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.

Tuesday Night Run – 10/8/2013


How is everyone doing?  What a rough weekend with the humidity, no?  90% humidity made the half-marathon on Sunday difficult.  I apologize for the late notice about tomorrow night, but I had to confirm our sponsor for the run. This week’s run club event is being sponsored by New Balance, so I assume I will be seeing a bagillion of you 🙂  Regardless we’re doing a nice interval workout going one threshold up from all of our marathon pace work.  A little quicker with a nice long recovery to recharge allowing us to be consistent on each rep.  Weather should be a little less humid and working in our favor.  

Once again, tomorrow night is a New Balance run!!! 

Rest up and I will see you all laters!! 


~ josh 


The “Workout”: 



  • Warm-up to the WSH
  • 8 x 2-min @ HM Pace w/3-min Recovery Jog
  • Cool Down back to the store 

Paragon Sports Runners Club – Tuesday, October 4th

Hi Runners,

Hope to see you this Tuesday at 6:30pm for our evening group run. This week New Balance is going to be sponsoring our run, so you know that means great schwag, awesome raffles and lots of goodies after the run! For the workout we’re going to be doing a comfortable, steady run, building on distance & time. The goal is to negative split the second half of the run, so let’s push it on the way back! We’ll start our watches at the store and have the following pacing groups:

  • 50 minutes – relaxed pace (~9 – 9:30 minutes per mile)
  • 50 minutes – pushed pace (~7:30 – 8 minutes per mile)
  • 70 minutes – relaxed pace (~9-9:30 minutes per mile)
  • 70 minutes – pushed pace (~8 minutes per mile)

Happy Running!


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