Along with colder weather, decorative gourds, and debates over how early is too early to start playing holiday music, the fall season also brings quite a few new shoes. Here's a roundup of the most impressive new updates of some of our favorite shoes.
The 10th iteration of New Balance's premium-cushion shoe isn't just an update; it's a whole new shoe. New Balance completely overhauled the shoe, using pressure mapping and footstrike data to build a more performance-focused 1080. The cushion, a revamped Fresh Foam, is both softer and lighter, with more flexibility to move with your foot.
The latest update to Saucony's high cushion offering is noticably softer and lighter thanks to an all new midsole and a flexible, unstructured upper. Saucony has replaced the previous EVERUN cushioning with a PWRRUN+, which is 25 percent lighter while being softerand springier. The shoe has a slightly narrower fit than previous versions, but the stretchy engineered mesh upper still accomodates wider feet. This cushy shoe is perfect for long runs or easy recovery days.
Fast but still cushioned, the Cloudflow works as a lightweight trainer or a race shoe. Version 2.0 has the same sleek, minimalist look as the previous Cloudflow, but with a slightly softer feel thanks to the addtion of On's Helion foam in the distinctive midsole. On has also added a grippier rubber to the outsole for better traction on wet pavement.
For two decades the Adrenaline has been a consistently reliable option for runners who overpronate, and the Adrenaline 20 keeps the streak alive. The most notable change Brooks has made in recent years was the shift to GuideRails rather than traditional stability posting in the Adrenaline 19, and version 20 doesn't deviate much from there. The fit is a little roomier in the toe box, and the overall look is cleaner and sleeker. This is a suportive, uncomplicated go-to-shoe for everyday training.
Like the Saucony Triumph, the major update with the Guide 13 is the use of the new PWRRUN cushioning compound -- not quite as soft as the Triumph's PWRRUN+ but still a lighter, softer feel than the previous Guide. The fit on the new Guide is better too; the FORMFIT tech uses three layers of cushion that contour and react to your foot to give you a secure fit in the heel and midfoot with enough wiggle room in the forefoot.
The newest version of HOKA's trail shoe maintains the reliable ruggedness of previous models with an improved fit and a slightly firmer, more stable feel. Like the Speedgoat 3, the Speedgoat 4 has a Vibram MegaGrip outsole for better grip on slippery surfaces, with slightly more agressive lugs for traction in soft dirt and mud. The new upper is designed to be more breathable than previous models.
The Lone Peak 4.5 isn't a major update -- only the upper has changed from version 4, so the cushion and outsole will be exactly the same. Like all of Altra's shoes, the Lone Peak sits on a zero-drop platform for a neutral stance and features Altra's signature foot-shape toe box. A rock plate in the midsole protects against jagged rocks and roots, and multi-directional outsole lugs provide grip on unpredictable trails.