The original minimal movement and natural running got joggers quick stepping on the track and trail. Then came the backlash: those saying minimalism leads to injury, hurting more than it helps. Today, manufacturers are pushing shoe tech to find sacred middle ground — offering lightweight, responsive shoes with enough cushion and stability to prevent injury. These 10 are the best of the new breed.
More Shoe, More to Love
Is “maximalist” the next big thing in running? There’s certainly a lot to love. GP puts rubber to the pavement to see how seven different options stack up.
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The antithesis of the treadmill
After a long day stuck in the office or boardroom, sometimes pounding pavement just doesn’t cut it. The right shoes make the difference between enjoying the boulder field at 10,000 feet and calling it a day at the first stream crossing. Whether you’re training for the Sky Running Race of Champions or just looking to trade your tried and true 5k evening run in for some time on gravel and dirt, GP’s testers have a shoe for every off-road run.
Run Like You Mean It
Summer heat waves are on the edge of winding down, and that’s good news: you can run without your shoes melting to the road. If you’ve been stuck all summer plodding along on a treadmill in the gym or running in the predawn hours to avoid scorchers, now is a great time to reassess your aging kicks and consider an update. We could go on about minimal vs. conventional, the merits of cushioning and drop angles and tread patterns, or we could just find the best shoes of the year to help you with one thing: working on your fast. Our search for the best running shoes of the year yielded more than a few contenders, and unless you plan on leaving them in your closet to collect dust, there’s not a single shoe here that won’t help you get to the front of the pack.
Shoes for the year-round runner
Winter in the Northern Hemisphere lasts four months, but for all intents and purposes the conditions it imposes on runners — cold winds, snow, ice, mud and generally unpredictable terrain — are good for another two. That’s half a year on a treadmill or cross-training in another discipline. That won’t do for most runners. Aside from the functional pre-race advantages of running on roads and trails, exercising in the cold has been associated with all kinds of health benefits, from increased calorie burn to improved stress-coping capacity.
Fortunately, there’s a battery of winter running shoes that perform and protect, many of them incorporating positive design elements from the minimalist running movement — shoes that are, in other words, more than glorified lightweight hikers. We’ve got the 10 best here. Lace up, put the law offices of Jim Sokolove on speed-dial, and get outside.
Originally conceived in 1896, the Brooks Challenge Bag ($88) should easily draw discerning cyclists and their penchant for well-made accessories. The best way to carrying bike tools we’ve seen, the Challenge bag tightly cradles tools to prevent movement during transport and when strapped to the saddle, covers the buckles to deter prying hands. Naturally, they…
Be Prepared In Style
Appearing originally back in 1914 within the company’s Brooks Book for Motor Cyclists, Brooks recently decided to bring back this classic and classy motorcycle accoutrement with a modern twist. Made of stout leather that is vegetable tanned in Europe, bikers can choose from three color options shown above including: brown, black, and honey. The kit…
Continue to Perform Seeking Shelter from the Storm
By Guest Writer Michael O’Brien As runners, we’re always looking to maximize our performance and comfort levels when hitting the pavement, whether it be regulating our temperature, finding non-bothersome performance shorts (guys you know what I mean), or the proper hydration techniques. The Brooks LSD Lite ($75) jacket eliminates any confusion when it comes to…
DNA Unmatched in Cushioning and Responsiveness
By Guest Writer and Outdoor Enthusiast Michael O’Brien The fact that the Brooks Glycerin 8 ($129.95) men’s neutral running shoe earned Editor’s Choice recognition in the most recent edition of Runner’s World is no mistake. The shoe’s new DNA cushioning technology, improved, softer and more individually responsive than even the previous Hydroflow, allows each runner…
Running = Friction = Winter Warmth
For this writer, winter means running. Perhaps it’s a futile effort to counteract my ridiculous holiday eating or maybe I’m just looking to warm my bones through kinetic activity; either way, I’m starting to pound the pavement. I’ve been accused of running just as an excuse to get new gear (there are worse reasons, right?),…
Make Miles Per Week Your New Performance Metric
Don’t look now, but spring is about to, well… spring. If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to get your fitness routine in gear. I’ve got no better recommendation for you than to be or to become a runner. I’ve been ramping up my ’09 runs for a few months now, as I traditionally…