This improved version of NIKE’s Zoom Elite shoe was re-designed to help take your fast-paced workouts to whole new level. Weighing in at 9.6 ounces for men and 8 ounces for women, the 7 is lighter than its predecessor and also boasts a Nike Zoom Air unit located at the forefoot and a low-profile 8mm drop, offering a smoother, more responsive ride that will help encourage a more natural and efficient footstrike.
The Kinvara is all about offering runners a natural, lightweight shoe that provides a no-nonsense running experience. A long-time favorite among the running community as a whole, the most recent updates to the Kinvara include increased durability thanks to a bit of extra rubber added to the outsole as well as a fabric upgrade for the mesh upper and a new “Pro-Lock” feature in the saddle, designed to offer a more snug fit.
For your off-road running adventures, the trail version of the innovative Fresh Foam model by New Balance offers a cushioned but still natural underfoot for a smooth and stable ride. Designed for unpredictable terrains, the outsole provides traction for a stable grip whether you’re running uphill, downhill or around tight turns. This trail shoe gets bonus points for extra protection in the tongue to help prevent debris from getting inside the shoe.
For runners with a neutral footstrike, Asics debuts their new Gel-Pursue, a cushioned shoe that offers stability while still allowing for a responsive ride. The shoe’s Heel Clutching System™ and Discrete Eyelet construction provide a secure fit and the signature Guidance Trusstic™ helps to reduce the weight of the shoe without compromising durability and support.
Scheduled to launch in September, the new Runduro from Topo Athletic will best service runners aiming to cover medium and long-distance mileage. With a minimal 3mm drop the Runduro will help to promote naturally efficient running form and its BOA closure system, complete with a micro-adjustable fit, is designed to ensure comfort over any amount of miles.
New this fall from Pearl Izumi, the Road N2 is an expansion of the brand’s E:Motion line; a project aimed at creating running shoes that provide a ride smoother than anything else you’ll find on the market. The new N2 features 4mm of cushioning in the heel, 7.5 mm at the midstance and then tapers off to a thin amount of cushioning at the forefoot, a “rockered” design that promotes dynamic offset. With a great balance of lightweight cushioning and durability this neutral shoe will make for an exceptional high-mileage trainer.
A go-to shoe for runners in need of a little bit of extra cushioning and support, this updated version of Reebok’s ONE Cushion series features added support at the midfoot, additional pronation control and FoamFusion technology to help facilitate smooth transitions. Although the shoe looks clunky it has a surprisingly lightweight feel and makes for a great everyday trainer no matter what type of mileage you’re aiming to cover.
Another trainer that provides extra cushioning thanks to additional midsole volume, runners reviewing this shoe are raving about its exceptional comfort level and lightweight feel. “It offers the cushioned feel of a traditional Hoka with the light weight and fit of a performance trainer,” one wear-tester wrote on Runner’s World.
Described as an “all-around, go- to shoe,” Newton’s Kismet offers practical comfort in a minimal package; featuring a tiny bit of extra stability thanks to its supportive e.m.b platform. Perfect for runners who need a slight hint of support but also appreciate a responsive ride, the Kismet is one of the most comfortable, truly lightweight shoes we’ve tested this year.
The updated version of this popular model from Brooks replaced gel materials for foam cushioning in the heel, offering a supportive and stable ride for neutral runners while still maintaining flexibility and comfort. “They are SO light and comfortable on your feet. I also have a wider foot and these were a great fit without having to get the wide-width size. The toe box was wide enough where my toes are comfortable,” one consumer wrote in an online review.
Altra updated the Intuition by adding more foam to the shoe’s underfoot with the goal of offering runners a softer ride. Runner’s World calls the Intuition a “mainstream zero-drop trainer,” noting it as a good choice for those who want to make the transition to zero-drop shoes.
The most versatile trail shoe we’ve tested yet, the Wave Kazan offers extra traction and support over tougher terrains, but still maintains enough flexibility to allow for a comfortable ride on the road. One consumer review puts it perfectly: “I've been running for well over 20 years now, and when it came to the trails I was always torn between using a ‘Road’ shoe for the flexibility and response, and a ‘Trail’ shoe for the protection and extra grip. Now with the Wave Kazan I have the best of both worlds. Not only have I found that this shoe has all the grip and protection I need, but it is also very light weight, flexible and responsive when I really want to get going.”
“Great for racing and training. Springy, lightweight but stable,” one runner says of the Adios Boost 2.0 in an online review. Adidas’ signature boost™ technology featured in the midsole is designed to provide energy return with every step while the EVA sockliner offers a snug, comfortable fit and the shoe’s outsole, made with two types of rubber provides a balanced blend of traction and cushioning.