Running shoe tech, fabrics, and silhouettes are inspiring casual footwear and streetwear design more than ever: Yeezys with Boost midsoles, Air Jordans with Flyknit uppers. While we love the performance trainers that enable our daily runs, we also love these comfy, run-inspired street shoes we can wear the other 23 hours of the day. We’re not alone. These shoes often sell out days or even minutes after they’re released. To help you find the right pair, and where you can buy it, we’ll keep updates to this list churning on repeat. And if you’re looking for purpose-built running trainers, we of course have you covered—we’re doing deep reviews of those shoes every day. These are our picks for the best new shoes this week.

The Saucony Kinvara 10 is a versatile, neutral trainer for long runs and tempos alike—now, it’s also a symbol of patriotism. Last month, Saucony launched a limited-edition run of Old Glory Kinvara 10s, complete with an American flag-themed upper and a red, white, and blue outsole. Most sizes are already sold out (you’re in luck if you’re a women’s size 5 or 6). Read our full review of the Kinvara 10 here.

If you like trainers that give you the sensation of forward propulsion, check out Newton’s new Fate 5. Our wear testers said it almost made them feel faster, thanks to strategically placed outsole lugs that roll you off the front of your foot. The lugs don’t affect grip; we got great traction on roads and wet gravel. At 8.6 ounces for a men’s size 9 and 7.2 ounces for a women’s size 7, the Fate 5 works well for fast-paced training runs and races—and the lugs remind you to get up on your toes when it’s time to sprint.

Engineered mesh and one-piece, bootie-like uppers have their place in the 2019 running zeitgeist—but tell us with a straight face that you’re not at least intrigued by the Balenciaga Track.2’s 176-piece upper. This running-inspired trainer features a chunky outsole and the largest crash pad we’ve ever seen; if Bigfoot is a heel-striker, he’ll love this shoe’s appropriate plushness. When you break it down, the Track.2 is just $5.09 per overlay—not a bad value if you don’t think about it too much.

The latest Topo Fli-Lyte 3 is a paired-down version of its predecessor, stripped of overlays that irritated some testers’ feet. What’s left is a lightweight, one-piece engineered mesh upper with a wide toe box, which helps keep the weight at just over 8 ounces for men and 6.9 ounces for women. The lightweight cushioning is ideal for short runs, up-tempo efforts, and races, our testers found. Some testers had issues with irritation at the collar, but others ran summer marathons with no issue. The Fli-Lyte 3 doesn’t offer much support, but it’s a lightweight option for the low-drop, wide toe box-loving crowd.

We loved the original EVO Mafate, so we were relieved to discover that the new shoe isn’t only just as good—it’s even better, thanks to a roomier upper. The top half is made of a material dubbed Matryx that’s infused with Kevlar to protect your foot from trail hazards. Traction from the outsole’s 5mm Vibram lugs is aggressively good, giving our tester confidence to “dance across wet rock slabs.” The midsole is characteristic Hoka-plush, and all this adds up to a trail shoe that lets you step on almost anything with the promise of steadfast traction and copious cushioning.

The Wave Sky Waveknit 3 represents a major redesign for Mizuno: The characteristic Waveplate that split the midsole of most Mizuno trainers is gone in favor of a brand new material. Dubbed XPOP, the foam is made from bouncy TPU pellets (similar to Adidas Boost) that take a bath in a layer of poured polyurethane foam. The whole thing sits within layers of EVA foam—you can see the yellow XPOP material peaking out of the outsole—and the new core provides durability, as TPU and PU aren’t as prone to depressing with repeated impact (like EVA does). The result is a high-mileage, high-cushioning trainer that our testers loved for long runs.

The Reebok Classic Leather RC 1.0 is a leather-clad throwback to 1983, when Reebok released the original Classic as a trainer for the roads. The rerelease isn’t meant for running, but the 1980s style looks just as legit now as it did in the pages of our past issues. The shoe sports a two-tone gum rubber outsole and a comfortable textile lining.

The new Brooks PureGrit 8 is a relatively lightweight, modestly cushioned trail shoe. The thin foam layers allow runners to feel the trail, which some testers enjoyed, although the thin heel cup didn’t feel substantial enough for runners who prefer a locked-in fit on uneven terrain. The new woven upper feels thinner than the previous model’s, and a rubber-wrapped toe box protects you when your toes run into pointy stuff. If you don’t mind a looser fit in a trail shoe, the PureGrit 8 might be an ideal compromise of slight cushioning, sticky traction, and trail feel. The shoes don’t drop until July 15, but REI is taking pre-orders at the links above.

Altra’s new Paradigm 4.5 is ideal for runners who want total cushioning and shock protection. The shoe features Altra’s characteristic wide toe box and zero-drop offset, although we found that the lacing eyelets didn’t go high enough to prevent testers’ feet from sliding back and forth in the shoe. The cushioning is firm but excellent at absorbing impact forces. “It’s light in your hands—there’s a lot of shoe there—but slow underfoot,” said one tester.

The Saucony Aya made a splash in 1994 when it debuted on the feet of Australian triathlete Greg Welch, who won that year’s Ironman World Championship. Twenty-five years later, the Aya is back, this time for casual wear with retro style. The shoe features a bold mesh and leather upper, plenty of midsole foam, and a robust carbon rubber outsole.

Asics refreshed its marquee stability shoe with last week’s Gel-Kayano 26 release, but if you’re after a Kayano that’s a bit more understated than the latest color ways, you might want to check out the Asics x Reigning Champ Gel-Kayano 25. The Vancouver-based streetwear brand teamed up with Asics to create this stylish stability trainer that features neutral tones and embroidered, cobranded logos. (If you’re curious about the shoe’s performance, here’s our review of the original Gel-Kayano 25).

Stranger Things aficionados will soon be able to wear their fandom on their feet with this accordingly branded Nike Air Tailwind 79. The shoes feature green and orange color ways and Hawkins High Athletic Dept logos, as well as special-edition packaging and pins. The Air Tailwind was Nike’s first air-cushioned shoe, and although it was originally intended for road running, the rerelease is comfortable for all-day wear.

The 361-Fantom is neutral trainer with smooth, EVA-foam cushioning. Debuting in July, the shoe features a two-layer midsole that our testers liked for long runs on the road. A padded tongue and collar lock your foot in place, and minimal use of outsole rubber keeps the weight down while providing adequate traction.

