Hello, spring! With sun finally shining bright, it’s time to chase away your winter blues and begin logging some miles outdoors. But before you dash outside, make sure your running shoes are good to go (check the upper for rips and the sole for traction). You should replace your running shoes every 300-500 miles, so if you’ve spent the winter months running on a treadmill, you may need some new shoes. Luckily for you, we’ve taken the best running shoes of 2020 and broken them down so you know exactly what you’re getting.
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1. Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit
|Shoe Type: Neutral||Arch Type: Medium|
|Weight: 8 oz. W / 10. 27 oz. M||Designed For: Everyday, Casual Runs|
Enjoy each mile you run with the lightweight Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit designed and proven to reduce the risk of running-related injuries.
The updated upper is made from three distinct layers of Flyknit to provide the breathable comfort you expect while increasing durability. The midsole features Nike React Foam cushioning for a soft, smooth stride, and a wider heel shape provides stability. Finally, the rubber outsole provides traction to keep your grip on the road.
2. ASICS Novablast
|Shoe Type: Neutral||Arch Type: Medium or High|
|Weight: 7.8 oz W / 9.0 oz. M||Designed For: Long Distance Runs|
Higher off the ground than more traditional ASICS models, the new Novablast is designed for long distance runners looking for a more responsive run.
The upper is made from multi-directional mesh to improve airflow and keep your feet cool throughout your run. Probably the most unique part of this shoe is the midsole. The geometric design of the lightweight Flytefoam Blast cushioning provides a “trampoline” effect to propel you forward and maximize your energy efficiency. And finally, the outsole features AHAR® Plus which is 50% more durable than regular high-abrasion rubber, so you’re ready to rock the road.
3. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20
|Shoe Type: Stability||Arch Type: Semi-Flat or Medium|
|Weight: 9.4 oz. W / 10.6 oz. M||Designed For: Road Runs|
The Brooks Adrenaline turned 20 and just keeps getting better with age. Tried and true, these shoes provide a supportive fit to keep you running strong.
The modern upper is designed with 3D Fit Print technology which provides a structured fit to the soft mesh without adding bulky weight. The integrated, streamlined GuideRails along the sides provide full-body support by reducing excess movement to prevent knee and ankle injury. The midsole is formed from two types of cushioning to provide a smooth balance for every stride and features a fully-integrated crash pad to absorb shock. Durable and dependable, these shoes are designed to keep you running for the long haul.
4. HOKA ONE ONE Bondi 6
|Shoe Type: Neutral||Arch Type: High|
|Weight: 8.6 oz W / 10.9 oz. M||Designed For: Road Runs|
If you’re a fan of maximalist running shoes, then look no further than HOKA ONE ONE’s Bondi 6, the most cushioned road-running shoe in their lineup.
The upper is constructed from engineered mesh to increase breathability. Then you get to the main event – the midsole. The full EVA midsole provides plush foam cushioning and works with HOKA’s meta rocker technology to emphasize your natural gait cycle for a smooth, comfortable run. To provide additional support, there’s an internal heel counter, which isn’t visible, but when you put them on, you feel the locked-in fit. And last, but definitely not least, the rubber outsole is redesigned to decrease the shoe’s weight without compromising durability, so that you can pound the pavement for many miles.
And that rounds out the best running shoes of 2020. So grab a pair, lace up, and hit the road!
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