Adidas Adizero Boston 4
The most popular shoe at Georgetown Running Company, the Adidas Adizero Boston 4 features upper mesh for breathability, midfoot support, and a Formotion technology that lets the shoe adapt to the ground as you run. $110 at Georgetown Running Company.
This is an entry-level Newton, says Pacers Arlington manager Dustin Sweeney. Think of it as a “transition shoe for people thinking about trying Newton.” $120 at Pacers and Georgetown Running Company.
Tri360 in Arlington now carries the Swiss brand On Running, which was developed by a retired pro triathlete. It has a barefoot feel, but with cushioning. Try it in four versions, depending on your mileage. $120 at Tri360.
Adidas AdiZero Adios Boost
Adidas puts its trademark Boost midsole foam into the structure of this racing flat, which Potomac River Running’s shoe buyer, Dave Miller, says “will add extra responsiveness and delay fatigue.” Find it in Potomac River Running stores in mid-September or October 1 for $140.
“This shoe is awesome!” says Sweeney. A merge of the discontinued Elixer and Precision models, the Sayonara is in the lightweight, neutral category. $120 at Pacers.
Saucony Cortana 3
Georgetown Running Company’s Dean Silkstone says this shoe is highly anticipated and will be available in August. It’s a hybrid shoe, and ideal for runners looking to transition to a lightweight shoe. $150 at Georgetown Running Company.
New Balance 880v3
Available since June, this shoe is an upgrade from past version of the 880, says Sweeney. If you’re looking for a neutral trainer, try this guy. $115 at Pacers.
Nike Free Flyknit
The newest Nike Free has the look and feel of a sock, meaning it’s extremely flexible—it can actually fold in half. Expect a “super natural” run. $160 at Potomac River Running and Nike Georgetown.
Mizuno Wave Inspire 10
This shoe gets a big upgrade with this new midsole foam called U4ic, which Miller says “allows the shoe to shed weight while still having as plush of a ride as ever.” Find it in Potomac River Running stores by December 5 for $115.