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    The Holabird Blog

    Runner's World Fall Shoe Guide 2018

    Runner's World Fall Shoe Guide 2018

    The good people over at Runner's World magazine tested a whopping 62 different shoes in consideration for their 2018 Fall Shoe Guide. Contenders were evaluated in the lab as well as by more than 250 wear-testers. They whittled the list down to the top 25 shoes across various categories, but five particular shoes were given additional honors. Without further ado, here are the top five shoes for fall 2018, plus the remaining honorable mentions by category.

     

    Reebok Floatride Run Fast

    Gear of the Year: Reebok Floatride Run Fast

    (featured in the Next-Gen Tech category)

     

    The folks at Runner's World loved the Reebok Floatride Run Fast so much they proclaimed it to be "the fastest shoe you can buy in 2018." The Run Fast features Pebax-based foam for an ultralight, ultra-bouncy ride that isn't short on cushiness.

     

    Nike Air Zoom Pegasus Turbo

    Hot List: Nike Air Zoom Pegasus Turbo

    (featured in the Next-Gen Tech category)

     

    Thanks to the runaway success of the Vaporfly 4%, Nike incorporated its ZoomX foam into the Air Zoom Pegasus Turbo. This lightweight version of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 is well cushioned and perfect for speedwork.

     

    inov-8 TerraUltra G 260

    Hot List: inov-8 TerraUltra G 260

    (featured in the Next-Gen Tech category)

     

    This innovative shoe brings the strength and traction of graphene to the masses. Read all about the TerraUltra G 260 in our previous blog post about it.

     

    Brooks Ghost 11

    Editor's Choice: Brooks Ghost 11

    (featured in the Legends category)

     

    This year marks the seventh time the Ghost by Brooks has been named a Runner's World Editor's Choice--and for good reason! The shoe appeals to running novices and veterans alike with its durable cushioning that lasts mile after mile and its quick, smooth ride.

     

    Salomon Ultra Pro

    Editor's Choice: Salomon Ultra Pro

    (featured in the Trail category)

     

    A second Runner's World Editor's Choice winner on this list, the Salomon Ultra Pro is a shoe that can handle even the harshest of trail runs: the ultramarathon. This shoe delivers long-lasting comfort and the traction you'd expect from a trailblazer like Salomon.

     

    Next-Gen Tech Honorable Mention:

    New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon

    Legends Honorable Mentions:

    Saucony Ride ISO
    ASICS GEL-Cumulus 20
    Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35
    ASICS GEL-Kayano 25

    So Soft Honorable Mentions:

    adidas Solar Glide ST
    Brooks Glycerin 16
    Altra Torin 3.5 Knit
    361° 361-Spire 3
    Hoka One One Clifton 5

    Wild Cards Honorable Mentions:

    Puma Hybrid Runner Unrest
    Topo Athletic Ultrafly 2
    Salomon Sonic RA Nocturne
    Under Armour HOVR Phantom Connected

    Trail Honorable Mentions:

    Skechers Gorun Maxtrail 5 Ultra
    Brooks Cascadia 13
    Saucony Xodus ISO 3
    New Balance Summit K.O.M. and Q.O.M.
    Altra Lone Peak 4
    Columbia Variant X.S.R.

    Explore the entire Runner's World Fall Shoe Guide 2018!

    Be “Buddhaful” in Trendy Yoga Wear

    Be “Buddhaful” in Trendy Yoga Wear

    The next evolution of athleisurewear is here: Deluxe yoga apparel from Phat Buddha.

    Designed to be worn beyond the yoga studio, these fashionable fitness clothes are loaded with features that feel as good as they look. Phat Buddha clothing is made using organic, moisture-wicking materials--many of which offer UPF protection to keep you safe (and cute!) in the sun. Featuring four-way stretch and seamless technology, clothing from Phat Buddha moves with your body for an undeniably comfortable fit.

    We’ve styled clothing from Phat Buddha with shoes and other items to create six complete looks that’ll take you anywhere you want to go.

    three Phat Buddha outfits

    Keep It Cool

    Breezy tanks that offer glimpses of the pretty bras underneath make these outfits perfect for intense workouts and warm days.

    Phat Buddha Cornelia Street bra Phat Buddha Montague muscle tank Phat Buddha St Nicholas Ave leggings Reebok Floatride Run Fast shoe

    The side strap details of the Cornelia Street Bra make it the perfect base layer to peek out from under the Montague Muscle Tank, which features deep armholes and a loose fit. The St. Nicholas Ave Leggings mirror the strap details of the Cornelia Street Bra, and the outfit is finished by a stylish and functional pair of Reebok Floatride Run Fast shoes. This outfit is perfect for strolls downtown or checking out a new kickboxing class. 

