By Marcia Scott
The return of beautiful weather to Memphis means that many of you are starting to train for spring races. Whether you’re looking for a lightweight trainer or a do-it-all traditional cushion/support shoe, there are a variety of options from a number of manufacturers. Check out this list for a few of our favorites, both new and newly updated.
While many runners do all of their training and racing in the same shoe, you may want to consider investing in a second pair of lighter weight shoes to complement your training. Lightweight trainers are more responsive for races and workouts and will help you feel light and fast on your feet.
Brooks Launch: With a complete refresh, an old favorite is back with the Brooks Launch. This is the perfect lightweight, bouncy shoe for Brooks Ghost lovers to try at a budget-friendly price point. Price: $100. ASICS NIMBUS 17: A long-standing favorite in the high-end, neutral-cushioned category, the Nimbus got a major facelift this season. With new seamless construction on the upper of the shoe, it offers a more customized fit while still giving you all the plush gel cushioning underfoot. Price: $150.
Nike Lunartempo: The LunarTempo is not as stripped down as the Nike Lucas Racer. Wearers can expect plenty of cushion and an upper that locks your foot in place, all in an extremely lightweight package. Price: $110.
Asics Nimbus 17: A long-standing favorite in the high-end, neutral-cushioned category, the Nimbus got a major facelift this season. With new seamless construction on the upper of the shoe, it offers a more customized fit while still giving you all the plush gel cushioning underfoot.
Brooks Ravenna 6: Offering a bit more guidance and support than a neutral cushioned shoe, the all-new Brooks Ravenna 6 offers full ground contact for a seamless heel-to-toe transition. Price: $110.
HOKA ONE ONE® STINSON LITE: An update to the much-loved Stinson Tarmac, the Stinson Lite offers the maximalist cushioning that Hoka One One has become famous for. It’s a great option for runners looking for a highly cushioned shoe for road-based mileage. Price: $160.
Marcia Scott is the Training Program Coordinator at Fleet Feet Sports. For more information call 901.761.0078 or visit fleetfeetmemphis.com.