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sponsored: #RUNNOVATION – Changes in Everyday Trainers

Running shoes have come along way since the 1960s. That’s when New Balance released the Trackster, an elegant-looking model evoking the look and style of a traditional saddle shoe.

That Was Then

Running shoes have come along way since the 1960s. That’s when New Balance released the Trackster, an elegant-looking model evoking the look and style of a traditional saddle shoe.

Cobbled together with a lightweight leather upper, a simple foam midsole and a rubber outsole, it was light, moderately flexible and fairly well cushioned compared to what was available at the time. It was also ahead of its time, especially given that the running boom didn’t really explode until the mid-1970s.

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This is Runnovation.

New materials and construction techniques have helped running shoe manufacturers continually evolve over the past 50 years. The ongoing changes have resulted in lighter, more flexible and more cushy shoes.

Next year, New Balance will unveil the Fresh Foam 980, a lightweight everyday trainer with a seamless, sew-free upper and a super-resilient midsole foam that offers enhanced energy return on every footstrike.