Top Running Shoes July 2020
Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next% https://www.nike.com/running/alphafly-$275-Wow. Just purchased last week via https://stockx.com/ first time user of the "bidding" site. My hand was forced as the Nike Alphafly release on July 2nd was sold out immediately upon release(website crashed on me when I was trying to purchase) I'm listing the shoes valued at $275(what Nike was selling for) but you'll pay anywhere north of 25% mark up if you purchase via third party seller. Having said that, I tried them for the first time this past weekend and they are absolutely as advertised. Comfort, power, energy return-the shoe has it all. I used on Saturday for a 1.5 mile time trial/Threshold repeat workout and the coolest part(aside from setting a new PR) was how much more energized and fresh my legs felt the following day. To me that is the ultimate test for a great pair of running shoes. If you are a serious endurance runner and can afford to spend the money, I recommend getting your hands on a pair.
Nike Zoom Vaporfly Next% https://www.nike.com/running/vaporfly-$250-Could be my all time favorite running shoe. I wore a pair of the bright pinks at the Los Angeles Marathon this past March and I have no doubt that the carbon plate was a huge help in ensuring my calves kept working during the final 6 miles. While the lifespan is not great(reports range from 100-200 miles total) I'm personally now approaching 300 miles with mine and while they are nowhere near as "springy" as when I first took them out on the road I do still find them to be quite serviceable for shorter weekday speed workouts.
Saucony Endorphin Speed https://www.saucony.com/en/endorphin-speed/44573M.html-$160-Excited to begin logging some miles in these! I just purchased the Speed specifically for that-speed workouts and so far I'm a fan. While the Speed does not have the carbon plate(Only the Pro version) I do love the fit and foam. Also, lets be honest-the "White Mutant" color and aesthetic is awesome. Exciting development in Saucony technology!
Hoka One One Carbon X https://www.hokaoneone.com/mens-road/carbon-x/1102886.html-$180-Full transparency, I have not tried the Carbon X, but I do have numerous runner friends that love them. Again, carbon plate and signature Hoka big shoe feel make for an enjoyable ride. If you don't want to shell out the big bucks for Nike's version I do believe that the CarbonX is a great choice for Marathon runners of all levels.
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 https://www.nike.com/t/air-zoom-pegasus-36-mens-running-shoe-D24Mcz/AQ2203-002-$100 or less(Check Dick's for additional discounts https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/p/nike-mens-air-zoom-pegasus-36-running-shoes-19nikmzmpgss36gryrnn/19nikmzmpgss36gryrnn)- For the price the 36 is tough to beat. The 36's have become my every day running shoe. After having worn them for just over 100 miles now it's easy to see why Nike is on the 37th release of this icon shoe. It's serviceable, it's fast, it's light and it's a great introductory shoe for runners of all levels.
What's your all-time favorite running shoe? Drop me a comment below.