Running Shoes for Spring 2021
- by Nick Demaria
- February 6, 2021
It may not feel like it, but winter is almost over, and spring weather is on the way. With the return of warm weather comes a return to your running routine. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or you’re training for your first 5K, the running shoes you choose are a vital tool in your training routine. The right pair of shoes will offer the support you need to keep your body protected from heavy impacts while helping you push yourself to new limits.
We have compiled a list of some of the best running shoes of spring 2021 to help you make an informed decision.
Best for Road
If you’re looking for something you can use for long runs on the road, this shoe is an excellent option. With an enormous single layer of soft EVA foam, this shoe looks too clunky at first glance – but if you’re going for long distances, the Bondi 7 has the stability and cushion you need to make it. They work great for large runners, long runs, or anyone who commonly experiences knee and hip pain.
This shoe is great for daily training. It has a softer and more cushioned midsole, and an updated, stretchy knit upper that incorporates hot-melt yarns instead of heavy overlays to create the perfect amount of midfoot support. The Fresh Foam offers plenty of support while remaining flexible enough to let you really pick up the pace.
Best for Trail
This shoe is designed for success in challenging environments; with its highly textured base, it’s perfect for finding a grip in rocks, mud, or sandy trails. While the Wildcross is not as suited for smoother terrain or hardpack, you’re sure to love it if you’re an adventure racer or love tricky terrain.
From rocky mountain roads to gravel paths, this shoe excels at every turn. Made from lightweight, stretchy materials; you get all the support and energy return you need without any added baggage. A cutting-edge embedded sensor tracks distance, cadence, and other metrics on the MapMyRun app. Pair the shoes with Bluetooth headphones and your phone to get coaching during your run or to check your stats once your run is complete.
This shoe combines comfortable cushioning with firm responsiveness for a result that performs admirably whether you’re on the road or the trail. Liquid nitrogen infused into the shoe responds to heat and pressure to become a gas, filling the foam with tiny bubbles. The result adds speed without weight. While the Catamount is light and fast enough for road running, it still retains plenty of the strength you want on the trail. The midsole is soft enough for ultralong days, the lugs provide enough grip for moderately rocky terrain without losing stability on pavement, and a hardened-EVA forefront rock plate protects your foot. If you’re looking for something that can withstand pavement running and moderate train runs, this is the ideal option.