Reviews Running Gear








Running the New York City Marathon? Here are 10 shoes to consider for running the rolling, 26.2-mile route through The Big Apple’s five boroughs.

We’ve broken them down between models with more less inherent stability and more inherent stability with the notion that even a lot of runners with neutral gait patterns need some extra support after running 20 miles on the roads.

There are dozens of additional models to consider than just the 10 listed here. You have to consider how fast you’re going to run and whether you’re going to race all-out, run just to finish or somewhere in between.

Remember, the most important criteria you need to consider when looking for your race-day shoes is how it matches your foot shape and gait style.



Nike Zoom X Vaporfly NEXT%, $250
6.6 oz. (men’s/unisex sizing) 8mm heel-toe offset (40mm/32mm)

The Nike Zoom X Vaporfly NEXT% is the current hot shoe in the marathon world, the one Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele wore en route to running 2:01:41 and just miss the world record at the 2019 Berlin Marathon. Nike took the learnings of its original Vaporfly 4% shoe and developed a new shoe with more rear-foot cushioning, a new hydrophobic upper, a lower heel-toe offset, a higher stack height and a more bulbous outsole geometry with better traction in the forefoot. The result is a slightly lighter, snappier and more stable shoe. 

Adidas Adizero Adios 4, $140
7.8 oz. (men’s); 6.2 oz. (women’s) 10mm heel-toe offset (23mm/23mm for men’s; 25mm/25mm for women’s)

The Adidas Adizero Adios has been one of the world’s most popular—and one of the fastest—marathon shoes for years. Featuring a thin layer of energetic Boost midsole foam, it provides an electric ride with a low-to-the-ground feel. The upper has been updated in this edition with a more comfortable double-layer mesh construction that features a seamless toe box and just one midfoot overlay.

Hoka One One Carbon Rocket, $160
7.3 oz. (men’s/unisex shoe) 1mm heel-toe offset (28mm/27mm)

Hoka quietly released this lightweight, moderately cushioned model with a carbon-fiber plate last winter as a 5K to half marathon racer. It has softer foam directly under the foot and a more durable, energetic foam below the carbon-fiber plate. With a snug, athletic fit from its two-layer mesh upper and a low-to-the-ground feel for the ground from heel to toe, the Carbon Rocket feels light and fast the moment you slip it on.

Saucony Kinvara 10, $110
7.8 o.z. (men’s), 6.2 oz. (women’s) 4mm heel-toe offset (25mm/21mm)

If you’re looking for a soft and light shoe for racing with a low heel-toe offset, the updated Saucony Kinvara 10 could be the race-day shoe for you. It has a soft and light feel like its predecessors, but this year’s version is slightly firmer and more energetic thanks to a thin layer of springy Everun foam on top of the traditional softer layer of EVA that has been the trademark of this shoe for years. A new, lightweight engineered mesh upper offers better breathability and a more snug, locked-down fit.

Altra Escalante Racer, $140
6.8 o.z. (men’s), 5.7 oz. (women’s) 0mm heel-toe offset (22mm/22mm)

If you appreciate the zero-drop geometry and wider toe box of Altra shoes, then the Altra Escalante Racer will be a good one to consider for a marathon. The Racer feels low to the ground and responsive, with semi-soft/moderately firm midsole cushioning that offers energetic pop in every stride.

The balanced cushioning allows a runner’s foot to move entirely uninhibitedly from foot strike to toe off, but it will take some getting used to if you’ve been running in shoes with a higher heel-toe offset.


Hoka One One CarbonX, $180
8.8 oz. (men’s); 7.1 oz. (women’s) 5mm heel-toe offset (35mm/30mm)

Hoka made a splash with this carbon-fiber plate shoe when elite ultrarunner Jim Walmsley set a new world best for 50 miles (4:50:07) when this model debuted. Unlike the Nike shoes with stiff carbon plates, the Hoka One One Carbon X feels moderately soft and very stable, allowing a wider range of runners (and slower paces) to benefit from the propulsion provided by the carbon-fiber plate. It feels smooth and consistent running at faster speeds, but it takes a bit of getting used to before finding a rhythm and moderate paces.  

Adidas Adizero Boston 8, $120
8.2 o.z. (men’s), 6.6 oz. (women’s) 10mm heel-toe offset (26mm/16mm)

The adidas Adizero Boston 8 is marathoning shoe that serves up both a very energetic, well-cushioned and inherently stable ride. The energy comes from a thick layer of Adidas’ extremely responsive Boost cushioning foam and a flexible, thermoplastic midfoot shank that helps optimally guide each stride to the toe-off phase, while foot-cradling plastic rails offer inherent stability. The updated outsole pattern on the Boston 8 provide more flexibility and traction on wet surfaces.

New Balance 1500v6, $125
8.6 o.z. (men’s), 6.6 oz. (women’s) 6mm heel-toe offset (23mm/17mm)

This low-to-the-ground model is a light-and-faster racer, but it also provides a bit of medial stability. The New Balance 1500v6 is an ideal shoe for runners who typically overpronate as well as runners with neutral gaits who need extra support in the latter miles of a race. The midsole is mostly made from light and responsive RevLite foam, although a firmer medial post and a plastic shank help provide surprisingly stability and arch support for such a lightweight shoe. 