The Zoom Fly 3 sports a new Vaporweave upper, a thermoplastic polymer that Nike debuted on the Next%. The material doesn’t absorb water, so the new shoe won’t get heavier in the rain. There’s also a thicker sockliner and a higher arch for comfort over many miles.

Like the Zoom Fly, the Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 also sees an update this summer. The new shoe comes in a high-visibility green color way and swaps the old shoe’s Flywire midfoot retention for a midfoot band that holds your foot in place. You still get the same springy ZoomX foam from the Next%, making this the ideal trainer to accelerate your daily runs.

The tenth Saucony Kinvara is still among the most versatile shoes on the market. For fast days, it’s lightweight—just 7.8 ounces for a men’s size 9 and 6.7 ounces for a women’s size 7—but there’s still enough Everun and EVA foam underfoot to cushion your stride through long efforts. The upper is lightweight and drains fast, our testers said. A lack of outsole rubber contributes to the shoe’s lightness, although some testers wished there were more rubber for traction.

The new Nike Free RN 5.0 doesn’t operate under the auspices of being a running shoe. Rather, its ultra-lightweight construction, firm cushioning, and deep flex grooves are ideal for foot-strengthening—Nike doesn’t recommend you run more than 3 miles in them. The sole is bulbous, supporting you with thick foam where its needed, and the thin flex grooves don’t collect as many pebbles as previous models. The upper’s laces have few attachment points and therefore didn’t give our testers a secure feeling, although testers loved the roomy toe box and slipper-like feel.

This June, Nike will return its flagship neutral shoe, the Pegasus, to trail-running form. The Pegasus 36 Trail will be the first Pegasus in more than a decade to feature dedicated flat-top lugs, which are designed to grip the trail while being smooth enough for pavement. The hybrid shoe also has a full mesh upper with heel and toe reinforcements for protection and air units to provide cushioning in the forefoot and heel.

We’re only calling these track shoes because they’ve got spikes on the bottom, but we’re talking about them because it’s not everyday that prolific Nike collaborator Virgil Abloh takes on track and field. This time, the partnership slaps a spiked outsole and all of the expected Off-White accoutrements onto Nike’s Terra Kiger 5, a trail shoe. It’s part of a larger campaign, dubbed “Athlete in Progress,” which features South African middle distance runner Caster Semenya. (On Monday, June 3, a Swiss court overturned IAAF testosterone regulations that had previously banned Semenya from international competition.)

The Adidas Alphaedge 4D Parley uses a Silicon Valley-developed, 4D-printed midsole with a lattice structure for shock absorption. We haven’t tried a 4D midsole yet, but the design has little competition if you’re after next-level aesthetics. You still get the company’s signature Continental rubber outsole and Primeknit upper. In this collaboration with Parley, the shoe is also partially constructed with recycled ocean trash.

The Carbon X is a fast Hoka—it’s not that simple, but that’s the easiest way to describe this go-fast shoe. It uses two layers of EVA foam (the top is soft, the bottom is rubberized and doubles as the outsole) that are split by a carbon fiber plate, which stiffens the shoe and helps it hold its rocker shape throughout your stride. Our midfoot-striking testers found the forward roll natural and propulsive, while heel-strikers felt the rapid toe-off overworked their lower legs. We’ll have more feedback from our wear-testers soon; until then, go for it if you’re a midfoot-striking Hoka devotee looking for a shoe for long and fast efforts.

Price: $120Style: RoadAvailable: NowBUY MEN’S BUY WOMEN’S MORE IMAGESUnder Armour’s HOVR Velociti 2 is what happens when you combine the responsiveness of a racing flat with the support of an everyday trainer. The shoe feels stiff and gives enough cushioning to keep you from beating up your legs, but it’s still firm enough to be responsive underfoot. It’s snappy once you’re up to speed and our testers praised the outsole’s all-weather grip. The upper is relatively narrow, so wider-footed runners might want to go up a half-size.

Cult Parisian running brand Satisfy just dropped a new colorway of its Salomon RA Max collaboration and we’re getting space-age vibes. The silver shoe evokes the mylar blanket you get before and after a marathon, in case you ever wanted it to match your kicks. The upper has a cozy fit, thanks to memory foam padding at the collar and tongue, and a dual-layer midsole is designed to reduce vibration on the roads.

The Nike React Presto resembles the Air Presto, a 2000s sneaker that drew attention at the Sydney Olympics for its stripped-down simplicity. The new shoe swaps the old air sole for a React foam midsole, which provides stability and all-day comfort in a funky package.

Named for the samurai code of honor, La Sportiva’s Bushido II is the shoe you wear for going to battle on the trails. Testers heaped praise onto the outsole’s grip; the aggressive rubber lugs dominated snow, slop, hills, and mud. A rubber toe cap, Ripstop mesh upper, and forefoot rock plate protect you from the hazards of the forest so you can focus on rocketing through your favorite routes.

Tall, squishy shoes with rocker-shaped soles are great for running and not at all great in the gym, where you want a flatter shoe that helps you stabilize yourself for weightlifting and multidirectional movement. That’s what the Skechers GOtrain Viper is for: Its flexible forefoot helps you stay planted for various lower body exercises while a firmer heel keeps you from falling back while squatting. We don’t like the shoe for running but we do like it for lunges and box jumps.

You’d be right to think that the curvy midsole of the $275 ZoomX Vaporfly Next% looks sweet, but we’d question your sanity if you paid that much to buy the world-beating shoes for casual wear. Enter the Vapor Street Pegasus, which substitutes the Vaporfly’s springy but fragile ZoomX foam for Nike’s more stable and resilient React foam, and plops a multicolor Pegasus upper on top. Although it appears racey, the shoe is designed for casual wear—ideal for runners who want to look fast standing still.

If you know how many feet are in a mile, you’re halfway to understanding New Balance’s new FuelCell 5280. The road mile-specific shoe weighs just 6 ounces for a men’s size 12 and features a full-length carbon fiber plate that feels propulsive at race pace. The midsole features a bulge at the lateral midfoot to soften impact forces on the outside of your foot, bouncing you onto the forefoot for a rapid toe-off. We found them totally unnatural at pedestrian paces but delightfully aggressive at full-speed. In a race where your heel doesn’t touch the ground, they might just yield a PR.

The Scarpa Spin RS is a shoe for runners who aren’t afraid of rocky and technical trails. The Vibram Litebase outsole is a lighter version of the company’s Megagrip material, which keeps weight down while clinging to changing trail surfaces. The cushioning is firm and a TPU rock plate adds stiffness and protection. The mesh upper is wrapped in TPU for support and the tongue features a lace garage to keep the laces from catching trail debris. Testers lauded the shoe’s grip and secure fit, although some said the toe box fit too snugly.

