We asked eight owners and managers of specialty running stores around the country which new shoe releases they’re most excited about this fall.
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Andrea Lehmkuhler, Manager, Point 2 Running Company, Newport News, Va.
“I’m looking forward to the Mizuno Wave Inspire 12. With the addition of U4icX, a midsole component, runners can experience a softer touch down while still enjoying the Mizuno fit. Pair this with the Rider 19 and you have two shoes that will fit and feel great to many runners.”
Brent Bowers, Manager, Red Rock Running Company, Las Vegas
“We’re looking forward to the Brooks Ghost 8. It’s a smooth ride for the heel or forefoot striker and a responsive shoe with just the right amount of cushioning.”
Christian Fyfe, Manager, Palmetto Running Company, Hilton Head Island, S.C.
“Our store is most excited about the New Balance Vazee Pace. It’s lightweight but springy, and the accommodating toe box should make it a great option for both training and racing this fall marathon season.”
Jason Smith, Manager, Georgetown Running Company, Washington, D.C.
“The Nike Air Zoom Odyssey is the shoe that can do it all! High cushion, high stability with Air Zoom in the forefoot and heel. Also the Flymesh upper feels like a sock while still providing great support and a locked-down feel with Dynamic Flywire.”
Jeff Metzdorff, Owner, Mill City Running, Minneapolis
“A staff favorite, Saucony now adds their proprietary Everun cushioning to their new Kinvara 7. This has the possibility to take the shoe to the next level or alienate longtime fans. Either way, I’m excited to test them out.”
Lori McConnell, Owner, West Seattle Runner, Seattle
“We’re really excited to get the Hoka Bondi in wide widths. We get regular referrals from podiatrists for the Hoka to help forefoot pathologies, including bunions and neuromas. The problem is that these customers often need a wide toe box and now Hoka is answering both problems.”
Monte Keleher, Owner, A Runner's Mind, San Francisco
“We are always excited when an already good shoe gets a great update. The Mizuno Inspire 12 has a bit more underfoot, but still retains that snappy responsive Mizuno feel—getting more runners into them, and keeping their current wearers coming back.”
Mack Exilus, Co-Manager, New York Running Company, New York City
“I’m excited for the Saucony Kinvara 6. The Kinvara was one of my first training shoes. It’s fast and light, but still perfect for long runs. I trained for Philly in 2013 in them and they were great for the track and the long run.”