       

    Phat Buddha Chatham Square Bra Phat Buddha John Tank Phat Buddha Chrystie Street Leggings Hoka One One Hupana Slip

    The Chatham Square Bra has strappy details at the rear yoke in a contrasting color, making it easily visible through the light, translucent material of the John Tank. The Chrystie Street Leggings match the bra for a cohesive look, and they also feature large mesh panels at the front for fashionable ventilation. Finish this ensemble with the Hoka One One Hupana Slip for an outfit that's just right for a barre workout or lunch with friends. Or dress it up for a night on the town with a blazer and boots! 

     

    Phat Buddha Maiden bra Phat Buddha Warren Street tank Phat Buddha Times Square leggings On Cloud 2018 shoe

    The Maiden Bra is a full-coverage bra that could easily double as a crop top, and the Warren Street Tank features a very large mesh panel at the back. When combined, the light bra and dark tank create an arresting contrast that won't go unnoticed. The bright white bra also plays nicely off the white color blocking on the Times Square Leggings, and the whole ensemble is set off with a pop of color thanks to the 2018 On Cloud running shoes. This outfit is quintessential athleisure--transitioning seamlessly from the gym to the store. Want to venture into chillier territory? Finish it off with this slick New Balance Heat Loft Reversible Bomber!

     

    Warm It Up

    These outfits incorporate a jacket or hoodie to keep you warm on your way to the gym or during your regular activities on cooler days. 

    Phat Buddha Park Ave bra Under Armour Vanish Camo mesh full zip jacket Phat Buddha Ellis Island leggings Brooks Launch 5 shoe

    The Park Ave Bra features stunning criss-cross straps that you'll want to show off, which is why the Under Armour Vanish Camo Mesh Jacket is the perfect match: It features a large, translucent mesh panel on the back to showcase those bright white straps! Ellis Island Leggings and a pair of Brooks Launch 5 complete this fun, colorful outfit that's perfect for a run or running errands on a crisp afternoon. 

     

    Phat Buddha Columbus Circle bra Phat Buddha Christopher Street leggings Brooks Fly-By hoodie Athletic Propulsion Labs TechLoom Bliss shoe

    The Columbus Circle Bra and matching Christopher Street Leggings bring modern materials and construction to a classic yoga outfit. Complete this look with the Brooks Fly-By Hoodie and Athletic Propulsion Labs TechLoom Bliss shoes before you hit up your favorite juice bar or food truck after a workout. 

     

    Phat Buddha Bedford bra Phat Buddha West End Ave leggings Phat Buddha Vandam cropped hoodie Athletic Propulsion Labs TechLoom Pro shoe

    The Bedford Bra and West End Ave Leggings both boast moisture-wicking, four-way stretch material and mesh ventilation accents, making this the perfect outfit for an intense CrossFit or spin workout. Throw on the airy Vandam Cropped Hoodie and a pair of Athletic Propulsion Labs TechLoom Pro shoes for a look that can take you from the gym to the coffee shop without any extra fuss. 

     

    Shop the whole Phat Buddha collection!

    4 Stylish Women’s Running Shoes Comfy Enough for a Marathon

    4 Stylish Women’s Running Shoes Comfy Enough for a Marathon

    We all love our running shoes for one reason or another, but the majority of them tend to swing either toward performance or style. Finding a fashionable running shoe you like the look of is easy (most of the time), but finding something that will also perform during long runs and give you constant comfort can be much harder. Here’s a look at four different running shoes that were designed with both style and performance in mind.

    All Arounder: New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v4

    New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v4 Womens

    This is a go-to running shoe for runners wanting lightweight stability on road, trail, and even track runs. New Balance's Fresh Foam sole has been designed with weight and comfort in mind, giving runners impact protection they are sure to love. The simply designed mesh isn’t overbearing, and though it has a slight sporty finish, it’s a shoe that can be worn both for runs or as a lifestyle shoe. The ice blue is the perfect summer choice, but it is also available in black. There are a host of other fashionable options to choose from in New Balance's Fresh Foam line; check them out!