Topo Athletic’s Hydroventure 2 is a waterproof trail shoe that keeps rain out, but also drains once you’ve put an entire foot into the stream. “I appreciated how waterproof these shoes are after (running through) several swampy areas and water crossings,” one tester said. A forefoot rock plate makes for a relatively stiff ride and a two-layer EVA foam midsole allows you to feel the trail without getting beat up by its sharper points.

Last week, Nike debuted the Epic Phantom React Flyknit, a laceless version of the Epic React Flyknit. The shoe’s one-piece upper and use of elastic and inelastic yarns make it secure where it matters and stretchy where support isn’t needed. A plastic heel cup keeps your foot in place, and a React foam midsole delivers active cushioning that feels springy underfoot.

Inov-8 trail shoes are known for their appetite for jagged and gnarly trails, and although the RocLite 275 is no exception, it’s slightly more forgiving. A graphene-infused outsole is designed to make the shoe more durable and sharp lugs stick into the mud for traction. Testers felt the forefoot was more cushioned than the heel—usually the reverse is true—but that placement might benefit midfoot strikers. Testers also liked the traction. “ I knew I was safe from slipping or falling,” said one tester. “I am a huge advocate for these shoes because of that. I ran up hills like nothing. They grabbed the terrain and said, ‘I got you, Kelly.’”

The popular Adidas Ultraboost Clima gets an Italian makeover in this Missoni collaboration. The designer from Varese, Italy brought a series of vibrant, multicolor Primeknit uppers to the shoe, which features a full-length Boost midsole and a Continental rubber outsole. They’re pricey as everyday trainers but if you’re buying a shoe for fashion, you might as well treat your feet to a slab of plush Boost, right?

The Salming Greyhound is a quick yet well-cushioned road shoe that works for your entire training calendar. “A number of times I felt myself running faster without thinking about it,” said one tester. A full-length Vibram outsole has been optimized for wear-resistance; grip was sufficient on dry pavement but faltered slightly in the wet, one tester said. The three-layer mesh upper ventilates well and Salming claims the shoe’s EVA foam midsole delivers high energy return, as evidenced by testers’ shared sentiment that this shoe feels fast.

Traction highlights Nike’s latest trail shoe. “My footing and traction were never lost on any runs, and I went through mud, thick snow, and even some ice,” said one tester. The upper’s internal bootie keeps your feet comfortable while an external mesh layer protects you from debris, although as one tester remarked, the shoe might benefit from Nike’s more water-resistant Shield upper material. The rock plate makes the shoe less supple but protects against sharp edges, and a heel air unit adds rearfoot cushioning.

The 361-Strata 3 is a purpose-built stability shoe that locks your foot in with a secure fit. The midsole uses a medial post with high-density foam and a TPU spline to slow pronation forces. Testers felt the combination of EVA foam and an EVA-rubber compound delivered cushioning that was responsive enough to use on up-tempo days. Some runners with wider feet thought that upper was too constricting, however.

Brooks’ Launch 6 isn’t the company’s plushest neutral shoe, but its lightness and $100 price tag make it worth consideration for road runners who don’t need extra support or lots of cushioning. There’s now a seamless one-piece mesh upper, which testers liked because it didn’t lead to blisters or hot spots. Testers who were accustomed to Brooks’ softer shoes, like the Glycerin and Ghost, felt the Launch was a bit too firm, but fans of light and moderately cushioned shoes should find it just right.

“FTG” stands for “Feel the Ground,” and that’s what the Alpine FTG delivers: Superb ground feel through a compliant sole. The tradeoff is you’ll feel the ground’s sharper points, so can’t step with abandon like you would in a shoe with a rock plate, but testers liked the shoe’s ability to connect with the trail. The midsole is thin and hard but a plush two-layer footbed adds cushioning.

Runners who favor an ultra-lightweight, barefoot-type feel should enjoy Merrell’s Trail Glove 5. The latest iteration in the company’s popular Trail Glove line, this shoe weighs just 7 ounces for men and 6 ounces for women and sports a 3mm-thick midsole. A rock plate protects your forefoot and low-profile diamond treads grip the trail without adding bulk. “I barely even realized I had a shoe on while I was running,” said one tester. “It was light and has a great bounce.”

Newton’s latest road shoe is light, firm, and responsive. The company’s signature midfoot lugs compress as you land and give you back a surprising amount of energy at toe-off. It’ll take a few miles to get used to, but the design keeps your form honest, says Runner’s World Test Editor Morgan Petruny. The new mesh upper is highly breathable and a wider toe box tapers to a snugger fit in the midfoot.

The Hoka One One Gaviota 2 is a wide, stability-oriented road shoe that’s equally comfortable for running and walking around all day. Arch-lock wings in the upper wrap your foot to hold it in place and the spacious upper accommodates many foot shapes. Testers liked the not-too-firm, not-too-soft cushioning that protected their legs from impact while also being responsive. If you’re buying the Gaviota 2 as a walking shoe, there’s a version with a leather upper, too.

Puma’s Hybrid Runner Fusefit is the ideal trainer for people who want to run, hit the gym, and go to drinks, all in the same shoe. The high-tech knit upper has ventilation holes that double as eyelets, allowing you to customize your lacing scheme, and the sock-like fit keeps your feet cool and comfortable all day long. Testers enjoyed the shoe’s well-cushioned feel, but also found it heavy and lacking for traction.

There’s no rule that says your hiking boot has to feel stiff as a board underfoot, so why not put some spring in your sojourn with the Adidas Terrex Free Hiker, now available in this light-brown colorway. The shoe features a full Boost midsole and a stretchy Primeknit upper that facilitates all-day comfort. There’s also a lugged Continental rubber outsole for grip on all types of trails.

Runners who don’t like spongy, overly plush trainers ought to slip their feet into an On Cloudswift. On impact, foam cushioning tubes compress against a rocker-shaped TPU plate to deliver a springy toe-off. Testers enjoyed the shoe’s fast and responsive feel, although some noted that the upper’s stabilizing strap wasn’t enough to keep their feet locked in.

You can see this shoe’s two front teeth, which tells you something about the type of terrain it’s designed for. The Speedcross 5 is for tenacious trail runners, with aggressive outsole lugs for go-anywhere grip and a debris-resistant mesh upper. There’s ample forefoot cushioning, but the Speedcross 5 is designed for heel strikers, with lots of high-rebound foam in the heel. Testers loved the shoe’s claw-like grip and durability over rough trails.

