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What’s the Best Running Shoe Under $100?

April 24th, 2013

This is a question we get a lot at the ‘house. We certainly don’t blame you for wanting to look out for your wallet when you’re shopping for new shoes, especially if you’re racking up 70+ mile weeks and needing a new pair every couple of months. Fortunately, there are many solid running shoe options under $100, and the best one for you will depend on what you’re looking for.

Light, Flexible Running Shoes under $100

Asics Gel Lyte33 2 ($90 MSRP)

The Asics Gel Lyte33 2 was the surprise of the year for us so far. It feels completely different than it’s predecessor (in a good way), and offers a soft yet bouncy feel with a quality ride. We credit the combination SpEVA/Solyte midsole, which gives a particularly nice feel for mid/forefoot strikers where the shoe provides full-thickness SpEVA foam.

New Balance 730 v2 ($75 MSRP)

Flexible might be the first word that comes to mind when you think of the New Balance 730 v2. This shoe has many of the points we loved about the original, including a low offset, responsive ride, and upper that runs on the generous side. We also think it’s one of the best looking New Balance shoes for 2013.

Nike Free 4.0 ($95 MSRP)

If you want to get the Nike Free experience on your feet for under a hundo’, then reach for the Nike Free 4.0. This Free model doesn’t get as much attention as the Free 5.0 (nee Free Run) or the minimal Free 3.0 v5, but it still offers all the classic features of a Free running shoe: extreme flexibility, good cushioning, and a breathable, sock-like upper.

Zero-Drop Running Shoes under $100

Saucony Virrata ($90 MSRP)

In spite of its modest price tag, the Saucony Virrata has the power to amaze. It has a performance fit and a sweet spot just behind the ball of the foot – but it seems to feel good no matter how your foot lands. Unlike most zero-drop designs, this shoe has quite a bit of padding underfoot.

Altra Samson/Delilah ($95 MSRP)

Wide-footed “barefoot” runners of the world, rejoice! The Altra Samson (and the Women’s model, the Altra Delilah) has a rectangular toe box that comfortably accommodates wider feet without rubbing or causing blisters. It also has a removable sockliner so you can get extremely close to the ground.

Merrell Vapor Glove ($80 MSRP)

The Merrell Vapor Glove is a great shoe for barefoot runners who want a stowable shoe to take with them in case they hit a rough patch of ground and want a little extra protection. Read more…

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Asics 33 Version 2 Sneak Peeks

August 22nd, 2012

The first generation of Asics 33 shoes has extended the brand, finding a following of runners seeking performance-oriented trainers with some style. The second generation of the Gel-Blur33, the shoe that launched the collection, has already been released. Following hot on its heels are updates to several other 33 models, set to arrive for the Spring ’13 season.

Gel-Excel33 2

Asics Gel-Excel33 2 Men's Running Shoe

The neutral cushioning trainer of the 33 lineup is back with a full redesign of the upper and mid/outsole. A new flex groove pattern is designed to give you more flexibility from heel to toe, and the forefoot gel unit has been removed to reduce weight. Asics claims weights of 9.8 oz (Men’s size 9) and 7.9 oz (Women’s Size 8).


Launch Date
December 2012

Men’s Colors
Red/Black/Lime Gel-Excel33 2
Titanium/Lightning/Orange Gel-Excel33 2

Women’s Colors
Black/Pink/Turquoise Gel-Excel33 2
Titanium/White/Turquoise Gel-Excel33 2

Gel-Neo33 2

Asics Gel-Neo33 2 Men's Running Shoe

This update to the minimum-support trainer in the 33 collection sports a new upper featuring Asics’ Mono-Sock construction to offer you a (you guessed it) sock-like fit. The platform is carried over from the first generation Gel-Neo33, so you can expect the same smooth and responsive ride. Asics reports weights of 10.2 oz (Men’s size 9) and 8.5 oz (Women’s size 8).


Release Date
December 2012

Men’s Color
Titanium/Lightning/Lime Gel-Neo33 2

Women’s Color
Titanium/Silver/Pink Gel-Neo33 2

Gel-Lyte33 2

Asics Gel-Lyte33 2 Men's Running Shoe

Utilizing what it learned from the first generation Gel-Lyte33, Asics designed the Gel-Lyte33 2 for better alignment and movement with the joints in the foot, resulting in increased flexibility from heel to toe. Asics has published weights of 8.5 oz (Men’s size 9) and 7.0 oz (Women’s size 8).


Launch Date
March 2013

Men’s Color
Black/Lime/Red Gel-Lyte33 2

Women’s Colors
Black/Pink/White Gel-Lyte33 2
Raspberry/Lime/White Gel-Lyte33 2

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