There’s no denying that running in the summer, especially the kinds we face in India, can be quite a challenge. Apart from soaring temperatures, runners also have to counter the high humidity, which can sap your energy and leave you feeling drained. Choosing well-ventilated, light and moisture-wicking apparel and gear is therefore essential before starting any summer workout routine. This goes for your shoes and socks as well as excess sweat collection in your footwear can often lead to blisters, rashes, and smelly feet. You can counter this by wearing well-ventilated shoes that allow enough air circulation and breathability for your feet. Here are some excellent selections for hot-weather running.

Adidas Adizero Feather 2

Part of Adidas’ minimalist line, the Adizero Feather is fast and incredibly light on your feet at only 0.35 pounds. Designed for maximum comfort, the breathable air mesh upper keeps your feet from overheating while its Sprintweb technology helps reduce moisture and increase durability. The responsive (and removable) EVA foam insole offers supreme cushioning as well as an anatomical fit, while the rubber outsole provides lasting resilience against all kinds of surfaces.

Brooks PureFlow 5

Ideal for hot-weather running, this latest introduction from Brooks features breathable mesh with no-sew overlays to create a functional and stylish running shoe. It comes with sturdy Omega Grooves that enhance the flexibility of the midsole while providing an effortless forefoot ride. A plush wraparound collar and a perfect amount of cushioning help keep you comfortable even on your longest summer runs.

Asics Gel-Cumulus 17

The newest addition to Asics award-winning Gel-Cumulus series, the 17th edition sports a new FluidRide® Midsole with added forefoot and rearfoot cushioning units and better bounce-back, all without adding extra weight. Moreover, the shoe’s seamless construction reduces the potential for irritation and friction caused my traditional stitches and the ComforDry Sockliner provides cushioning performance and anti-microbial properties for a cooler, drier, healthier environment.

Nike Free 5.0

A redesigned upper makes the Nike Free Run 5.0 even more comfortable than the earlier ones in the series, with supportive overlays and sandwich mesh inserts for enhanced breathability. These lightweight running shoes feature hexagonal flex grooves allowing your foot to move freely, while Flywire cables in the midfoot section lock the foot down in the shoe for a secure, comfortable fit.

New Balance Fresh Foam 1080

The newest addition to New Balance’s acclaimed Fresh Foam line, the 1080 is made for performance. In addition to supremely comfortable Fresh Foam cushioning, an engineered mesh upper gives your feet room to move while data-designed grooves on the outsole deliver the flexibility you need. Inside, the Ortholite sockliner delivers odor resistance, long-term comfort, and superior breathability, while the snug, bootie-like fit feels secure on your foot.

Main image: Brooks PureFlow 5

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