For a limited time, Hoka One One is revising its original Bondi B road shoe from 2011. Back then, the maximalist shoe made waves in the running world for its lightweight, mattress-thick midsole that offered a surprisingly stable ride. The remake weighs less than 11 ounces for men and less than 9 ounces for women, and the shoe’s flashy colors harken back to the days before running shoes had to go with your happy hour outfit.

Like the GT-2000 7 Trail we reviewed in February, the Inov-8 Parkclaw 275 Knit presents multi-surface runners with a one-shoe option by mating a road shoe’s midsole to a knobby outsole. During testing, the Parkclaw 275 Knit held our feet steady while we ran off-camber trails. The high-abrasion rubber outsole became overwhelmed by sloppy terrain but held up well to asphalt pounding. The shoe isn’t trail-specific enough to beat dedicated off-road shoes, but it’s ideal for road-runners who occasionally hit singletrack or a gravel path.

The North Face Flight Trinity is a stiff, responsive, and relatively lightweight trail shoe that works well on a variety of trails. A ripstop textile upper protects your feet from pointy trail debris and a knit internal bootie gives you a sock-like fit. A soft Ortholite midsole adds some cushioning to the otherwise hard midsole, and testers raved about the outsole’s performance in snow, slush, and rain.

Salomon’s Sense Ride 2 is a thoughtfully designed trail shoe. The shoe features the company’s ContraGrip outsole, a diamond lug pattern that’s designed to work over any trail condition you encounter. You slide the shoes on to feel a sock-like upper, with an inner sleeve that has no stitching for a comfortable fit, and tighten them with Salomon’s Quicklace drawstring system. Testers felt the shoe was “very well-rounded—rugged enough for rocky trails, but still comfortable on roads.”

The Puma Hybrid NX is an affordable and stylish trainer for runners who want high cushioning on a budget. The midsole is a combination of the company’s lightweight, responsive Ignite foam and its Nrgy beads (similar to Adidas Boost, the thermoplastic polyurethane material provides high energy return). Testers were pleasantly surprised by the shoe’s springiness; they also gave it high marks for wet-road traction.

The Free RN Flyknit 3.0 is one of two new Free RN shoes in Nike’s minimalist lineup. The upper features a lace-less design that combines Flyknit with yarn for a foot-hugging fit, and revised flex grooves help the shoe bend with your foot. Nike states the new shoe is 37-percent more flexible and 1mm lower to the ground than its predecessor. The shoe is designed for low-mileage runners looking for a barefoot-like feel.

The Nike Free RN 5.0 also debuts to non-NikePlus members April 4. It’s slightly more substantial than the Free RN Flyknit 3.0. It’s also 26 percent more flexible and 2mm lower than the previous shoe, the company states, and it features a stretchy mesh upper and a cord lacing system. The shoe is “built on a more anatomically shaped last,” Nike states, which should help it form more naturally to your foot.

The On Cloudsurfer is a fast-paced trainer for earning your next 10K PR. There’s a TPU plate between the CloudTec cushioning and the footbed that gives the shoe a responsive, snappy feel. Our testers enjoyed the roomy forefoot and the breathable, engineered mesh upper, although they didn’t like the thin, slippery laces. The rocker shape works for both forefoot and heel strikers and delivers an aggressive toe-off, which is ideal for a go-fast road shoe.

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Under Armour released a women-only version of its plush HOVR Infinite. The upper is covered in blossoming flowers and the shoe’s midsole is specifically designed for a women’s anatomy. To deliver high energy return, the shoe features a thick layer of soft HOVR foam encased in a fishnet-like wrapping. There’s a lot of rubber underfoot, which should help the shoe hold up to high-mileage training. Learn more about the HOVR Infinite in our full review.

The New Balance Test Run program began last year as a challenge to up-and-coming shoe designers. The brand tasked its up-and-coming designers with creating a shoe around a brand new Fresh Foam More midsole and bringing it to market in 7 months. The winning design is a maximalist sneaker styled like it time-traveled from a Back to the Future movie, courtesy of 23-year-old apprentice Adara Dillabaugh. The shoe was manufactured in limited quantities that are selling out fast, but we’ll see more of that thick new midsole later this year.

The EVO Rehi is a “Hoka One One in name only,” says Runner-in-Chief Jeff Dengate. The brand, known for maximalism, has produced a racing flat that’s the exact opposite: It’s 6.7 ounces for men and 5.8 ounces for women and there’s a woven Kevlar upper that’s as strong as it is light. In the interest of weight-savings, the outsole is a rubberized foam instead of rubber. The resulting shoe feels explosive underfoot and feels best at 5K and 10K speeds.

Merrell’s MTL Cirrus owes its name to the clouds you’ll be running through as you scurry up the side of a mountain. American champion trail runner Joe Gray helped design the shoe, which features a lock-down fit, a minimal EVA foam midsole, a rock plate, and a tough Vibram outsole with deep lugs. Traction is excellent and testers felt the shoe shined on technical trails and in horrible weather—traits you’ll appreciate when you’re sprinting skyward.

At $110, the New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Pursuit holds its own as an up-tempo trainer for track workouts, tempos, and road races. Despite being soft underfoot, the shoe still feels fast, and the one-piece Fresh Foam midsole means less glue, less weight, and more flexibility. New Balance applied the same strategy to the one-piece knit upper, which stretches with your foot and breathes well. The Zante Pursuit also received high marks from testers regarding its wet-pavement traction, although they also said the upper isn’t the most protective in a cold downpour.

The Asics MetaRide is the first in a line of shoes designed to increase your running economy, meaning you use less energy and ultimately run longer. Its design is legitimately unique: It’s 30mm thick, there’s zero heel-toe offset, and the rocker-shaped sole is so stiff you can barely bend it. On a preliminary test run, though, it didn’t feel that foreign. Asics states the “GuideSole” construction reduces energy loss at the ankle by 19 percent, and you indeed feel the stability at the foot strike. It’s also quite responsive. Whether the MetaRide actually improves performance remains to be seen—we’ll post a full review once we’ve had a chance to put the shoe through more extensive testing.