Brooks Ravenna 10, $110
9.6 o.z. (men’s), 7.6 oz. (women’s) 6mm heel-toe offset (23mm/17mm)

The Brooks Ravenna is a well-cushioned everyday trainer with modern stability-enhancing features. While it’s not pegged as a racing shoe, it can be a great choice for a committed, mid-pack runner or a first-timer because of its optimal blend of cushioning, protection and responsiveness. Plus, it’s lighter than most everyday stability shoes. It features Brooks’ new GuideRail technology, which keeps excessive pronation nicely in check.

ASICS GEL-Kayano 26, $160
11.1 ounces (men’s); 8.8 oz. (women’s) 10mm heel-toe offset (29m/19mm)

The latest edition of this popular stability shoe has been overhauled with an updated GEL cushioning capsule for better shock attenuation, lighter midsole foams in the heel for a springier ride and a contoured EVA sockliner for improved underfoot fit and feel.

The dual-density midsole in the ASICS GEL-Kayano offers ample cushioning, responsiveness and stability for the long haul, but it has a good amount of energetic pop for fast-paced running. The ride is extremely stable and secure, but not at the expense of being overly controlling or inflexible. 






Running Gear






JackRabbit running shoe reviewer Brian Metzler knows his stuff when it comes to running shoes; he's reviewed most offerings from every running brand on the planet over the course of his running and writing career.

it comes to knowing when you need a new pair of running shoes, the list runs from the most obvious – your shoes literally have holes in them –  to more subtle reasons like the noticeable mental boost from the simple act of slipping
on a new pair of kicks.  

It's a more complex question that just 'how long do running shoes last'!  Read on to learn Brian's wisdom on the signs to look out for that tell it might be time to retire the
old and introduce the new! 

1. Your shoes look worn.
Running shoes wear down after a few hundred miles of running and generally speaking have an optimal lifespan of about 400-500 miles. There’s not exact science to that, but visual signs
of wear and tear—on the outsole, around the heel collar, at the toe box—are a good indication that your shoes ready for retirement.

It’s one thing to have an old sweater or pair of jeans that you’ll love until they
become threadbare, but not so much for running shoes. If your running shoes just look dingy and broken down like you’ve left them in your garage, closet or trunk for years, well, it probably means you need to invest in a new pair. 

2. Your feet ache.
Remember how good your feet felt when you tried on your running shoes for the first time? Went on those first long runs? Did that first tempo or fartlek workout? Well, do your
feet still feel that good when you laced ‘em up yesterday and went for a run? Or do they ache when you run?

If your feet are sore later in the day when you’re wearing other shoes, it’s a good sign you need new running
shoes. And if you’ve experienced sore or painful feet or aches and pains in your lower legs, knees, hips or lower back lately, it means your gait might be compromised from running in older shoes. 

3. You can’t keep up.
When you first start running in a new pair of shoes, you typically have a pep in your step, right? You feel good about running, mentally and physically, and that translates to great long runs, effective workouts and improved
fitness. But if you find yourself slowing down, not inspired to go the distance of your long runs, not meeting your workout splits, falling off the pace of your casual running group or just feeling bad about your running, it could
mean you need new shoes.

After several months of running, your shoes will feel heavier and less energetic as foam materials start to break down and lose resiliency. Want to put a spring back in your step? Consider buying
a new pair of running shoes. 

4. Your running has become uninspired.
We can all get into a mental running rut. You know the feeling—it’s when your daily runs feel like a burden, slow and methodical
but without a purposeful vibe. You wind up running the same routes you’ve been running for a while, only slower and with less interest.

It doesn’t necessarily mean you need new shoes; you might just need a motivational
spark to change your ways. The best way to spark a change is to get a new pair of shoes, pick a new goal, start a new training plan, find some new places to run and reinvigorate yourself.

5. You’d rather do other things.
We all have a lot of interests, especially when it comes to exercising. Aside from running, we ride bikes, swim, hike, climb, and go to yoga, CrossFit and Orange Theory sessions.

Running is still the easiest and most efficient way to get in a good workout, but if you find yourself veering away from running to those other activities more often—or skipping exercise entirely—you might need to consider
a new pair of shoes.

6. You wear your running shoes too often.
We all love wearing running shoes because they feel good. Running shoes have long been the comfort shoe of choice for Americans. Go to an airport,
shopping mall or the movies and you’ll see that the majority of people are wearing running shoes. But if you’re wearing your shoes for more than just running—mowing the lawn, going to the grocery store, doing errands—you’re speeding up
the shelf life of your kicks and also changing the wear patterns.

Wearing running shoes to walk around in everyday life can change the shape and wear down the foam of your shoes in ways that aren’t conducive for running. Naturally,
running in them after hundreds of miles of walking around wont’ feel inspiring.

7. Your shoes don’t fit any more.
Go back to that luxurious feeling of how your feet felt in your shoes the day you got them.
Chances are they don’t feel that way now. When you laced them up for your most recent run, they might have felt looser, heavier and more clumsy. You might find it harder to cinch up the laces and get them properly snug in the heel, saddle
or forefoot. You might feel irritation on your heel or your big toe. You might feel your socks bunching up under your arch. Why? Because all the miles you have run in them (and perhaps walked in them) have changed the way your shoes fit.

