The newest performance running shoes are packed with innovation. Led by perfectly cushioned and tuned road shoes and nimble, versatile trail running styles, here’s a peek at what’s new and what’s next
On the Road
Described by the brand as “the most advanced model in Skechers’ beloved GOrun Maxroad series”, the GOrun Maxroad 6 is built to be a daily running shoe. It is lightweight, neutral, responsive, comfortable, highly cushioned, and has a breathable stretch upper that moves with the foot. It features Hyper Burst Ice, a dual-density Hyper Burst technology for a soft and stable run, and has a patent-pending carbon-infused forefoot plate for stability and next level energy return.
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.
New brand Vimazi’s unique approach — making “pace-tuned” shoes — means each of its initial six styles is engineered to perform best within a certain pace zone. The Z20, for example, is designed and tuned for the fastest elite marathoners (4:30-5:30 minutes per mile), while the Z70 is tuned for more casual runners (10:00-12:30 minutes per mile). Pictured is the Z30 (5:15-6:45 minutes per mile). Vimazi’s patent-pending tech aims to deliver optimized cushioning and maximized propulsion efficiency for every runner, on every run. MSRP $175.
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.
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.
On the Trail
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.
MTN Racer 3
This performance-tuned trail runner and racer is built for long and fast runs on technical terrain. Its mesh upper offers a breathable and secure fit, and the midsole features Topo Athletic’s new ZipFoam formula for a soft, light and responsive underfoot experience. The 33 x 28 mm (5 mm drop) platform offers cushioning and protection, and the shoe is designed to promote a fast transition for a smooth and comfortable ride. Available in May 2023. MSRP $150.
The Catamount 2 is light and responsive for trail runners looking to go faster and farther on the trails. It features a new SkyVault propulsion plate to ensure uphill run efficiency/rock shield protection and it has an air mesh upper with a hydrophobic outer layer and soft inner layer made from 100% recycled polyester fibers. Brooks’ lightweight, nitrogen-infused DNA FLASH midsole technology provides adaptive cushioning for a fast ride over any terrain. Launching in February 2023. MSRP $170.
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.
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.
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.
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.