The 10 Best Running Shoes of 2016

Spring is a favorite time of year for athletes in the Northeast because it signals the return of outdoor running. It also marks the beginning of the NYRR Five-Borough Series. This string of half-marathon races kicked off on March 20th with the NYC Half.

Runners can be spotted all over the city training for these events and donning their race shirts from years past. But road races aren't the only activities people are training for. Companies like Tough Mudder and Spartan Race now sponsor races across the country with the rise in popularity of obstacle course racing.

No matter what type of running you are interested in, proper footwear is essential to maximize your performance and prevent injury. Whether you run on the road, trail or a mix of both, here is my round-up of the 10 best running shoes of 2016 to get you going this year.

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-Isaac


ROAD:

Nike Free RN Distance

The flexibility and range of motion of a Free, with the added support to go long. This lovechild of the Nike Free and Lunar bring together the best features of each model to create a shoe that's great for logging miles.


Brooks Ravernna 7

Designed as a half-marathon and marathon runner, this shoe is great for a neutral runner who is looking for comfort and moderate support.


Under Armour Speedform Apollo 2

This update of the popular original features a Charged foam midsole, giving it a bouncier response, with added rubber on the outsole, for more durability.

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Saucony Triumph ISO 2

For the runner looking for full heel-toe cushioning, this Saucony update also features a snug fitting heel and toe box that offers a smooth ride on long distance runs.


Adidas Energy Boost 2

A balance of soft and responsive cushioning, this follow-up to the original Energy Boost highlights the superior cushioning and unmatched return of the Boost foam.


TRAIL:

Solomon Speedcross 3

A phenomenally popular trail runner that has remained unchanged for several years. The aggressive arrowhead lugs on the outsole offer unmatched traction in snow or mud.


Merrel All Out Crush

The signature shoe of Tough Mudder is light, soft and super flexible. The hyper-flexibility of the shoe allows it to be dynamic on many different kinds of surfaces, making it great for obstacle course racing.


Montrail Trans Alp Trail

A trail running shoe aimed at tackling rough trail and mountain conditions. A rigid midsole gives a smooth ride on rugged terrain.


La Sportiva Akasha

The Akasha comes in with a roomier toe box and super cushioned midsole, providing support for long trail runs.


Saucony Peregrine 6

The Peregrine is the trail cousin of the best-selling Kinvara which features a minimalist design that is built for speed and responsiveness.