The Best Shoes for Running | Spring 2016 Edition

Spring and summer 2016 race season is officially underway. When was the last time you replaced your running shoes?

If you've been keeping up with our running shoe guides, you know that it's best to switch up your running shoes every 300-500 miles. For most runners, that's around every 4-6 months. Even if you're shoes still look like they're in good shape, replacing them every 4-6 months can help prevent some injuries. 

How to use this list: This list is for educational purposes only.

  • We rounded up some of the newest running shoes on the market -- with photos & descriptions (not reviews) from each brand -- so you don't have to go digging through each website. 
  • Tap the photos to view an image of the next shoe in a category
  • Click on the price of the shoe to be directed to the full product page (leaving our site)
  • If you have never been fitted for running shoes by a professional, please visit your local run specialty shop or physical therapist for a gait analysis and personalized shoe recommendation.
  • Remember, not all feet are created equally. A shoe or brand that works well for a friend or relative may not work well for you. 

Lightweight/minimal running shoes: These shoes are typically for runners who are training for 5Ks, 10Ks, or working on their speed with interval training and tempo runs. 

adidas Pure Boost X: These running shoes are built for nonstop forward motion. Made for runners with a neutral gait, their snug, sock-like upper delivers nonrestrictive arch support so you can move with instinct, while a boost™ midsole invigorates every step with light, fast energy.  -- As we stated in the header, these shoes are designed for shorter to middle distances like 5k and 10k runs so be sure to take that into consideration before making a purchase. | $120

Nike Lunar Tempo 2: The Nike LunarTempo 2 combines the lightweight fit of a racing shoe with soft Lunarlon cushioning for an ultra-smooth ride ideal for both tempo training and longer distances. -- This year's edition has a much better fit than the 2015 version. There's more space in the toe box and it's a little more breathable. | $100

Saucony Kinvara 7: Run farther from the start and closer to comfort in the Kinvara 7. Now with an EVERUN treatment in the heel, this ride delivers a step up in comfort. Add in a lightweight FLEXFILM in the upper for a durable, flexible fit, and you may never want to slow down. -- With the addition of EVERUN, the Kinvara 7 feels really responsive and more firm than previous models. | $110

Neutral running shoes: These shoes are designed for regular and under-pronators who benefit from a good cushioned midsole.

Asics Gel Nimbus 18: After 18 years of innovation, the Nimbus® series continues as one of ASICS’ most recognized high performing footwear. The new GEL® placement offers modernized geometry of cushioning, designed to improve adaptability and mitigate brisk impacts. Improved Guidance Line® technology harmoniously syncs componentry to embrace the motions of the runner’s gait cycle. | $150

New Balance Fresh Foam 1080: Designed using data gathered from athletes who run at an average pace, the women’s Fresh Foam 1080 cushioned shoe is made for performance. In addition to supremely comfortable Fresh Foam cushioning, an engineered mesh upper gives your feet room to move while data-designed grooves on the outsole deliver the flexibility you need. | $150

Nike Flyknit Lunar Epic: Built for the future of running and those who dare to lead it, the Nike LunarEpic Flyknit Women's Running Shoe delivers an impeccably smooth ride and a virtually unnoticeable, second-skin fit. The soft, contoured Lunarlon midsole has precision-lazered cuts on the sides that collapse during footstrike, delivering a perfectly smooth transition from heel to toe. | $175

Stability running shoes: These shoes are designed for runners who could benefit from a little extra support in the midsole. With over-pronators in mind, many of these shoes have a medial posting in the arch. 

Brooks Transcend 3: Perfect for the runner who may pronate, this shoe goes even further, addressing how the entire body moves. The midsole dynamically adapts to every step thanks to our soft Super DNA midsole; and IDEAL Pressure Zones evenly disperse impact away from the body. | $170

On Cloudflyer: The Cloudflyer brings extra cushion and stability to your run. If you're familiar with the more minimal On Cloud, you'll be happy to know that this shoe is perfect for runners. | $160

New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo: The first women’s stability shoe in the Fresh Foam family, the Fresh Foam Vongo uses an innovative, one-piece midsole to deliver the support you need. Combined with breathable mesh for comfort and a perforated mid-foot wrap for structured flexibility, you’re ready for the long run. | $130

Fitness & gym shoes: These shoes, unlike the ones listed above, should only be used for working out. There midsoles aren't designed to take on the impact of running so be sure to use them fo strength and cross-training days. 

Under Armour Charged Stunner: Features ultra-breathable engineered mesh with synthetic overlays for increased support, a low platform stays close to the ground for agility in all directions and the rubber outsole provides superior traction with flex grooves for flexibility where you need it most. -- This lightweight shoe is great for your cross-training sessions. | $90

Nike Metcon 2:  Designed for the unique demands of high-intensity training, the Nike Metcon 2 Women's Training Shoe helps you lift, run, jump and climb ropes with its incredibly low and stable heel, flexible forefoot and high-density rubber.  The shoe's incredibly low heel provides exceptional stability for squats, box jumps and more. | $130

Reebok CrossFit Speed TR:  All-direction stability keeps your base of support solid, helping you exert maximum power and reach top speeds. The Speed TR features specialized reinforcements, like a heel KippingKlip for efficient handstand pushups, a RopePro shank for durability, and a responsive propulsion plate enabling high-intensity transitions. | $100


Now that you have an idea of what's on the shelves at your local running store, be sure to try on a few different models to find out which shoes are best for you. Check out the following blogs for more info!