Less Is Faster

Go farther (and faster) by lacing up a pair of high-tech, lightweight running shoes.
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Go farther (and faster) by lacing up a pair of high-tech, lightweight running shoes.
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1. Under Armour SpeedForm Apollo

Best for: Track rats

These 6.5-ounce shoes are constructed in a clothing factory, with ultrasonic seams and a foam-and-rubber midsole. The result: a wicked-fast shoe suitable for speed sessions, races up to 10K, or lightning-quick Dairy Queen runs. 

[$100; underarmour.com]  

2. Adidas Energy Boost 2.0

Best for: Beginners

Their chunky soles absorb heavy impacts, making hard pavement feel like a rubber track. And at less than 10 ounces, these sneakers are light enough to never slow you down. 

[$160; adidas.com]

3. Puma Faas 1000

Best for: Middlemen

Sporting a heel-to-toe drop of 12 mm, the 1000s set up like the high-heeled kicks of yesteryear but boast a lighter, new-school foam midsole that makes them extra cushy. They’re ideal for moderate distances, such as half marathons. 

[$130; puma.com]

4. Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit

Best for: Style hounds

The lightweight Flyknits fit snug like slippers, but they go like hell during a hard workout. The elastic upper pairs with a highly responsive sole for a natural, minimalist running experience. 

[$120; nike.com

Photos by Jamie Chung