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Updated on November 14, 2013
With the days getting shorter, it can be hard to convince yourself to head out the door rather than read the latest issue of Runner’s World while snuggled on the couch. But you know what always helps us lace up and head out faster? When we have a new pair of shoes ready to make our acquaintance. Lucky for you, we have a slew of new running shoe styles ready to revamp your run this November.
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November: a month of Turkey Trots, pumpkin pie… and mustaches? You bet. Ever heard of “Movember?” It’s a charity organization that raises prostate cancer awareness throughout the month of November by encouraging men to grow mustaches. The idea is to change the face of men’s health. Thus, the furry facial accessory is now ubiquitous in prostate cancer awareness efforts. And Asics is joining the mustache madness. For every pair of limited edition Asics GT-2000 2 sold, Asics will donate $2 to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Although the full GT-2000 2 line comes out in December, you can reap the updates early and support a great cause in the process. The shoes sport the signature blue ribbon color for prostate cancer awareness, but that’s not all. The tongue features a fun, furry material. See it as the shoe’s rabbit foot, helping you ‘stache some good luck during your run.
The most popular girl in school is about to be even more popular. And luckily, she didn’t lose an ounce of the greatness that rocketed her to stardom in the first place. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS has its history baked right into its name—GTS stands for “go-to shoe,” a more-than-fitting qualifier for the tried-and-true style. For the Adrenaline’s 14th iteration, modernization took center stage. The upper is made of 3D Fit Print, a no-sew material that was first used in the Glycerin last season. Think of it as the ultimate no-itch, no-stitch fit. The new Comfort Eye Row—that is, where the laces rest—distributes pressure evenly across the top of the foot to take away any added stress, further perfecting the upper. Moving to the outsole, Brooks removed the plastic TPU shank, which means the shoe now sports lateral ground contact. What does this mean for you? The Caterpillar Crash Pad extends all the way through the midfoot for silky smooth transitions from heel to toe.
For the commitment phobes, the Merrell Bare Access 3 is the golden ticket. It’s perfect for runners who want to dabble in the barefoot running movement without relinquishing a cushioned feel underfoot. A 0-mm drop gives you that coveted barefoot feel, but it’s paired with 8 mm of cushion from heel to toe. Although your feet will land flat, protection won’t be sacrificed in the process. The ultrabreathable mesh up top keeps feet dry and comfortable while arms on the sides give added stability without adding weight. No matter your activity, this versatile shoe will keep you moving naturally.
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Want to stand out at the starting line? The Mizuno Wave Creation 15 is sure to turn heads. The vibrant colors and patterns of the Wave Creation are a way of revamping the white shoe trend, which is set to make its comeback as we head into 2014. For the shoe’s vibrant look, Mizuno employed a Japanese paint scheme that is similar to tie-dyeing, a nod to the brand’s history. But the Creation didn’t undergo just cosmetic changes for this stellar update. A few technologies changed as well. The midsole unit switched from Mizuno’s AP+ to the new U4ic—pronounced “euphoric”—which can also be found in the Mizuno Wave Sayonara. It’s lighter than the AP+ midsole but doesn’t skimp on responsiveness or durability. And the Infinity Wave Plate, the piece of the shoe that rests beneath the midsole foam, was redesigned for this model to walk the line between responsiveness and cushioning.
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You don’t have to be a speedy elite to get the most of the shoe—the 890v4 is ready to go fast, whatever that pace means for you. The shoe is clutch for any runner who is looking for that neutral cushioned trainer with a fast feel underfoot. In fact, it garnered the “Best Update” award in Runner’s World‘s Winter Shoe Guide 2013. The fourth version looks quite a bit different than its predecessor, but its technical updates are not quite so drastic. The Fantom Fit upper vanishes like a ghost, contouring to your foot so seamlessly you swear it isn’t there. The highly segmented outsole optimizes your foot’s flexibility, and blown rubber lends itself to smooth-as-butter transitions. The 890 was one of New Balance’s first shoes to use REVLite foam in its midsole, which gives you a springy, lightweight responsiveness every step of the way.
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Let your conscious be your guide—and let it guide you to the Saucony Guide 7. The style is Saucony’s No. 1 shoe, and its seventh update makes it an even more attractive choice. It’s a mild to moderate stability shoe so if your ankles covet just a touch of support, the Guide is there to pamper and please them. The outsole gets an update with more ground contact, and more flex grooves in the forefoot increase the shoe’s flexibility. PowerGrid foam runs the length of the shoe, which is Saucony’s proprietary cushioning technology. It distributes the force of impact without taking energy away from the runner. In the upper, Saucony increased the toe spring by about 6 mm so that you will feel light and springy upon toe off. Lace ’em up, and let these shoes guide you to your strongest runs ever.
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Think of the Triumph as having your cake and eating it, too. It has a soft, underfoot feel but still packs a punch with stability features. As Saucony’s high-end neutral shoe, it’s infused with premium materials for a premium running experience. With IBR+ blown rubber in the forefoot, your toes will rest of a pillow of plushness that won’t hinder your foot—or the shoe’s—flexibility. The upper uses Sauc-Fit, a fit system that securely wraps the midfoot and locks in the heel. Like the Guide, this shoe boasts PowerGrid foam for ultacushioning with an optimized energy return. That way, the only thing you’ll feel when you nail that that last mile is pure triumph.