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Nike claims that the Air Zoom Alphafly Next% 2 is more suitable for the masses as well as elites. Our initial testing confirms that’s true.

The brand took its time entering the super-shoe race, but its new, responsive model for marathoners was worth the wait

In Episode 18 of the Endurance Podcast, host Ian Sharman talks with biomechanist and ultra-runner Geoff Burns about the tech, controversies, comparisons, and benefits of today's super shoes.

Did the shoes that disqualified Vienna Marathon winner Derara Hurisa enhance his performance? A biomechanist weighs in.

Escape the squish: On's redesigned Cloudswift delivers a secure fit, stable platform and responsive underfoot feel.

Super shoe tech has made its way to the track. Here’s a roundup of the foam-and-plate super spikes for racing 800m and longer that you may have saw on the feet of Olympians in Tokyo.

The lightweight Puma Liberate Nitro feels and performs great on pretty much any type of run — and costs less than most of its peers.

We ran in 10 super shoes back-to-back and compared their feel and ride so you can narrow your search for the best model that fits your stride and preferences.

We reviewed the newest super shoes from each brand, testing 10 models to help you find the ride that works magic for you.

In this excerpt from the book “Kicksology,” Brian Metzler asks at what point will technological advances overshadow human propulsion.

The Brooks Trace is an affordable entry into the cushioned shoe experience: a neutral, lightweight, comfortable, no-nonsense trainer.

The Altra Provision 5 provides creative stability through geometry, proprioception and subtle guidance, while delivering a smooth, neutral, balanced ride.

How Saucony's versatile semi-super speedster rides and holds up over the long haul

HOKA's crowd-pleasing, revamped Mach 4 delivers plush uptempo performance.

The Cyclone is a perfect lightweight trainer/racer done the Topo way, with a superb fit and responsive feel.

There's nothing excessive about this well-appointed trainer, which delivers the snappy Razor ride with a touch of comfort for logging long miles.

These classic go-fast shoes are light, flexible and responsive, engaging your feet and providing a powerful connection to the road — so you can fly.

World Athletics looked into eight years of performance improvements, and some crazy statisticians from Cornell reviewed thousands of web photos — and they have numbers.

New Balance maxes out the max cushioning running shoe in a model for those who never ever want to feel the ground.

The 57% bio-based Condor 2 from Veja is for you if your impact on the Earth matters more than the performance of your shoe running on earth.

The seven best recovery shoes for runners, with a style and feel for any taste.

Here’s what some running brands are doing to help reduce their impact on the environment.

These plant-based and recycled-material running shoes are stylish, comfortable — and not ready to be your daily trainers.

The new Nike Pegasus 38 lives up to the shoe’s legacy as a comfortable daily trainer for any pace, with a new fit like a well-used baseball mitt.

Saucony refreshes the Freedom with its top-end foam, making it a springboard to responsive running.

This spring’s hot shoe trend is simplicity: designs that deliver smooth rides and clean lines by avoiding complexity and letting their advanced materials show off.

Under Armour removes the outsole on their innovative Flow Velociti Wind that wows testers with its light, quick, and comfortable ride.

Brooks' new Glycerin delivers dreamy plushness for luxurious comfort, with or without stability.

The all new Altra Rivera represents modern minimalism at its finest, providing a light, flexible, stable, cushioned and responsive ride.

Puma returns to speed with a new line, topped by the super-foam-cushioned and carbon-fiber-plated Deviate Nitro

This flashy new Noosa also delivers a fun, fast ride. It's not just for triathletes anymore.

An all-new lightweight shoe from New Balance (despite the v2 name), the Rebel v2 delivers balanced cushioning and a smooth, responsive ride that holds up over the miles.

The 12th version of Saucony's popular Kinvara is an athletically connected, natural-feeling trainer with a snappy ride and an outstanding (and flashy) upper.

New Balance didn’t compromise in giving the 1080v11 plush trimmings, ample cushioning and luxurious foot hold in a shoe sure to become an easy-day favorite.

As scientists continue to debate what elements create super shoe magic, what do we know, and what does that mean for how you select your next racing shoes?

A scientist who argued for stack height limitations explains his reasoning and current thoughts one year after the World Athletics ruling.

The updated Nimbus Lite 2 brings even more sustained springiness for your legs, eyes and the earth.

