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Updated on August 21, 2013
We’re finally coming down from the high that was Summer Outdoor Retailer 2013. Two jam-packed days meeting with industry leaders to see what’s new for the upcoming season had us geeking out hardcore. You know your field is top-notch when its trade show somehow leaves you with even more energy than you had when you started. The endorphins floating around the Salt Lake City Salt Palace were palpable, and we couldn’t wait to get our next run in (the fact that our running paths were sandwiched between gorgeous mountain views also helped up our excitement levels).
After a flurry of interviews, we came away from the trip with a simple truth: There are some fantastic things in store for spring 2014. Amped-up technologies, fresh colors and brand-spanking-new styles are all in the cards as we make our way into the new year. We filmed more than 75 videos of individual styles, and that’s only a small slice of the spring 2014 pie.
We’ve weeded through our notes and compiled a list of the 10 styles we are most looking forward to. You can bet as soon as they hit our warehouse shelves, we’ll be taking them out for a quick test run to see if they live up to the hype and anticipation (though based on their great predecessors, we know they won’t disappoint).
Asics GEL-Excel33 3
Plush cushioning plus lightweight responsiveness? Count us in!
Asics GEL-Kayano 20
In its 20th iteration, the Kayano remains a fan favorite. Asics celebrated the shoe’s anniversary by arming it with only the best materials, such as a FluidFit upper and FluidRide midsole.
The Brooks PureFlow, PureConnect and PureCadence all get facelifts come 2014, but our minimalist-loving selves are itching to slip into the PureFlows the most.
Merrell AllOut Fuse
The AllOut series is new from Merrell and strives to balance feel and protection for a superior ride. Unifly technology combines firm and soft foam pods to give runners a supremely balanced ride.
New Balance Fresh Foam 980
The company’s new technology, Fresh Foam, takes a data-driven approached to its latest design. Concave and convex shapes in the foam help release or support the midsole in specific areas.
Pearl Izumi Road N 0
Finally filling in the missing puzzle piece to its E:Motion line, Pearl Izumi is set to roll out its most minimally designed shoe yet. Neutral runners, prepare yourselves.
Salomon CityTrail Sense Pro
The best of both worlds: The Sense Pro is perfect for those runners who want the security of a trail shoe even if they still find themselves on the road every once in awhile.
Saucony Guide 7
The flagship shoe for Saucony, the Guide is about to win over even more loyal fans. It has been in development for three years and has the upgraded technologies to show for it.
Saucony Virrata 2
A zero-drop shoe with plenty of cushion, the Virrata is perfect for runners who want a go-fast ride without sacrificing protection.
The North Face Ultra Smooth
The Ultra Smooth is The North Face’s first true road shoe that promises a plush and, well, smooth ride.