Most of us just experienced a time change, and are highly disgruntled with the rapid decrease in evening light. While there is a touch more light in the morning, it is fleeting as the daylight hours continue to decrease over the next 7 weeks. Since a lack of light is not something to keep us from a run, it is important for us to practice good nighttime running habits. The most important habit is to wear items that can be seen, and reflective shoes are one such item.
Running shoes have had reflective details for a few decades now and are such an accepted feature that it is no longer necessary to list “reflective” in a shoe description. However, most running shoes have only small but effective bits of reflective material. If you are seeking to turn up the reflective nature of your shoes, there are now several highly reflective shoe options from a range of brands.
A few years ago, Nike started the trend of highly reflective shoes with their Shield collection, and it now exists as the Flash collection. The shoes have a great amount of reflective material integrated into the upper.
ASICS continues to offer their Lite Show collection with their most popular models: Kayano 22, Nimbus 17, and Cumulus 17. The ASICS logo is highly reflective and this year there are reflective print details.
Brooks has an entry this year with the brand new Adrenaline GTS 16 in special guise to honor the New York City marathon. The look of the shoe was inspired by the view of Times Square as would be seen from a rapidly moving vehicle.
For 2015, New Balance has abandoned a glow-in-the-dark shoe in favor of the Vazee Pace Beacon. The Vazee Pace is new a lightweight, low heel-toe offset shoe. The N logo is reflective as well as a good portion of the forefoot and bits within the shoe laces.