2019 is almost over and it’s time to look ahead and have a peek to the shoes that will be introduced next year.
Here’s the list of what we can’t wait to put our hands (and feet) on! There are a lot of other shoes that we are looking forward to test – but in this article, we are only including brand new introductions (version 1.0).
Without further ado, here are the shoes!
Saucony Endorphin Pro
Saucony resuscitates the “Endorphin” name with a brand new line of shoes (3 in total) with very different specs between them, but a common design language.
The PRO is the first of these new Endorphins. As the name suggests it is the top of the line and it will retail for $200.
For these two hundred dollars you’ll find a carbon plate that runs through all the length of the midsole. The shoe weights 7.5 ounces with a 8 millimetre drop.
There is a rubber layer all around the perimeter of the outsole to ensure traction at all stages, including cornering.
The midsole has a completely new PEVA material that has 88% energy return and it’s 50% lighter than Saucony’s own PowerPlus material. There will therefore be a high degree of cushioning while keeping all the responsiveness you expect from a racing shoe.
Saucony Endorphin Speed
The Speed is a takedown version of the Pro.
It keeps the same design philosophy but a few different material choices set this shoe at $160 recommended retail price.
The biggest difference is in the plate: while the Pro has a carbon plate, the Speed has a TPU (plastic) one. The same foam will be used in the midsole.
TPU plate is a little more flexible than the carbon one, making this shoe more indicated for everyday running rather than strictly racing.
The Speed has a slightly more durable and structured upper – with a heel counter, for example, that is missing on the Pro.
Saucony Endorphin Shift
The Shift is an innovative shoe in the line in the sense that it offers a generous amount of cushioning, with a very particular heel structure.
There is a large heel counter that goes all the way down to the midsole (inside, the midsole) keeping the foot locked in safely throughout the run.
The shoe weights around 10 ounces, it will retail for $140 and comes out in July.
New Balance Fresh Foam Tempo
With the Zante line now discontinued, the Tempo is the shoe to take that place.
It’s a lightweight trainer that is versatile enough for long runs and speed days.
The midsole will use NB’s new Fresh Foam X which should be even softer than the regular Fresh Foam. Hypo-knit material will comprise most of the upper, coupled with a bootie construction.
It will be available in March. Stay tuned for our review!
New Balance FuelCell Prizm
The Prizm comes as a new addition to the FuelCell collection, which now sees the Rebel, Propel and 5280.
There used to be another Prizm shoe in the New Balance lineup, the Vazee Prizm, but we believe NB is moving everything to their new lines and materials.
The shoe looks completely new and – if the naming convention stays the same – it might be the fast training option that runners needing a stability shoe are looking for.
Brooks Hyperion Elite and Tempo
Brooks hit a sleeper hit with the original Hyperion, but possibly not a lot of commercial success.
In 2020, the American brand is planning to revive this franchise with two new Hyperion models, the Elite and the Tempo. There is an embargo (meaning Brooks is being hyper-secretive about it) so we can’t reveal much.
But we were fans of the original shoes and we are looking forward to test these two new incarnations.
Asics seemed to have lost a bit of steam in the past 5 years or so. Most of their successful running shoe franchises are more than 20 years old and the brand is commonly associated with the adjective “safe” and “traditional” when thinking about their running shoes.
So Asics has decided to take some of these shoes (starting with the Nimbus) and creating a version that is lighter, uses different construction and different materials.
Here comes the Nimbus-Lyte (Lite?). As the name suggests, the shoe is 2 ounces lighter than its “traditional” sibling. It has a full midsole of FlyteFoam material and a fresh, new upper that is 60% recycled micro-mesh.
The EvoRide features a new construction with a rocker shape midsole, made of FlyteFoam, and a mesh upper with soft lining.
It will be an efficient lightweight trainer weighting approximately 9 ounces.
More than the shoe itself, we are excited about where Asics is taking their line, after – in our opinion – stagnating a little in the past 5 years.
Nike React Infinity Run
Well it’s official: the Nike Structure has died.
Nike decided to veer away from traditional stability running shoes and embrace the new philosophy about guiding the step, not controlling it.
We are ready to test this shoe – which promises to deliver great support through midsole geometry and cushioning through React foam.
An external study by the British Columbia Sports Medicine Research Foundation (BCSMRF) on 226 runners in the Nike React Infinity Run and the Nike Structure 22, a traditional motion control shoe, showed that runners in the Nike React Infinity had a 52 percent lower injury rate than in the motion control shoe, with wearers confirming that they felt less pain in their knees and feet.
These are the shoes we are looking forward to test and review this year. Which one excites you the most? Which ones we forgot ?
Keep on reading us to find out how these shoes perform in the real world with our reviews!