7 Shoes We're Exited About [Winter 2017]

Brooks Ravenna 8, Photo by Brooks Running

Brooks Ravenna 8, Photo by Brooks Running

By Takia McClendon

If you're in the market for new shoes, you picked a great time of the year. Although many running and training shoes are released in the summer, there's no reason to overlook the classic styles that are upgraded every winter. 

In this post, we share 7 running and training shoes that are great for your workout needs. If you haven't been fitted for running shoes, be sure to stop by your local running shop or sporting goods store to find out which shoes are best for your foot type and needs. 

Read this: How To Pick Your Next Pair of Running Shoes


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Brooks Ravenna 8 [$110]

If you're looking for a lightweight stability shoe, the brand new Brooks Ravenna 8 is the shoe for you. Designed for runners with low to medium arches, this shoe offers great support to mild over-pronators. 

Key features: 

  • New breathable mesh upper
  • 10mm offset for smooth heel to toe transition
  • Springy cushion

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Nike Zoom Elite 9 [$120]

Although I was sad to see the Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 go away, the Zoom Elite 9 looks promising. According to Nike, it has a snappy, responsive ride with low-profile cushioning and lightweight, breathable mesh fabric to help support your fastest runs.

Key Features:

  • Great for fast runs, racing and speedwork
  • Lightweight Flymesh upper and Flywire technology
  • 8mm offset

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HOKA One One Hupana [$100]

If you're familiar with HOKA's oversized midsoles and Meta-Rocker technology, the Hupana may look a little out of place. HOKA says that the Hupana is a shoes that "you can wear all day." What do you think?

Key Features:

  • Lightweight, neutral running shoe
  • Responsive cushioning
  • 5mm offset

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Saucony Freedom ISO[$160]

Lightweight seems to be a theme on this list and the new Saucony Freedom ISO fits right in. The Freedom is Saucony's first shoe that has a full Everun (Saucony's responsive cushioning) midsole. 

Key Features:

  • Highly durable TRI-FLEX crystal rubber outsole
  • Engineered stretch mesh upper
  • 4mm offset

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Brooks Launch 4 [$100]

If you've run in any of the previous versions of the Launch, you'll love the new model. It has a new "rebounding rubber under the forefoot and a redesigned heel that lets your neutral stride shine". 

Key Features:

  • Lots of space in new mesh upper/toe box 
  • Lightweight shoe that's great for race day
  • 10mm offset

Nike Metcon 3 in other colorways, Photo via Nike.com

Nike Metcon 3 in other colorways, Photo via Nike.com

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Nike Metcon 3 [$130]

Ready to hit the gym? If your next workout requires squats, planks, push-ups, etc., consider the Metcon 3 - Nike's versatile training shoe. It's also great for lifting, sprints, and rope climbing. 

Key Features:

  • Firm-rubber heel to keep you stable while lifting
  • Sticky rubber in the forefoot for traction
  • Updated soft and flexible midsole

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Reebok CrossFit Nano 7.0 [$130]

The Nano 7, another highly anticipated release for those of us looking for a cross-training shoe, has finally release. Even if CrossFit isn't your sport, this shoe is great for your fitness/training needs. 

Key Features: 

  • Added heel piece giver you better leverage
  • Rubber outsole flexes naturally for balance and stability
  • 4mm offset

Takia McClendon is the co-founder of City Fit Girls. She's a shoe expert and manager at a running store in Philadelphia and a Certified Level 1 USATF Coach. Follow her online at @takiamcclendon. 

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