The Ultimate Summer Running Shoes

Summer is the perfect time to hit the pavement with renewed vigor. With warmer weather and longer days, choosing the right running shoes becomes crucial. To avoid injuries (or at least bad blisters) you have to pick the perfect running shoe – one that’s comfortable, stylish, functional and just right for you. Whether you’re a casual jogger or a dedicated marathoner, these ultimate summer running shoe picks will keep you moving with ease.

Icebug Aura W RB9X

Sustainable. Sleek. Perfect for any weather condition. The Icebug Aura W RB9X is a versatile shoe designed with traction in mind. With a rubber-grip bottom, these shoes are perfect for hikers or everyday adventurers who find themselves running on asphalt, gravel roads or any kind of rocky terrain. These durable, lightweight shoes kept my feet cool and comfortable on a two-hour run that covered trails, rocks, pavement and puddles, making them my top pick for running shoes of the summer. The best part? They’re made out of 27% recycled materials, with Icebug raising the bar for footwear sustainability. Save the planet without slipping (that should have been their slogan? You’re welcome). 

Brooks Glycerin 21

Plush. Cushiony. “In.” Any time I wear my Brooks shoes, I get compliments. “Are those Brooks?” Yes, they are. And I wear them for a reason. Not only is this shoe fashionable and can go with most outfits from workout-to-eat-out, they’re just as comfortable as the aforementioned running shoes (really, you can’t go wrong with any of these). The Brooks’ “DNA LOFT” cushioning provides a soft, luxurious feel with a breathable mesh upper; perfect for those 90+ degree days when the city heat and humidity becomes unbearable. The Glycerin 21 also feels stable and supportive – if you’re training for a marathon or a serious, daily runner, I’d go with the Brooks Glycerin 21. 

Hoka Bondi 8

Known for their plush cushioning, Hoka shoes are designed for ultimate comfort during long runs on hard surfaces. The Bondi 8 midsole provides maximum cushioning, making it one of the most comfortable running shoes on the market. Trust me, I’m wearing them as I write this. The breathable mesh upper ensures your feet stay cool even on the hottest days, while the “Meta-Rocker” technology promotes a smooth transition from heel to toe. Ideal for those who prioritize comfort over speed, the Bondi 8 is perfect for long summer runs where endurance and support are key.

Allbirds Women’s Tree Dasher 2

Another eco-friendly option with a cloud-like feel that doesn’t compromise on support. Made from sustainable materials, the moisture-wicking Tree Dasher 2 offers a breathable and lightweight design perfect for hot summer runs. The upper is made from eucalyptus tree fibers, giving it great ventilation (let those feet breathe) and has a dual-density SweetFoam midsole for extra cushioning. With its minimalistic design, the Tree Dasher 2 is stylish enough to be paired with a variety of outfits – not only athleisure. While these don’t last quite as long as the other options (I had to get a new pair sooner than expected), their pillow-y comfort makes me a repeat customer.

Asics Novablast 4

Maximum bounce – who doesn’t need that? This trampoline-like shoe will give you that extra pep in your step with cushioning that feels like it’s propelling you forward with each stride. And like the Icebug, the traction of the Novablast shoe is great for the athletes who run off the beaten path (sand, dirt, rocks, etc.) and give you that extra sense of support. They’re also stretchy and well-ventilated – foot fungus, begone.

Finding the right running shoe for summer involves balancing comfort, breathability and performance. All of these options (the Allbirds Women’s Tree Dasher 2, Hoka Bondi 8, Icebug Aura W RB9X, Brooks Glycerin 21 and Asics Novablast 4) offer unique features tailored to different running needs and style preferences. Whether you prioritize sustainability, cushioning, versatility, or responsiveness, these shoes will help you make the most of your summer runs.

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