This ideal 100k shoe, HOKA's Carbon X 2 shines at all speeds for any stride, making it a super shoe for more than super runners.

The rebirth of the original rocker is an attractive, smooth-rolling — but heavy — easy-day shoe.

Marathoners ran 1-2% faster in super shoes and women benefited more than men in analysis of four World Marathon Majors.

We've selected the best road and trail shoes for the year from major brands.

Blast off with the Rocket X, HOKA’s high-end carbon racer for speedy runners.

The traction, stability, and protection will arm you for adventure.

This spin-off of the popular Razor is more versatile and durable while providing a light, responsive ride that feels fantastic at all paces.

Michael Krajicek is the visionary behind the outlier Atreyu shoe brand.

Here’s the environmental impact of a pair of sneakers, and a look at a few companies making the running shoe industry more sustainable.

It’s time we broadened our concept of running shoe stability.

The lightweight Altra Torin 4.5 Plush delivers on the cushion its name promises, in a durable, comfortable — but extremely neutral — package.

Skechers adds a flexible carbon-infused rocker plate to its popular Razor, creating an ultra-light speedster that feels spry and smooth at any pace.

This replay of the original Skechers Performance running shoe evokes memories, and a desire to take them out on smooth, speedy runs.

New Balance's long awaited entry into the marathon racer super shoe category, the FuelCell RC Elite, provides an accommodating fit with a bouncy, fast-rolling ride.

There's not a cut-and-dry answer, but there are warning signs that your shoes need replacing.

A new study shows how toe spring in shoes reduces the work your foot has to do — and why that isn't always a good thing.

Designed for faster running, this new bouncy, lightweight road running shoe excels. 

This updated Topo Ultrafly provides an exceptional fit and a ride that blends comfort, stability and performance.

We wear-tested 12 of the best plate-enhanced racing "super shoes" available this summer and fall to help you find what's best for you when you want to go fast.

A brief history leading to the World Athletics' ruling setting limits on the Nike Vaporfly and similar shoes — and where we are now.

While you won’t run like Mr. Bouncety-Bounce in these cartoon-esque platforms, you will have levity aplenty and an abundance of soft protection.

A "best buy," the Reebok Forever Floatride Energy 2 delivers a soft-and-bouncy ride in a light package with an improved fit.

Asics' entry into the carbon-fiber wars is a light, low-to-the-ground, energetic racing flat.

New understanding of the importance of fit, comfort and shoe movement puts the top of the running shoe center stage.

The six most influential patents that have changed running shoe design since the mid-1970s.

Explore where the running shoe industry is going next with this excerpt from “Kicksology.”

Puma's UltraRide delivers more than flashy, futuristic styling; this speedy shoe fits superbly and produces powerful strides.

The newest version of Nike's Pegasus lives up to the franchise's versatile daily trainer tradition, and delivers a softer, snappier ride.

The Wave Horizon 4, Mizuno's plushest trainer, is well appointed for a long run…and creature comfort.

The EnRoute 3 from Sweden’s premier running brand is a light, bouncy, no-nonsense trainer/racer that moves smoothly and comfortably with your foot.

A “super shoe” with advanced foam and a propulsion plate, the Speed Elite Hyper performs like a close-to-the-ground racing flat.

A departure for Asics, the new Gel Nimbus Lite is less filling, tastes great.

Lessons from a lifetime of testing running shoes: Few are wrong, some are oh-so-right.

Light, speedy models that keep you connected to the road and pushing off quickly and powerfully.

These new models balance strong cushioning with stability and responsiveness to enhance your comfort and ride.

A new breed of stability shoes are sleek, springy and suitable for all runners.

Energy return is the rage these days. These five new models create it in different ways with different results for each runner.

An improved fit and modern aesthetic add to this consistently reliable and affordable everyday trainer.

Under Armour's newest model realizes the full potential of their high-rebound HOVR foam for a comfortable, smooth and snappy ride—plus helps to improve your stride.

Brooks new carbon-fiber shoe rides smoothly and stably, and, on first run, increased pace by 3% at same effort.

New rules appear to be a broadside against Kipchoge's Nike Alphafly, and leave lots of outstanding questions about the Trials and Tokyo.

The question for most runners isn't whether super shoes are cheating, it is whether we're cheating ourselves by wearing them.

Results! We want data. What did the side-by-side Vaporfly/Adios treadmill test show? We found the answers.

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