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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 Gel-DS Racer 9 – First Look

November 21st, 2011

Asics Gel-DS Racer 9 Men's Shoe (sample shown)

Regardless of what is happening in the minimalist running movement, some runners still need racing shoes with support for over-pronation. Although the number of support racing shoes has been limited, the Asics Gel-DS Racer, and in its absence, the Asics Bandito, have been reliable go-to shoes for the speedier over-pronators among us.

The Gel-DS Racer 9 (MSRP $100), available in February 2012, carries on the tradition of being light, supportive and purpose-built for speed. The newest DS Racer will be more flexible than the DS Racer 8. The enhanced flexibility comes from deep forefoot notches and a new outsole that takes design cues from the Hyper Speed 4 and the old Magic Racer. As a result of integrated support elements, the new upper promises a secure fit that is ideal for speed.

DuoMax is included for reliable pronation control and a Solyte midsole is combined with Rearfoot Gel for light and resilient cushioning. At a reported 7.7 oz (men’s sample size 9.0), the DS Racer 9 is the lightest support racing flat on the market (see the Brooks Racer ST 5 at 8.6 oz and the adidas adiZero Mana 6 at 9.1 oz for comparison). And for the first time, the DS Racer will be available in a women’s version.

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Asics Gel-Hyper Speed 5 – First Look

November 2nd, 2011

Asics Gel-Hyper Speed 5 (sample shown)

The ever-popular Asics Gel-Hyper Speed racing shoe is a favorite among marathoners Ryan Hall and Deena Kastor. So when runners shouted don’t mess with a good thing, Asics took heed of those words and developed the new Hyper Speed 5 with few changes.

The shoe carries over the same Wet Grip outsole and Speva midsole from the last few iterations. These aspects continue to be combined with a slightly wider than average forefoot base. The result is a racing shoe that offers a bit more of a cushioned ride than typically found at the reported 7.0 oz weight (men’s sample size 9.0) and 14mm forefoot stack height. Additionally, the 7mm heel-toe offset finds a sweet spot among many runners.

So what was changed? The Hyper Speed 5 sports a new upper that maintains the key fit aspects of the Hyper Speed 4 but delivers a fresh look and a weight reduction of a reported 0.2 oz. The shoe will be available February 2012 and although the price has increased by $5.00 to an MSRP of $80.00, the shoe is still a bargain.

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adidas adiZero Hagio – First Look *Update

September 12th, 2011

adidas adiZero Hagio Men's Shoe (Hagio sample with incorrect "Feather" name shown)

Come January 2012, the hugely popular adidas adiZero Rocket will be gone and in its place will be the adiZero Hagio (MSRP $90).

The Hagio carries over the midsole from the adiZero Pro. And with a light weight upper and new outsole, the Hagio is expected be an ounce lighter than the adiZero Rocket. The featherweight upper utilizes vast areas of open mesh for superior breathability and weight reduction. Strategically placed laminated overlays help secure the foot and deliver a sleek appearance.

By stripping away oustole material, the Hagio is more flexible than the Rocket and additional weight savings are found in the outsole design.

All of the standard adidas technologies are still here. Full forefoot ADIPRENE adds durable comfort and provides good rebound for a responsive toe-off. The TORSION SYSTEM maintains structural integrity of the midsole’s midfoot. ADIWEAR provides durable wear at the heel and blown rubber in the forefoot provides added cushioning is light in weight.

Built on a 6mm heel-toe offset, the low-profile Hagio is ideal for faster running and racing. Specified at 6.0 ounces (sample men’s size 9.0), this shoe weighs the same as the Brooks T7 Racer, but should deliver greater durability. Expect this shoe to compete directly with the Asics Hyperspeed 4 and Saucony Type A4 ( the Hyperspeed 5 and Type A5 will be available February 2012).

Of note, the Hagio name  pays homage to the shoe designer of the same name who has had a great influence over the development many adiZero racing shoes.

adidas adiZero Hagio - outsole view (sample shown)

*The original post stated the adiZero Hagio carried over the midsole of the adiZero Rocket. However, the midsole of the Hagio is carried over from the adiZero Pro. The Rocket midsole was derived from the Pro midsole.

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Special Edition adidas adizero Shoes

July 20th, 2010
adidas adizero Pro Ekiden Shoes

adidas adizero Pro Ekiden Shoes

Adidas has garnered a great following with their adizero line of shoes. Light in weight and built following a philosophy of including only what is essential, the adizero shoes fit perfectly in the current trend of less is more. The line has had great success over the past several years, so this September adidas is introducing a special edition Ekiden series of adizero shoes that will be available at Running Warehouse.

An Ekiden is a long distance relay race popular in Japan. The adizero Ekiden series draws inspiration from Japanese culture and the result is a unique look that, in this writer’s opinion, is fantastic. The only difference between the adizero Ekiden shoes and the normal adizero shoes is the cosmetic appearance of the upper.

Covering a spectrum of neutral shoes, the Ekiden series will include versions of the adizero Pro (the high performance racer is back), adizero Adios (the marathon shoe of choice for Haile Gebrselassie), adizero Rocket (versatile flat) and adizero Boston (lightweight trainer). So if you want to stand out this Fall be sure to pick up a pair. View all the shoes after the jump. Read more…

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