This week’s slate of releases has something for every closet, a nice mix of stylish lifestyle kicks and durable running shoes. Nike returns—big surprise—with two of their best new sneakers: the flexible, cool Free Runner Commuters and the innovative LunarCharge Essential BN. Adidas is back with a solid black update of their famous EQT Support shoes, while New Balance continues to impress, with the 1540v2, a shoe designed to keep you moving forward. Finishing off the list is Under Armour—a company that, lately, we’ve become very impressed with—whose Speedform Gemini 3 is built to keep you running for hours. If you’re planning on wearing some of these best new sneakers this summer, think about pairing them one of the 30 best pairs of shorts men can wear.
Nike Free RN Commuter 2017 Men’s Running Shoe
$110; buy now at Nike
The new Nike Free Runner Commuter prides itself on comfort and flexibility, during your run and for the rest of your day. That’s because of a stress-knit fabric that provides the durability and lightweight support every runner aspires for in their shoe. An elastic strap wraps the heel while a cozy midsection gives the shoe a very protective feel. A very sleek cool grey color-way rounds out one of the best new sneakers on the market today.
Adidas EQT Support Ultra Shoes
$160; buy now at Adidas
Since their big debut in the ’90s, the EQT from Adidas have remained a beloved staple for the sneaker giant. Today, they are back, with an upgraded design and increased energy that will keep you putting one foot in front of the other for as long as you desire. A classic mesh upper with an external heel cage makes for a more advanced look, sure, but it’s the innovative boost that gives these EQTs their most responsive cushioning ever. These are just one of a string of new EQT-inspired launches; if—and when—these best new sneakers will fly off the shelves, you’ll have other, similar options.
Nike LunarCharge Essential BN
$125; buy now at Nike
The LunarCharge Essential BN from Nike is one of the most polished lifestyles shoes in the game—and it’s all thanks to extreme innovation. Nike combines some of their most famous designs, taking inspiration from the Air Max 90 and LunarEpic, just to name a few. A textile and neoprene upper provides premium comfort while a Laser-siped outsole contributes impressive flexibility and multi-surface traction. Available in two aesthetic, artful colorways, you’ll want to be sporting these fresh kicks in the coming summer months.
New Balance 1540v2 in Navy with Light Grey
$160; buy now at New Balance
New Balance returns to the list with the 1540v2, a shoe designed to guide your feet forward for a focused and comfortable run. These shoes aren’t necessarily built for distance or endurance, which makes them work nicely as an all-around shoe for everyday wear. A midsole built for superior support provides solid durability while a very cool navy and light grey colorway adds to its everyday look along with a synthetic mesh upper.
Under Armour Speedform Gemini 3
$130; buy now at Under Armour
And finally, we have the Speedform Gemini 3 from Under Armour, made for maximum long distance running. But that’s not all, as evidenced by eye-popping design and a bright color scheme. This lightweight shoe is built for peak comfort, with its ridiculously cushioned midsole. There are innovative elements all throughout the shoe, of course, but the most notable is the UA SpeedForm construction made for a precision fit to eliminate any kind of discomfort. Available at a very reasonable $130 price, sneakerheads should give these kicks a look—and keep an eye out for Under Armour in the seasons to come; as we’ve mentioned, the company has been seriously upping their game.
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