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We all love our All Stars. They’re comfortable, versatile, and best of all, cheap! However, the Converse classic’s design is ill-suited for running.
There are far more better alternatives, infused with modern tech that will make your runs easier (and kinder to the knees). Whether you prefer running on the treadmill or on the road, the list below has something for you.
Adidas Solar Boost Running Shoe
Seven years since the introduction of the Boost technology, the innovative sole is still going strong with its latest iteration, the adidas Solar Boost Running Shoe. Still the industry’s benchmark for cushioning, the Boost in the Solar guarantees exceptional energy return as well as comfort. The Continental sole also gives it superior traction good enough for both indoor and outdoor running.
Nike Epic React
Billed as the answer to Boost, Nike’s React foam has grown to make a name for itself. Although not as bouncy as the former, React foam still makes for a very responsive ride and excellent stride transitions.
With Nike’s Flyknit technology used in the upper, you can expect a secure and supportive overall running experience. Plus, the shoes come in crazy colorful combinations guaranteed to make you stand out at the gym.
Reebok FloatRide Run
Lightweight cushioning Floatride is the new foam technology from Reebok. The foam makes the shoe suitable for long runs, anywhere from 10K to half marathons. It is also equipped with a 3D contoured cradle for much needed support in the heel area.
New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro V3
If you’re into trail running, then the Fresh Foam Hierro is for you. The trademark Toe Protect technology and the Vibram outsole work together to protect you from the elements.
While the knit construction around the ankles ensures no debris gets inside your shoe to ruin your run. The best part, thanks to its soft cushioning, you can easily switch from trail to asphalt surfaces.
Adidas AlphaBounce Beyond
A relatively new model from Adidas, the AlphaBounce was designed for the versatile needs of modern athletes (or gym rats).
Infused with the latest technology such as Bounce cushioning, molded heel fitcounter, seamless mesh upper, and a grippy Continental sole, the shoe also looks futuristic AF. For a smooth transition between the treadmill station to the weight room, the AlphaBounce Beyond is your best bet.