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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Osmo Nutrition is now available at Running Warehouse!

March 10th, 2014

We’re excited to introduce Osmo as the lastest addition to our fantastic range of nutrition products! Having seen significant success in the cycling world, Osmo is starting to gain traction amongst us runners as well. Created by Dr. Stacy Sims, Msc, PhD, a renowned nutritionist and exercise physiologist, Osmo is based on the latest and greatest in scientific research, designed to deliver the most effective hydration and recovery products available. Read more…

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It’s the Injinji St. Patty’s Day Toesock Giveaway!

March 6th, 2014


Hey, it’s March! The month of college basketball and the beginning of a slow progression out of the dark days of winter. Oh yeah, and St. Patrick’s Day! Break out that crock pot – it’s time to get some corned beef and cabbage going on in here!

In the spirit of this most joyful holiday, we’re giving away four pairs of Injinji’s special edition St. Patrick’s Day Toesocks! These socks are the perfect way to keep the blisters away during your St. Patty’s Day race, or for just keeping the pinchers at bay during your training run (or subsequent pub crawl). Yay! These will not be available on our website, so this will be your only chance to rock shamrocks on your socks. Read more…

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Introducing Osprey Hydration Packs

February 28th, 2014

The term Osprey conjures up three things. The first one is a glorious sea-bird, with a wingspan of nearly a yard, born to hunt and to strike awe upon any onlooker. The second, an airplane-helicopter hybrid that is clearly one of the most incredible flying machines to grace the skies, also striking awe upon any casual observer.

The third just might be the most awesome of the three, especially if you’re a runner like us. While they may not be able to achieve flight, we think Osprey hydration packs are nothing short of impressive. 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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