Tackle the running season head on with a pair of trainers equipped with the latest advancements in running shoe tech. Stylish, smart and futuristic, these are the kicks that will have you racing ahead of the pack this year. Stephanie Ayre reports.
New Balance Fresh Foam Boracay
It might be the latest gimmick in running shoe technology, but it’s still very cool: sporting giants worldwide are set to release some of the first high performance running shoes with full-length 3D printed midsoles (cue the applause). By leveraging off the benefits of 3D printing, the honeycomb-like midsole structure of New Balance’s Fresh Foam Boracay will provide an optimal balance of flexibility, strength, weight and durability. If you want comfort with performance, these are the shoes that up the game.
Saucony Freedom ISO
The Freedom ISO might very well be a game-changer when it comes to running shoes, or at the very least, change-up your game. It has a full midsole made entirely from the very bouncy material Everun. Sure, it might be a tad heavier than traditional foams, but it does boast extra bounce and durability than some of its similar counterparts.
To ensure speed isn’t lost due to heavier material, Saucony has stripped away all other features from the upper, leaving it simple and lightweight, with minimal tongue padding. Smart.
Adidas Ultraboost X
Sorry guys, this one is designed specifically for women. The cleverly engineered mix of style and performance technologies is designed to get (and keep) you moving. The Primeknit upper adapts and expands to your foot’s natural shape while a narrower heel structure and wider forefoot provides support suitable for those with a low to high arch. You’ll also find Adidas’ BOOST technology in the midsole that promises to deliver great energy return.
Adidas Alphabounce RC Shoes
If you’re looking for a neutral-style running shoe that feels effortless with each stride, this could be it. Adidas is known for its super comfortable cushioning and BOUNCE technology, but they’ve taken it to the next level by introducing a seamless FORGEDMESH upper that allows your foot to move naturally and expand and contract where needed. Comfortable, eye-catching and utterly practical.
Hoka One One Bondi 5
You might look like you’ve donned a pair of discotech space boots wearing the Hoka One One Bondi 5, but you’ll feel like you’re walking on clouds. This incredibly light running shoe provides a pillowy-soft, smooth and seamless ride, with its main purpose being to reduce impact and provide high levels of stability and comfort. Worn by professional endurance runners and triathletes, this shoe is perfect for long, strenuous runs.
Nike Free RN 2017 iD
Not only does this shoe deliver the goods in fit, comfort and flexibility, but it’s also made just for you — no really! Customised to match your personality, you can design everything from the colour of the midsole and upper to the swoosh and laces, and can even add a running emoji to the heel and your own initials to the tongue. Because hey, if it’s not monogrammed is it even yours? The 2017 edition is even more lightweight than previous years, so it’s the perfect reason to splurge.