Best Running Shoes for Summer

Blog-Featured-BestSpringRunning-0602

In recent years, as many new fitness trends have emerged and gained popularity, running remains the exercise of choice for many men and women – from road races and mud runs to 3-mile jogs. And so, the selection for all things exercise-related, from apparel to equipment and of course, shoes, has also expanded significantly. Running shoes, walking shoes, trail running shoes; the list goes on, with many variations existing within those categories themselves. While more choice and stylish options are both pluses, it can make it difficult to choose the “best” pair for your running needs, so if you’re struggling to find the perfect fit, read on!

One of the most exciting advances in running shoes is the recent transition from mechanical cushioning to foam. As the experts at Runner’s World explain, high energy-return foams help deflect more energy by allowing parts of your foot to sink in, then molding around them to distribute forces across your sole. As the energy of that compression is stored, the foam simultaneously returns to its original shape, providing a responsive feel during push off. This is good news for the competitive sprinter hoping to shave a couple seconds off his or her personal best, and for the more casual runner looking for stability and speed on a morning jog, and is a feature to consider as you weigh your options.

In this “Best of the Best” series, we’re sharing our top 4 picks for training shoes that offer superior cushioning and support. We’re hoping to provide some key points to keep in mind before making your next purchase, which will be unique to your needs, of course.

The team behind HOKA ONE ONE has engineered a shoe that balances super-cushioning with a responsive ride, sure to make you want to tack on an extra mile or two. The Vanquish 2 Road Running Shoe is a dedicated runner’s dream with maximum cushioning material, meta-rocker shaping, superior stability, and stellar rebounding. With up to 1.5x the volume of midsole foam (compared to standard running shoes made with a performance-specific lightweight cushioning material) that provides shock reduction and superior comfort, plus a durable RMAT® suspension outsole that offers phenomenal grip and rebound, many runners hail HOKA ONE ONE as completely transforming their running style and ability. They may look a little different, but if you’re looking for extra cushioning, you may never go back to your old standard pair.

The Fresh Foam Zante v2 Running Shoe by New Balance is for the runner looking for speed without sacrificing comfort. With the unique, data-inspired geometries engineered in the New Balance Sports Research Lab, a refined midsole and revolutionary Fresh Foam technology delivers supportive cushioning. A speed-inspired upper provides a snug, sock-like fit with engineered mesh, and the blown rubber outsole promotes a smooth, efficient stride. The Zante is yet another example of New Balance’s style evolution, while the iconic “N” assures timeless quality.    

If premium stability and cushioning is your main priority, look no further than the ASICS FuseX Running Shoe. Designed for outdoor runners, it features ASICS’ fuzeGEL™ technology that includes excellent shock-absorbent properties. The AHAR® technology, or ASICS High Abrasion Rubber, is a tough rubber compound used at the heavy-contact, which helps reduce excessive wear. And with ComforDry™ technology, a fresh and healthy inner foot environment is guaranteed even on warm days.

 

Saucony’s brand focus is on running specifically, and the Triumph ISO 2 Running Shoe is a testament to this commitment. Its signature ISOFIT lacing system provides stabilizing support while adapting to the foot, and EVERUN foam technology positioned closer to the foot provides continues midsole cushioning. Recommended for runners with neutral pronation, the XT-900 carbon rubber outsole features TRI-FLEX grooves for enhanced flexibility and is 33% lighter than standard blown rubber, making this running shoe a comfortable choice for those looking to go an extra mile or two.

THE VERDICT

Just as there are vast differences between the types of runners out there, the “best” running shoe is the one that is right for you/your needs/your running needs. And while style is an added bonus, it shouldn’t be the driving factor. When choosing your next pair, make sure you’re getting ample support for your foot needs, an appropriate degree of comfort matched to your running style, and the right features to propel you towards achieving your individual fitness goals.

Get Moving: Family Outdoor Adventures Start Here

Blog-Featured-OutdoorStory-0509-V2

The days are getting longer, the sun is shining brighter – it’s official, summer is almost here. From trips to the beach to moonlight walks, it’s a simpler time we look forward to all year long. Maybe your family can’t wait to go on a hike, plant a garden, head off to camp, or play a round of golf. Whatever your activity of choice, get ready to enjoy the great weather with these picks that will get everyone outside and moving!

No matter what your day may bring, the right pair of shoes will set you up for a great outdoor adventure. Simply watering the plants in the morning? Don’t get your slippers wet! Slip on a pair of aquatic shoes or rubber sole sandals instead. They’re just as easy to throw on as flip-flops but you’ll be better able to navigate slick surfaces, like a pool deck. For a day of splashing fun – whether that’s taking the kiddos to the water park or fishing down by the river – a pair of quick draw elastic cord sandals will keep your feet cool and ready to run around. Playing a round of golf at the club on Saturday? Tie on some golf shoes that are totally up to par.

