Go the extra mile with 4 great running shoes for a variety of workouts
Whether you’ve registered for a fun run with friends, are putting in some serious training for a race in the coming months or just like jogging with Fido, put your best foot forward in a pair of new running shoes.
Every year, we’re impressed with new and improved shoe features, including technology that makes shoes light as can be and brand-new designs that help you conquer your preferred terrain.
Here are four pairs of outdoor running shoes, broken down by different work-out types, that are sure to give you a run for your money.
Soft shoe caps are a must-have feature that makes running inclines or along mountainous trails easier on your feet. They also work to keep your toes comfy during sharp downhill stints. The “Impact Brake System” on these shoes give outsoles maximum grip, which is perfect for running on uneven terrain where you’ll sometimes come across loose rocks. Asymmetrical lacing works to distribute tension from the tops to the bottoms of the shoes. Trust us, you’ll be able to go the extra mile–literally–thanks to the plush cushioning that adds comfort to these shoes. La Sportiva Wildcat 3.0 trail running shoes, $115, rei.com
Pound the pavement
Shock absorption is a road runner’s best friend while out pounding the pavement. In anticipation of the next model, the 2014 Nike Air Max has been marked down–and it’s still one of the best running shoes on the market. Cloud-like cushioning soften your run and flex grooves lend foot flexibility. We love the bright, unabashedly bold colors on these shoes, too. Nike Air Max 2, $129.99 on sale, footlocker.com
Super lightweight shoes and good traction can have turbo-charging effects for sprinters and middle-distance runners. This track spike is perfect for events ranging from 800 to 5,000 meters–whether you’re a competitive runner or like to incorporate sprints into your workouts. AMI mesh keeps the shoe lightweight–only 4.1 ounces! Nike Zoom W4, $54.99 on sale , eastbay.com
Fresh prints–like dots and animal prints–make this an extra stylish shoe. You’ll especially love this style, though, because a seamless upper creates a smooth, glove-like fit and the shoe is super-lightweight, which mimics the barefoot running trend while still protecting your feet. Nike Free 5.0 V4 running shoe, $100, nordstrom.com