Despite the countless high-profile running shoes that entered the market over the past year, there are some models that stick out amongst the rest. And we want to get our hands— err feet— on 'em. From adidas to Mizuno to Nike and beyond, running brands out-did themselves in 2013 by rolling out some serious updates to established shoes, as well as brand new models altogether. Here are 10 running shoes we want now.
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Nike Air Max Tailwind+ 6
The latest iteration of the Air Max Tailwind is far-removed from the classic design of the OG Tailwind from the late ‘70, but that doesn’t mean the shoe is any less impressive. For the first time in years Nike gave the shoe a complete heel-to-toe makeover, while staying true to its roots of being the first Swoosh-branded running shoe ever to boast Air units in the sole. We also love the Tailwind+ 6’s technicolor Gamma Blue silhouette on a visual level.
Mizuno Wave Rider 17
Anyone who’s a someone in the running industry knows just how legendary the Mizuno Wave Rider series is. Now back for the 17th time, the latest Wave Rider boasts a brand new U4iC platform that is 30% lighter than traditional foam, yet offers the same amount of cushioning and stability, if not more. The Wave Rider 17 is a lean mean running machine--and we want it.
adidas Supernova Glide 6 Boost
It may have taken the adidas Supernova Glide 6 Boost a while to arrive, but the third generation Boost-enabled shoe was well worth the wait. Along with its high energy rebound Boost midsole unit, the Supernova Glide 6 features a refined upper that is more structurally sound than the ones on the previous two Boost models--the Energy Boost and adios Boost. These sneakers are great for year-round running. Hell, we’d even rock ‘em to the club.
Saucony Guide 7
If you’re looking to get serious about this whole running thing this holiday season, and are in need of a shoe that is the complete package in terms of speed, comfort, support and versatility, look no further than the Saucony Guide 7. Making the switch from a ProGrid midsole to a PowerGrid version, the Guide 7 is more stable than its predecessor without much added bulk. These should be at the top of every runner’s wish list.
Newton Running BoCo AT
As a runner, dipping and dodging through the city streets is fun and all, but sometimes you just want to swap in the concrete for an unpaved trail to mix things up a bit. If we just described you, then you’ll be glad to know that for the first time ever specialty brand Newton Running has rolled out a true trail shoe and it’s impressive in every facet of the word. Seriously, these sneakers are legit.
Asics Gel Kayano 20
Back for an unprecedented 20th time, the Asics Gel Kayano series continues to prove why it’s one of the most popular running shoes year in, year out. If you’ve got the extra dough laying around, then we recommend picking up the 20th Anniversary Gel Kayano pack--which includes a pair of the original Kayano’s, as well as the most current ones. If you ain’t got it, still cop the Kayano 20’s. You’ll be glad you did.
New Balance 890v4
The New Balance 890 series is the gift that keeps on giving. Despite being just a few years old, the 890 has already become a popular choice for runners with a neutral gait looking for a lightweight trainer that can do it all--whether its on the track or in the gym. The latest version--the 890v4--comes with a significant design update that works on both a performance and visual level. You can even step up your street cred with the Brooklyn-edition 890v4.
Brooks Ghost 6
The best-selling Brooks Ghost continues to improve with each year that passes, and if the sixth installment of the shoe is any indication, the best may be yet to come. With a silky smooth feel and enough cushioning and support to last you the distance, the Ghost 6 has the potential of becoming your favorite running shoe, ever.
Nike Free Hyperfeel
Leave it to Nike to redefine an entire category. Even with minimalist running dropping in popularity in the past year or two, Nike is still looking out for runners who are all about that “less is more” approach with the Free Hyperfeel. A shoe that combines a compression-like Flyknit upper with a low-profile Nike Free sole, the Hyperfeel gets runners closer to the ground for excellent feel without sacrificing comfort.
Under Armour SpeedForm
Things have been fairly quiet on the home front for Under Armour’s running footwear division as of late, but there are some worthy contenders that still have our attention— particularly the UA SpeedForm racing flat. Despite its 6-ounce build, the SpeedForm is loaded with performance potential thanks to some ingenuity on the part of UA. The shoe focuses on fit and speed, but should be bought for the look alone.