Brooks Launch 2 Running Shoe Review: Updating a Classic


The original Brooks Launch was one of my all-time favorite running shoes. I started running in them in 2009, and ran a breakthrough PR in the (frigid) 2010 Disney Marathon with the Launch on my feet. They were simple, lightweight, soft in the heel, incredibly smooth, and the red/orange color combo looked amazing. They were […]

New Balance RC1400 v3 Coming Soon


The New Balance 1400 v2 is one of my favorite shoes – simple, lightweight, and affordably priced. It’s also a very popular shoe among readers of this website, so I wanted to share the news that an update is on the way. Yesterday I was alerted in a comment that version 3 of the 1400 […]

Does Stability vs. Neutral Categorization Influence Whether I’ll Try a Given Running Shoe?


I recently mentioned in a blog post that I had purchased a pair of New Balance 1500 running shoes. The 1500s are a lightweight trainer/distance racing shoe that looked like a good match for my personal taste in running footwear. I’ve since received a few questions about whether I was concerned that the shoe had […]

Nike Wildhorse 2 Trail Shoe Review


Reviewing road shoes during the winter in New Hampshire is very challenging. Once the snow begins to fall, we typically deal with a few months where sidewalks remain covered by snow and/or ice, and roads are narrowed by snowbanks. The latter makes roads especially dangerous to run if there is any traffic. This winter has […]

It’s Gotta Be the Shoes, Or Does It?

Deion Shoes

by Austin Bonds ( A week ago I was helping a man find some running shoes and noticed an older gentlemen slide into my peripheral vision. Since my head is usually turned downward as I tie laces countless times throughout the day, I glanced at his sneaks and observed that he had an older pair […]

Minimal vs. Maximal: Why Are We Still Debating This?


I just read an article over on the Natural Running Center website titled “Why Minimalism Went Flat.” The article, written by Jim Hixson, provides his take on the reasons behind the rise in maximal footwear and the decline in minimal footwear. Since I’m mentioned in the opening paragraph, I thought I’d share some thoughts on […]

Runblogger Reader Survey Results: Top Trail Running Shoes of 2014


Last week I posted the results of the 2014 Runblogger reader survey of top road running shoes. In this post we move on to the trail shoe results (delayed a bit by a stomach virus that has ripped through my house over the past week…). For the trail shoe survey, I received a total of […]

Runblogger Reader Survey Results: Top Road Running Shoes of 2014


Last month I posted a survey asking Runblogger readers to vote for their top 3 road and trail shoes of 2014. This was the second year that I conducted this survey (view last year’s results here), and once again the response was great. Over 550 people submitted votes for top road shoes, and over 250 […]

Montrail FluidFlex II Trail Shoe Review


by Carsten Hoever As a European running shoe geek you sometimes have to gamble. Some shoes only make it to Europe months after their release in the US, and some shoes never officially make it over the big pond. While it is usually not difficult to find a retailer willing to ship the shoe of […]

Saucony ISOFIT Zealot Running Shoe Review


I spent the morning reading some of the early reviews of the Saucony Zealot (links at bottom of post). Though every reviewer has a slightly different take, some of the commonalities I found among them were that the shoe was a bit firmer than expected, the ISOFIT upper is unique and well-made, and the fit […]