The New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Solas is so minimal it’s the running shoe Marie Kondo would have—and yes, it sparked joy among our testers. At 5.3 ounces for men and 4.4 ounces for women, the Zante Solas approaches track spike territory while still offering a full Fresh Foam sole. The one-piece knit upper eliminates the weight of stitching and overlays, which also allows your foot to move uninhibited. As such, there’s very little ankle support, which isn’t objectively bad, although it’s something to note if you’re used to more supportive racing flats. Traction isn’t great—sticky, blown rubber means more weight—but the Zante Solas shines on fast, dry days on the road or track.

The Asics GT-2000 7 Trail is essentially an Asics GT-2000 road shoe with shallow lugs on the outsole and a revised color scheme. That makes it tough to classify the shoe as a dedicated trail trainer, but the GT-2000’s inherent stiffness and ankle support makes the GT-2000 7 a decent all-rounder. Testers appreciated the shoe’s stiffness and cushioning, which offered protection from sharp rocks, although they noted that the outsole was overwhelmed by slushy, sloppy terrain. The high-abrasion rubber outsole is durable on roads, too, which makes the GT-2000 7 a solid option for runners looking to split their time between trails and roads.

The Under Armour Velociti Racer is a racing flat purpose-built for distances between the 5K and the marathon. The shoe feels firm and responsive, but there’s still enough cushioning to prevent it from beating up your legs. A stiff forefoot lends runners a powerful toe-off, and in testing, both heel and midfoot strikers found success with the shoe. “It doesn’t have the bulky feel of a super-cushioned shoe,” said one tester. “Yet my legs feel like they are getting more than enough cushioning.” Note that the shoe runs small by about a half size; you want a racing shoe to fit snugly, but if you’re on the fence, it might be best to go up a half size.

The Reebok Grasse Road 2 ST is the brand’s moderate stability trainer. On sale this spring, the shoe sports the brand’s responsive Floatride Energy foam but adds a stabilizing layer of firm EVA foam. Testers liked the shoe’s firm, supportive ride, noting that it provided adequate cushioning without feeling overly soft. During testing, the high-abrasion carbon rubber outsole appeared unfazed by 100 miles of pounding, so we expect they’ll be plenty durable for hundreds of miles to come.

Hoka One One’s new Akasa owns the long run. The supple trainer has a rubberized foam midsole and minimal outsole tread—that makes it less than ideal for slippery surfaces, but maximizes the shoe’s cushion-to-weight ratio. Testers loved the shoe’s cushioningand lauded it for not being as tall as other Hoka’s. The engineered mesh upper is supportive and breathable. If you’re buying a pair, note that the shoe seems to run a half-size bigger than indicated.

St. Patrick’s Day is still a few weeks away, but Brooks is already in the spirit with this limited edition Launch 6. Shamrocks and horseshoes adorn the green knit upper, and gold on the midsole and overlays might bring you luck at your next race. Stay tuned for our full review of the Launch 6 in the coming weeks.

The latest New Balance 860 merges comfort and stability to deliver well-balanced performance for the high-mileage runner. The midsole features two layers of foam and a dual-density medial post—testers felt the shoe existed somewhere between a neutral shoe and a stability shoe. “[The 860v9] felt secure and guided my foot strike comfortably,” said one wear-tester.

The Brooks Transcend 6 is among the brand’s most-cushioned trainers, thanks to a full-length DNA Loft midsole. It’s a combination of foam, rubber, and air; it’s heavy, but the cushioning and rebound it provides makes up for the heft and then some. Testers liked the shoe’s forgiving feel over hard surfaces. The shoe’s Guide Rails offer subtle stability, and a two-layer jacquard mesh upper balances breathability and water-resistance.

The New Balance 1080v9 is all about absolute comfort, yet its soft Fresh Foam midsole feels sportier than other max-cushioning trainers like the Asics Gel-Nimbus 21 and Brooks Glycerin 17, says Runner’s World Runner-in-Chief Jeff Dengate. The shoe’s protective, lively foam meets a redesigned upper with a molded heel that’s meant to improve fit (some testers still felt their feet sliding around mid-stride). Apart from the heel fit, the mesh upper accommodated testers with both wide and narrow feet.

The New Asics GT-2000 7 sports a new two-layer engineered mesh upper and retains its characteristically stiff ride. Guidance trusses and medial posting add stability to the responsive FlyteFoam Lyte midsole, and Asics’ Gel padding adds cushioning to the heel. Testers liked the GT-2000 7 for longer runs and faster efforts alike, and the abrasion-resistant outsole rubber ensures you’ll get plenty of mileage out of this workhorse trainer.

The Brooks Adrenaline is the company’s flagship stability shoe, and as such, the Ravenna has long lived in its shadow. After testing the new Ravenna 10, we think it’s an underrated trainer: It bridges the gap between serious stability and a neutral ride using Brooks’ Guide Rails, which only intervene in your gait after you’ve pronated past a certain point. Testers enjoyed the natural feel of shoe, which represents a shift from the traditional medial post, and felt the new Ravenna was durable and ready for the daily mileage grind.

The storied partnership between Nike and Japanese designer Jun Takahashi will soon bring us two new shoes: The Vaporfly 4% Gyakusou and the Air Zoom Pegasus Turbo 35 Gyakusou. The “Gyakusou” name comes from a Tokyo running group known for running against the flow of traffic—a nod to the shoes’ imaginative ethos. Two different Pegasus models feature toggle lacing and reflective patches for night running, and the Vaporfly 4% shoe sports a maroon Flyknit upper and an oversized swoosh.

The New Mizuno Wave Horizon 3, which goes on sale March 12, is a shoe of more: It’s among the stiffest, softest, and most expensive shoes we’ve tested lately. The new model has a redesigned upper with a revised fit system that testers liked for its snug but non-restrictive feel. The ample cushioning takes some pounding out of the pavement, although the ride isn’t very responsive.

The plushest Asics shoe is back for its 21st birthday with an improved fit and three luxurious layers of cushioning. The top of the midsole is Asics’ FlyteFoam Propel, a high-rebound foam, and the bottom layer is the company’s plush, nanofiber-based FlyteFoam Lyte. Combine the two foams with Asics’ signature GEL and you get a soft, energetic, stiff trainer—in other words, an Asics. Although it’s a heavier shoe, testers enjoyed the GEL-Nimbus 21’s supportive cushioning on longer efforts.

High fashion meets high cushioning in Off-White’s new Jogger Suede and Shell Sneakers. There’s a leather and mesh lining and a Vibram outsole, and the upper’s suede and shell construction is the definition of posh. Sneakerheads will recognize them by the brand’s “arrows” logo and Virgil Abloh’s classic “right” and “left” labeling on the heel.

