Go The Distance: The Top 5 Running Shoes

Go The Distance: The Top 5 Running Shoes

If there is one thing HOKA knows, it’s how to make a running shoe. While they offer multiple silhouettes and styles, the ONE Rocket X is consistently a favorite among all types of runners. Built using an EVA midsole, the shoe helps you make the most of every step by being extra responsive and propelling you forward. The upper is made up of breathable mesh to deliver optimal airflow so that your feet don’t overheat on longer runs. Within the shoe, there is a 1mm carbon fiber plate that adds more stability.

Tackle every run in comfort and style with the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 23. It is engineered to fit your foot like a glove. TRUSSTIC technology is what gives the shoe that structured stability. The shoe features a combination of ultra-soft GEL technology and a FlyteFoam midsole. Together they give you the cushioning and energy return that will keep you running longer than you thought possible. The outsole is made up of AHARLITE, which gives the shoe optimal grip and traction while also increasing its durability.

The Saucony Guide 14 has everything you look for in a running shoe. The synthetic mesh upper will keep your foot dry, so you don’t feel like you’re running in a puddle of your own sweat after a couple miles. The upper also has a 3D-engineered fascia which is crucial for providing stability. The PWRRUN foam midsole provides all the cushioning you could ever want and more so that you feel like you’re running on air.

There is a reason many professional runners place their trust in Brooks: they make an amazing running shoe. The Levitate 4 is 20% lighter than the previous iteration, making sure there is as little weighing you down as possible. The Fit Knit upper has a close-to-foot fit that is light, soft, and allows maximum breathability. Brooks DNA AMP midsole technology puts a spring in each step you take so you get speedy, efficient energy return.

There may be no better feeling during a run than when that runner’s high kicks in. You begin to feel invincible, like you could go forever. The Nike ZoomX Invincible Run Flyknit is built to help you power through those miles with ZoomX foam in the midsole that gives back as much energy as you put in. The Flyknit upper allows your foot to breathe freely while staying comfortable. There is also padding around the collar that provides extra ankle support.

Best Long-Distance Running Shoes

Best Long-Distance Running Shoes

   

Whether you’re gearing up to run your first 5K or you’re an experienced marathoner, it’s important to keep on top of the shoe trends of the year. That way when you start noticing signs of wear, or you reach the recommended 300-mile replacement mark, you’ll know exactly what the best long-distance running shoes are and where you can find them. (Hint: it’s eastbay.com)

If you’re not sure what type of shoes to buy, you may want to find out what type of arch you have in order to help you find the perfect fit.

   

Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit

Men's Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit shoe in the True White/Photo Blue/White colorway.
  • Shoe Type: Neutral
  • Arch Type: Medium
  • Weight: 10.2 oz. M / 8.09 oz. W

No doubt you’ve heard the hype around these shoes, and trust us, it’s real. The Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit shoes are designed (and proven) to reduce the chance of injury. As soon as you lace up these shoes and hit the road, you’ll feel the potential.

The upper is created with the newest version of Flyknit technology. It’s made with three distinct layers of Flyknit material, so it maintains the lightweight flexibility but is even more durable than previous versions. The midsole features React foam stacked both high and wide to provide extra cushion with each step without compromising stability. And finally, the increased rubber on the outsole provides ultimate traction.

With a pair of these on, you can confidently hit the road and run forever.

   

ASICS GEL-Nimbus 22

Men's ASICS GEL-Nimbus 22 in the Tuna Blue/Pure Silver colorway.
  • Shoe Type: Neutral
  • Arch Type: Medium or High
  • Weight: 10.9 oz. M / 9 oz. W

Storm past the competition in the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 22 designed to enhance your natural stride and provide responsive cushioning.

The upper is made from engineered jacquard mesh to increase breathability while still providing a supportive fit. Then there’s the midsole decked out with three unique features. First is lightweight FLYTEFOAM® cushioning that delivers an energetic bounce to your stride. Second, there’s GEL® cushioning in both the rear and forefoot to provide shock absorption during impact and toe-off. Third, concealed under the arch of the shoe is the Trusstic System® which provides stability without adding a lot of bulk. And to finish off these shoes, the outsole features sections of high-abrasion rubber to provide extra durable traction.

