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

Last Updated on April 9, 2021 by admin

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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.
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37 Tb Running Mens Shoe Cj0677-002 Size 10.5
  • Style#: CJ0677-002
  • Nike React foam midsole is lightweight, springy, and durable.
  • More foam means better cushioning without the bulk.
  • Zoom Air unit at the forefoot provides greater energy return, adding a pop to your step.
  • Translucent upper looks like speed and is made to help your foot while you run.


UA HOVR Machina

Connects these kicks to Under Armour’s Map My Run App. It tracks and analyzes your metrics over time to help make you a better runner. HOVR “Foam + Energy Web” promises to give back the energy you put into every step.
Under Armour HOVR Machina 2 Running Shoe - Men's Black/Pitch Gray/Halo Gray, 11.0
  • Upper Material: 3D spacer mesh
  • Lining: UA RUSH
  • Closure: lace
  • Midsole: UA HOVR foam, Pebax speed plate
  • Sole: carbon rubber pods


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.


React Miler

Ideal for marathon training, satisfied customers remarked how these are the “comfiest shoes ever” and are “supportive, sturdy and heavy.”
Nike Men's Running Shoe, Black White Dark Grey Anthracite, US:5.5
  • Style#: CW1777-003
  • A full rubber outsole delivers underfoot durability and traction for high-mileage training. High-abrasion rubber is placed in areas with the most wear.
  • Collar uses a breathable foam tongue that helps relieve lace pressure.
  • Pull tab for easy on and off.
  • Skins at the toe for added durability.


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.
adidas Women's Ultraboost 20 Running Shoe, Black/Night Metallic/White, 10.5 M US
  • Snug, sock-like fit
  • Responsive Boost midsole
  • adidas Primeknit+ textile upper
  • Regular fit


Kinvara 11

Ideal for quick transitions, Saucony’s PWRRUN cushioning maintains lightweight responsiveness, helping you reach personal records faster.
Saucony Women's Kinvara 11, Aqua/Blue, 7.5 Medium
  • PWRRUN cushioning maintains the lightweight responsiveness that makes this shoe a favorite for daily training miles or racing longer distances
  • The flexible sole is designed to quickly transition from landing to take-off
  • FORMFIT conforms to your foot to provide the perfect fit and feel from every angle
  • Neutral
  • Offset: 4mm (28.5/24.5)


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.
ASICS Women's GT-2000 8 Trail Shoes, 6.5, Peacoat/SEA Glass
  • Rearfoot and Forefoot GEL Technology Cushioning System - Attenuates shock during impact and toe-off phases, and allows movement in multiple planes as the foot transitions through the gait cycle
  • FLYTEFOAM Midsole Technology - Our FLYTEFOAM technology provides exceptional bounce back and responsiveness no matter the distance, utilizing organic super fibers to help reduce packing out that traditionally happens with softer, low density foams
  • Dynamic DuoMax Support System - This evolution of DuoMax system enhances stability and support, with reduced weight and increased platform support
  • Trusstic System technology - Reduces the weight of the sole unit while retaining the structural integrity of the shoe


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.


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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