Made with New Balance’s unmistakable look, the 990 v4 offers one of the best solutions when for versatility. With a durable outsole and upper, the shoes are used for running. But they also represent one of the leading options for training in the gym, walking or other physical activities, similarly to many other New Balance options. With a design which favors those who seek extra cushioning with their 12mm drop, the shoes represent one of the best solutions when it comes to overall shock absorption capacity. Of course, they are not the lightest running shoes, but the purpose goes much further.
As one of the premium designs for stability and cushioning, the New Balance 1260 v7 represent one of the most interesting solutions when you want the best materials. The main strength of the shoe comes with the resistant outsole which is designed according to flexion areas in the forefoot. The outsole is also flat on the midfoot area to offer improved overall support for arches as well. With a mesh upper, the shoes are among the breathable options to consider. But they are still quite heavy by New Balance standards so they might be a solution when you need better shock absorption.
The Saucony Guide ISO 2 running shoes offer a stable cushioned profile perfect for runners who need extra comfort. With a comfortable profile, the shoes are not revolutionary but they can be reliable, which is great for most runners. For this purpose, they come with foam cushioning in the technology which Saucony names as PWRFOAM. Combined with a breathable mesh and plenty of comfort around the ankles with thick padding, the shoes are both flexible and supportive.
The Adidas Aerobounce ST 2 shoes are now improved for long-distance running. With a wider profile and Bounce cushioning, the shoes are supportive. This is why they can be counted on for all types of long runs. Considering the midsole thickness, the arch support is made for stability. Overpronators can find the design comfortable on hard surfaces.
SPEVA foam and a wider toe box are the main drivers of the new Asics GT 2000 7. Made to support excessive inward rolling of the foot, they are designed for those who are looking to run various distances. Asics is also very proud of its Dynamic Duomax technology. Its name has been printed on the side of the shoes. Most importantly, the technology is recommended for supportive cushioning. There is an engineered mesh upper as well. It is among the materials to consider for plenty of support and flexibility.
All major areas of the shoe have been updated for the Mizuno Wave Inspire 15. The upper is new, the inside of the shoe is new and even the outsole sees a new approach. At a first look, the shoes seem like a worthy upgrade. Judging the number of technologies considered by Mizuno, the Wave Inspire are still true to the Mizuno Wave support, but more modern than ever before.
With a supportive underfoot for neutral and mild pronation, the Asics Gel Cumulus 20 LE is based on the Flytefoam technology. The technology is known for its responsive foam which can offer the same level of comfort on both short and on long runs. But there are other smaller technologies and principles applied by Asics in the Gel Cumulus 20 LE. For example, the HG10MM heel gradient shifts the weight of the body forward while the gel system works to limit the shocks ligaments feel.
Asics has always made inspired running shoes. But it has never actually appealed to those who wear them as casual shoes too much. Can things be any different with the Asics Gel Quantum 180 4? The shoes are now very distinct in how they look. Apart from coming with a running platform to envy, they also offer aesthetics worth watching.
Brooks came a long way from its humble beginnings in 1914. The Brooks Ravena 10 are living proof of just how far the manufacturer can go to offer runners reliable shoes. All eyes were on the Ravena series to fix the comfort issues it came with for some runners with the 9th release. So has Brooks managed to improve the series while adding something new and appealing for today’s runner?
Runners looking for the next step up from an entry-level shoe can consider the Brooks Transcend 6. Vastly superior to the likes of Anthem and Anthem 2, the shoes are come with a few new technologies, such as DNA Loft and added guide drails for arguably better support.