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Running Stars

The new Asics MetaSpeed Sky, a $250 racing shoe, is designed to help runners go faster by extending their stride length.

Ready for takeoff: There’s something for everyone in the latest performance running shoe launches. Whether they’re made for elite level runners, everyday trail adventurers or pavement pounding newbies, this season’s styles all have innovation in their DNA. Tech details range from a creative design eliminating the need for a rubber outsole to an eco-performance upper made using recycled yarn to a midsole foam enhanced by Graphene to a rocker bottom promoting stride efficiency — just to name a few. The design intention in these shoes is next level. These are running shoes made for the modern runner.


A tribute to the brand’s first ever running shoe from the 1970s, the newly innovated version of the ultra-lightweight and responsive Equipe Corsa is ideal for quick workouts and races. The upper of the shoe is a semi-sheer nylon air mesh and microfibre PU. The fusion of dd anima technology and the springy Pebax shank delivers propulsion and responsiveness. Available now. MSRP $150.

361 Degrees

The 361-Meraki 4 builds on the success of the brand’s popular 361-Meraki 3 style with an updated Light EVA midsole technology delivering performance and comfort for neutral runners. The high-mileage shoe has an updated, performance engineered, breathable mesh upper and its Light EVA works in tandem with the brand’s  QU!KFOAM for comfort and long-lasting responsiveness. Available in July. MSRP $130.


The new MetaSpeed Sky is made for elite performance and has been designed with a distinct type of running style in mind. Built to help runners go faster by extending their stride length considerably, the MetaSpeed Sky has an energetic midsole foam and a propulsive carbon plate. Available now. MSRP $250.

Hoka One One

Built for the trails, the Zinal is a slimmed-down, lightweight shoe designed to be extra grippy and “gecko-like” to tackle technical, mixed terrain. The trail runner has a breathable upper made from recycled yarn and a gusseted tongue to keep debris out. The dual-density midsole has ultralight foam on top and rubberized EVA on the bottom, and a Vibram Litebase outsole delivers traction with minimal weight. Available in July. MSRP $160.


The GOrun Razor Excess is an ultra-cushioned, neutral road running shoe with a breathable and durable mono mesh upper to go along with its Hyper Burst cushioned midsole and a Goodyear performance outsole for enhanced traction, stability and durability. A Skechers Hyper Arc rocker bottom promotes efficiency in each stride. Available now. MSRP $140.


The Trailfly Ultra G 300 Max is designed for ultramarathon and long-distance runners. It is the latest inov-8 style to feature a Graphene-enhanced foam midsole, which yields durability and energy return benefits, resulting in more underfoot bounce and comfort for long runs, as well as a prolonged lifespan for the footwear itself. This trail shoe is not only deeply cushioned, but is also built to react to uneven terrain. Available now. MSRP $190.


The Levitate Stealth Fit 5 offers a springy ride along with an adaptable fit that wraps the foot, making it a good pick for runners who prefer a closer-to-foot fit with stretch and compression. And the brand’s DNA AMP midsole technology delivers high energy return with each step. Available in August. MSRP $150.


A maximum support cushion shoe, the Wave Horizon 5 features Enerzy, Mizuno’s latest foam technology, for increased softness and energy return. Designed for high mileage, the Wave Horizon 5 focuses on comfort and stability . The shoe also has a modified heel collar for comfort as well as Flex Grooves with a straight line design for flexible, yet stable toe off. Available now. MSRP $160.


An update to a top seller for the brand, the Torin 5 features Altra’s brand-new, lightweight and luxe Altra EGO max foam and is designed with performance in mind for a focused fit and feel that’s both comfortable and locked-in. Available in June. MSRP $150.


The Matrix 2020, an update to Xelero’s original motion control Matrix shoe, combines stability and cushioning with dynamic forward motion. The shoe is designed to help wearers walk easier and stay on their feet longer with less pain. (Xelero’s patented tech creates forward motion, reducing forefoot bottom pressure via a control plate in the midsole.) The shoe provides neutral support with a wider base for added stability and has an extra depth custom fit system. Available now. MSRP $190.

Under Armour

Built for speed, the innovative Flow Velociti Wind is lightweight and grippy. It has an all-in-one cushioning system that eliminates the rubber outsole. And the Warp upper offers breathability and a secure fit — it features supporting tapes that act like seatbelts on the foot, developed to eliminate pinch points found in traditional uppers. Available now. MSRP $160.


The Floatride Energy GROW is a plant-based performance running shoe that combines the brand’s Forever Floatride Energy model with an eco-conscious commitment. Part of Reebok´s [REE]GROW category which guarantees at least 50 percent of its materials are plant-based, it has a castor bean midsole for responsive and lightweight cushioning. A Bloom algae sockliner is molded for increased support and cushioning and its Eucalyptus upper is durable and breathable. Available now. MSRP $120.