Best Shoes of 2018

As the year winds down and sales abound, we’d like to take a moment and reflect on what this year had to offer (and what your best options are for those discounts). Without further ado…

For Stability: Brooks Adrenaline 19

Sun And Sole Score: 9/10

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The Adrenaline has truly earned its “GTS” pseudonym, this year. Free from considerable bulk and stiffness, the model is now living it up in its realization of Brooks’ plush midsole, previously only felt in their netral models. It can finally lay claim to being a “go-to shoe”. (Women’sMen’s)

For Neutral Runners: Nike Pegasus 35

Sun And Sole Score: 9/10

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The Pegasus 34 was an honorable mention, last year, and Nike really clinched it with this update. More even cushioning (that’s highly adaptable to varying speeds), more support, and better looks really make this model stand out. Even Nike’s new cushioning technology, React foam, couldn’t touch it. (Women’sMen’s)

For the Gym: Nike Metcon 4

Sun And Sole Score: 8/10

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Very similar to the Metcon 3, the 4 rewards its break-in period with incredible flexibility and a sole that provides simultaneous groundfeel, support, and protection. That it doesn’t look too bad is just icing on the cake. Bonus: Most of the colors are on sale, so you’re probably getting a $130 shoe for less than $100. (Women’sMen’s)

On a Budget: GT-1000 7

Sun And Sole Score: 9/10

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This was the hardest category. The Nike Zoom Winflo 5 made a strong showing, and in all honesty is usually forund for cheaper, even though it has the same MSRP as the GT-1000. However, the Asics model’s durability, more adaptable sole, and, and higher cushioning give it the edge. (Women’s, Men’s)

All-Around: Asics Roadhawk FF 2

Sun And Sole Score: 9.5/10

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A model we didn’t even review! We picked up a pair at a steep discount on a whim and fell in love. The Kevlar-infused sole has just enough give to be appealing to a variety of runners, providing responsiveness, protection, and cushion, without much weight. You could knock out a quick 4 miles in these or rock them on raceday. The firmness and full-ground-contact outsole means it also offers a touch of stability and works as a not-bad gym shoe, in a pinch. The upper has wide-spaced mesh for great breathability and even some old-school stitched overlays for lockdown. Not everyone has hundreds of dollars to be spending on all this different footwear, so we prioritize versatility in our reviews. The Roadhawk is 2018’s embodiment of that idea. (Women’s, Men’s)

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