The Best from Paragon’s Running Shop: Top Ten Shoes This Season

It’s officially spring, and we’re all itching to get into the latest and greatest running shoes. Our specialists put together a list of both fashionable and functional new running shoes on the market. Check them out below and let us know what you think!

top10_1Nike Zoom Elite 7

  • Lower offset than most neutral Nike running shoes
  • Lightweight
  • Zoom Air unit in forefoot

What we love…

A lower offset promotes a mid/forefoot gait and the forefoot Zoom Air unit is plush and responsive.

top10_2adidas Supernova Glide Boost 7

  • Continental Rubber Outsole
  • Boost midsole
  • Engineered mesh upper
  • Neutral

What we love…

The Continental Rubber outsole is super durable and provides great grip on the roads, even when it gets slick.


Nike Free Flyknit 4.0

  • Super lightweight
  • Minimal with 6 mm drop
  • Flyknit upper
  • Neutral

What we love…

The sock-like fit of the upper lets you run free of distraction and weight.


Nike Flyknit Air Max

  • Extra comfortable cushioning
  • Flexible Air Unit
  • Flyknit upper
  • Neutral

What we love…

The comfort of Flyknit paired with such a large pocket of Zoom Air takes it over the top.


adidas Ultra Boost

  • Responsive cushioning
  • Grippy rubber outsole
  • Bootie-like fitted upper
  • Neutral

What we love…

Boost is a new take on cushioning by providing more energy return than other foams on the market. It combines soft comfort and responsive energy.

top10_6Asics GEL-Nimbus 17

  • Weight reduction from previous version
  • Forefoot GEL
  • FluidFit upper
  • Stability

What we love…

GEL in the forefoot adds to this shoe’s already loved plush ride, and just in time for the runners switching focus to forefoot-strides.

top10_7Brooks Launch 2 

  • Roomy toebox
  • DNA Gel
  • Road racer
  • Neutral

What we love…

Transitioning from soft to hard upon impact, the DNA Gel provides cushion and a good return for a quick road race.


New Balance Fresh Foam Boracay

  • 4 mm drop
  • Continual cushion
  • No-Sew application
  • Neutral

What we love…

Let the low offset and continual cushion take you far while you fly through your run.


Asics GEL-Kayano 21

  • Updated Ortholite sock liner
  • Updated FluidRide
  • Less seams
  • Stability

What we love…

The latest FluidRide guidance system has less seams so there’s nothing in the way of your run.


Saucony Zealot ISO

  • Lightweight
  • Max cushion
  • Road or track shoe
  • Neutral

What we love…

With this shoe, you can get maximum cushioning without the weight, which isn’t a common pairing, but we love it.

Don’t Miss Paragon’s adidas Ultra Boost Sponsored Run Tuesday, Feb. 24!

The newest adidas Ultra Boost is officially here. Demo it at our next run club for free! What is the adidas Ultra Boost? Weighing in at about 10.6 oz, the Ultra Boost provides just the right amount of “soft-feel” in a lightweight, breathable package. The shoe has a Primeknit mesh upper that fits like a bootie. And, Boost technology in the midsole returns energy so you can have a more efficient stride. If that’s not enough to please you, the grippy rubber outsole is durable enough to last for many miles. The best part is, you can test drive it at Tuesday night’s run club and tell us what you think! adidas Ultra Boost The Details

  • Run club starts at 6:30 p.m.
  • Demos are provided first-come, first-serve
  • Post run celebration: Trivia night at Duke’s on 19th Street

The Workout

  • Warm-up to the West Side Highway [Roughly 1-mile]
  • 14 x 30-sec [60-90-sec Faster pace OR Half-Marathon Race Pace] w/2:30 Recovery
  • Cool Down back to the store [Roughly 1-mile]

Alright #WinterWarriors – see you on Tuesday night at 6:30 at the lower level of Paragon!

WHAT’S IN YOUR BAG with Devang Petal




Are you running in the NYC Half Marathon or Boston Marathon? Well, our runners are training for some big races and we decided to link up with them to share some of their pre-race preparations. This week, we met up with our Running Specialist, DEVANG PATEL, for a sneak peek into his bag of RUNNING ESSENTIALS. Currently, Devang is doing a lot of cold weather runs in preparation for the NYC Half on March 16th. GOOD LUCK DEVANG!! Here’s a look at what he is into these days…


A. The ADAPT GLOVE II by Brooks converts from glove to mitten and has built in LED lights for high visibility on night runs.

B.  The FORTREZ BEANIE by Arc’teryx is a lightweight, low profile, insulated beanie.

C.  The IRONMAN THUNDER PRO by Wigwam is a lightly cushioned sock with a durable design.

D. The ESSENTIAL WINDSTOPPER  by GORE is an ideal softshell for runners with a tight fitting hood, front pockets and elastic cuffs with thumb holes.

E. The AMBIT 2S from SUUNTO is one of the most popular and reliable GPS watches on the market.

F. THE STICK is an essential recovery tool for deep tissue massage, especially after cold weather runs.

G. The JUREK GRIP from ULTIMATE DIRECTION water bottle’s simple design with built-in handle, makes it easy to stay hydrated.

H. GEL BLAST CHEWS by POWERBAR can provide that extra burst of energy you need before or during your run.

I. The ENERGY BOOST by ADIDAS is Devang’s go-to running shoe because of its good support, lightweight design and durability.

J. These REFLECTIVE RUNNING TIGHTS from NIKE take both style and safety into consideration.

What’s your favorite race-day essentials? Share with us what’s in your bag in the comments below for a chance to get spotlighted on our blog.




Greetings and I hope you all had an awesome weekend.  This week our workout is being brought to you by Adidas, which will be awesome!  As for the workout itself, after a nice laid back week we’re back to REAL workouts.  The 9:30 & faster group is going to be stepping it up with a workout they’ve never done before … should be vigorous!  The other group will be doing 200s out on the West Side pier.  


As per summer usual we will also be having our Thursday AM run at 7am in Union Square for Fitness in the Park.  


Have a great night and I’ll see you guys Tuesday Night


~ josh 



The “Workout”: 


9:30 pace & Faster: 

– Warm-up to the West Side Highway

– 1 x 1600m @ 10k Pace w/3:30 recovery, 1 x 1200m @ 10k Pace  w/3:30 recovery, 1 x 800m @ 5k w/2:30 recovery, 3 x 400m @ 5k w/2:00 recovery

– Cool Down back to the store 


9:30 pace & Slower: 

– Warm-up to the West Side Highway

– 8-10 x 200m @ Half-Marathon OR 85-90% Effort

– Cool Down back to the store 

adidas sponsored run!


(Paragon running specialists went to the adidas headquarter to learn about the new #boost running revolution!)


Greetings everyone.  I trust everyone had a fantastic weekend.  A couple of things this week.  Number one, tomorrow we will have adidas come in for our run, which is pretty awesome.  There will be snacks and such to follow the run.  Number two, our workout this week will be a 40-min negative split run.  For those of you unfamiliar with the negative split this is where you run the second half of your run faster than the first.  So, we’ll run 20-min out at conversation pace and then on the way back we will kick up the pace about 30-60 seconds on the way back.  Lastly, just reminding you all that the second Allstate Marathon 13.1 training run will be this Saturday, Mar. 2, 2013. 

All right, that should do it!  I’ll see you all tomorrow!!

~ josh 


The “Workout”: 

– Everyone: 

– Warm-up to the WSH to get loose and stretch

– 40-min Negative Split run

– Cool Down back to the store