The Inov-8 RocLite 290 is a low, flexible, and firm trail shoe for runners who like to feel connected to the dirt. The shoe’s low stack heights and graphene-infused rubber outsole with angular 6mm lugs helps the trainer grip the trail surface like a mountain goat, although there’s not much protection from sharp rocks. It’s not a “door to trail” shoe, but testers liked it for surefooted singletrack sprints.

These V-Day-themed Stan Smith’s are the perfect gift for the sneakerhead in your life (although they’re only available on women’s sizing). The shoes come in white or red leather versions, with debossed heart graphics and the sought-after Stan Smith logos on the tongue and heel.

The Cavu 2 is a thinner Hoka One One road shoe, which means it’s also lightweight: The men’s shoe weighs 7.2 ounces (size 9), and the women’s shoe is 5.9 ounces (size 7). That, combined with its stiffness, makes the Cavu 2 speedy. “This was a great track workout shoe, which surprises me since I haven’t thought of Hoka’s as being performance-oriented before,” said one tester. The engineered mesh upper is similarly svelte and breathes well, although it blocked cold wind during testing, too.

Reebok’s new Forever Floatride Energy isn’t just a good running shoe for $100—it’s a great trainer for any level of runner. The full Floatride Energy Midsole is light and springy, yet forgiving enough for miles of pavement pounding. The full rubber outsole grips wet pavement with ease, the engineered mesh upper is breathable, and the heel counter keeps your foot planted. The collar could be improved: Some testers said the tongue tended to slide off to the side during runs. Other than that, it’s a well-rounded neutral road shoe.

Broad, sturdy, and hefty, the Saucony Echelon 7 is the Ford Crown Victoria of road shoes—and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Orthotic-wearers, heavy supinators, and people with wider feet will appreciate the shoe’s accommodating width and lock-down heel counter. Testers appreciated the shoe’s plush footbed and shock-absorbing Everun midsole, although some said the ride was too mushy for their liking. It’s not responsive or quick, but runners looking for a stable base and a wide toe box will appreciate its spaciousness.

If you think only kids should draw on their sneakers, tell that to L.A.-based artist and designer Nathan Bell. He’s a frequent Nike collaborator whose work evokes a DIY aesthetic. These soon-to-release Zoom Fly SP’s feature Bell’s deliberate scribbles and motivating phrases such as “I can’t feel my legs” and “Last one gets a rotten egg.”

Nike announced its self-lacing basketball shoes in January, and now the Swoosh has competition: Puma’s self-lacing Fi trainer will debut in 2020, the company proclaimed late last month. A micromotor in the shoe’s tongue tightens and loosens the laces based on user input—you can swipe the tongue to adjust them—and the shoes adapt to your foot over time.

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 features an updated upper that’s thinner, softer, and (arguably) more fashionable than its predecessor. The heel combines Mizuno’s responsive U4ic foam with its softer U4icX foam, with a Wave Plate in the middle. The result is a road trainer that’s responsive yet well-cushioned, especially in the heel. Testers lauded the shoe’s combination of plushness and fast toe-off.

In the Timp 1.5, Altra fine-tuned its popular trail shoe with a lower heel-toe offset and more energy return, according to the RW Shoe Lab. Testers liked the soft midsole for its rock protection, and the DuraTread outsole performed exceptionally on wet surfaces. Compared to its predecessor, the Timp 1.5 drains well, thanks to a revised upper.

The Nike Odyssey React Shield is designed to keep you training outdoors all season long. The water-repellant upper has plenty of reflective bits to make you visible on urban night runs, and the toggle cord lacing system works with your gloves on. Our testers lauded the shoe for its ability to keep them dry and sure-footed in the snow, although the shoe isn’t fully waterproof.

For a shoe that’s as close to waterproof as you’ll find, check out Columbia Montrail’s Mountain Masochist IV OutDry Extreme. The upper’s soft-shell gaiter provided excellent debris protection, and the fleece-lined upper adds warmth for winter adventures. Testers enjoyed the protection, but noted that the shoe doesn’t offer much protection from sharp rocks, so it’s best-suited for sloppy fire roads and muddy rail trails.

Nike’s Epic React Flyknit 2 is back in a new colorway, dubbed “pixel,” that drops January 31 on The neon gradient midsole draws artistic inspiration from the tech world, Nike states. The shoe uses Nike’s lightweight React foam and features a foot-hugging Flyknit upper.

Nike is launching a new flagship Air Max shoe at the beginning of February. The Air Max 720 sports a massive 38mm air pillow that runs the length of your foot to deliver all-day comfort. The futuristic upper is also brand new, and Nike says the air unit is made of recycled materials. The shoe drops February 1 on at 10 a.m.

The Adidas Lxcon is a casual sneaker that’s inspired by the running shoes the Three Stripes made in the 1990s, although this upcoming silhouette is all-new for Adidas. Hyped by celebrities such as Jonah Hill, the Lxcon’s deconstructed aesthetic should make waves in the sneaker world. The lacing system features a TPU cable that spans the length of the upper and integrates into the laces.

The 361-Meraki 2 is a soft and responsive shoe that’s ideal for training and racing at sub-marathon road distances. The midsole is fairly stiff, which gives the shoe an edge in shorter road races. Testers raved about the shoe’s fit: The tongue runs all the way down the toe box, which keeps your foot from sliding around within the shoe.

LEARN MORE MORE IMAGESIf you’re an Altra fan looking for a faster shoe, check out our pre-release Kayenta review. The shoe is 7.2 ounces for men and 6 ounces for women, and although its modest heel-toe offset is classic Altra, the Kayenta is notably firm and low to the ground. Altra saved weight with a lightweight midsole and little outsole rubber. The resulting shoe is Altra’s lightest, and testers found it ideal for short and fast efforts.

Any $160 running shoe needs a defining selling point. For Saucony’s Triumph ISO 5, it’s maximum cushioning. The latest Triumph gets a thicker Everun midsole: It’s not lightweight, but testers loved the shoe’s cushioning and smooth feel on the roads. The crystalized rubber outsole provides plenty of grip and the ISOFit upper’s fit is quite roomy, a factor that wide-footed runners will appreciate.

The GT 2 is MBT’s solution to the long run: It carries the company’s signature rocker shape into a plush, high-mileage trainer. The heel contains memory foam to soften impact forces, and wear-testers gave the shoe high marks for heel cushioning and overall comfort. The outsole features high-abrasion rubber and all this makes for a shoe that should satisfy mileage junkies and runners in pursuit of a cushy toe-off experience.

