SATURDAY SHOPPING: GEAR LOVE. Saturday is Race Day but it’s also the day many go shopping. Especially now that the beach is not a top destination in cooler regions of the world, brick and mortar stores and internet sites allow leisurely browsing.
For those who want to learn what’s new this season and what industry expert-reviews hype, below is a sampling of materials with athletic shoe information. They are presented, sort of, in the order I found to be helpful in viewing what’s getting the buzz this season. For running, walking, hiking. Surely there are other references.
Please comment if you can add to our list.
1. Runnersworld.com. “Best Running Shoes for Every Type of Run.” Easy to scroll down. Links to full reviews; women’s and men’s versions included. Winners of categories: Best Update, Best Debut, Best Buy, Editor’s Choice (2), Road Shoes (15 shoes), Trail Shoes (9 shoes), Track Spikes (1 shoe). Links to other articles that rank shoes (i.e. kids, minimalist)
“How to Buy the Right Running Shoes” Long article, plus categories: Best Running Shoes, Best Cushioned Shoes, Best Lightweight, Best Stability.
2. Running.competitor.com “Competitor’s Best Road & Trail Shoes for Fall 2018”
Editor’s Choice Awards – Road (3 Shoes); Editor’s Choice Trail (3 Shoes). Plus 14 additional models are reviewed in a slideshow.
3. Verywellfit.com. The shoes featured in Verywellfit.com’s two articles highlight model but not the latest offerings. Not many companies hype race or performance walking shoes, so these models seem to have been on this site’s lists for a while now, at least through all of 2018, when I started searching. But it’s the best discussion that considers the needs of walking athletes. These shoes were not specifically developed for competitive walking. Am so grateful to have at least one walker shoe guide!
“9 Best Top Performance Walking Shoes to Buy in 2018 (August 2018)”
“6 Best Race Walking Shoes to Buy in 2018”;
4. Outsidepursuits.com,” The 7 Best Hiking Shoes for Women- Reviewed” and “The 7 Best Hiking Shoes for Men Reviewed”
5. MensHealth.com; easy to scroll down through the sections; for men only. There are 5 top contenders that are compared across each category. Shoe sections include Performance/athletic (Cross trainers, Weightlifting, Running categories), and Casual and Dress non-athletic footwear. Also, there are several categories of a Boots section and one Socks section.
6. Bestreviews.com “Best Women’s Running Shoes”; 13 models reviewed; 5 presented/compared. “Best of the Best” and “Best Bang for the buck” were awarded.
7. ACTIVE.com. As the side ads start loading the slideshow slows down to a crawl. It’s such slow going to get through the slideshow that it’s not easy to click back and forth to compare. I did not even try. After 2 attempts I left the “trail” section, not getting to the end. The 1-32 slideshow guide categorizes footwear as “Snappy”, “Cushy,” or “Trail”.
Snappy: for road or track (slides 1-13; 12 shoes)
Cushy: for floating through runs with maximum cushion (slides 14-20; 6 shoes)
Trail: slides 21-31 (10 shoes)
8. Massive site that ranks all shoes:
Runrepeat.com “695 Best Running Shoes” ranking by gender, top to bottom scores
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