If you’re a high-mileage runner looking for lasting comfort, the sky’s the limit with these shoes.

   

Brooks Ghost 12

Men's Brooks Ghost 12 in the White/Grey/Black colorway.
  • Shoe Type: Neutral
  • Arch Type: Medium or High
  • Weight: 10.4 oz. M / 9.3 oz. W

Run spooky fast and set supernatural times with the Brooks Ghost 12.

From top to bottom, this is the shoe you need. The engineered mesh upper features 3D Fit Print technology to ensure a soft and secure fit with extra stretch and structure where you need it most. The midsole features two types of cushioning to provide a balanced softness underfoot without losing energy or durability. And finally, the outsole features a segmented crash pad. No matter how your foot lands, these integrated shock absorbers will cushion each step and provide a smooth heel-to-toe transition.

It’s just you, the road, and the ghost of your PR – today’s the day to beat your previous best.

   

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37

Men's Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37 in the Black/Ghost Green/Valerian Blue colorway.
  • Shoe Type: Neutral
  • Arch Type: High
  • Weight: 9 oz. M / 8.28 oz. W

Meet your everyday workhorse. As you pound out the miles, you’ll want a pair of shoes you can count on, and the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37 is exactly that. The Pegasus is one of the most popular and dependable running shoe models, and even after 37 versions, it’s still being upgraded with the latest technologies.

This version features a translucent upper that screams speed and is complemented by mesh details that enhance ventilation. But the most important tech is underfoot. The React foam in the midsole adds a spring in your step, and the doubled size of the Air Zoom unit in the forefoot provides maximum comfort and responsiveness.

With these shoes on, you’ll be flying to the finish line!

   

ASICS GEL-Kayano 26

Women's ASICS GEL Kayano 26 in the Birch/Champagne colorway.
  • Shoe Type: Stability
  • Arch Type: Flat or Medium
  • Weight: 10.8 oz. M / 9.3 oz. W

Twenty-six miles? No problem! The ASICS GEL-KAYANO® 26 is designed to go the distance providing you with support and comfort the whole way.

The upper is made of a jacquard mesh for a light and airy fit to keep your feet cool, but that’s not what makes these shoes really stand out. It starts with a dual density midsole which features a firmer foam on the inside and a softer foam on the outside to minimize overpronation while still returning energy. Next, there’s GEL® cushioning in the front and back to reduce shock during impact, and under the arch, the Trusstic System® helps controls torsion. To finish off the shoe, high-abrasion rubber is strategically placed along the outsole to provide durability and traction for the road.

Whether you naturally overpronate or you just prefer the extra stability for long distance runs, these shoes provide support for your joints and comfort for your feet!

   

HOKA ONE ONE Clifton Edge

  • Shoe Type: Neutral
  • Arch Type: Medium or High
  • Weight: 8.9 oz. M / 7.25 oz. W

If you’re looking for shoes to help you take charge of the road and own your race, these are the cushioned shoes you need. The new Clifton Edge pushes the boundaries and drives innovation forward with new technology in the midsole and outsole.

First up is the midsole made of a brand-new foam that provides resilient cushioning. Next up, the unique extended heel creates a soft landing and smoother transition to make you feel like you’re gliding down the road. The final new feature is the rubberized EVA outsole which overlaps the midsole to cradle your foot and provide lightweight, wrap-around support.

So go ahead, take a stride towards the future and learn to love running on the edge.

Coach Gift Ideas

Coach Gift Ideas

Gift giving can be difficult, especially when it comes to your coach. You want to say a big “thank you,” but what do you really know about them besides their favorite sport? So the end of the season rolls around and you just pick up a card for everyone to sign and put some cash inside. But with a little planning, you can find the perfect gift that you enjoy giving and your coach will appreciate receiving. So peruse the list below, find the description that best fits your coach, and check out our top gift idea.

 

For The Sentimental Coach

Most likely to be heard saying: “I said it to last year’s team, and I may say it to next year’s team, but that doesn’t mean I don’t mean it now: you guys are the best team ever.”

An orange and white Nike Strike Soccer Ball.

