Every year there is so much anticipation and excitement around the release of all the limited edition Boston shoes, and this year is no exception. We brought in eight styles this year and they’re all unique and quirky in their own way. Here’s the roundup:
ABOUT THE SHOE: The adidas Adios Boost is a low-profile neutral runner that features a breathable mesh upper and full boost™ midsole that keeps every step charged with energy.
ABOUT THE SPECIAL RELEASE: Features a sublimated unicorn print and your choice of two colors –B.A.A. Blue and Yellow honors the storied history of the marathon with the traditional colors of the Boston Athletic Association. Equipment Green celebrates the 120th running of the Boston Marathon® in this limited edition 2016 color.
OUR FIRST IMPRESSIONS: The Adios is a great shoe, and we are really digging the sublimated unicorns. Colors are awesome.
Brooks Nantucket GTS-16
ABOUT THE SHOE: The perfect balance of stable, reliable support with an unbelievably smooth ride. Plus, you’ll love the sock-like, secure and customizable fit of the no-sew upper and conformable saddle featured on the ever popular Brooks® Adrenaline™ GTS.
ABOUT THE SPECIAL RELEASE: Preppy pastels are the name of the game, with the women’s in blue plaid and the men’s in classic Nantucket red. Details like a lobster on the tongue, a whale on the heel, and an anchor on the sockliner add to the fun of this unique release.
OUR FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Can’t believe they could out-do the Lobsters from last year – but this preppy plaid may take the cake. Brooks chose one of the most popular running shoes in America for this year’s release, so these are sure to go like hotcakes.
New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 Boston
ABOUT THE SHOE: Called the most pinnacle execution of Fresh Foam, the 1080 utilizes enhanced forefoot flexibility, generous midsole heights, and the recognized plush compound of Fresh Foam. Plus, you’re sure to get a fit that is truly fantastic because this shoe’s upper integrates a bootie-construction specifically designed to accommodate various instep heights and foot volumes to wrap the foot securely in place.
ABOUT THE SPECIAL RELEASE: This limited edition running shoe features callouts to the city’s rich, collegiate tradition in a varsity-inspired color palette.The insole and outsole feature chevrons that inspire you to always push forward, and the sockliner of this sneaker features the outline of Massachusetts with a heart over Boston.
OUR FIRST IMPRESSIONS: We’re liking the varsity color palette a lot, and this shoe is a crowd pleaser – so much cushion, so comfortable. You’ll wear this all year long.
New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Boston
ABOUT THE SHOE: Experience a soft, smooth ride with a remarkably fast transition and feel delivered by a new midsole design that features finely tuned geometries for a fast, responsive ride. Plus, you’ll appreciate the abundance of smooth detailing on the new Fresh Foam Zante v2, complements of the refreshed upper, which uses soft yet technical materials with a bootie construction for a snug, sock-like fit.
ABOUT THE SPECIAL RELEASE: This limited edition running shoe features callouts to the city’s rich, collegiate tradition in a varsity-inspired color palette. Gold accents represent the thrill of victory when you cross any finish line, and the sockliner of this sneaker features the outline of Massachusetts with a heart over Boston.
OUR FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Again, big fans of this color palette – not totally outrageous but just unique enough. The Zante is a fantastic lightweight trainer.
Newton Fate 2 Boston
$139.99 – available online, and in BOSTON
ABOUT THE SHOE: People who delight in the pure joy of running and want a shoe that elevates their experience will love the newest version of the Fate. The Fate 2 is versatile and balanced – the dynamic Newton pop in a more relaxed package. Enjoy a new seamless upper with open-weave mesh and no-sew overlays providing optimal foot conformity and breathability.
ABOUT THE SPECIAL RELEASE: Inspired by the course, which summits on Heartbreak Hill in the city of Newton, Newton Running incorporated symbolic elements to help tell a unique and memorable race story.
OUR FIRST IMPRESSIONS: So creative! You get the Boston skyline on one side and the course on the other. We think this one is going to go reeeeeal quick.
OOfos Boston Marathon OOriginal
$59.95 – available online
ABOUT THE SHOE: The most popular sandal by Oofos soothes and reinvigorates your feet after a workout, so you’ll be ready to do it again tomorrow. With patented OOfoam technology, the OOriginal absorbs impact, cradles your arches and allows you to move naturally. Your feet will know the difference.
ABOUT THE SPECIAL RELEASE: The perfect post-race recovery aid! $10 from every purchased pair will go directly to the Dana-Farber Oncology Research Fund.
OUR FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Oofos are the most comfortable sandals ever. EVER. You need these.
ABOUT THE SHOE: If you’re a Kinvara loyalist, this newly updated version is sure to keep you hooked. You can expect that same fantastic lock-down fit, unmatched underfoot comfort, and quick, resilient ride of the previous models. Version 7 adds heel cushioning to keep you even more protected, compliments of the new EVERRUN drop-in piece.
ABOUT THE SPECIAL RELEASE: The Green Line Pack takes design inspiration from the MBTA – specifically the Green Line, which runs along the marathon course. The Kinvara gives you a sharp Green Line mesh upper and MBTA-inspired accents.
OUR FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Saucony always keeps us on our toes – we’re digging the hometown nod and clean design of this year’s Kinvara.
Saucony Triumph ISO2 Green Line Pack
ABOUT THE SHOE: Get a dynamic, truly customized fit from the new ISOFIT technology that works to adapt this shoe to the unique shape and motion of your foot. You’ll get enhanced cushion and comfort on every touch down from the all new EVERUN Landing Zone, and you’re sure to enjoy both added flexibility and fantastic traction from the iBR+, TRIFLEX outsole.
ABOUT THE SPECIAL RELEASE: The Green Line Pack takes design inspiration from the MBTA – specifically the Green Line, which runs along the marathon course. The Triumph has a distinctive and strong color palette drawn from a Green Line station, with yellows, greens, and blacks.
OUR FIRST IMPRESSIONS: As much as it sucks to be in a Green Line station, Saucony nails it with the colors and lines. Liking the contrast between the yellow, green, and black. This shoe is certainly more enjoyable than being in a Green Line station.