We’re almost two months into 2018, and we have a bunch of new shoes that have hit the store. Here’s a quick run down of some updated or new styles that have come through our door in the last few weeks.
Saucony Hurricane ISO 4, $190
The latest update of this legendary shoe is a nice upgrade. Saucony did a great job of improving the cushioning and flexibility of the shoe without compromising the cushioning.
Saucony moved from a combination PWRGRID+ midsole with an EVERun heel insert to a full length EVERun midsole. EVERun gives a much more responsive and flexible feel than previously used midsole materials, which will be a welcomed change for loyal Hurricane wearers and should make this shoe feel better for a wider audience. The shoe also has a retooled medial post, keeping it as a supportive as the 3, but making it a much smoother ride.
Changes to the ISOFIT upper with a new mesh, new overlay by the big toe, and a new lace configuration should improve fit and durability of the upper. This should make the shoe more comfortable, while reducing wear and tear on the shoe.
New Balance 880v8, $160
The latest update to this staple shoe is a good one. The upper is updated with a more open forefoot, so you should have a better fit through the forefoot. Changes to the midsole aim to give a better transition from heel to forefoot, and a smoother ride overall.
This has been our most popular shoe over the last few years, and the 880v8 should continue that trend. We carry this shoe in wide widths, too.
Mizuno Wave Inspire 14, $170
The Inspire 14 is a complete overhaul from the 13, and it should prove to be a good one. The midsole offers the U4ic and U4icX cushioning gives the shoe a good bounce with a slightly softer ride. Mizuno’s new Cloud Wave technology and the fan-shaped wave plate work together to make the shoe stable but responsive.
A new mesh material for the upper give the shoe a good, comfortable hold while keeping it breathable.
Hoka One One Challenger ATR 4, $180
The Challenger ATR offers the classic Hoka cushioning, but is a great hybrid road to trail and back shoe. The Challenger ATR 4 has a new upper that gives it a nicer look, while also giving a better ride. What really sets this shoe apart is the outsole, which is designed for a variety of surfaces, so you can run a few km to the trail, do some off-roading, and head back on the roads without skipping a beat.
All Hoka shoes are surprising lightweight, and the Challenger ATR 4 is no different. You’ll get top end cushioning and protection with a light and fast ride.
Asics GT-2000 6, $170
The GT-2000 is traditionally one of the most popular shoes on the market. The 6th version of the GT-2000 has a few significant changes that should help the shoe fit and feel even better.
Asics cut back on the overlays on the upper again, using more welded seams than stitches, so there is less chance for hot spots or blisters. The forefoot is boxed off a little more, giving a bit more room for your toes. A revamped heel counter and new lacing system should give this shoe a snug and comfortable fit.
The midsole switches to the Asics FlyteFoam midsole, which gives a lighter and softer ride. The shoe still features the famous Gel cushioning system, so you get that extra squish in the heel and forefoot.
Asics Gel-Nimbus 20, $200
The Nimbus 19 was a completely updated shoe, adding FlyteFoam cushioning, and a new upper. The 20th edition of Asics premium cushioning shoe has a few smaller tweaks to refine the shoe a little more.
The upper uses a new mesh that should make it more breathable, along with tweaking how upper fits, making it more open and welcoming to a wider range of feet. Underfoot, the shoe is very similar to the 19, which is a good thing as the Nimbus has always been known as a winning shoe for those looking for a plush ride.