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Friday, December 19, 2014

Top 5 Shoe Updates of 2014

July 2, 2014 marked my initial blog post and shoe review, since then I've written 74 post and read countless blogs from fellow bloggers like: Peter Larson @Runblogger, Sam Winebaum @Sam's Running Places and ThingsSteve Speirs@RunBulldog and Thomas Neuberger @Believe in The Run and I can't neglect to mention video reviews from Etan Newbury the Ginger Runner.  

Five different running bloggers, varing opinions, simlar taste in some shoes dissenting views in others, but they all share a common passion for a sport that I've grown to love and they add value to the running community.  

Because I haven't reviewed or run in every shoe on the market, I can't speak candidly about them.  What I can do is point you in the right direction.  For a list of those shoes that "Failed to Launch" Check out Runblogger's Most Disappointing Shoes of 2014

My Top 5 list is based off of the those sneakers I've actually run in.  When I sit down to review a shoe, I attempt to remain objective.  If a shoe rocks I'll say so, if it doesn't live up to the hype IMO I'll say so-(casing point view my post: Paradigm the Hoka Killer), this post stimulated conversation as folks went hard for their brand. 

While I didn't care for the Paradigm-(Sam digged it), I did like the Altra One 2. With out further delay, on to the reviews: In no particular order, or not, think of it as a concert with multiple artist performing.

First to the stage, the Altra One 2. because, it makes for a great segway after talking about a shoe from a brand that didn't soar in my mind.  I didn't write off an entire brand because of one shoe in their line up.  I gave them a go because of the CEO's courage to weigh in on the conversation, big ups to Golden Harper-(My Altra One 2's were purchased at full retail) See Peter's review here: Altra One 2

The Altra One 2 proved you can't judge a shoe by its looks...

Adidas Adios Boost 2 Continues to set world records.

Adidas returned the original Adios style upper... 

Mizuno's Wave Rider 18 

Mizuno delivered with this update resolving issues from the WR17

Adidas Boston Boost 5

Adidas Boston Boost 5 on of my favorite shoes...

Saucony's ISO FIT Triumph for me was the best overall update in 2014

Saucony ISO Fit Triumph 

There you have it, my Top 5.  Who's in your Fave 5 feel free to share in the comment section.


  1. Excellent shoe designs!! I really loved Adidas Boston!! Adidas is my favourite brand. Anyways, the blue Altra One 2 are also looking very nice. Your list of top 5 popular shoe brands is wonderful. Thanks for sharing this post with us!!

  2. Thank you! I am find information on this topic as I am working on a business project. How did you get to be this great? It’s remarkable to see someone put so much passion into a subject.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, I've always been a fan of sneakers being able to mesh my passion for running and running shoes makes it easy for me to immersed in the subject. Much success on your business venture.

  3. didn't write off an entire brand because of one shoe in their line up. crossfit shoes