A simple, yet special, gift idea is a signed ball – not only is it personal, but it’s unique to this season. Plus, if anyone on your team ever makes it to the big leagues, it could increase in value. Sports using larger balls are easier for a whole team to sign, but a baseball could be difficult, so consider having each player buy their own ball and decorate it as they want with their signature and maybe a favorite memory or inside joke. Then you can drop the whole lot of them off at your coach’s office for a nice surprise.

 

For The Always-Prepared Coach

Most likely to be heard saying: “Don’t worry, I’ve got an extra pair of socks.”

Grey Nike duffel bag opened to show gear inside (water bottle, socks, whistles, stopwatch).

You know this coach. They’re the one who’s car trunk looks like chaos with extra gear for players who may have forgotten to thoroughly pack their duffle bag. So for this coach, we’ve got an easy and fun gift idea. Find a bag in your team colors and fill it with an assortment of goodies – a water bottle, a funky pair of socks, sports drinks, snacks, small sports items like a whistle or stopwatch, and for extra “aw” – cards from the whole team.

 

For The Fan-damn-tastic Coach

Most likely to be heard saying: “Did you see the game last night?”

An assortment of fan gear laid out (a Golden State hoodie, a Chicago jacket, a Philadelphia T-shirt, a Houston jersey, Toronto shorts and a Boston hat).

If your coach has a favorite college or professional team, you probably know it. You’ve seen them sporting a hat or jacket with the team logo, seen their car bumper sticker, or heard a rant at practice after a rough weekend loss. If this is your coach, consider gifting them a new piece of professional or collegiate fan gear.

 

For The Sneakerhead Coach

Most likely to be heard saying: “Watch the shoes!”

A lineup of different shoe types including Nike Zoom KD 12, Jordan AJ 1 Mid, Under Armour Hovr Apex, HOKA ONE ONE Arahi 3 and adidas Originals Stan Smith.

Help your coach stand out on the sidelines with a gift they’ll love – a new pair of sneakers. We’ve got everything from the latest Jordans to Brooks running shoes to classic Stan Smiths. No matter what brand or style your coach prefers, you’re sure to find them the perfect pair of shoes.

 

For The Practical Coach

Most likely to be heard saying: “I don’t need a gift. The best present you can give me is a championship.”

An eastbay holiday giftcard standing up

Sometimes the best gift is the one that lets your coach pick out exactly what they want. Sure, it may not be exciting to purchase or fun to put together, but when all else fails, there’s gift cards! Let your coach spend the money however they choose, whether that’s a piece of clothing for themselves or a piece of equipment for the team.


We want to hear the best ideas, comment a gift you gave (or received) that was a hit! And check out our other gift guides to find something for everyone on your list.

Best Gifts for Runners

Best Gifts for Runners

If you’re reading this blog post, chances are you’re either a runner looking to treat yourself or you know a runner and are looking for the best gear to gift them. (If running isn’t the sport you’re looking for, check out all our other gift guides.) Below you’ll find our top picks for runners – comfortable and durable gear made to withstand mile after mile of running.

Under Armour ColdGear Reactor Insulated Vest

Under Armour ColdGear Reactor Insulated Vest in Halo Grey colorway with reflective details.

This running vest is anything but ordinary. ColdGear® Reactor insulation helps your body adapt to the cold by providing both warmth and breathability. If that’s not enough to convince you, it also has quick-drying material, reflective details, and pockets for your necessary bring-alongs.

Though the model above is only available in men’s sizes, we do have a women’s fleece vest from Under Armour that’s worth checking out! (Don’t worry; it still has pockets!)

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36

Women's Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 in University Red colorway with black Swoosh outlined in gold sequins.

All the shoes in the Nike Zoom family are pretty great, but the Air Zoom Pegasus 36 is one of the most popular models and for good reason! The mesh-and-synthetic upper features more perforations across the high-heat areas of your feet to increase breathability, and exposed Flywire cables add a secure fit. Last but not least, iconic Zoom Air runs throughout the entire length of the shoes providing smooth comfort to your stride.

Available in both women’s and men’s sizes, these shoes are definitely a winning gift to either give or get.