Hoka One One’s Speedgoat is named for Karl Meltzer, a.k.a. the Speedgoat: He’s won more 100-mile races than anyone in history. After putting it to the test on tricky, technical terrain, we found the shoe to be just as solid as the man. The Speedgoat 3’s big lugs dug into muddy terrain, yet its outsole rubber clung to wet rocks better than most. It’s a surprisingly lightweight shoe given its maximalist cushioning, and the high stack heights keep pointy rocks from poking your foot as you careen down the trail.

With the company’s Bajada III Winter Trail Running Shoe, Columbia winterized its Bajada III with a closed-mesh upper and fleece lining. Testers liked the shoe’s warmth and plush, snug collar. The shoe is surprisingly flexible, which makes it better suited for sloppy, smooth trails than trails full of sharp rocks. The jagged Gryptonite outsole provided excellent grip on wet and slushy terrain.

The Nite Jogger is Adidas’ latest sneaker silhouette, although it’s actually a throwback of a 1976 design from the company’s jogging shoe days. The new shoe isn’t a purpose-built runner—it’s too plush and heavy to compete in today’s market—but the reflective decals and fluorescent accents make it a high-style casual shoe for nocturnal urbanites. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait for the restock: The shoe is currently sold-out.

The Mach 2 combines lightness, responsiveness, and generous cushioning to present runners with a well-balanced trainer for faster efforts. The rocker design absorbs impact and offers up rebound upon toe-off, and the midsole is thicker than you’ll find in trainers of similar weight. Tester’s also enjoyed the upper’s mesh, noting that it breathed well but didn’t absorb rainwater and snow as quickly as other mesh uppers.

The Brooks Caldera 3 is a low-drop, plush, and stiff trail shoe that represents a lightweight alternative to the company’s popular Cascadia line. The BioMoGo DNA midsole adapts to impact forces to give you the right amount of cushioning, and the new model also comes with a front gaiter loop and a lace keeper.

The Inov-8 Parkclaw 275 is a trail shoe that’s firm and supportive enough to work on the roads, too. The outsoles use three layers of rubber and deep lugs to grip loose trails, although the neutral shoe excels on hard-pack paths. The closed-mesh upper is stretchy and comfortable; in the rain, testers found the shoe drained well.

These modernized Adidas throwbacks can trace their lineage to the 1979 Marathon TR, Adidas’ first trail shoe. This women-only, two-color release gives you the choice of an off-white or purple upper. The upper is a durable mesh with suede overlays and ghillie lacing, and there’s a thick Boost midsole, too.

Compared to your dad’s Air Monarchs, these “Snow Day” sneakers are ice-cold. Nike gives the Air Monarch IV a winter makeover with a fuzzy collar and a carrot-shaped orange midsole accent (like a snowman’s nose, Nike states). There’s also a snowman hidden within the embroidery on the shoe’s heel.

The much-hyped, sold-out-immediately Adidas UltraBoost 19 is back in a highly-limited run at retailers such as Kith, Extra Butter, and BSTN on January 4. The colorway, dubbed “Dark Pixel,” features the shoe’s enhanced Boost midsole and sock-like Primeknit upper. Read our full review of the UltraBoost 19 for more on the shoe.

Nevermind that the Nike Women’s Air VaporMax 2019 drops on the tenth day of the year: It stands be the 2019’s most bling trainer. The new VaporMax has a translucent Nexkin upper, a stretch-woven material that’s more weather-resistant than traditional knits, Nike states. The shoe’s internal TPU cage is also new, although the full-length air cushion carries over from the 2018 shoe.

Nike released the original Nike Air Max 2 Light in 1994, and despite an intervening 25 years of material upgrades, the retro you’re looking at here is an aesthetic replica. Nike hasn’t released much information on the retro, but if it’s mechanically similar to the original, it’ll have a dual-pressure heel air chamber and two forefoot air chambers.

Brooks’ top high-cushion trainer gets a few key updates in 2019, although the shoe won’t hit shelves until March 1. There’s an OrthoLite sockliner with open-cell polyurethane foam, which adds comfort to the air-, rubber-, and foam-blend DNA Loft midsole. The shoe’s engineered mesh upper looks as sharp as ever and all these things combine to make “the kind of shoe you wear all the time, even when you’re not running,” said one tester. Read our full pre-release review here.

The Air Zoom Pegasus 35 Shield is a neutral trainer for wet-weather running. There’s a reflective and water-repellent upper, and the no-tie lacing system works well with gloves. The shoes’ outsole rubber is meant to improve traction in the rain, and our testers found that although the shoes aren’t completely waterproof, the upper effectively keeps rain water out. Look for the full Runner’s World review later this week.

The Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Static is back in a non-reflective colorway. A gum rubber outsole envelopes a Boost midsole and the upper, sans reflective accents, is a stretchy knit that offers glimpses of the shoe’s construction through a cutaway strip on the shoe’s medial side.

For the most eye-catching Air Max’s on the block, there’s no option more opulent than the women’s Air Max 97 LXX, an Air Max 97 encrusted with 50,000 Swarovski crystals. The crystalized fabric takes the place of the shoe’s mudguard, although we hardly have to remind you to keep these bling kicks clean.

LEARN MORE MORE IMAGESThe chunkiest Yeezy around is back in select stores on December 29 (find out which on There’s a drop-in Boost midsole beneath that layer of foam that reaches almost half way up the shoe, and a series of leather overlays give structure to an unmistakeable mesh upper.

Here’s a three-way collaboration we never expected: Adidas Originals and size?, the U.K.-based fashion retailer, partnered with the Italian bicycle company Colnago to release two tri-branded sneakers. The Adidas Trimm Star, a mid-1980s trainer, gets the Colnago treatment with an Pellegrini Italian leather upper, a recycled leather outsole that evokes the tires of the era’s race bikes, and metallic red paint with Colnago branding. The Kamanda shoe, a futuristic, soccer-inspired trainer, has a grey suede upper and carbon fiber-themed accents that represent Colnago’s contemporary race bike technology.

The Mizuno Waveknit R2 is essentially a Wave Rider with a knit upper, which means the shoe’s Wave plate and high heel-toe drop (12.8mm and 12.11 for the respective men’s and women’s shoes) will be familiar to Mizuno wearers. Testers enjoyed the upper’s stretchiness but dinged it for its lacking breathability and tendency to absorb moisture. Heel strikers will likely appreciate the Waveknit R2 more than midfoot- and forefoot-oriented runners, as the Wave plate optimizes cushioning in the rear of the shoe.