The materials have stretched, worn down and become harder to bring together the way they did when they were new, and nothing will bring that new shoe feeling back. Except, of course, new shoes. 

8. You just need new shoes.
I tell people often that “Happiness is a new pair of running shoes,” because buying a new pair of kicks is an investment in your health, and it comes with loads of built-in inspiration and motivation.

On the contrary, if
you lace up your current shoes and don’t feel that—because they lack energetic pop or just that inspiring vibe—it’s a good indication that you might need new shoes. 


Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher and occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado. 

He's the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine. He's the author of “Running Colorado's Front Range” and
the co-author of “Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running” and “Run Like a Champion: An Olympian's Approach for Every Runner.”  
His new book, “Kicksology: The Hype, Science, Culture and Cool of Running Shoes” is now available.

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I’m crazy about running shoes, but there are worse obsessions to have, right? At least this one is grounded in a healthy activity. My fascination with running shoes started when I was a young kid and has grown ever since. 

Since that time and in my capacity as a running shoe reviewer and writer for various publications, I have run in a lot of shoes —probably more than 1,500, but I’ve honestly lost count — and racked up more than 75,000 miles of running in my lifetime. 

Here are some sage wisdom I’ve learned about how to choose running shoes through the years and how to care for them to get the most out of every pair.

1. Get the right size
The most important aspect of choosing a new pair of running shoes is getting a pair that matches the relative size of your foot. But understand that not all size 9s are the same for every brand. Shoes vary in size and shape based on the “last” that was used to make the shoe. Some are longer, some are shorter, some are wider, some are narrower, and all have a different interior shape and volume.

2. Get the right shape
Once you’ve picked out a running shoe that is the right length, the next key is ensuring that the shoe matches the shape and volume of your foot. A shoe mismatched to your foot’s volume could fit too loosely or too tightly in the heel, arch, or toe box, especially when your foot is in motion during a run.

3. Understand your gait
How a shoe fits and feels when you try it on is only part of the process. How it fits and feels when your foot is in motion might be an entirely different situation, depending on how your foot moves and flexes when it runs. It’s likely that your gait pattern varies between your left and right side based on how each foot hits the ground, rotates, and flexes. Those changes lead to differences in how your ankle, knee, and hip joints move as you’re running. All JackRabbit stores offer video gait analyses, and in-depth examinations are available from sports medicine clinics and physical therapy facilities. If you need help in a pinch, the Stride Lab app is a useful resource.

4. Get stronger
Whether you’re a longtime runner or just getting started, you should always be working on your form-specific strength. Doing form and strength drills and exercises to bolster your foot, lower leg, and core strength helps reduce the chance of repetitive overuse injuries.

Every runner has a stronger and weaker side, so it’s important to work on weaknesses to approach equilibrium. Good exercises for runners include box jumps and walking lunges for leg power and hip extension; burpees and planks for core strength; clam shells for hip strength; and single-leg squats, one-legged heel raises, pistol squats, and pedestal poses for developing balance and agility.

5. Heel-toe drop matters
The minimalism movement stressed having a low heel-to-toe height offset (or heel drop). While only a few brands offer “zero-drop,” or level, platforms, heel heights are generally lower than they were in the past. While the standard heel-toe offset of 12 mm still exists in a few models, most modern running shoes fall into the 4 mm to 10 mm offset range.

Wearing a shoe with a significantly different offset will change how your feet connect to the ground and alter your gait, so transition wisely and slowly. If you can’t find the heel-drop figure printed on the shoe’s insole or hang tag at a retailer, look for it on the brand’s website. 


6. Develop a quiver of shoes
Don’t run in the same pair of shoes every day; instead, rotate between different models depending on the type of running you’re doing and the surface you’re running on. For example, you might wear a cushier pair of shoes for longer runs or recovery runs and a lighter, firmer shoe for faster workouts such as tempo runs, fartlek runs, and intervals.

Rotating shoes during the week will not only extend the life of each pair but also engage the micro-muscles in your feet and lower legs differently and help you avoid overuse injuries. 

7. Wear your running shoes only for running
You might be tempted to wear your running shoes as casual wear. Don’t do it. Wearing your running shoes as everyday shoes or for walking the dog or mowing the lawn will soon change the wear patterns of your shoes, reduce the life of the shoes, and ultimately alter your gait.

8. Untie and retie your shoes
Don’t take off your running shoes by stepping on the back of one shoe with the other and pulling your foot out without untying the shoe. Not only does it strain muscles in your feet, but it stretches aspects of the shoe. The only thing worse than removing your shoes without untying them is putting them back on without untying them. It may seem like a time-saver, but if you put them on with the laces still tied, you’ll strain your foot to squeeze it back in and impair the shoe’s shape. 

9. Care for your shoes
Running shoes are only as good as you treat them. Keep your shoes indoors but not in your car or garage, where extreme hot or cold temperatures can have a temporary or permanent effect on how the shoe performs.

Cleaning your shoes by hand after running through mud will ensure that the shoe’s traction and flex pattern are optimal the next time you wear them. Speed the process of drying wet shoes by stuffing them with newspapers or dry washcloths or briefly setting them in the sun, but never put shoes in a dryer. 

10. Retire your shoes
Most running shoes will hold up for 300 to 500 miles of running before they need to be retired. But the foam midsoles, synthetic fabrics, and rubber outsoles can start to break down after about 200 miles, which can create problems.