And to catch that magnificent summer sunset, you’ll need the right hiking shoes to get you to the best view. Depending on your favorite trail, it’s important to keep features like weatherproofing in mind. If your typical hike may take you through damp or cool patches (think: multi-day excursion and/or nighttime wear), snow or mud, you’ll likely benefit from a durable, waterproof boot. Daytime hikes though, especially in hot and dry climates, are sure to work up a sweat. Bottom line: if you typically only go out for a few hours at a time during the summer, there’s really no need for a fully waterproof boot; but, if you’re dashing through streams or puddles, a quick-drying shoe is the way to go.

While protecting your and your family’s skin is important year-round, it’s vital to be extra careful during the summer months when the sun is at its hottest. And we’re not just talking sunscreen here – many active clothing brands now include SPF protection in the material itself. Of course, a hat and sunglasses are always must-haves for any outdoor adventure to keep the rays off your face and out of your eyes.

For the more serious hiker, choosing a backpack is like finding the perfect climbing partner. If you’re headed on a longer trek this summer, look for something that will hold all the essentials but won’t weigh you down. With some brands now offering gender-specific designs, it’s important to find the style that fits you best and is also the most comfortable.

The same rules apply to the littlest explorers too: having the right gear will set them up for the best summer of outdoor adventure. Whether they’re off to summer camp or grandma and grandpa’s house for the week, prepare for the range of weather that summer is sure to bring. A lightweight and breathable rain jacket will keep them dry during those sudden downpours, while a brim hat will keep their cheeks from getting pink after hours spent building sand castles. And for their feet, a pair of active sandals with Velcro straps that they can easily fasten themselves will take them on all of the summer’s greatest adventures.

Take us with you on all your family’s outdoor adventures! Share your story on Instagram by tagging us @shoebuydotcom with #myshoebuy.

Labor Day Style: Find the Best Shoes for your Travels

Header

Blog-GB-Banner-Ciaran-Blumenfeld

Best Foot Forward For Your End of Summer Travels

Summer is my favorite season. The long days, the looser schedules, the chance to escape for a long weekend…

Whether you head to the seashore, the city or a country escape, there’s still time to eke out at least one more summer getaway. Here’s what to pack for a Labor Day jaunt to three different destinations.Blog-Summer-Shoes-Post-SandyToes-080415Sandy Toes and Seashells

If you’re headed to the seashore, packing for long walks on the boardwalk and shelling along the water’s edge, look no further than the classics.

Converse low tops are the perfect shoes to slip into for longer walks on sidewalks on decking.  These Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Seasonal Low shoes are a perfect muted shade of goes-with everything greige that will carry you well into fall, paired with jeans and sweaters when the air gets chillier.

If scanning the coast for summer souvenirs is on your weekend to-do list, then make sure to pack a pair of these Reef Gypsylove flip-flops in your traveling bag. You’ll want to keep them in there for winter getaways as well. Reef flip flops fan the flames of year round wanderlust, offering just the right amount of light arch support paired with easy bohemian surf style.Blog-Summer-Shoes-Post-CountryEscape-080415

Kick up Your Heels Country Escape

Headed for a weekend of farmer’s markets, antique-ing and a picnic by the lake? We’ve got some suggestions for that as well.

A perfect transition shoe, these perforated UGG Darling Seaweed Perf  booties go great with shorts, jeans and skirts and will keep looking great on through the fall. We’d wear them on a hayride or out to the movies. They are perfect gear for a casual country evening.

For brunch with friends or a stroll around town, you can’t beat these versatile Lucky Brand Pepperr Sandals. These simple strappy leather staples are so easy to dress up or down and are a great shoulder season shoe for those times when it’s still warm enough to wear sandals, but summer brights no longer feel right.Blog-Summer-Shoes-Post-CityAdventure-080415

City Adventure

Are you off to do some museum browsing, trendy shopping and sidewalk café people-watching these last few days of summer?

These Steve Madden Nonstp booties are an urban staple – sturdy enough to walk blocks in, sophisticated enough to wear into the evening hours and perfectly poised between summer and fall footwear. They’re very right, right now and add polish to almost any outfit.

If you’re taking the city by storm (on foot), or simply looking for a chance to shine, consider these comfortable Cape Clog Solids in gold. They are orthopedically healthy for your feet, but that doesn’t take away from their funky, bold beauty. The shiny gold of this shoe works perfectly right now with your summer tan. Wear these with bare feet and short or long outfits. These classic clogs will also be great this fall, worn with fun patterned socks or tights as the days grow shorter and cooler.

Wherever you are headed for the last weekend of summer, I hope you’re going in style and comfort.

Slip into these styles and other faves available from ShoeBuy on your next great escape!