During the past few months we logged hundreds of miles testing new shoes for 2015.
New introductions, new versions, new editions… one thing is for sure: the running shoe market is getting extremely competitive.
New brands come every year with very solid ideas and often executions. Established brands ramp up their research and development to offer shoes that are constantly an improvement on their franchise models – or they revamp the line altogether.
We list here the most notable new shoes for this first half of 2015. Check the reviews, add your comments and rating if you have run in them or ask questions to other runners if you are considering trying them.
With no further ado.. here’s the list (in alphabetical order):
The updated Adrenaline GTS 15 continues its tradition of being Brooks’ “Go-To-Shoe” (aka “GTS”) providing excellent stability complimented by updated cushioning from heel-to-toe for those runners who are seeking a shoe that delivers a smooth transition and solid running experience. The shoe runs a half size small, however, there is plenty of room in the toe box and some runners may need to go up in size depending on fit.
The Karhu Fast5 Fulcrum is a light-weight neutral running shoe that provides runners with a solid platform offering plenty of cushioning and a smooth, quick transition throughout the foot strike due to the newly integrated full-length Karhu Fulcrum which increases a runner’s efficiency.
A considerable improvement over the divisive Wave Inspire 10. Although the shoes share the same midsole design, the upper of the Wave Inspire 11 harkens back to the low profile fit last seen in the Wave Inspire 9. Even with a last curvier than a Kardashian, the Wave Inspire 11 still provides enough rear foot control to deliver a smooth, stable running experience.
The Emotion Road N2 is a decent option for neutral runners looking for a simple attractive high mileage trainer. Updates to the upper have helped to reduce bulk and give the shoe a more streamlined appearance and resolved fit issues.The outsole has taken on some changes however the overall firmness of the shoe remains unchanged from the previous model which seemed to be a major complaint for several wearers of the shoe.