10 kinds of runners, 10 different shoes
Runners have strong feelings for their shoes. Love? Maybe. That’s why it’s so important to find the right shoe. Because, as in love, not just any shoe will do. BRO waded through the sea of new running shoe candidates to find the ideal shoe for you. Whether you’re an ultra runner looking for a serious commitment, or just an occasional 5Ker looking for a good time, we’ve found your sole mate.
While most trainers have cavernous uppers, Mizuno opted for a super-stretchy upper giving you a sock-like fit that stretches and contracts with the top of your foot throughout the strike process. The upper is coupled with a collar and lacing system that locks down your heel, eliminating hot spots and reinforcing the snug fit. The Wave Nirvana 6 does what all good running shoes aspire to do: make the feet want to keep going even when the legs wish to quit. $134; 12.6 ounces. mizunousa.com
Loaded with an impact-dampening crash pad, comfy sock liner that’s integrated into the lacing for a more snug fit, and a shock absorbing midsole and heel, the 1064 is New Balance’s top-of-the-line trainer. The 1064 is a cush ride that’s roomier than last year’s model (1063). $129.95; 12.1 ounces. newbalance.com
The Kayano 16 has women-specific designs like a higher heel (to decrease Achilles tension) and an extra-soft foam in the forefoot that provides more cushion than the men’s version. Designed for big miles and comfort, the Kayano remains the most popular, and trusted, women’s shoe in Asics’ line. $140; 10.5 ounces. asicsamerica.com
Over 75 percent of this racing flat is made from recycled and sustainable materials, with a biodegradable midsole, water based adhesives, and non-toxic dyes. The Green Silence has a snug upper and low profile like most flats, but it has a thicker than normal midsole for added comfort on longer races. After all, a 10K personal best and a clean eco conscience doesn’t have to hurt, right? $100; 6.9 ounces. brooksrunning.com