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Springy sneakers: 8 new running shoes to get you to the finish line faster


best running shoesIt’s nearly spring, which brings, in addition to longer days and daffodils, a whole new crop of running shoes to help you log your miles—and make it feel as effortless as possible.

And this season’s best new running shoes are all about speed.

We’re talking a new crop of kicks with smart cushioning and bouncy midsoles that are engineered to absorb shock then propel you forward to make running super fun (and fast).

Also hot? Comfy, slimmer fits in soft, stretchy, breathable materials. They hug your feet—and have minimal seams avoid irritation—for nymph-like agility.

Step into any of these eight new pairs now, and you’ll be instantly inspired to push your training to the next level whether that’s working toward a Half, heading out for a casual weekend jog on a new route, or trying a trendy treadmill class.

(Photo: “Mike” Michael L. Baird, via Wikimedia Commons)


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Brooks Launch 2Brooks Launch 2 ($100)
Extra flexibility in the heel and a close-to-the-foot fit make this a super-nimble shoe.

(Photo: Finish Line)


Adidas Ultra Boost in pinkAdidas Ultra Boost ($180)
Adidas’ “Boost” midsole material returns energy for a bouncy, quick feel. And how pretty is this purple?

(Photo: Adidas)


Asics DS Trainer 20 Asics DS Trainer 20 ($120)
This speedy shoe provides moderate support for pronating (rolling inward) feet. And if your friends come to watch you race, they won’t be able to miss you when you pass.

(Photo: Nordstrom)


Nike LunarTempo ($110)
Springy cushioning joins a lightweight, knit upper in this sprightly shoe with a trendy, got-to-have design.

(Photo: Nike)


UnderArmour Speedform Gemini ($129.99)
A material called Charged Foam in the midsole strikes the balance between cushioning and propulsion—a very handy duo, wouldn’t you say?

(Photo: UnderArmour)


ZanteW3New Balance Fresh Foam Zante ($100)
The toe of this shoe curves upward for a super quick transition from heel to toe…which equals a fast turnover. It’s funky colors are pretty great, too.

(Photo: New Balance) 


spring 2015 running shoes 6Puma Ignite ($100)
Usain Bolt—the fastest man in the world—warms up in this shoe before changing to spikes. So there’s a test case for you. The Ignite cushioning compound “disperses impact and returns energy.”

(Photo: Puma)


spring 2015 running shoes 4Mizuno Wave Rider 18 ($119.95)
From the cult-favorite runner brand, a wave-like support system sandwiched in the cushioning of this shoe absorbs impact with your every fast-flying step.

(Photo: Mizuno)


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