Boston Marathon 2016: Running Shoes Roundup

The Boston Marathon is scheduled for Monday, and plenty of athletic brands are getting in on the fun with Boston-themed running shoes. Many of the brands are selling the shoes at the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo, which kicked off today and runs through Sunday at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center.

While Adidas is the official footwear and apparel sponsor, plenty of other brands are offering up shoes for the big day.

Here is a roundup of all the Boston Marathon shoes you need to see.

Adidas 2016 Boston Marathon Adizero Adios 3

Price: $160

Where to buy: Boston Marathon Adidas RunBase store, John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo

The Adidas 2016 Boston Marathon Adizero Adios 3 is available in two colors. The blue-and-yellow colorway pays homage to the colors of the Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the race. The Equipment Green colorway is in honor of the 25th anniversary of Adidas’ Equipment line, as well as the first Adidas Boston Marathon Anthem jacket.

2016 Boston Marathon Adidas Adizero Adios 3
The 2016 Boston Marathon Adidas Adizero Adios 3 in the Boston Athletic Association’s classic blue and yellow colors.
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2016 Boston Marathon Adidas Adizero Adios 3
The 2016 Boston Marathon Adidas Adizero Adios 3 commemorating the 25th anniversary of Adidas’ Equipment line.
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Brooks “Nantucket” Adrenaline GTS 16

Price: $130

Where to buy: Specialty running accounts in Boston, John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo and brooksrunning.com

The shoe, according to the brand, is inspired by summers spent on the cape and by the coastal culture and sailing roots of New Englanders. The shoe features an all-American plaid pattern and nautical imagery including a lobster on the shoelace lock, a sailboat and whale on the heel, and an anchor on the sockliner.

Brooks Nantucket Adrenaline GTS 16 Boston Marathon
The men’s and women’s colorways of the Brooks “Nantucket” Adrenaline GTS 16.
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New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 Boston and Fresh Foam Zante v2 Boston

Price: $165 and $115, respectively

Where to buy: Select Boston area retailers, John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo, New Balance stores in Boston

The two styles are inspired by Boston’s collegiate tradition and the city’s love of running. The Fresh Foam 1080 Boston has a cushioned underfoot feel and offers a neutral ride, while the Fresh Foam Zante v2 Boston has the smooth ride that has made the silhouette popular among runners. The chevron design on the sock liners points forward to motivate runners to continue despite the cold winter. The words “Run Boston” can be found on the shoelaces.

New Balance Boston Marathon Shoes
New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 Boston running shoes.
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New Balance Boston Marathon Shoes
New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2 Boston running shoes.
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Saucony Special-Edition “Green Line” Kinvara 7 and Triumph ISO 2

Price: $120 and $160, respectively

Where to buy: Marathonsports.com, John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo

Saucony’s Boston Marathon shoes this year pay homage to the city’s Green Line subway system, which runs along much of the course. The two models will feature similar elements, including a green and silver palette, sockliners that feature the pattern used on seats of the older trains, a tongue badge boasting a custom “Saucony – Inbound” logo, and a heel that portrays a “circled runner” inspired by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority logo. Both shoes also include the brand’s Everun cushioning compound, a TPU-based polymer that offers greater energy return, as well as extra durability and temperature resistance.

Saucony Green Line Kinvara 7
Saucony special-edition “Green Line” Kinvara 7.
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Saucony Green Line Triumph ISO 2
Saucony special-edition “Green Line” Triumph ISO 2.
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Nike Free RN Distance Boston 2016, LunarEpic Flyknit Boston 2016, Zoom Streak LT 3 Boston 2016

Price: $120, $190 and $80, respectively

Where to buy: Nike.com

The Nike Free RN features Lunarlon cushioning with large hexagonal flex grooves that allows for natural motion and comfort runners need for distance. The LunarEpic Flyknit has a mid-rise Flyknit upper that’s designed to act like a natural extension of a runner’s leg, leaving only the feeling of soft cushioning underfoot. The Zoom Streak LT 3 is a unisex shoe that’s updated with more room in the forefoot to allows for more foot spring. All the shoes are done in Boston-inspired colors.

Nike Boston Marathon Shoes
Nike Free RN Distance Boston 2016 running shoes.
CREDIT: Courtesy of brand.
LunarEpic Flyknit Boston 2016
Nike LunarEpic Flyknit Boston 2016.
CREDIT: Courtesy of brand.
LunarEpic Flyknit Boston 2016
Nike Zoom Streak LT 3 Boston 2016.
CREDIT: Courtesy of brand.

Newton Limited Edition Boston Fate II

Price: $140

Where to buy: Marathonsports.com, Newtonrunning.com

Newton’s Fate silhouette has been updated with an homage to the challenging Boston Marathon race course. On one side of the upper there’s a “Welcome to Newton” sign — the town right outside Boston where runners have to take on what’s known as “Heartbreak Hill” as they near the last few miles of the course. On the other side is a Boston skyline. The shoe also has a new seamless, open-weave mesh upper that allows for additional comfort and breathability.

Newton Running Boston Marathon Shoes
Newton Limited Edition Boston Fate II.
CREDIT: Courtesy of brand.
Newton Running Boston Marathon Shoes
Newton Limited Edition Boston Fate II.
CREDIT: Courtesy of brand.

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