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The nights are longer, the days are hotter, and air conditioning is suddenly the hottest commodity around. It’s almost summertime, which can be particularly treacherous for runners who are ill-prepared. While you’ll want to be sure to gear up on moisture wicking tops and shorts, your sneaker selection is equally important. Don’t make the mistake of sweating putting your feet through hell in a pair of constricting kicks, let Sneaker Report help you find something more suitable for the season’s burn. These are The 10 Most Breathable Running Shoes.

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The Best adidas Running Shoes for Hot Summer Days

adidas Feather 2.0

No. 10 – adidas adizero Feather 2.0

Upper: Air mesh with synthetic overlays

Not only is the adidas adizero Feather 2.0 incredibly light at 7.3 oz, but its air mesh upper offers maximum ventilation as things heat up. A molded foam insole and Adiprene cushioning help to enhance comfort and deliver an efficient stride. Despite its light weight, the Feather 2.0 is built to last with a durable Adiwear outsole.


Newton Gravity

No. 9 – Newton Gravity

Upper: Open air mesh with minimal anatomical support strapping

Praised by Sneaker Report for its highly breathable upper and instant drying capabilities, the Newton Gravity is built with open air mesh and minimal supportive overlays. The brand's patented Action/Reaction technology provides cushion in the midfoot, while an ETC anti-friction and anti-bacterial sockliner ensure that feet stay fresh throughout your run.

$175Mizuno Wave EVO Levitas

No. 8 – Mizuno Wave EVO Levitas

Upper: Mesh with synthetic overlays

Built for midfoot runners, the Mizuno Wave EVO Levitas features an upper constructed of breathable mesh and supported by synthetic overlays. Neutral runners will benefit from its 8mm heel-to-toe ratio, while Mizuno Wave technology adds cushion and stability.

$110adidas impact runner

No. 7 – adidas Impact Runner

Upper: Air mesh with minimal overlays

The breathability offered by the adidas Impact Runner was one of its features that impressed Sneaker Report's review team the most. Constructed of air mesh with very few synthetic additions, the Impact Runner is perfect for those days when you just can't seem to beat the heat.

$85New Balance Minimus 1010

No. 6 – New Balance Minimus 1010

Upper: Mesh with synthetic overlays

Equipped with a Vibram outsole and NB’s Minimus technology, the Minimus 1010 is not only breathable, but an all-around high performance runner. The stripped-down construction is sure to keep you cool in sweltering temps.

$110 Saucony Triumph 10

No. 5 – Saucony Triumph 10

Upper: Open mesh with synthetic overlays

The Saucony Triumph 10 boasts a teched-out midfoot section, featuring a crashpad with independently responsive pods and PowerGrid cushioning. Meanwhile, its upper is kept relatively simple, with heel and toe overlays supporting an open mesh construction.


Brooks Pure Connect 2

No. 4 – Brooks PureConnect 2

Upper: Mesh with suede and synthetic overlays

With a sleek design and flexible tooling, the Brooks PureConnect 2 focuses on a lightweight and construction with fewer materials than standard running shoes. The upper is built with breathable mesh and thin, supportive overlays to keep you cool and comfy in the heat. The outsole of the PureConnect 2 is designed with a split toe groove which extends to the midfoot, influencing natural foot movement.


Skora Form

No. 3 – Skora Form

Upper: Perforated Pittards Armor-Tan Goatskin Leather Upper

For those seeking breathability in the form of premium materials, the Skora Form runner is for you. Utilizing ultra-premium materials throughout, including a goatskin leather upper and sheepskin leather lining, the Skora Form is packed with large perforations throughout the upper. Skora even had ventilation in mind when selecting the materials, as the fiber structures in goatskin are more durable and breathable than cow and other leathers.

$185adidas Climacool Aerate 2.0

No. 2 – adidas Climacool Aerate 2.0

Upper: Mesh with 360 degrees of Climacool ventilation

The adidas Climacool Aerate 2.0 is equipped to delivers cooling properties in high performance situations. Its fully-ventilated mesh upper features a breathable sockliner for added airflow. Whether you’re in the beaming sun or a sweaty gym, the adidas ClimaCool Aerate 2.0 will keep you comfortable with its breathability and moisture-management.


Saucony Cortana 2

No. 1 – Saucony Cortana 2

Upper: Mesh with synthetic overlays

Rounding out our selections is the Saucony Cortana 2. With a forefoot composed of entirely mesh, the toe and heel of the Cortana 2 are enhanced with synthetic overlays and Saucony's Sauc-Fit lockdown system. Inside, the Cortana 2 utilizes HydraMax collar lining for moisture wicking and a soft, plush feel. Further breathability is added by the Comfortride+ sockliner, and open-cell design which is antimicrobial.