This year, shoemakers took inspiration from the most quintessential aspects of the city — from the harbor to Dunkin’ Donuts — when designing sneakers in honor of the Boston Marathon.
The special edition kicks below come from five brands, including local companies New Balance and Saucony. And they can be purchased online by all, whether you’re heading to Hopkinton on Marathon Monday or you’re just getting started with running.
Asics 2018 Boston Edition Gel-Nimbus 20
It would be hard to find Boston Marathon shoes that more loudly screamed, “Boston.” With the city’s name boldly sketched on the outer sides of these cerulean shoes and the Massachusetts State House on the tongues, your feet will be hard to miss in these puppies. ($160, available at asics.com)
Saucony x Dunkin Kinvara 9
These special edition shoes from Waltham-based Saucony are literally sprinkled with Dunkin’ Donuts flair, from orange and magenta doughnuts on the heels to coffee-covered sockliners. The kicker (literally): Reflective stripes that read, “America Runs on Dunkin.’” ($110, available at saucony.com)
Adidas Adizero Boston 7 W
Alongside its line of Boston Marathon gear, Adidas has released running shoes in the Boston Marathon’s signature blue and yellow, with the Boston Athletic Association’s unicorn symbol on the heels. ($120, available at marathonsports.com)
New Balance 890v6 Boston Edition
The devil — or, rather, the city — is in the details for Brighton-based New Balance’s Boston footwear. The words “run” and “Boston” come on these shoes’ lace aglets, the sockliners are printed with a map of the city, the tongue shows off the city’s name, and the design on the back of the heel alludes to the Charles River. ($129.99, available at newbalance.com)
New Balance Fresh Foam Lazr Sport Boston Edition
Similar to the 890v6s, these Fresh Foam shoes feature special Boston decorations on the aglets, sockliners, and tongues. ($109.99, available at newbalance.com)
Brooks Boston Launch 5
Brooks Running Company juxtaposed a nautical theme with the Boston Marathon colors to create its 2018 shoe pair. Lobster, tidal chart, rope, and anchor patterns populate the busy footwear. The heels read, “Run wicked,” and, “Happy 2018.” ($100, available at brooksrunning.com)