Running shoes, already poised to outperform much of the footwear market post-pandemic, got off to a quick start this year with performance releases from Hoka One One and Nike either already hitting shelves or just around the corner.
Reebok followed suit, announcing the re-release of two colorways from the Premier Road Modern fashion inline model it launched in August last year.
Designed as a continuation of its historic Premier Running collection, the Premier Road Modern silhouette incorporates various elements from past models to create a contemporary lifestyle design, Reebok said. The design includes a one-piece molded upper with a molded tongue, toe and heel; a dual density midsole; a TPU shank for extra stability; and transparent mono mesh side walls.
The solid black and white designs, two of the silhouette’s “most sought-after colorways,” will be available for $200 from global and local retailers, including End., 18 Montrose, Ssense and Reebok.com Europe, as of last week.
Meanwhile, Hoka One One announced the release of its long-distance Carbon X 2 Friday. Designed to provide the wearer with “a smooth and propulsive ride,” the shoe will be put to the test later this month when more than three dozen professional runners gather in Japan and the United States in an attempt to beat the 100K (62.2-mile) world record.
Nike, meanwhile, will introduce two new running shoes. The Nike React Infinity Run 2 and Nike ZoomX Invincible Run, both set to debut Thursday, “continue the mission from Nike Running to crack the injury-prevention code,” the footwear giant said.
In October, Reebok teamed up with Massachusetts’ Siena Farms to launch a plant-based running shoe, the Forever Floatride Grow. Certified by the USDA, the shoe features a breathable, eucalyptus fiber upper, a sock liner made from odor-resistant Bloom algae foam, and an outsole made from tree-based rubber.