    Futuristic: adidas Solar Glide

    adidas Solar Glide Womens

    If you prefer your running shoes to have a futuristic edge to their final finish, then the adidas Solar Glides are for you. They offer a comfortable run to match their aesthetic. The magenta and carbon/grey complement each other and give the shoe a feminine-yet-functional finish, which was designed with a knitted material for an on-trend look. In recent years adidas Boost soles have been making long-distance running much easier by supporting both the heel and arch of the runner’s foot for much better recovery.

    Affordable: ASICS Noosa FF 2

    ASICS Noosa FF 2 Womens

    The Noosa is an unconventional ASICS shoe that makes you look twice. Usually, ASICS running shoes are the poster shoes for tech, hosting a lot of different features that make them unattractive in the fashion sector. While being attractive isn’t a vital component of a running shoe, ASICS makes some of the best running shoes on the market, and the Noosa has given a new take on what ASICS are typically known as. The Noosa is sleeker, more colorful, and less focused on branding, using the “A” symbol rather than the conventional track branding (which is very noticeable). The seamless construction makes this shoe stand out and look less like a running shoe, and a medium support FlyteFoam sole keeps you comfortable.

    Supportive: Nike Air Zoom Structure 21

    Nike Air Zoom Structure 21 Womens

    The latest installment of the Zoom line checks all the boxes. This Nike shoe is designed to support the foot and ankle both during and after long-distance running. The base of the shoe is an update to its predecessors with a Dynamic Support midsole that creates a smoother transition from heel to toe. With this sleeker style, the overall shoe looks less clunky and less like a running shoe, but it keeps all the benefits. The woven, water-resistant mesh upper is also designed to look less “tech-based,” which is what regular running shoes strive toward, and the Nike Air Zoom flies under the running shoe radar with this stylish finish. It’s a shoe that runners have looked to over the years, and as it has been able to make a name for itself in the running industry, it has evolved into a better-looking trainer that everyone can trust to perform.

    Naturally, everyone’s taste varies, but it’s great to see some designs that aren’t too sporty. Being able to wear these running shoes with jeans or other casualwear shows a hint of your sporty side but not to the point where people think you’ve just been for a run. Or to look at it the other way around: The styles are much nicer to wear in the gym or out on a run, without seeming too clunky.

    About the Author

    Alexa is a budding freelance writer who enjoys writing about women’s fashion trends with a current focus on footwear and women’s loungewear.

    Find Yourself in Nature with Teva

    Find Yourself in Nature with Teva

    Teva has been making sandals for outdoor adventure seekers since 1984 when the company founder strapped two Velcro® watchbands to a pair of flip-flops to create a shoe suitable for river rafting. While their product line has grown significantly since then, Teva shoes still embody that original free-spirited functionality.

    Teva (pronounced “TEH-va”) is Hebrew for “nature,” and that is precisely where their shoes shine brightest. From sturdy, comfortable sandals for all your aquatic adventures to cozy, versatile moccasins that carry you from the trail to the campsite—Teva has the perfect shoe to help you get up close and personal with Mother Nature.

     

    TRADITIONAL SANDALS

    Original Universal (Women’s)

    Teva Original Universal

    Embrace a timeless classic with the Original Universal. This modern version of the original Teva starts with a durable rubber outsole topped with a comfortable EVA foam footbed. The straps are made from water-ready polyester webbing, and they feature hook-and-loop material (similar to Velcro®) for an easy, adjustable fit.


    Tirra (Women’s) and Verra (Women’s)

    Teva Tirra & Verra

    Trek confidently in these stylish-yet-sporty sandals. Tirra and Verra both feature a Spider Original rubber outsole for excellent traction. The sole has a Shoc Pad™ in the heel for shock absorption, and the contoured EVA footbed is coated with antimicrobial treatment Microban® to ward off the foot funk that would normally follow you home after a day of outdoor activity. The straps are made of polyester webbing with hook-and-loop fasteners that ensure a great fit every time you put them on.


    Holliway (Men’s)

    Teva Holliway

    Go wherever your journey takes you in Holliway sandals. These lightweight sandals have a Spider Original rubber outsole for enhanced traction and a Shoc Pad™ in the heel for shock absorption. The polyester webbing straps are lined with hook-and-loop material that provides a perfect fit for every outing.


    Hurricane XLT2 (Men’s)

    Teva Hurricane XLT2

    Tackle the elements in style with the Hurricane XLT2, which features a Durabrasion Rubber™ outsole for maximum traction. The EVA foam midsole and cushioned heel tab offer a plush feel while the water-ready polyester webbing straps are durable and dry quickly. Hook-and-loop fasteners on the straps provide a secure fit every time you step in.

