The 9 best running shoes to reach your fitness goals in 2021

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As is the norm, millions nationwide are using the new year to jump start new and improved fitness goals. Whether you’re looking to maintain a routine or start fresh, the right footwear is essential in order to take those intentions seriously.

Outdoor workouts, despite it being cold, are still a popular favorite. These days, thanks to accessories like gloves and face coverings, you can still protect yourself from the elements and those around you from diseases while simultaneously breaking a sweat.

Picking out a running shoe is no easy task. From the purpose (long or short distance) and design (platform or flat) to finally the colorway (that matters), those are all things to consider when finding the perfect sneaker. Ahead, we researched and tested a number of trainers that go above and beyond our qualifications. Available in men’s and women’s sizes, shop our favorites below and snag a pair in time for the next sunny, winter morning.

Men’s Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37

We’ve raved about the Air Zoom Pegasus in the past, so it’s only natural we begin this list by mentioning this bestseller. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but The Swoosh’s signature React foam at the midsole is lightweight, springy, and durable.

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UA HOVR Machina

UA HOVR Machina

Connects these kicks to Under Armour’s Map My Run App. It tracks and analyzes your metrics overtime to help make you a better runner. HOVR “Foam + Energy Web” promises to give back the energy you put into every step.

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On Cloudflyer

On Cloudflyer

Suitable for everything from tempo runs to marathon training, CloudTec technology offers to cushion during the landing phase and locks firm to form a solid foundation.

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React Miler

React Miler

Ideal for marathon training, satisfied customers remarked how these are the “comfiest shoes ever” and is “supportive, sturdy and heavy.”

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Ultraboost 20

Ultraboost 20

In short, the Ultraboost 20 are incredible. Features include incredible energy return, a comfortable and responsive Boost midsole, and finally, a locked in feel with every step.

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Kinvara 11

Kinvara 11

Ideal for quick transitions, Saucony’s PWRRUN cushioning maintains the lightweight responsiveness, helping you reach personal records faster.

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GT-2000 8

GT-2000 8

ASICS has a number of shoes to choose from, but the GT-2008 8 always tops the list for us. Specific highlights include a softer section of foam in the heel for improved comfort and shock absorption and multi-directional mesh material that improves ventilation and stability over time.

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Tree Dashers

Tree Dashers

Everyone raves about Allbirds, and they have every reason to shout their praises. Dual-density SweetFoam midsole is made with the world’s first carbon-negative green EVA and natural rubber traction pads yield increased pronation control and stability.

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Speedgoat 4

Speedgoat 4

Those who prefer trail running will love the Speedgoat 4 from Hoka. A Vibram Megagrip rubber outsole provides grip in wet and dry conditions and innovative 3D printed overlays yields increased midfoot support and overall more secure feel whether sprinting uphill or downhill.

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