All About the Run
Xelero / Genesis II
For Spring 2023, Xelero is introducing the Genesis II in men’s and women’s versions. The brand’s technology aims to make running and walking easier — it offers midsole shock absorption, a control plate that enhances stability and reduces pressure under the foot, and a propulsion element that provides stability, control and promotes forward motion. The shoe’s seamless fly knit upper fits like a glove. And it is available in three widths. MSRP $194.99.
Asics / Superblast
The newest hero of the brand’s Blast series, Asics’ Superblast is built to offer a lightweight and responsive ride ideal for long runs, tempo runs, and everything in between. The upper construction has an asymmetric woven design. The midsole features a combination of FF Blast Plus and FF Blast Turbo cushioning for a light and bouncy feel with soft landings and a more energized rebound at toe-off. MSRP $220.
Altra / VIA Olympus
A max-cushion road shoe designed to provide optimal cushion and efficiency for a comfortable run no matter the distance, the VIA Olympus has a rocker shape geometry that encourages a more efficient toe-off, plus it boasts the brand’s FootShape Fit, Balanced Cushioning and EGO MAX midsole for a plushy road ride that helps put runners in a more forward leaning stance. MSRP $170.
Brooks / Hyperion Max
Featuring Brooks’ lightweight nitro-infused DNA FLASH cushioned midsole for energy return/adaptability, the Hyperion Max is a neutral/speed shoe for long, fast workouts. It has a Green Rubber outsole and a 3D Fit Print stretch woven upper. It features Rapid Roll technology: The unique curving of the heel and toe is designed to propel the wearer forward for fast transitions. Substantial midsole foam helps absorb impact. Available in January. MSRP $170.
Craft / Pro Endurance Trail
New for 2023, the Endurance Trail aims to deliver responsiveness and energy return to serious trail runners. It has a full Px Foam midsole for explosive toe offs and soft landings. A mid-height lugged outsole delivers grip on moderate trails, and crosses over to roads and light trails. Its one-piece mesh upper works in unison with the foot to provide comfort and support with every nimble step. MSRP $174.99.
HOKA / Challenger ATR 7
Road performance meets versatile trail traction in the new Challenger ATR 7, which has been completely reimagined from the ground up. Featuring a simplified mesh upper with a soft new foam, the shoe has a plush feel and its reimagined outsole design, inspired by gravel tires, delivers improved traction on uneven terrain. The shoe is lighter than the last iteration, with increased stack height, plus new materials across the upper, midsole, and outsole. MSRP $145.
inov-8 / Trailfly Ultra G 280
Designed for trail running and ultramarathon running, this new long-distance performer from inov-8 has a nitrogen-infused midsole foam for more underfoot bounce. Designed to be light and sustainable, the shoe aims to help runners “feel connected to the trail like never before” with a softer ride, greater bounce, and more underfoot trail control. MSRP $185.
Topo Athletic / Phantom 3
This road shoe from Topo is a high-cushion, neutral trainer built for daily miles, long runs, and walking. Its recycled engineered mesh upper offers breathability and a secure fit. The 33x28 mm platform features a dual-density midsole with the brand’s new ZipFoam formula for a softer, lighter, and more responsive ride. Launching May 2023. MSRP $145.
La Sportiva / Jackal II BOA
This trail runner is lighter in weight than its previous version, and sports a roomy toe-box and a redesigned heel. It also now features the BOA Fit System, with the added benefit of increased foot speed and improved ankle stability. The dual BOA dials allow for zonal adjustments to the heel and forefoot. Plus, the shoe’s eco-friendly upper has a thin and breathable recycled fabric. MSRP $199.
Under Armour / Flow Velociti Elite
The first “Super Shoe” from UA, the Flow Velociti Elite first launched (and sold out on UA.com) this summer, and will launch globally in early spring 2023. The UA Flow Velociti Elite is a marathon-specific shoe designed to move the wearer forward with speed and efficiency. It has a full-length carbon fiber plate sandwiched in a soft midsole foam that compresses and springs back for added lift and energy return. MSRP $250.
Vimazi / Z50
This new brand’s unique approach — making “pace-tuned” shoes — means each of its six styles is engineered to perform best within a certain pace zone. The Z20, for example, is designed and tuned for elite marathoners (4:30-5:30 minutes per mile), while the Z50 (pictured) is tuned for runners whose pace is 7:15-8:45 minutes per mile. Vimazi’s patent-pending tech aims to deliver optimized cushioning and propulsion efficiency for every runner, on every run. MSRP $175.
Xero / Scrambler Low
This high-performance trail running shoe, new for 2023, features a grippy Michelin FiberLite Sole. The shoe’s design eliminates weight and improves flexibility for speed on the trail. And the sole is flexible and zero-drop. In addition to the Low, the brand will also launch the Scrambler Mid, an Ultra Light Hiking Boot, in 2023.
Skechers / GOrun Speed Beast
With its high-performance cushioning and speedy attributes for race day, the GOrun Speed Beast is an ultra-light racing shoe designed with running economy in mind. It features Skechers Hyper Arc tech, promoting efficiency in each stride. And it introduces the brand’s new Hyper Burst Pro, a highly responsive, ultra-lightweight, durable, and resilient TPU cushioning. A patent-pending carbon-infused forefoot plate offers stability and energy return. Launching in Feb. 2023.