The month of September is ending with quite a bang after Eliud Kipchoge’s world record marathon time at the Berlin Marathon. 2:01:39 is an incredible feat and an inspiration to runners around the world. Next up on the international race day docket is the Chicago and New York City marathons in October and November, respectively. There are loads of shorter-distance races between now and then, as race season continues to amplify.
To make the most of it, pick up a new pair of running shoes. Whether you’re looking for a new shoe to throw in your running sneaker rotation or need something to add some flash to your runs, there are plenty of new running shoes that have launched this month. Here are the best of September that you can buy now.
Hoka One One Clifton 5 Knit
The Clifton has kept the people happy for years. This light, yet cushioned running shoe now comes with an updated all-knit upper and the same beloved foam underfoot for a bouncy feel. It adds breathability, support and comfort if you like a little wiggle room in your toebox.
On Running Cloud Waterproof
On Running added a waterproof category to two of its runners this month — the Cloud and the Cloudflyer. Designed to tackle the rain, the 100 percent water- and wind-proof mesh upper keeps your feet dry. There’s no worrying about untied laces in these shoes with the speed-lacing system that stays put over the course of hundreds of miles. If that’s not for you, you can always re-lace with regular laces. Old school is sometimes the best way to go.
Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit
The Nike Vaporfly 4% and the beloved Flyknit technology get married in Nike’s newest running shoe, the Zoom Fly Flyknit. The combination takes flight with React foam and a breathable lightweight upper. Pair all that with the full-length carbon-fiber plate that’s propelled many marathoners to victory in the Vaporyfly 4% (hello, Eliud Kipchoge, Shalane Flanagan and Galen Rupp), and you have a speed demon of a sneaker. As of September 13, the shoe hit the market. Buy this if you’re looking for a speedy racer and don’t want to shell out $250 for a pair of 4%s.
Altra Escalante Racer – Chicago
This high-performance sneaker is re-booted for race day. With a slightly firmer midsole, the Escalante Racer provides more energy return over a longer distance. The firm upper holds your toes in place without much movement so you can focus less on your shoes and more on your race. Built with the same natural foot positioning and plenty of toe splay comfort, the Escalante racer provides the same great qualities that come standard in Altra shoes.
Satisfy / Salomon Sonic RA Max
It’s no secret that we’re fans of Satisfy here at Gear Patrol, so we can’t quite contain our excitement at the launch of the brand’s first tango with sneakers. Satisfy and Salomon designed a minimalist all-black and all-white road sneaker using Salomon’s high-performance technology found in its previous shoes. A seamless collar, memory foam underfoot and non-slip laces all create a runner that’s less than 250 grams.
Puma Hybrid Rocket Runner
This might be the most unusual-looking sneaker on the list, but don’t let that get you thinking it’s slow. The Hybrid Rocket wants to help you go fast and look good. While the sneaker itself is classified as a heavyweight champ, the separation of the heel, midfoot and forefoot (there are three individual pieces that you can see) provides more flexibility than other running shoes. The combination of Ignite foam and NRGY beads bring the best of innovation from Puma together helping you to find your stride.
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