Nike Wild Run Shield Jacket

Defy the weather in style with the Nike Shield Jacket. Weather-resistant fabric blocks out wind and rain so that you can keep after it even in stormy weather, and reflective graphics on the front and back pop when hit by the light, helping you stand out during low-light runs.

The Nike Shield Jacket is available in styles for both men and women.

Nike Joyride Run Flyknit

Nike Joyride Run Flyknit shoe in Dark Grey, Bright Crimson, Pure Platinum colorway.

The Nike Joyride shoes are one of a kind in both look and feel, making them a great gift option. They’re described as having small bean bags under your feet, and when you lace ‘em up for your first run, you’ll understand why. They’re so comfortable, and the four “bean bags” are filled with tiny foam beads that move and conform around your foot as pressure is dispersed during your stride.

These unique and innovative running shoes are available for both men and women.

Nike Glam Shorts

The Glam Shorts feature many of the same great features as other Nike running shorts including the quick drying Dri-FIT technology and 3” inseam for ultimate mobility. But what makes these shorts special is the design. Taking inspiration from the sport of basketball, these running shorts have wide mesh panels near the bottom for even more breathability and a slightly thicker waistband.

Sorry, men, these Glam shorts are only available in women’s sizes, but if you’re looking for a new pair of running shorts consider these 5” Challenger Brief Shorts from Nike.

adidas Ultraboost 19

Women's adidas Ultraboost 19 in an all white colorway.

The Ultraboost 19 running shoes have 20% more Boost (adidas’ most responsive midsole cushioning) than the previous model. But that’s not the only reason to buy these running shoes. Take the upper for example: It’s made from a seamless Primeknit material, so you know you have breathable and durable comfort. And the outsole is made from Continental™ Rubber to provide phenomenal traction in all weather and on all surfaces.

These ultra-responsive running shoes are available in men’s and women’s sizes and are sure to give your running the boost you need to hit that new PR.

Nike Wild Run Midlayer Long-Sleeve Top

Men's Nike Wild Run Midlayer Long-Sleeve Top in Pale Ivory/Game Royal/Black colorway.

As the weather turns cooler, you start considering putting on another layer before heading out the door for your run. Which sounds like an easy enough decision, but what can you wear that won’t cause your body to overheat, won’t weigh you down, and won’t hinder your movements? This Dri-FIT midlayer top from Nike checks all those boxes offering safety and warmth from wind and rain. The front and back panels are water and wind resistant while the knit sleeves provide added warmth.

The Nike Glam Midlayer Long Sleeve Top for women is a little different but still helps you run comfortably in cool weather with mesh panels for ventilation and a brushed knit fabric for warmth.

Brooks Revel 3

Men's Brooks Revel 3 running shoes in the Green, Red, Silver colorway.

Meet the newest running shoes from Brooks – the Revel 3. The sleek design on the upper gives it a more versatile look from the traditional running shoe silhouette, so that even before or after running you can wear it around enjoying the casual look. Not only will they look great with whatever you pair it with, but it feels great on your foot with an inner bootie designed to provide a secure fit. The last level of comfort is found in the midsole cushioning that adapts to your specific running stride to provide the perfect amount of protection.

These neutral, road-running shoes are available for men and women.

HOKA ONE ONE Clifton 6

Women's HOKA ONE ONE Clifton 6 in the Poppy Red/Cactus Flower colorway.

As with previous Clifton models that have come before it, the 6 continues to provide a lightweight and comfortable fit with the signature midsole cushioning, full-ground contact, and zones of high-abrasion rubber on the outsole. Plus, this new update features an embroidered design on the outside of the mesh upper to provide a secure fit without any added weight and bulk.

Perfect for road runs, these shoes can be found in both men’s and women’s sizes.

Nike Tempo UNI PR Shorts

These shorts are a staple for female runners. Made with Dri-FIT technology throughout and mesh fabric on the sides, you’ll stay cool and dry during your entire run. And with built-in briefs and a 3” inseam you’ll experience a full range of mobility so that you can run with ease.

Although the Tempo UNI PR Shorts are only available in women’s sizes, we do offer plenty of Nike running shorts for men!