This definitive guide to the best new running shoes of 2018 explores everything you need to know before buying new running shoes this year, including shoes from Brooks, Altra, Adidas, Asics, Mizuno and more. These twelve shoes are worth tracking down this year.
The Best New Running Shoes of 2018
Best for Gym-Going and Running: Adidas AlphaBounce Beyond
Ideal for gym use, these shoes run miles on the treadmill before stomping over to the weight room to hold steady during deadlifts, and then over to the turf for quick feet. For the classes where you don’t know what to wear (how much running do I need to do? Are there sprints?) these shoes are great. Whether your instructor makes you run laps around the block, or do suicides on the turf, these shoes will hold tough throughout all that and more. The continental soles are also superb for keeping your grip on quick turns.
Weight: 12.2 ounces
Heel Height: 27 mm
Forefoot Height: 18.3 mm
Best Budget Pick: Altra Solstice
I’ve run in Altras on trails, but I haven’t done quite as much road running in them, so I was pleasantly surprised with the performance. The low profile was most immediately apparent in my testing. The tight upper reminded me of Nike’s Flyknits, and the ventilation was perfect for the bizarre spring weather New York got in January. As one of the lightest shoes I tested by the numbers, it felt like the lightest shoe by far.