it?) of gel and foam that helps your heel better absorb shock each time you strike the ground.
The first thing you'll notice about the shoe is the "Propulsion Pods" on the bottom. Brooks says the "BioMoGo" blown rubber pods "give you a blast of forward energy" and encourage each individual runner's natural movment patterns. Hitting shelves on March 1, this sneaker is a perfect addition to your running shoe collection to be used for speed workouts.
Ok, so this is technically not an entirely new model—but rather an overhaul of the original Altra shoe that kickstarted the company's success in the world of serious runners. Known for their unique design (the toe box is shaped like an actual foot so your toes can spread out comfortably), the Instinct 3.5 is just as lightweight and flexible as the original but has a more responsive upper and reflective details for those early AM or late evening runs.