Running shoe manufacturers these days are truly outdoing themselves. As the innovation game steps up, kicks today are packed with everything from Bluetooth sensors that can provide feedback on your stride, to temperature-regulating properties and cushioning that won’t ease up no matter how far you plan to run. Here are 4 pairs of running shoes that are designed to heighten your running experience.
ASICS Meta Run
Limited to only 60,000 pairs worldwide, the Asics MetaRun shoes are considered to be the company’s best long-distance running shoe yet that have been developed over three years of painstaking research. Among other things, the kicks come with FlyteFoam, Asics lightest, most-durable, cushy midsole, AdaptTruss, a carbon-reinforced adaptive stability system, a glove-like one-layer upper with built-in memory foam, and hybrid high-tech gel. Created using new materials and technologies from the Asics Institute of Sports Science, MetaRun promises stability, weight, fit and cushioning like never before.
Altra IQ Smart Shoes
The Altra IQ is a pair of Bluetooth-equipped running shoes with sensors embedded in the soles to track all sorts of metrics specific to running. It will keep tabs on your running distance, pace, time, and splits, but that’s not all. These “smart shoes” will also track your running cadence, how long your foot touches the ground on each stride, whether you favor one foot over the other, and which part of your foot hits the ground as you step. Other key features include 360-degree reflectivity around the upper, lightweight construction, Altra’s signature FootShape toe box, and Altra’s Zero Drop sole.
PUMA Ignite PWRWARM
The IGNITE PWRWARM is packed with thermoregulatory technology and designed from highly functional, breathable materials that retain heat close to your body to maintain your optimum temperature. The kicks also feature NightCat reflective elements designed to enhance others’ awareness of you in dim light situations. The AirMesh upper optimizes breathability, and Comforttemp tongue lining regulates body temperature throughout your workout.
Under Armour SpeedForm Gemini 2
Released on Leap Day this year, the SpeedForm 2 Gemini Record Equipped is embedded with a sensing chip, which tracks a plethora of data in real time while tethered to a watch or phone, though it can be used device-free as well. The data is automatically synched to the Under Armour Record app. Designed for neutral pronators, the shoe’s dual-layer midsole combines Charged Cushioning on top of Micro G foam for the ultimate blend of cushioned support and explosive responsiveness, while an embedded sockliner provides added cushioning, moisture wicking and seamless comfort.