Goodbye 2020, hello 2021! A new year always brings the feeling of a fresh, new start. 2021, we are looking at you! Whether you have ambitious running goals (like completing the Milwaukee Marathon or blowing your PR out of the water) or want to get a few more miles in, you need the right shoes to set you up for success. These are our favorite running shoe brands to help you start 2021 on the right foot.


There’s a reason why New Balance is a trusted brand among elite athletes and runners. Their cushioning and support is unparalleled to other popular running shoe brands. You can shop New Balance running shoes at Stan’s or at our local New Balance Milwaukee stores!

Perfect For:

  • Hitting that daily step goal
  • Training for a half (or full!) marathon
  • Your favorite workout class

Favorite Styles:

The 990v5 is the perfect blend of cushioning and stability, plus edgy street style. Available for men and women.

The Fresh Foam Tempo is a cushioned shoe for runners who want a buttery smooth ride. Available for men and women.

The 847v4 is built with a rugged outsole for outdoor conditions and your favorite trails. Available for men and women.


A brand for runners, made by runners. Need we say more? From beginners to seasoned marathoners, Brooks running shoes will keep your feet running happy all year long.

Perfect For:

  • Logging miles on the treadmill
  • All those virtual 5Ks you signed up for
  • YouTube workouts at home

Favorite Styles:

The Adrenaline GTS 21 supports your knees and your feet to protect you from injury. Available for men and women.

The Revel 4 gives you a sleek, modern look without sacrificing support. Available for men and women.

The Ghost 13 helps give an easy transition from heel to toe no matter the distance.


If you’re looking for gear that won’t weigh you down while running, look no further than Hoka! In addition to their iconic oversized midsoles, this running shoe brand is known for its maximum cushioning and minimal weight.

Perfect for: 

  • Taking it easy for recovery days
  • Those early morning jogs
  • Sprinting to hit that PR

Favorite Styles:

The Toa GTX features multidirectional lugs on the sole for superior grip on trails. Available for men and women.

The Bondi 7 won an American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) award so you know your feet are cradled in the best of the best! Available for men and women.

The Clifton 7 is perfectly engineeredfor the everyday runner, complete with a plush cushion for your Achilles heel. Available for men and women.


Looking to mix it up? On Running is a Swiss-engineered performance running brand with unique CloudTecⓇ technology. Gear up for a soft landing and explosive take off!

Perfect for:

  • Walking the dog
  • Power-walking during your lunch break
  • Hitting your favorite trails

Favorite Styles:

The Cloud 2.0 is designed to be the lightest fully cushioned running shoe. Once you try them on, you’ll believe it! Available for men and women.

The Cloud X is built for intense, mixed-sport workouts to keep you going strong. Available for men and women.

The Cloudflyer is made to withstand long distances without weighing you down for your lightest run yet. Available for men and women.

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