14 Running Sneakers to Consider This Marathon Season

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Summer is almost over, which means time is dwindling to get out and run. Whether it’s running for fun or training for a marathon, the end of summer is the perfect segue into running season’s prime. 

The beauty of running is its simplicity: There’s no specific field, time of day or schedule to follow. Running is fluid and set by one’s own pace. However, there is one important factor when it comes to hitting the pavement: running shoes. Much like the foundation of a house, the shoes are the basis of your success. You have to invest wisely. 

Although shopping for that new pair can be overwhelming, here are the 14 best running shoes you should try this season based on the type of guy you are.

Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2

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Best for: The Marathoner

The Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 features a synthetic upper perfectly engineered for any kind of weather, as it keeps you light and comfortable. The shoe sits atop Nike’s newest running technology, ZoomX foam. The shoe propels you to new heights with its unprecedented energy return.

Buy Now, $180

Nike Joyride Run Flyknit

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Best for: The Innovator

The Nike Joyride Run Flyknit is Nike’s latest innovation to bring the fun back to running. With malleable beads located in the forefoot, arch and heel, the shoe is engineered to mold to the shape of your foot while adding some extra bounce to your stride.

Buy Now, $180

Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit

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Best for: The Sneakerhead

The Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit builds on the Nike Zoom Fly with a Flyknit material upper for maximum breathability and lightness to help you shave off those extra seconds. The shoe features a carbon-fiber plate within the midsole to enhance energy return and keep you moving forward.

Buy Now, $160

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 14

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Best for: The Classic Runner

This shoe is constructed using Nike’s hybrid Flymesh material to keep you light on your feet and help you achieve those PRs you trained hard for. The shoe features Nike’s renowned Zoom Air technology paired with a traction pad built for any kind of terrain, making it a universal must-have.

Buy Now, $140

Adidas Running Ultraboost 19

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Best for: The Frequent Runner

The Adidas Ultraboost 19 is the latest member of the Ultraboost family. Unlike previous models, the 19 is engineered for performance with a revised knitted upper that keeps your foot snug and light. The shoe stays true to its origins with its cage, proprietary Continental outsole and groundbreaking Boost technology for the perfect run.

Buy Now, $180

Adidas Running Solar Drive 19

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Best for: The Hype Guy

The Adidas Solar Drive 19 features a Bounce Midsole on top of its Boost foam for the best Three Stripes has to offer for running. The enlarged heel is designed to keep your foot in place and comfortable no matter how many miles you’re putting into the shoe. Its breathable upper and sleek design are geared for a fast run.

Buy Now, $120

Hoka One One Bondi 6

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Best for: The Record Breaker

The Hoka One One Bondi 6 might be the brand’s most efficient running shoe to date. The shoe features a padded tongue and collar for maximum security and comfort. The running shoe also features a heel loop to help you secure your foot. The mesh-constructed upper meets an EVA midsole designed for the best performance and energy return.

Buy Now, $150

Hoka One One Elevon

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Best for: The 5K Runner

The Hoka One One Elevon features a breathable knitted upper perfect for road runs. In addition, the shoe features a padded tongue and inner lining for next-level comfort and stability. The shoe is constructed using Hoka’s signature ProFly midsole cushioning to help you land comfortably and dominate the course.

Buy Now, $160

New Balance FuelCell Rebel

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Best for: The Casual Runner

The New Balance FuelCell technology meets the classic Rebel silhouette for the perfect marriage of performance and comfort. The shoe features a mesh upper and a sock-like fit, making it easy to get off and on. New Balance’s FuelCell technology maximizes energy return while absorbing shock thanks to its nitrogen-infused foam.

Buy Now, $130

New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v9

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Best for: The Comfort Road Runner

The New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v9 builds off the success of the 1080v8 with its enlarged Fresh Foam sole. The foam is tailored for a more natural run, but it also supports your foot. The shoe features a padded tongue and a mesh upper, as New Balance running values performance without sacrificing comfort.

Buy Now, $150

New Balance X-90 Reconstructed

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Best for: The Style Guy

The New Balance X-90 Reconstructed is a more stylish running shoe due to its suede accents across the upper. Nonetheless, the New Balance X-90 is great for the treadmill and the road with its mesh upper and rubber outsole to keep you grounded. Its lace enclosure is designed for complete foot stability through your workout.

Buy Now, $110

Under Armour UA HOVR Sonic 2

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Best for: The Techie

The Under Armour HOVR Sonic 2 features Microthread technology on the upper for an aerodynamic performance while keeping your foot comfortable throughout your run. The Sonic 2 has a pod embedded within the midsole that allows you to track your runs and collect insights to your performance. The HOVR technology maximizes energy return with its “zero-gravity” feel.

Buy Now, $100

Asics GT-2000 7

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Best for: The Support Seeker

The shoe features Asics FlyteFoam Lyte technology built with organic nanofibers for an enhanced cushion that translates to a better and more fluid run. Overall, the shoe is designed to support and reinforce one’s gait cycle to maximize movement and propulsion.

Buy Now, $90

Asics Gel-Kayano 26

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Best for: The Overpronator

The ASICS Gel-Kayano 26 is a classic running with its technological features that strive for greatness. The shoe features its Impact Guidance System to enhance the heel-to-strike motion that makes a difference with every stride. In addition to that, rearfoot and forefoot cushioning provides a natural movement during foot transitions.

Buy Now, $160
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