Looking for a new pair of kicks for your next run? Here are five new running shoes we’re pretty smitten with for a variety of reasons. Some have more cushion, others are more minimalist, but they all rock our running world!
5 New Running Shoes You’ll Love
1. SKORA Fit ($94.95). We’ve tried a pair of SKORAs before and loved how natural and grippy they were — even during a mud run. Kind of like wearing a sock with lots of traction and some support and cushion. And these shoes are pretty much like those but even more comfy. Designed for speed and agility, these are great for running or the gym, have a zero-drop construction and are antimicrobial to keep the stinkies away.
2. Brooks Women’s Ghost 7 ($120). We’re always trying new Brooks Running shoes, and as we’ve continued to run in these, well, we couldn’t love them more. That perfect mix of comfy yet light support with cushion and a heel-to-toe motion that just makes you want to run, it’s hard to find a time when these aren’t on our feet.
3. Nike Pegasus 31s ($100). Love the Nike Pegasus? You’ll really, really love the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 31s. Made for speed with lightweight materials, a sleek design, responsive cushioning and a close-to-the-ground experience, these give you a more barefoot-esque running experience with a natural footstrike without being too minimal. We also dig ’em for bootcamps!
4. Puma Mobium Elite SPEED ($120). Neutral runners with a midfoot or forefront foot strike, this shoe is for you! We’ve liked other running shoes in the Puma Mobium line and these, too, are great for a number of reasons, but most notably for its unique upper that contracts and expands with your foot’s natural movement as you run. Designed to move dynamically like your tendons, these feel a little snugger when you first put them on, but respond beautifully once you get moving. (Note: if you have problems with running shoes rubbing your heels, these may do that, so be sure to wear higher socks to prevent yourself from blistering. They didn’t bother me when I ran in them, but if I walked too much they rubbed me pretty raw.)
5. adidas energy boost 2.0 ESM ($160). If you like your shoes to have a bit of spring to them, try out these. With a strong outer sole that holds up to even the roughest running conditions and a sock-like fit, these give you a natural-feeling experience while still being comfy and having some support. They also have a smooth heel strike to toe-off that actually feels like it propels you forward. Boing! Boing!