“RKT” stands for Rob Krar Trail: The North Face Flight RKT is elite trail runner Rob Krar’s shoe of choice, so it should satisfy your needs on trail race day. At 8.4 ounces for men and 6.9 ounces for women, it’s not the lightest trail racer, but the (relative) heft pays dividends with a plush EVA foam midsole—the shoe is thicker than the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35, a road trainer. The outsole is soft and sticky rubber and the upper is a lightweight engineered mesh. There isn’t much rock protection, but it’s an ideal shoe for logging big miles on less technical trails.

Asics reissued the 1999 GEL-Kayano 5 in November with a predominately white colorway; now, it’s back again in a “stone grey” scheme with a red collar and yellow and blue accents. There’s a strip of red gel peaking out of the heel and a blue torsion plate at the midfoot. We tried the original rerelease last month: They’re surprisingly smooth and plenty plush, albeit heavy and clunky-looking, but those traits just add to the retro’s appeal.

District Vision’s Mountain Racer, a collaboration between the New York-based eyewear and apparel company and Salomon’s athlete-focused S/Lab, proves that trail shoes can be equal parts stylish and utilitarian. The outsole’s Salomon Contragrip material is designed for grip in all conditions, and a welded TPU cage cradles a polyester upper to keep you dry and surefooted on the nastiest of trail runs. There’s also a Kevlar toe cap to keep you from injuring your forefoot on unexpected obstacles.

The Air Zoom Vomero 14 is Nike’s updated high-cushion trainer, although the new shoe feels faster and more responsive than previous models. An air cushion runs the length of the shoe and sits atop a Nike React foam midsole; the combination provides a springy yet compliant ride that makes the Vomero 14 more capable for up-tempo efforts than its predecessors. Nike’s Dynamic Fit system locks the foot into a stiff collar; the upper isn’t particularly wide but it stretched to accommodate testers’ feet.

To celebrate the Azura’s 30th birthday, Saucony is rereleasing the popular late-1980s trainer in a white, yellow, and blue colorway. The original shoe used an EVA midsole, weighed 10 ounces for men and 8 ounces for women, and appealed to runners looking for a lightweight trainer for racing and speed work, according to the November 1988 issue of Runner’s World. A torsional rigidity bar ran the length of the shoe to support the foot without adding weight; if the 2018 Azura is a legit retro, all of this should be true of the new shoe.

Before they first saw the shoe, sneakerheads knew the Off-White rendition of Nike’s Air Force 1 would sell out immediately (and the striking Volt colorway pretty much guarantees it). Virgil Abloh’s take on this classic Nike silhouette ticks off the hypebeast boxes: There’s a deconstructed ripstop fabric upper with leather overlays and Off-White’s signature straight quotes.

The Adidas Tresc Run is a shoe inspired by 1990s running shoes, the company states. There’s a Boost midsole with a flame-shaped midsole plug atop a color-filled outsole. Black overlays line the red upper of this chunky, flamboyant shoe.

This Adidas EQT Support Mid ADV Primeknit—catchy, right?—is the last in Adidas’ line of Dragon Ball Z-themed sneakers. The shoes feature embroidery and a color scheme that references “Shenron,” a magical dragon from the anime series. The shoes come with a stretchy Primeknit upper and collectible packaging.

If you missed the December 15 release of the UltraBoost 19, then the bad news is it’s sold-out for 2018. The good news, per Adidas, is that a larger release is planned for February 21, 2019. The new shoe packs even more Boost into its springy midsole and now sports a sock-like upper. Importantly, the stiff plastic cage that encircled the midfoot of the 2015 shoe is now a flexible mesh material; it’s a big fix to a problem that ruined the old UltraBoost for some runners. The knit upper is designed to stretch to a point: When cornering, the shoe feels secure but not constricting. The outsole is still a durable Continental rubber, which should help you get lots of mileage out of that improved Boost midsole.

The Merrell Bare Access Flex Shield is exactly as it sounds: It’s a water-repellent, flexible, bare-bones trainer for the trails. It’s 7.3 ounces for men and 5.8 ounces for women, and the RW Shoe Lab discovered that the shoes have a slight negative offset (meaning the forefoot is actually higher than the heel). Testers found the shoes surprisingly grippy; you’ll like these if you prefer your trail runs with less foam and rubber between you and the ground.

The New Balance M1500 Holiday Pack is the perfect gift for the NB fan in your life. It’s a limited-run sneaker with “Made in New England” printed on a brown suede tongue. The shoe’s red suede and warm tones pair perfectly with a holiday sweater, and the ENCAP sole ensures classic New Balance comfort. You’ll have to order them from the Warsaw Sneaker Store; shipping to the U.S. is $20.

Leave it to the irony merchants at Urban Outfitters to carry this rugged Caterpillar sneaker. Oblique outsole lugs wrap up the shoe’s heel—an apparent nod to Caterpillar’s tank track-equipped construction vehicles—and the mesh and nubuck upper looks like it could withstand long days on the job site. If you’re buying these to bite Bob the Builder’s style, though, the shoes also come in white and red.

Among runners, Salomon is best known for its trail shoes, but the Predict RA proves the company knows the roads just as well. The midsole is firm but anatomically placed grooves segment the material to help the shoe bend with your foot. There’s a roomy toe box and a secure-fitting heel cup, thanks to the upper’s 3D-molded fabric, and testers noted the shoe “felt supportive and stopped unwanted foot movement.”

Amidst the arms race of new midsole foams and composites, Asics is doubling down on its storied GEL technology with the GEL-Quantum Infinity, its first full-length GEL-cushioned shoe. That makes the shoe heavy (13.76 ounces) and expensive ($180), although Asics’ GEL has a devout following and the shoes will likely find favor among runners in search of an ultra-plush ride. (We’ve yet to test the GEL-Quantum Infinity as of this writing.)

No, these Vomero 5’s haven’t grown a cyst, they’re just the latest collaboration between Nike and A-Cold-Wall*, a fashion label lead by London-based designer Samuel Ross. By removing the shoes’ original polyurethane coating, the sneaker will discolor and age more quickly, which highlights the 2010 Vomero 5’s innovative design, Nike states. They might be off the wall, but these modified Vomero’s should garner loads of attention on the streets.

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