Summer is so close that we can almost smell it. Chances are, you are going to need a new running shoe to kick off your summer training. What do you need to look for to ensure that you get the best summer runner possible? The best summer runners are lightweight and highly breathable to ensure that your feet stay as cool and dry as possible. Luckily for you, Finishline.com has a number of runners that are summer training approved. Check out our list below, which features some great summer runners for both the men and the women.
For the Guys:
Nike Free 5.0+
Part of the reason that the Nike Free line has been so popular is that each new model that Nike comes out with is better than the last. The Nike Free 5.0+ is no exception, because some technical updates to the upper of this shoe makes for quite possibly the best Free yet. Equipped with Dynamic Flywire, the Free 5.0+ has a lock down fit that moves along with the motions of your foot, not against. The result is a better fit, more support, and overall a more comfortable running shoe.
Featuring the revolutionary Mobium band, the Puma Mobium is Puma’s latest running shoe that answers the call to the natural motion running trend. The Mobium band acts similar to the tendon in the foot, expanding and contracting as your foot does to promote efficiency and energy return. Giving you the most out of each stride, if you are a runner with a high arch, this is the shoe for you.
Under Armour Spine Venom
Weighing an astonishing 8.75 ounces, the UA Spine Venom is one of the lightest runners on the market. Not only is it one of the lightest, but it is also sports a very comfortable upper that conforms right around your foot. The sockliner and collar on the Venom features 4D Foam technology, which will mold around your foot after wear. It also sports Micro G cushioning in the midsole, which offers a soft ride with an explosive return upon toe-off.
For the Gals:
New Balance Minimus Ionix 3090 V2
The New Balance Minimus Ionix 3090 V2 is an innovative new runner from New Balance, not for what it has, but more for what it has not. Weighing only 6 ounces, this shoe comes with everything you need for a light and supportive runner, but it also cut out everything you don’t need for an almost weightless feel. Ionix technology in the midsole allows for less materials usage, and it also creates enhanced comfort and flexibility.
ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 8
With a perforated sockliner and open mesh upper, the ASICS GEL-Noosa Tri 8 will keep your feet as cool and dry as possible, even on the warmest of days. Not only do these have a great moisture drainage system, but they are also highly comfortable as well. They come equipped with an Impact Guidance System that enhances the foot’s natural gait from heel strike to toe-off. They also come with a WET GRIP outsole just in case you catch yourself in a summer shower.
Mizuno Wave Prophecy 2
Mizuno set out to create a shoe with the smoothest ride possible, and their answer was the Wave Prophecy 2. The full length Infinity Wave midsole design works in harmony with your foot’s natural stride, ensuring for a smoother ride than anything you’ve experienced before. They also come equipped with Dynamotion Fit, which relieves stress that the foot naturally places on high wear areas.