     

    SLIDE-ON SANDALS

    Olowahu (Women’s)

    Teva Olowahu

    Enjoy the best of both worlds in a sandal that marries form and function. The Olowahu is a comfortable slide-on sandal that has a lightweight EVA outsole, a super-comfy Mush™ topsole, and water-ready polyester webbing straps that dry quickly once wet.


    Voya Flip (Men’s and Women’s)

    Teva Voya Flip

    Teva’s version of the classic flip-flop brings extreme comfort to the party with a Mush™ topsole that conforms to your foot. A lightweight EVA outsole and a water-ready polyester webbing strap make the Voya Flip the ultimate shoe for relaxing… or maybe just a little adventuring.

     

    TWO-WAY SHOE

    Ember Moc (Men’s and Women’s)

    Teva Ember Moc

    Slip into something comfortable—the Ember Moc! This ultra-comfy shoe does double duty as both a moccasin and a slipper, depending on how you wear the collapsible heel. This shoe features a rubber outsole, a polyurethane sockliner, and a quilted ripstop upper. The Ember Moc is like a cozy sleeping bag for your foot, making it ideal for adventures in chillier climates.

    Get More Out of Your Time in the Great Outdoors with adidas Terrex Shoes

    Get More Out of Your Time in the Great Outdoors with adidas Terrex Shoes

    Nature-loving adidas fans rejoice! The new adidas Terrex shoes bring classic adidas aesthetics and modern outdoorsy functionality together so you can light up the landscape and lock down the trails. Most of the shoes in this line are lightweight, water repellent, and comfortable, offering out-of-the-box wearability with little to no breaking-in period. While all of the Terrex shoes are made with durable materials and sturdy construction, some models kick things up a notch with outsoles inspired by Continental™ mountain bike tires.

     

    FOR TRAIL RUNNERS AND AGGRESSIVE HIKERS

     

    CMTK GTX (Men and Women)

    The Terrex CMTK GTX trail shoes are great for both trail runners and seasoned hikers with a quick pace. The upper is protected by a GORE-TEXⓇ membrane that offers breathable waterproofing, and the soft EVA midsole provides lightweight comfort. The shoe is completed by a Continental™ rubber outsole that features a lug profile similar to that of a mountain bike tire. 

    adidas Terrex CMTK GTX

    Explore CMTK GTX for men or for women.

     

     

    Agravic XT (Men)

    For trail runners looking for a well-cushioned trail shoe with great energy return, the Terrex Agravic XT is a great choice. Tackle trails effortlessly with a durable upper, a Boost™ midsole, and a Continental™ rubber outsole that provides maximum traction in any environment.

    adidas Terrex Agravic XT

    Check out Agravic XT for men.

     

     

    FOR HIKERS AND NATURE ENTHUSIASTS

    adidas Terrex Swift R2

     

    Swift R2 GTX (Men and Women)

    If you’re looking for a durable hiking shoe that won’t weigh you down, look no further than the Terrex Swift R2 GTX. This rugged shoe has a mesh and synthetic upper with a GORE-TEXⓇ to keep your feet dry in wet conditions. The midsole features TPU support for increased stability and the Continental™ rubber outsole with Traxion™ has deep, well-spaced lugs for maximum traction.
    adidas Terrex Swift R2

    Browse Swift R2 GTX for men or women. 

     

     

    Swift R2 Mid GTX (Men)

    adidas Terrex Swift R2 Mid

    See Swift R2 Mid GTX for men.

     

     

    Brushwood Leather (Men)

    Hike in style with the Terrex Brushwood Leather shoes. Made with premium leather, this low-cut hiking shoe easily transitions from trail to town. The lightweight EVA midsole offers ample cushioning, and the Continental™ outsole provides excellent grip on any terrain.
    adidas Terrex Brushwood Leather

    Discover Brushwood Leather for men.

     

     

    FOR AQUATIC ADVENTURERS

     

    CC Boat Parley (Men)

    If you spend a lot of your time by the water, the Terrex Climacool Boat Parley shoes are a great way to keep your feet dry on your excursions. The Climacool® mesh upper incorporates Parley Ocean Plastic™ yarn, which is made from recycled beach plastic. Both the midsole and outsole are perforated for maximum drainage, and the shoe also features a Traxion® outsole for traction in slippery conditions.
    adidas Terrex CC Boat Parley

    Scope out CC Boat Parley for men.