Brendan Murray is a product manager for New Balance, and is currently leading the charge on the re-issue of the now classic Trail 101, which is expected to become available in 2015. As some of you may remember, the NB 101 was one of the first lightweight trail shoes to hit the market. Originally released in 2010, the 101, along with its predecessor in the 100, helped pave the way for an entire movement of lightweight and low profile footwear, affecting how we envision trail-specific running shoes today.
We were lucky enough to get Brendan to answer a few questions about the upcoming re-issue of the Trail 101, the production process of the shoe, and about the design process of new footwear in general.
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One of the joys of running is exploration. It’s a great way to see new things, take new paths and to take in new sights and sounds. But exploration isn’t just about going somewhere new. It’s about seeing something in a new light, in a way that you wouldn’t notice just in everyday passing. Running provides us with the opportunity to gain a new perspective on our surroundings and ourselves, and to fulfill the human need for discovery.
With its new CityTrail collection, Salomon, a brand deeply embedded in the mountains, turns its eye towards an entirely different kind of trail: those laid out in the city around us. Taking to the streets of Paris, Salomon explores the urban environment, showing us that sometimes all it takes to get away from things is to embrace and to rediscover the things around you.
Be sure to check out our selection of Salomon shoes, apparel and accessories for Men and Women.
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…