This crop of new running shoes makes us feel fit, fast and fabulous. A few members of our staff picked their favorites.
1. Ever since I ran the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park 10K last year, I’ve been partial to wearing the Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 ($120, mizunousa.com) for races. Officially a neutral shoe, these have great cushioning and a nice, snug fit through the heel and midfoot. The third edition will be out later this year—perhaps those will give me cheetah speed!
— Nicki Miller, managing editor
2. The Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 2 ($140, adidas.com) is the platonic ideal of a long-distance racing shoe—for my feet anyway. The structure is light without feeling barebones, the sole is rigid without seeming stiff and the flat, fibrous laces stay tied all the way to the finish.
— Jessie Sebor, editor in chief
3. Light but still with plenty of cushion, the Hoka One One Clifton ($110, hokaoneone.com) is my long-run trainer and may be my new half-marathon shoe. The fit is somewhat unique with a heel-hugging collar and ample room in the toe box.
— Scott Draper, photo editor
4. Falling down sucks, especially during a race. But thanks to the burly tread on the ASICS Gel-Fuji Runnegade ($100, asicsamerica.com), I can keep my feet on the ground and tackle rocks, roots and mud with confidence. They even have a sweet sock-style liner to keep grit away from my tootsies!
— Allison Pattillo, gear editor
5. After suffering through many runs where my toes would go numb, I finally found a shoe my feet love. The Nike Free Flyknit 3.0 ($140, nikerunning.com) allows my feet to move in all directions, thereby preventing numbness. And the best part—NO socks needed. I just slip these on, and out I go!
— Erin Douglas, art director
6. The big question before my first marathon: Which shoe will I wear? After testing a handful of eligible candidates, I landed on the new Brooks Launch 2 ($100, brooksrunning.com). The lightweight feel and pleasantly snug fit make my stride seem effortless, plus the enhanced upper makes it much more breathable than other Brooks models I’ve raced in before. Bonus points for the great lacing system that stays put while you move.
— Caitlyn Pilkington, associate editor