Running too long in a pair of shoes can lead to changes in your gait, less protection for your feet, and general discomfort or overuse injuries.



Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher and occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado. 

He's the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine. He's the author of “Running Colorado's Front Range” and the co-author of “Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running” and “Run Like a Champion: An Olympian's Approach for Every Runner.”  
His new book, “Kicksology: The Hype, Science, Culture and Cool of Running Shoes” is now available.



Reviews Running Gear







There’s something about wearing environmentally-friendly shoes and clothing that not only looks good, but really does make you feel great about how your fashion choices are impacting the world in a positive way.



Take the Adidas UltraBOOST Parley, for example. They’re not quite what Adidas would call “recycled shoes” but they’re pretty darn close! These pretty little things are made in collaboration with Parley for the Oceans, an organization that addresses major threats towards our oceans, the most important ecosystem of our planet. Adidas works with Parley to turn threat into thread and spin problems into solutions. How? By keeping plastic out of our oceans and transforming it into high-performance sportswear — in this case, Adidas UltraBOOST Parley running shoes.

Some of the space-dyed yarn in the Primeknit upper features Parley Ocean Plastic™, which is made from recycled waste that is intercepted from beaches and coastal communities before it reaches the ocean.

adidas parley statsadidas is part of the solution




And if that doesn’t tug at your heartstrings enough, let’s talk stats. These are some facts to think about when understanding the ocean’s importance and why it’s so critical to protect it:

  • – 99% of the biosphere is housed in the oceans.
  • – Every second breath we take is generated by the oceans.
  • – Every minute, the equivalent of a dump truck of plastic enters the oceans.
  • – Plastic is found in 90% of seabirds and more than half the world’s sea turtles.
  • – Between 57,000 and 135,000 whales are entangled by plastic marine debris every year.





Take all of that into account and I guarantee you’ll feel as good as I did stepping into a pair of Adidas Parley shoes that — even in its own small way — contributes a solution to a problem that’s our collective responsibility to fix. The Earth is our home, and we must do everything we can to take care of it because you know the sea turtles and whales didn’t make a mess of our oceans… we did.





Loving the new adidas stella parley shoes
Happy Feet
If it’s not insanely obvious, I’m totally digging the “save the planet” story behind my new Adidas kicks. But I’m also pretty obsessed with the way they look on my feet… because these things are F.R.E.S.H!!

They’re super comfortable and break in really well. I’ve worn them running, to the gym, to work, and out and about around town. I’ve gotten no fewer than three compliments every day that I’ve worn them, and they definitely look way cooler in person than they do in pictures! Colorful space-dyed yarn creates a Patriotic mélange effect, while the outer cage provides a supportive fit with a flexible, durable outsole. I’m not a huge distance runner, so the Adidas Parley is perfect for my low milage workouts and cross-training at the gym.  There's a whole new Parley collection to choose from to suit your running and style needs. 





  • – TFP Textile:  Tailor Fibre Placement is a textile process used to produce fibre reinforced structures. Why is this important? It is the epitome of sustainable manufacturing significantly reducing waste. 
  • – Parley Yarn:  The solar boost collection uses Parley yarn. 
  • – Heelfit: The supportive heel construction is designed to specialy enable the free motion of the achilles.
  • – Available in neutral and stability: To meet every runner's needs, there are two versions in the Solar Boost collection.  
  • – Weight: 11 ounces, 9.8 ounces
  • – Drop: 10mm
  • – Price: $160.00












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Mother Runners have taken on a tribal leadership of their own to the point we think they deserve the Upper Case lettering in the two words.  To describe yourself as a Mother Runner is a badge of honor.

You might run with your mother tribe, or take a solo outing when a window of run opportunity presents itself. Whenever you run, there is always a nod of recognition amongst the tribe, an unsaid, 'heck, yes' as we pass another Mother Runner out there conquering the world. 

What all Mother Runners are wise enough to know is running, like life, may ebb and flow but like a good friend, it will always be there.

We asked our resident Mother Runners at JackRabbit to share with us what shoes match their individual running vibe.  



Karen is the sage of mother running, having clocked up decades in her running shoes while raising two kids and generally being an example to all around her. Consistency is her key;  she's BQ'd twice, taking her fave Saucony Guide shoes to the start line and through to the finish line of the famous Boston course. She intends to keep on running, sending a clear message to us all to keep on running too. 

“Running in my sixties, I love my Saucony Guide shoes! I have been running in them for years and the latest update is my favorite pair yet. These shoes have carried me through Boston. #BostonStrong!”


Jennifer is mother to Mason and is on her post-natal comeback! She is learning to embrace the challenge that is running, biking and mothering all as the same one person.  Jen's go-to shoe of choice is the Saucony Ride ISO, supporting her journey as new mother, but same athlete.

“My new Saucony Ride ISO 2’s are the MOST comfortable shoe I’ve ever run in. I am confident these will help me crush my fitness goals!”


Melanie is our resident tri-geek at JackRabbit. Mother to a high-schooler and a tweenager, she is on the road to Ironman #2, an endurance sport she confides is way easier than parenting. Her go-to shoe is her beloved HOKA ONE ONE Clifton.

