5 NYC-Inspired Shoes to Get You in the Marathon Spirit

Ranging from simple and classic designs to artsy and edgy looks, these NYC marathon-inspired shoes will definitely get you in the 26.2-mile spirit.

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On November 4, more than 50,000 runners will hit the Big Apple’s five boroughs for the annual TCS New York City Marathon. To honor one of the world’s biggest running events, some of our favorite shoe brands have created limited-edition kicks to get you race ready. Ranging from simple and classic designs to artsy and edgy looks, these shoes will definitely get you in the 26.2-mile spirit.

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Brooks NYC Pop Art Ghost 11 – $120

These new trainers from Brooks embody the never-sleep spirit of New York and the iconic vibe of the marathon all at once. Inspired by the pop art style that became popular there in the ‘60s, this shoe seeks to honor the city and the runners who trek through its streets with bold designs and colorful images. Featuring symbols such as the Statue of Liberty and a big red apple, running in these shoes is sure to motivate you as you make your way through the boroughs. Plus, their neon yellow, blue and red colorway makes them a fun choice for those who want to stand out amongst the crowd.

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Saucony NYC Kinvara 9 – $110

Saucony’s NYC Kinvara 9 goes deep into the history of New York City to explore what is at the heart of it: freedom. Along with featuring the stars and stripes of our nation’s flag and the face of Lady Liberty, the trainers also include an excerpt from the poem The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus. “Give me your tired, your poor/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” wrote Lazarus in 1883. Her poem resides on a plague in the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty to this day. The Kinvara 9 taps into this history and celebrates the city’s rich culture so that you can show your patriotism even while running.

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Asics Gel-Kayano 25 NYC – $160

This classic Asics shoe is reimagined for the New York City Marathon with its bold new design. With a colorful rainbow print reading “New York” across the side, the all-black shoes are bold but still toned down enough to wear even after the marathon is over. The Gel-Kayanos provide a non-resistant fit with a multi-directional mesh for added breathability. If you tend to over pronate or have low to flat arches, these are good shoes to check out.

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New Balance NYC Marathon FuelCell Impulse – $135

Last week, New Balance released its collection of merchandise for the 2018 New York City Marathon, and the FuelCell Impulse is one of ten shoe models to hit the market. The sleek and polished look of these kicks already has us hoping to snag a pair before heading into the city this fall. Lightweight and slim, this model is designed with a mesh upper that is super breathable and a slim bootie silhouette that offers a secure and snug fit. With wavy print and slight hints of copper, they have that quintessential New York, all-black vibe to them that we can’t help but love for race day.

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New Balance 860v9 NYC Marathon – $140

The New Balance New York City Marathon-inspired model plays it cool with its blue and white colorway. With these on, you’ll get to run through the streets with a grid pattern inspired by the city’s own blocks. Included on the 860v9 stability shoe is a copper New York City marathon tag stitched onto the tongue, the NYC skyline on the soles and the city’s name detailed on the sides. If you’re more all about showing your city pride but still wanting a more neutral-looking shoe, you may prefer this trainer to the more colorful options above.