Looking for a new running shoe this fall? Are you ride-or-die for the Swoosh?
Here are the 10 best running shoe options for you this fall. From the super supportive to the bare minimum underfoot, read along to see the best options for your stride.
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Danny Mitchell is a freelance writer from New York and contributor to Sneaker Report with an relentless passion for the Knicks, sneakers, golf, and anything ‘90s.
Nike Air Zoom Vomero 9
Key Technology: Articulated crash pad
Although summer has come to an end, mother nature's sure to drop some warm weather on us throughout the fall months, which means you'll need a shoe that offers the breathability to battle the heat. The Zoom Vomero 9 was designed with a mesh upper that features cutouts through the lateral side to increase air flow and keep your feet cool and dry. Another standout here is the crash pad, that's aided by Nike Zoom Air units in the heel and forefoot to give the cushioning and responsiveness needed throughout those long distance runs.
Nike Zoom Terra Kiger 2
Key Technology: Agressive cross-country inspired lugs
Trail running has grown immensley over the year's, as the road less traveled is now becoming an every day routine for people. Runner's looking for a new challenge and terrain are hitting up all the local back trails, which means you'll need a shoe that can traverse the elements and stand up to what mother nature throws their way. The Zoom Terra Kiger 2 was built just for these conditions as it features aggressive cross-country inspired lugs on the outsole to offer exceptional traction, even on wet surfaces. Nike also built the shoe to offer the most efficiency with an anatomically shaped design that promotes a natural stride, and provides the stability that trail runners are looking for.
Nike Air Zoom Streak 5
Key Technology: TPU shank
Whether your clocking 3 miles a day, or 10, the Zoom Streak 5 was designed for the everyday runner. It's lightweight, breathable design offers the support and stability that holds it's weight through short or long distances. Don't let the low-top cut fool you, as the TPU shank in the midfoot provides the extra stability and support that you would find in a mid or higher cut runner. This unisex shoe is one of the more narrow in Nike's arsenal, but it's also one of the most complete and advanced shoe from a technical stand point as it features Flywire, Zoom Air, and every other Nike tech you could ask for.
Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit
Key Technology: Knit-in Flywire cables
The most flexible of all runner's in the Nike fleet, the Free 3.0 Flyknit was designed to make user's feel like your wearing a sock, not a shoe. The shoe eliminated weight due to the fully knitted upper, which also has Flywire directly woven in to give the added support that would come from traditional materials including mesh or leather. The Free 3.0 Flyknit is also anatomically shaped which promotes your natural running stance, and at just 5.7oz, there's no added drag or weighed down feel when you hit the pavement.
Nike Free 5.0
Key Technology: 8mm offset
The latest installment of the Free series, the 5.0 is a great shoe not only for running, but training purposes as well. As usual with the Free shoes of the past, the 5.0 is highly flexible and lightweight, coming in at just 8.9oz. The combo mesh upper gives the ventilation runners are looking for, while still providing the strength and durability your looking for in an every day training shoe. The step in is naturally contoured to each foot, and the heel is designed to mimic the shape of your foot to promote a more natural stride with each step. The Free 5.0 continues to build on the success of previous models and delivers where runners need it the most, in stability, cushioning, and support.
Nike LunarEclipse 4
Key Technology: Dynamic Support platform
Cushioning is key when looking for a shoe that can withstand an avid's runner's routine. For those putting in the extra miles over the weekend, the LunarEclipse 4 is a runner to consider due to it's responsive Lunarlon cushioning. Many other shoe's in Nike's arsenal feature Lunarlon, but the LunarEclipse boosts performance with added foam carrier that'll make you feel like your running on clouds. The shoe also features a Dynamic Support platform in the heel which adds stability without sacrificing the flexibility or adding on extra weight.
Nike LunarGlide 6
Key Technology: Two-piece, dual-density midsole
The LunarGlide 6 is the most stable in Nike's running category mainly due to the dual-density midsole. The dual midsole consists of firm Phylon and Lunarlon working together to offer a highly stable and responsive ride, while giving the cushioning you can feel on each stride. This year's model improves in LunarGlide's from the past in the durability area with a rugged outsole pattern, and the engineered foam upper features laser cut perforations throughout to cut weight and add ventilation where older models lacked.
Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit
Key Technology: One-piece Flyknit upper
Winner of Runner's World 2014 "Best Update" award, the Free 4.0 Flyknit truly stepped up its game compared to its predecessor. The fully Flyknit upper gives users a sock-like fit that's supported by multiple Flywire cables on each side. The shoe also features a 6mm offset from heel to forefoot which gives a closer to the ground feel, and the heel is shaped to mimic your foot to promote a more natural stride. Long story short, the Free 4.0 Flyknit is a beast and should be considered by every runner, no matter your level.
Nike Flyknit Lunar 2
Key Technology: Fitsole sockliner
The Flyknit Lunar 1 made our list of the best running shoes of 2013, and this year's model only improves on the success. Not only delivering on the performance end, the Flyknit Lunar 2 is possibly the best looking runner in Nike's fleet as the upper allows for a mix of some eye catching colors. Flyknit is used throughout the upper but is strengthened and supported by sturdy Flywire cables and Dynamic Fit system that locks your foot in place. Built for beginner's or the most serious runners, the Flyknit Lunar 2 delivers on all fronts providing the cushion and lightweight feel that's required in today's best shoes.
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 31
Key Technology: Premium Cushlon foam
31-years of innovation and development went into the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 31, and it doesn't disappoint. This year's model is the quickest and most responsive in the storied history of the Pegasus line, due to the Zoom Air cushioning, and lightweight mesh upper. Nike also made improvements on the stability front with the addition of a rubber crash rail to the lateral outsole, which provides a larger footprint, and stabilizes the foot following impact. Weighing in at just 10oz, this year's model keeps the lightweight feel you've known to love with the Pegasus series, but the added features and tech that makes this the best shoe in the Swoosh arsenal this season.