“Running as a mother is more than running. It’s a reset button, meditation, an inspiration. When you step into a pair of running shoes you are more than a runner, you’re an example far beyond the time on your Garmin. With a child hanging around my leg, to make it out the front door was sometimes a miracle, but running makes me a better version of myself, a version my kids are watching. 

I run in HOKA Clifton’s because they look after me when the ground beneath my feet is cruel. After all, even badass mothers need support along the way.”


Amy is our problem solver at JackRabbit, always ready to sort out problems and take the JackRabbit service to new heights.  As mother of a three year old Breck, she is also mothering to great heights too. Her preferred shoe is the Nike Pegasus, because they make her fly, just like the supermom she is.

“As a mom of a 3 year old, I am constantly running around!  Sometimes that is an actual run and sometimes that is simply running after this wild child of mine! No matter which type of “running” I'm doing, I am always wearing my Nike Zoom Pegasus 35 Turbo.  I could live in these shoes!  They are lightweight and durable and have shaved minutes off of my miles. 

These shoes always keep me on my toes – just like my son!”


Kirsten is top-woman at JackRabbit and we look to her to lead the way.  She is also leading the way with three boys, with a set of twins in there!  Being on her toes is a given, so she has floated into the New Balance Fresh Foam More to keep her feet light, even when the going gets tough.

“Running is the most empowering experience. I love traveling and seeing the world on my morning runs. While cities are waking up I make my way around town, seeing incredible monuments up close, weaving through alleys and exploring new sight smells and sounds, the best part is getting lost and finding your way back.

Running has also been my guiding through life experiences: moving to new cities, having kids and working through daily thoughts. My new go-to shoe is New Balance's Fresh Foam More, it gives the right amount of support while still being flexible and responsive. All runs are always viewed through my Goodr's and Huma gel keeps me hydrated naturally.”


Jess is humble.  Describing herself at a 'fit-ish mom', this mother rocked the London marathon with a 3:15 and is still walking to tell the tale.  Jess NEVER stops. We know; we watch her every day.  A good, comfortable running lifestyle shoe is a must for this lady who never sits down.  She goes for the On Cloud every time. 

“My On Clouds have been my go to shoe not only for running but for my active lifestyle as a mom! I can wear these shoes with jeans or with my yoga pants and they always look and feel great.  Add to the list of things I love about the shoes is the fact they are as light as a feather. 

I always gets compliments on the shoes and can confidently say they are great for my “fit-ish” mom lifestyle.”


Brittney is our shoe leader at JackRabbit. If there is a running shoe to be found, she finds it. She is mother to two young boys and balances her running time wearing the New Balance Beacons.  She is making her running comeback this year with a 13.1 (oh, we have a training plan for that!) 

“Running when you're a mom can feel impossible. I stopped consistently running for almost a year after having my second baby, until recently. Now, I am training for my first half and have realized how much I missed the stress relief, energy power-up and reflection time running gives back to me.

I have been training in the New Balance Beacons and I absolutely love them. They are lightweight and cushioned, but still responsive so I don’t feel like I am sinking into them. Plus, they look great. Running in these shoes has given me the confidence to feel like a runner again!”




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Running Gear





JackRabbit's Running Shoe Fit Guide

Having the right pair of running shoes for your foot geometry, running gait and foot and running type can make or break the training and race day experience.  

JackRabbit guest blogger Brian Metzler interviews David Gettis
– our JackRabbit Store Manager in Hoboken, NJ. to get his insights into the running shoe fitting experience. Read on to learn how the experience at JackRabbit takes running shoe fitting to a whole new level. 


There are a lot of good reasons to visit your local running store to find your next pair of shoes. Not only can you get the input from an expert shoe-fitter who is well-versed in the current models and latest trends, but you can also
try on several models to understand the vast difference in how various shoes fit the specific size and shape of your feet.

We checked in with David Gettis, the store manager for JackRabbit’s Hoboken, N.J., store to
understand what an in-store shoe-fitting process is all about and why it is so important.

What can a customer expect from the shoe-fitting process?

It starts with us asking a lot of questions
to find out what that individual’s running history is or if they’re just starting out as a new runner. We want to get an overall feel for what they’ve done in the past and what they’re looking to accomplish moving forward, specifically
what their upcoming goals are in respect to mileage and races.

Each runner has different needs based on their experience, their foot size and shape and how they run. Whether someone is a new runner or an experienced
marathon, we want to make sure we get a runner into the best shoes possible.

Often we’ll perform a gait analysis to see what’s happening with a runner’s foot strike and what the degree of pronation of their foot is
as it rolls through the gait cycle. That’s kind of out the introductory process helps us decide which four shoes on the shoe wall would be best for them to try on. From there, they can run a bit in each of those and compare and
contrast and see what feels best.

Why do you go through an individual shoe-fitting process?

It’s a very individualistic process. Someone might come in and say, “my friend says this shoe is
great” and I’ll say “that shoe might be great for your friend but we have to take a look at you and your feet and how you run.” It’s a very personal thing based on a lot of variables as well as personal taste on how a shoe feels
and how it looks.

And it’s funny how personal tastes work, no matter if it’s shoes or food. Someone might love something, someone else might hate it. That’s why going through the whole fit process can help a lot to
determine what’s going to feel the best and work the best for an individual’s running needs.

