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Take A Closer Look At The Revamped Asics Natural33 Collection

April 14th, 2014

Asics recently rolled out their revamped 33 collection, now dubbed Natural33. If you haven’t tried out any of the shoes in the newest coming of the line, we highly recommend that you do. The shoes feel fantastic, giving you a sense of responsiveness and bounciness that really boosts your run.

In the past, the 33 collection has consisted of a scattered variety of footwear. Though the shoes were innovative, the collection lacked any real identity or any shared traits that defined the line. Now, the new Natural33 brings a coherent schema to the collection, defining it as a series of shoes designed to bring you a faster and more natural run. Read more…

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The Conquest – A New Direction for Hoka One One

April 4th, 2014

For fans of the maximalist footwear, the Hoka Conquest was one of the more anticipated shoes of 2014. We’ve had a chance to put a few miles into the shoe, and we gotta say, the shoe definitely lives up to its hype. Read more…

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Designboom interviews Tobie Hatfield, Designer of the Nike Free

March 26th, 2014

Perhaps one of the most iconic running footwear designs to come about in the past decade is Nike’s Free. The Free, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, helped catalyze a movement of footwear designed to help you run naturally, strengthen the muscles of your foot, and help reduce the occurrence of injury.

In an interview with Designboom, Free innovator Tobie Hatfield recalls a (now legendary) trip to Stanford University in which he witnessed coach Vin Lananna’s athletes training barefoot on grass. Seeing a challenge in recreating that barefoot experience in a running shoe, Hatfield drew inspiration from past projects such as the Nike Air Presto to create a new running shoe that would influence not only the running shoe world for the next decade, but footwear designs in all corners of sport.

Be sure to check out Hatfield’s interview on Designboom, and keep an eye out for new versions of the Nike Free, available soon at Running Warehouse.

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The Altra One2 Receives a Big Overhaul

March 25th, 2014

Altra The One2: M 7.5oz, W 6.6oz, 0mm Offset, $100*

The One2 (pronounced one-squared, not one-two) will be the first update to Altra’s low profile and lightweight performance shoe, and though the shoe will retain its fast, performance-oriented personality, this update is actually a fairly significant overhaul of the shoe. Read more…

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The Salomon S-Lab Fellcross 3: Maximum Fellrunning Performance

March 19th, 2014

Salomon S-Lab Fellcross 3; 9.2 oz, 4mm Offset, $170*

There’s a select group of runners who strive for the harshest conditions you can imagine. Fellrunners, as they’re known, live for the muddiest, trickiest terrain, often adventuring the unknown with only a map to guide them.

The Salomon S-Lab Fellcross 3 is a shoe for that runner.

True to its S-Lab designation, the Fellcross has always been a tuned racing shoe that provides ultimate performance on the mountainside. The third version gets even sleeker than prior versions, and should be an even faster option for intense athletes. Read more…

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The Altra Paradigm: Natural Running meets Maximum Cushioning

March 14th, 2014

There’s no denying that maximum cushioned shoes have made quite a splash so far this year. Not just for ultramarathon runners anymore, runners of all disciplines are increasingly picking up on the leg-saving benefits of a low-impact ride. Altra has been one of the earlier adopters of maximum cushioning, and they’re looking to take their cushioning to the next level.

Altra previously hit the ball out of the park with the Torin and the recently released Olympus, both shoes packing plenty of plushness underfoot for a soft and protective run. With the Paradigm, Altra is seeking to crank the cushioning to eleven as a totally max-cushioned road shoe that should easily rival Hoka One One. Read more…

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The Saucony Cortana 4: Take A First Look

March 12th, 2014

Saucony Cortana 4; M 9.2oz, W 8.2oz, 4mm Offset, $150*

There’s no denying that Saucony’s Cortana is a little bit of an oddity. Maximum cushioning, plush features, a 4mm offset and a lightweight design – typically not things you would see in the same description. The fact that the Cortana sits in its own category, though, doesn’t mean that the shoe hasn’t gained traction amongst runners, and Saucony is not looking to slow down anytime soon with this low-profile premium neutral trainer. Read more…

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The adidas adizero Boston 5 gets Boosted

February 26th, 2014

adidas adizero Boston 5; M 8.8oz, W 7.4oz, 10mm offset, $120*

One of the more significant innovations in running footwear last year was the adidas’ new Boost midsole material. Though much of the hype surrounding Boost was simply that – hype – there’s no denying that the material offers a unique underfoot feel with plenty of rebound and bounce.

In its first year, the Boost technology was originally limited to just three models: the Energy Boost, the cushioned and supportive adistar Boost, and our favorite of the three, racing-oriented adios Boost. This year, adidas is indeed all in with this new midsole, as we will see the Boost treatment make its way into most of adidas’ other running shoe models, including their popular lightweight neutral trainer, the adizero Boston. Read more…

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The New Balance 1260 v4 Takes on a Sleek New Look

February 20th, 2014

New Balance 1260 v4; M 11.0oz, W 9.6oz, 8mm offset, $145*

Amidst all the lightweighteye-catching, performance oriented trainers and racing shoes slated for a summer 2014 release, there are a few new maximum support trainers that will make their way onto the feet of many runners as well. Though perhaps not as sexy as the many sleeker and lighter footwear options becoming available, the New Balance 1260 v4 is definitely a shoe that will cause people to rethink this admittedly traditionally drab category. Read more…

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Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2: Minor Tweaks to a Fast Shoe

February 17th, 2014

Mizuno’s footwear updates follow a certain pattern: a given shoe’s upper will undergo a change every year, while the midsole and outsole see a redesign in two-year increments.

The Wave Sayonara, Mizuno’s performance trainer that pushed the boundaries of lightweight last year with it’s innovative U4ic midsole material, will receive its first update this upcoming summer. Keeping true with Mizuno’s update pattern, the Sayonara 2 will see a platform carried over from its predecessor. Read more…

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