It’s easy to find technical running apparel for the hotter temps of summer, but what about your feet? Running shoes with better breathability help keep your feet cooler and allow your sweat to evaporate more quickly, which can decrease your risk of blisters. Your body also loses a lot of heat through your feet, so wearing more breathable footwear can keep you cooler overall. Here are a few of our favorite breathable shoes for summer.
Asics Gel Noosa Tri 8
If you’re in the mood for some style in your breathable footwear, reach for the Asics Gel Noosa Tri 8. The upper of this shoe is constructed using a no-sew open mesh, which gives a highly breathable feel and sockless comfort.
Mizuno Rider 16
The Mizuno Rider 16 offers a close, performance fit, and the wide open mesh upper enhances ventilation. Actually, Mizuno offers several models with a more open mesh design, including the Wave Precision 13, Wave Ronin 5, and Evo Collection shoes.
Let your lungs – and your feet – breathe freely on your next run in the Nike Breathe pack shoes. The Air Pegasus+ 29, Free 5.0+ and LunarGlide+ 4 all got the Breathe treatment, which boast a highly breathable open mesh upper construction to keep your feet happier in hot weather.
Nike Flyknit Racer
The Nike Flyknit Racer is a champ when it comes to footwear breathability. The open knit of the upper allows for excellent ventilation. The seamless construction of the upper easily allows you to go sockless if you choose. This shoe also gives you a responsive ride and a hard-to-beat fit.
Saucony Cortana 2
The Saucony Cortana 2 is a premium shoe for the neutral runner who wants a low offset. The upper of this shoe boasts a generous amount of open mesh for optimum airflow around your foot while you run.
Nike Flyknit Racer Men's Running Shoe
If you haven’t yet heard about Nike’s Flyknit technology, get ready for a marketing onslaught in the coming months. Nike has spent the last 4 years designing and engineering a lightweight, knit upper material that fits the foot like a sock but still has the dynamic structure needed for a supportive fit.
A Closer Look
- Flyknit ain’t a bunch of leftover yarns and threads from your grandma’s closet. It is precisely engineered material with varying yarn densities and knit structures that creates a featherweight, formfitting and virtually seamless upper. The material offers precise support, flexibility and breathability all in one layer.
- Flyknit technology eliminates the need for overlays – the major source of added weight in a shoe’s upper. Additional weight savings are seen in the knit fabric itself, which is extremely lightweight but tested extensively to be durable over the shoe’s lifespan.
- Flyknit technology will be on the feet of many elite runners this spring and summer. The Flyknit Racer was worn by several competitors at January’s Olympic Marathon Trials, including Dathan Ritzenhein and Mo Trafeh. It is likely to be the marathon shoe of choice for runners from the U.S., Kenya, Great Britain, Russia and other countries in London this summer.
- An improved environmental profile comes from reduced waste and using less material when constructing the upper. Nike claims that construction of the upper only produces a few pieces of string as a waste product.
Models Using Flyknit
The following models are expected to launch July 2012, with additional models using Flyknit technology on the horizon. The names of the models may be changed prior to the public debut.
- Flyknit Racer: The poster shoe for the collection, the Nike Flyknit Racer weighs only 5.6 oz in a Men’s size 9. To put that in perspective, it is almost 20% lighter than the Nike Zoom Streak 3.
- Flyknit Trainer+: Designed as an everyday running shoe, the Nike Flyknit Trainer+ comes in at 7.7 oz. It offers a Lunarlon midsole and is designed to bring the weight and fit benefits of Nike Flyknit to runners of all levels.
There also will be a limited-edition HTM Flyknit collection, which includes an Olympic-colored Flyknit Racer (possibly called the “London Racer’) and two Trainer+ models with distinct upper designs.
For more details and a brief product video, take a look at Nike’s site all about Flyknit: http://nikeinc.com/news/nike-flyknit