Should a runner be brand loyal or brand agnostic while searching for new shoes?

We try to keep
it model-specific instead of making any overall statements about brands. There are a lot of great models out there from a lot of great brands. There are models within each brand’s line that don’t work well for certain people, but
that’s not a reason to write off the brand. It’s really more model-dependent than it is about a blanket statement about a brand.

Some people might come in with a brand loyalty, but we also have customers who are adverse
to a specific brand for some reason. We try to have them suspend those notions as they go through the three or four models we present for the try-on process and then let them decide.


Do you talk about the technical features of a shoe during the shoe-fitting process?

I like to always be discussing aspects of a shoe as I am untying it, taking the stuffing out and handing it to the customer. I
will try to explain how that specific shoe will differ from a lot of shoes on the wall.

For example, for a Saucony Triumph with an Everun midsole, I’ll explain
that the midsole is made from 85 percent TPU and not foam and explain how the ride will feel more bouncy than soft. Sometimes I won’t get too technical, though and just instead tell them that the Adidas Solar Boost was built on a slightly wider last and that it should better accommodate that person’s foot.

I always try to keep some technical aspects in play, but I don’t want to overwhelm someone with too many technical statements or verbiage.
In the end, layman’s terms will often resonate easier with people as they focus on the fit and what each shoe feels like.

How should the size and shape of a runner’s foot be considered when starting the shoe-fitting process?

Everyone’s feet are different, even if they wear the same shoes size. So it’s a matter of trying on several pairs of shoes to get the right fit. You could have a case in which someone has a very wide foot and if they tried the
wide version of an ASICS shoe would still be too narrow, whereas an Altra Torin might fit a lot better based
on the shape.

When it comes to finding the correct size for a runner, believe it or not, a lot of people don’t know their real foot size when they come into the store. When you put their feet on the Brannock foot-measuring
device, it might suggest something totally different than what they’ve said, and maybe because they wear that size for their everyday shoes or the shoes they wear to work.

For running shoes, it’s important to have a snug fit
in the heel and the midfoot and a little more room in the forefoot. Based on all of that, I will often size-up a half size or a full size larger when bringing out try-on shoes to make sure they have room for their toes to splay in the
forefoot of the shoe.

For example, if someone measures a 10 on the Brannock, I’m going to be pulling a 10.5 or 11 for many shoes that run small or are narrower in the forefoot. That has to do with knowing which the shape of
shoes and which ones contour in a little bit sooner than others in the big toe area. But it still comes down to trying on three or four pairs because the size and shape of every different model can vary a little or a lot.

How is the fitting process different for women?

One consistent issue with women trying on shoes is heel slippage, a feeling that the shoe is too loose in the heel. So a lot of times it’s about trying to find a shoe that has a firm, locked-in heel counter that’s going to counteract
that. Or it might be simply having them use the last eyelet on the lacing system or doing a looped tie to further secure the foot down.


What should a runner know about stability shoes?

While there are some great stability shoes on our shoe wall, I tend to try to get people in neutral shoes as often as possible. If a runner’s gait is showing some
pretty egregious overpronation, then a stability shoe might make sense.

Otherwise, I would prefer most runners to be in an inherently stable neutral shoe so the foot is controlling how their body moves and not the shoe. If
a runner needs a little support, we can add an after-market foot bed—like a Curex insole—instead of putting them into a stability
shoe that might be too controlling.

How much should the weight of a shoe matter?

I don’t like to talk about actual weights too much, even if I know that the Nike Pegasus is an ounce lighter than the Brooks Ghost. There is a lot of gray area when it comes to weight and much more than a number of ounces on paper. The specific weight doesn’t
always translate to how it feels on someone’s foot. It also depends on the heel-toe offset of the shoe and how heavy the heel is with respect to the forefoot.

For example, a lower offset shoe that’s a little bit heavier could
still feel lighter to someone than another shoe with a higher heel-toe offset that is lighter overall but comparably might feel heavier in the heel. It also depends on the weight of the upper too because you could have a shoe with a heavier
upper that doesn’t feel as heavy underfoot. Or you could have a shoe with a lighter upper but a heavier midsole.

Those are examples of why the weight of a shoe is not as simple as knowing that one particular shoe is 9.5 oz.
and another is 10.5 oz. So during the shoe-fitting process, I talk about weight generally but not specifically.

How much should price be an issue during the try-on and fitting process?

We usually
never bring price up unless someone mentioned a specific budget they want to stay within. If they do, then I will inquire what that is and try to cater to it. If a customer is adamant about not spending more than $110, then we’ll pull
out the New Balance Zante or Brooks Launch.

But price aside, we’re going to pull out
what we think will work best so we can get that runner in the best possible shoe and go from there. Usually people will want to get the shoe that feels the best on their feet.

Sometimes price does become a factor after the
fact when it wasn’t discussed up front, and that’s OK, because they’ve at least gone through the shoe-fitting process and can make a more informed decision based on all of the variables and not just the price.


How should “a good fit” feel like to a runner?

It’s really about feeling a nice dialed-in fit without any areas that are uncomfortable, too loose or too restrictive at any part of the shoe—the midfoot, heel or toe
box. But that’s why the customer needs to be able to run in the shoes during the try-on process and not just lace them up and stand in each one. Of the three or four shoes you’re trying on, it comes down to which one feels the smoothest
to you when you’re running, landing on the ground and going through the heel-to-toe transition. 

