The first half of 2017 has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean that our new shoe hype is burning any less fervently. Spring saw several innovative new models that have been immense crowd pleasers including the Saucony Freedom ISO, the Altra Escalante, the HOKA ONE ONE Hupana, and the HOKA ONE ONE Arahi. We also watched the overhauled Nike Zoom Elite 9 deliver its fast feel to more than a few speedsters.* Coming off a spring like that, you might expect to see a drop-off in new models for the fall, but the goodies keep coming! Here are the eight models that we expect to blow up this fall.
*For more information on the spring shoes, see our blog post here.
1. ASICS Roadhawk FF
What makes this new release in the ASICS performance line so exciting is high-level performance without any gimmicks. The ASICS Roadhawk FF sits on a full-length FlyteFoam midsole that delivers a springy ride for cruising through daily miles or picking up the pace on longer tempos. A no-nonsense, seamless upper wraps the foot without pinching while the abrasion resistant rubber outsole improves the shoe’s longevity. At $100, this shoe has fantastic value.
2. HOKA ONE ONE Clifton 4
Built off of updates to the outsole, midsole, and upper, the Clifton 4’s ride still has the lighter-weight, comfortable cushioning of the previous models with improved energy return on each stride. Designers included additional rubber on the outsole to lengthen the lifespan of each pair, and the upper material has been modified to provide a more adaptable fit that stretches with the foot. With changes like that, the Clifton 4 can make its way into the rotation for recovery efforts, daily training, and long runs.
3. HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat 2
Completely overhauled, the Speedgoat 2 has an all-new outsole, midsole, and upper. Initial reactions to the changes have been incredibly positive, and many are calling this their favorite HOKA trail model to date. This second iteration is built on a wider platform than the original to provide both stability and a more spacious toe box while an oversized EVA midsole delivers cushioning for both comfort and protection against stone bruising. Added durability and high-level traction for trails of varying technicality come from the super-sticky Vibram Megagrip outsole with a 5mm lug design, and the adaptable, engineered mesh upper is both flexible and secure around the foot. It’s a great option for daily training but easily provides sufficient protection for ultra trail racing as well.
4. Mizuno Wave Shadow
Combining the speed of the midfoot CloudWave plate and U4icX cushioning foam, the Mizuno Wave Shadow has a softened landing and a snappy takeoff that make it ideal for workouts and faster efforts; however, the cushioning also allows the shoe to be used as a daily trainer for runners who prefer a responsive ride. Highly breathable fabric at the forefoot adds comfort while the structured midfoot ensures a secure hold. With the Wave Shadow, a runner has options.
5. Mizuno Wave Sonic
The Mizuno Wave Sonic is a lightweight, speed-oriented shoe that stands apart from previous Mizuno models due to one key difference: the Sonic is constructed without a traditional wave plate. The springy U4icX Wave construction within the midsole makes for a quick foot transition, and the seamless upper with a secure midfoot offers a sleek fit that won’t slide mid-stride. Whether racing a 5k or a Marathon, the Wave Sonic is ready to roll.
6. New Balance FuelCore Sonic
With enough cushioning to handle long miles and a highly responsive RevLite midsole, the New Balance FuelCore Sonic is a shoe for all occasions. Adding to the appeal is the sleek upper design, which features a soft synthetic mesh and bootie construction for a flexible and snug fit. It also incorporates The Boa System, an innovative fit solution that replaces conventional laces and allows runners to find a precise wrap for an improved on-foot experience with the simple twist of a dial. Whether it’s a standard run or an up-tempo workout, the FuelCore Sonic is prepared to deliver.
7. Nike Zoom Fly
Engineered as the training oriented sibling to the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% (see below), the Nike Zoom Fly can handle up-tempo workouts, Marathon racing, and even daily training. This shoe features a large Lunarlon midsole to soften impact while generating top-tier energy return through a carbon infused nylon plate to keep you flying forward. Lightweight with a seamless one-piece upper, this sleek and breathable shoe is built for speed.
8. Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4%
*Available For Preorder on 7/20/17*
The Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% is a shoe that only comes out on race day. A carbon fiber plate and innovative ZoomX foam deliver excellent propulsion with every stride, and at 6.2 ounces (size 9), designers have spared no efforts in keeping this shoe as light as possible. The upper is constructed with a thin, engineered mesh, and the minimal internal arch band locks down the midfoot for a no-slip fit. For those seeking PR’s on the roads, the Zoom Vaporfly 4% is prepared to go stupid-fast.
Will has been running competitively since high school, and is currently running with the HOKA Aggies, a post-collegiate club here on the central coast of California. With a preference for the humorous and the verbose, he enjoys playing the wordsmith almost as much as his daily runs.