Running Gear Reviews
The Best Running Gear for Summer
Shoes and Socks
Image: Jeff Harris
Long slogs across miles of pavement don't feel so brutal when your feet are in the right shoes and socks. While we review hundreds of models every year, we've found these five recent releases stand out from the crowd.
Balega Soft Treads ($15, balega.com, far left)
Made with a snug arch band and a distinctive cut for left and right feet, these cushy socks don't shift around or bunch up in your shoes during long runs.
K-Swiss Kwicky Blade Light ($130, kswiss.com, bottom left)
With a supportive design that moves well with the foot, this zippy yet cushioned shoe is speedwork's new best friend.
Brooks Defyance 4 ($100, brooksrunning.com, top)
These responsive trainers have a go-fast feel for tempo runs and enough cushioning to handle long, slow miles.
Swiftwick Aspire Zero ($12, swiftwick.com, far right)
Crafted out of durable, sweat-wicking Olefin fibers, this sock is incredibly thin and sleek-feeling on hot, sweaty feet.
Nike Zoom Structure 14+ ($100, nikerunning.com, bottom right)
This cushy stability shoe is ideal for long runs when you start out pronating slightly but need extra support in the final miles.
Tip from the Top: Swap out your shoes.
"I used to be proud of how far I went in a pair of shoes. Now I trade them out after a few hundred miles so my feet get the best support possible." —Ryan Hall, American record holder, half-marathon