If you're of a mind to ramp up your outdoor miles in preparation for the Fall running season, and you have more than a couple hundred miles on your shoes, now's the time to look at new ones. And if the shoes are on sale, so much the better. With that in mind, take a look what's up for grabs from New Balance.
Weighing in at 8 1/2 ounces per shoe, and well cushioned to protect your feet on choppy roads or trails, these New Balance W780 Women's Running Shoes ($55; reduced from $85) are neutral shoes with synthetic uppers and mesh inserts for air transfer, N-Ergy heel cups for highly effective shock absorption to protect your knees and ankles, and N-Durance outsole rubber for long wear. Throw in a blown rubber forefoot and Abzorb mid-foot cushioning pads and you've got a running shoe that will keep your feet in total comfort for long miles.
Another neutral mode shoe, the New Balance 880PS Lady Running Shoe ($55; MSRP $110); breathable mesh upper with support overlays to keep your feet from moving about in the shoes as you motor on down the road, lightweight padding for the tongue and heel, Stability Web arch support to keep midfoot flex to a minimum, and New Balance's proprietary N-Ergy and N-Durance components for effective shock absorption and long life of the shoes.
If your preference is for running outdoor trails, this New Balance Minimus 10 Trail Running Shoe ($95; was $110) may be just what you seek in a trail shoe -- lightweight, low profile construction with water-resistant materials in the uppers and Vibram multi-directional lugs on the outsole to enhance your traction on wet or muddy surfaces. Wear these shoes with, or without, socks for a nearly barefoot feel as you make your way through the forests and meadows.