Really, aside from feeling the nice cushioning that all shoes have, it’s about which shoe feels like it’s disappearing on your
foot more and feels the most natural to you. If it’s kind of a toss-up between two models, then obviously aesthetics come into play. But first and foremost, it should be about the fit. 

How much do you encourage runners to have a secondary shoe in their rotation?

It’s important to have multiple shoes for different kinds of running, but it also depends on what kind of runner they are and what kind of running they need. First and foremost, we try to make sure the customer gets the best possible
shoe for the majority if their everyday running needs—recovery runs, slower runs, long runs. 

When we’re sizing people into shoes, we might discuss a secondary specialty shoe for someone to wear for tempo runs or interval workouts.
Or it could be a secondary shoe for trail running

How long should a runner expect a pair of running shoes to last?

That depends on
a lot of things, including a runner’s biomechanics, the specific shoe and how they’re running in it. We typically tell people 300-400 miles is a safe span of mileage, assuming that the shoe is not also being used to walk 5 miles a day
in the city, mowing the lawn on weekends or something other than running. 

In reality, it could be more, and it could be less. A shoe with softer foam like the Saucony Kinvara might
be done in 300 miles, whereas a Saucony Triumph or Saucony Freedom with an Everun TPU-based midsole
could go 500 or more. So 300 to 400 miles is a general guideline, but it really depends on the specifics as the shoe is worn for many weeks. 

How do you tell customers to take care of their shoes?

running shoes are bound to get a little dirty. Some people seem to get worried about that, but I would never recommend anyone putting their shoes in a washing machine or a dryer. That’s going to change the shape of a shoe and how the shoe
fits and lead to it breaking down sooner than it should. 

If you are worried about the shoe getting dirty, I recommend using baby wipes or a wet towel to freshen up a shoe and clean it up a little bit.


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COMING MAY 17th, 2018

Adidas SolarBOOST is on it’s way, intended to celebrate how people elevate their lives by running. SolarBOOST enters the running specialty market as a serious running shoe. Made with precision placement of lightweight + strong materials, this is designed to be adidas’s most comfortable running shoe that can go both fast and long.

Highlights of the new adidas SolarBOOST:

  • Wider last: Accomodates a greater variety of foot shapes
  • 4-way stretch heel construction: Locked down feeling while the achelies can move freely
  • Tailored Fibre Placement panel: Creates a more durable shoe without adding weight
  • Aqua Tech Print: Sock-like and flexible feel of the upper
  • BOOST midsole: Uncompromising cushioning and energy return
  • Solar Propulsion Rail: Propels the runner forward through toe-off
  • Continental Stretchweb Outsole: Better grip in both dry and wet conditions
  • Torsion system: For a snappy feel
  • Drop: 10mm
  • Weight: 10.4 oz (Men’s); 8.9 oz (Women’s)
  • Price: $160




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Available for purchase May 3rd, 2018!

The brand new Saucony Ride ISO hath arrived. The Ride ISO is Saucony’s 11th iteration of the Ride (successor to the Ride 10 for those of you counting at home), championed by Runner’s Worlds as being “a great combination of cushioning, flexibility, and is still light weight”.

Saucony brings forward the midsole technology that won the Ride 10 the “Best Update” award: A PWRFOAM midsole to cushion and quietly absorb impact + a full-length EVERUN topsole to provide Flubber-like energy return. With these powers combined, you have a perfect running shoe for your daily mid-distance training all the way to full marathons.

New in the Saucony Ride ISO is the ISOFIT technology of the upper. ISOFIT, has become integrated into multiple Saucony models, as it provides a more improved fit for a wider variety of foot shapes, and greater flexibility during the run.


  • PWRFOAM + EVERUN: Quietly absorb impact and return energy
  • ISOFIT lacing system: Adapts to different foot shapes to provide a personalized fit
  • Runner Type: Neutral
  • Cushioning: Plush cushioning
  • Best For: Everyday training, middle distance up to marathon
  • Price: $120
  • Offset: Men’s: 8 mm; Women’s: 8 mm
  • Weight: Men’s: 9.7 oz; Women’s: 8.5 oz



Saucony Ride ISO Men's Specs
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Mark Your Calendars: Coming May 3rd, 2018!


The new Ride ISO by Saucony is not for everyone. It is, however, for every runner.

The Saucony Ride is famous for being the perfect balance of cushioning and responsiveness, and now, with Saucony’s ISOFIT system, it’s also the perfect fit.

Successor to the Ride 10, the Saucony Ride ISO is comprised of a lot of really cool, industry-leading technology under the hood. Let’s spend some time here today, breaking down what all the fancy tech-terms mean from the top-down, and how it will give you a better running experience.


  • ISOFIT Lacing System
  • EVERUN Topsole
  • PWRFOAM Midsole
  • TRI-FLEX Outsole
  • Engineered mesh upper
  • Woven heel structure


Saucony Ride ISO technology breakdown
Mmm… EVERUN sandwich




ISOFIT starts by using an ultra-soft inner fit-sleeve crafted out of stretchable air mesh, which morphs to the foot for a sock-like feel (Read: Soft, stretchy stuff that feels good). Next, a floating support cage cradles the foot, adapting to a variety of foot sizes, shapes, and movements. See ISOFIT in action below…


Saucony ISOFIT lacing sytem
Adaptable “fingers” give you the luxury of a shoe customized for your foot



EVERUN topsole construction provides enhanced energy return – 83% to be exact – and continuous cushioning throughout the run. Watch the video below to see EVERUN in action…




The TRI-FLEX outsole allows for better ground contact, optimal pressure distribution, and impoved propulsion at toe-off.


