Kicks unleashed: reviewing trending sneakers

As of this weekend, we can officially say it’s spring. Yet it may be July before we see green in parts of Atlantic Canada. With the nicer weather approaching, it’s time to get back on the asphalt. Over the years, I’ve gone through a few pairs of sneakers. Here’s my feedback to help those in need of finding the perfect pair of kicks to jump start your season.

Nike Free 4.0 v2
Initially, I was drawn to Nike Frees for their minimus style and urban colour choices.  The Frees are trendy and come in the best colours. These shoes aren’t cheap and as a consumer you’re definitely paying for the Nike symbol. I’d recommend these sneakers for short distance runners or beginners. I found they loss their shape quickly. For those running 5km/ 4-5 times per week they may only last a couple of months. After a few instances where I went over on my ankle, it was time to purchase a new pair.

Pros
: light weight, great look, comfy, fun colours
Cons: little structure, wider width
Length: 2 months
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SAUCONY Guide 7

Switching from a New Balance to Saucony was an easy transition at the time. A similar look to Asics, I purchased these sneakers based on the added structure with still being light weight. The first few months I had amazing runs. At about the 12 week mark, their form significantly changed. The once bounce and support suddenly disintegrated and the sneakers were falling apart. I was really disappointed compared to their initial quality.  I’d recommend this sneaker to those not on a budget as they need to be replaced after 3 months.

Pros
: good structure,  light wight
Cons: not the best look, short life
Lasts: 3 months
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BROOKS Pure Flow

I had purchased these sneakers in the States a few years ago. These sneakers held up. They had a great structure and were light weight. I could run all year round with these shoes and still own them. The downside to the sneakers are the price. They’re around the $140 mark and you can’t typically find a sale. For those getting into running and want a good bang for your buck, these are your sneakers.

Pros: strong structure
Cons: look is better than average, cost is above average $140+
Lasts:  6+ months
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ASICS GEL-DS TRAINER (TOP PICK)
After a few running injuries, I gave into these sneakers. Since owning these babies I’ve had zero injuries. Mind you I’m more aware of post-run stretching and knowing when to give your body a break. These continue to look new. They’re not as light wight as the Frees or Brooks but their structure is unbeatable. They’ve made me a more comfortable runner and I would promote this sneaker time and time again. Go Asics!

Pros: strong structure
Cons: Not the sleekest look, cost is average or above ranging from $110-140
Lasts: 6+ months

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