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Updated on January 31, 2014
Outdoor Retailer brings together the biggest and best names in specialty running, and we were at the center of it all. We mingled with thousands of #runnerds, all gathered in one place to talk about running shoe updates for fall 2014. Our conversations included words like “polyurethane,” “tread patterns” and “cushioning compound” (which is to say, standard runnerlease). But what can we say? We had to ask the hard questions to get you the answers we know you look for when shopping for shoes.
It was hard to narrow down everything we saw into a top 10 list, but somehow we managed. To see all the new product we scoped out, check out our YouTube page for tons of new videos featuring fall 2014 styles.
It’s hard to believe the bread and butter of Saucony’s Natural line is already on its fifth iteration. And we think it’s the best update yet. Watch for a decoupled heel that promotes smooth-as-silk transitions.
Merrell expands its AllOut series with the AllOut Flash. It is the collection’s style that has a true road outsole but still sports the series’ signature 6-mm drop.
New Balance’s premium stability trainer gets better with each update. The fourth generation has increased ground contact while the upper’s FantomFit technology holds the foot in seam-free luxury.
The PureGrit underwent a heavy design change, especially in regards to the outsole. The lugs are a bit more aggressive, which means you can amp up terrain you tackle while wearing the trail runner.
This is the first stability running shoe from The North Face. It has a tri-density midsole, which is ideal for overpronators; the densities work together to slow the rate of any inward rolling of the ankle. That way, your feet won’t tire before you do.
Look, Ma, no hands! The SpeedDraw Plus offers the most natural grip possible so as not to interfere with your stride. It has hi-viz reflectivity to act as another point of light in lowbeam areas, too.
Lighter by .5 oz. but still manages to pack an even stronger punch than its predecessor? You betcha. The Ride 7 has a redesigned outsole for even more durability and plush cushioning. Saucony also removed the plastic shank to help the shoe move with you for supreme comfort and responsiveness.
The seventh update to this perennial favorite has BioMoGo DNA, which means the gel inserts are gone. Instead, the DNA material is blended with Brooks’ midsole compound for adaptive cushioning. In addition, the upper has TPU -welded overlays to prevent seams that can cause blisters.
Take the Bare Access, add twice as much cushion underfoot, and you get the Bare Access Ultra. The best part? It still has the signature 0-mm drop that is the center of the Bare Access philosophy.
This all-weather adventure shoe improves its fit, durability and has an outsole so sticky you know you aren’t going anywhere but forward. Pretty soon you’ll be itching for tough terrain just to see how much this shoe can handle (spoiler alert: It can handle anything).
The update has consistent groundfeel throughout the outsole and features a full-length segmented crashpad to disperse energy upon impact. Plus, the weight was reduced thanks to the new Brooks Super DNA paired with a 3D printed upper.