Saucony TRI-FLEX Outsole




In addition to all the bells and whistles above, the Saucony Ride ISO’s chassis is a PWRFOAM midsole. Up top, the body is composed of an engineered mesh upper for a dynamic, lightweight fit. Finally, a woven heel piece provides structure and support for a lockdown fit.




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Gear Up For Spring Training


Ok, so you don’t include yourself in the winter “resolution” crowd. If you’re going to do something, you do it with intention and follow through. You’ve either been stuck indoors on the hamster wheel (treadmill), or you’ve braved the chilly temps by squeezing in some outdoor runs during the colder months, or you live in Texas where February is the only time you might not have to turn on your air conditioner to full-blast.

Regardless of the situation, Spring means warmer temps are ahead for all of us. Chirping birds, sunny days, and a time to get serious about those races we promised our friends we would run with them this coming May.

Whether you’re just getting started on your fitness journey, and trying to figure out how to run properly, or you’re an experienced race veteran with thousands of miles under your belt, let’s make sure you have the right tools to launch into your spring training.





Sun Protection

1. Sun Protection:

Staring at a light box to treat seasonal-affective-disorder carries no risk of sunburn. It’s a different story when you get outside in the actual sun. Clear skies can mean high sun exposure, even if the weather doesn’t yet feel “hot”. Protect your pasty winter-skin from those UV waves with a hat, sunglasses, and plenty of sunblock, until your melanin comes back out of hibernation!




2. Headphones:

Olympic level athletes are able to listen to their bodies, observing variations in heart rate, respiration, pain thresholds – knowing when and how hard they can push themselves, finding motivation from deep within. For the rest of us, just give us some freakin’ tunes! The right song can help you pick up the pace or go that extra mile. As much as a great playlist helps move us down the road, nothing is more annoying than an earbud that keeps falling out or wires that keep getting tangled and snagged. To solve both problems, we recommend these wireless headphones from Jabra.



Fitness Tracker

3. Fitness Tracker:

It helps knowing where you’re going to find out how far you’ve come. The right fitness tracker can help with both. From charting trails, to counting calories, the right fitness tracker can keep you accountable in making progress, with objective results you can see. We recommend the Garmin 645 Music.



Gu Energy Gel

4. GU:

If you want to really GU the distance, GU is GUnna get you there. See what I did there? That’s called subliminal marketing. Actually, it’s just called bad writing, but the point is GU has the GUdness you need. Ok, I’ll stop now. If you’ve never tried GU, it’s a tiny, portable, convenient energy supplement, and boy-o-boy do these things work! When your body runs out of fuel, you feel it. GU is the human equivalent of an emergency gas can for your vehicle. Pop one of these tasty morsels in your pie-hole for renewed energy to get you to the finish line.



Water Bottle

5. Handheld water bottle:

Remember when I said nothing is more annoying than having headphones that get tangled? Well, I was wrong, there is something waaay more annoying: Having to slosh around a water bottle whose shape somehow becomes increasingly awkward the longer you run. Avoid hand cramps and dehydration by taking along a water bottle bottle ergonomically designed for running. We recommend the Nathan Exodraw.




6. Massage ball:

As good as running feels in the moment, a tough training session may leave you feeling a little beat up. That’s why the best runners know the importance of supplementing with cross-training and a recovery routine to stay feeling good. Instead of reaching for the bottle of ibuprofen, loosen up tight muscles and knots with a massage ball to stay pain-free, and perform your best. Keep one in your gym bag, and one at your desk, to relieve tension before it builds. Check out our video on how to fix hip pain here and grab the Trigger Point MBX Massage Ball here.



The R8 from Roll Recovery

7. The R8 from Roll Recovery:

This product defies category, with no equal. With a traditional foam roller, you use gravity applied by your body weight, to create pressure to improve mobility and keep your muscles functioning properly. With the R8 roller, the pressure is applied to you, rather than by you. We’re still a few decades out from automated robot-servants that cater to our every need, but the R8 is a step in that direction. For the price of 2 traditional massage sessions, you can have your own personal masseuse that is more than happy to soothe your aching arms and legs any time of day.



Oofos Slides


If you’ve been out pounding the pavement, your feet have literally been out pounding the pavement. No matter how cushy your shoes are, pavement is hard. Running is an impact sport. Before, after, or between training sessions, swaddle your feet in footwear that allows your body to recover faster. OOFOS is designed to reduce and absorb impact, in order to aid recovery now, so that you can perform tomorrow.





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Lance A. Lot

About The Author

Lance has previously been fat, weak, and injured. As a multi-sport athlete, his application of data and science has produced some pretty awesome personal results, such as bench pressing over 500 pounds in competition. As a professional Strength and Conditioning Coach he’s helped enhance the performance of NFL athletes, olympians, ironmen, and improved the race-day performance of hundreds of runners.




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