Wouldn’t it be nice to see a calendar that lists the release dates of popular running shoe models for a given year? Say, not just for the calendar year, but for a rolling 12-month period?
There are so many models spread across nearly a dozen shoe brands, so it can get confusing to keep track of launch months – even for us shoe-reviewing folks.
Except that such a calendar doesn’t exist. At least, not for running shoes. This page is a baby step towards changing that; this article will help our readers keep track of what’s next, and budget accordingly.
So why would anyone need a shoe release calendar? Sure, it’s good to know when the new models are arriving, but does the information result in tangible benefits, if at all?
Knowing the release date in advance makes the best use of your running shoe money. Here’s why this data helps make an informed purchase decision:
The previous model will go on markdown sales and can be bought for less money
Let’s say a popular shoe model gets its annual refresh every January. To clear inventory, brands and retailers will put on the previous model on clearance sale when the release of the updated model becomes imminent.
Knowing the release date of the upcoming model could mean the difference between paying full price and saving money on discount sales. Most of the time, the old and new models overlap each other in the market, and that’s when the best deals are had.
The upcoming model could be an improved version that’s worth waiting for
Running shoes are seldom perfect, so many runners skip buying the current version and prefer to wait for the updated model. The New Balance Fuelcell Rebel V2 is a good example. While it is an excellent shoe, its durability issues are well known.
Thus, it makes sense to wait for an updated version of the Fuelcell Rebel that should resolve most, if not all, of its durability concerns.
The new model could be just an ‘upper-only’ update with no changes
Many brands re-use the midsole and outsole for several years, with two years being a common practice. For example, the adidas Ultraboost 21 and 22 are based on the same sole, and so are the Nike Pegasus 37 and 38.
If the ‘new’ model is just going to re-use the same midsole, then why spend more money on the new shoe – unless there is something wrong with the existing product?
After reviewing running shoes for over a decade, we have a fair idea of the design refresh cycle. For example, Nike, adidas, and Saucony tend to recycle their midsole designs for two years.
In other words, a running shoe that is released in 2022 will use the same sole for 2023. On the other hand, Asics and Brooks are now doing annual top-to-bottom refreshes for their main models.
Solereview doesn’t have a personal relationship with brands or retailers, so the information here is not official but our best guess. This is our first attempt, so the calendar will grow longer and more accurate with time.
Based on what we know, here are the highlight releases of the next 12 months. Just keep in mind that it takes at least a month for a shoe (after the release date) to be widely distributed across different retail channels.
This calendar also does not contain brand-new intros for 2022 with no prior history.
January to March 2022:
January is the first month of the year, so it’s fitting that most shoes released in this month begin with the A – the first letter of the alphabet. To be specific, we have the Asics Nimbus 24, Asics Nimbus Lite 3, Altra Lone Peak 6, and the adidas Ultraboost 22 hitting the market.
The Saucony Peregrine 12 follows in February, and then the New Balance 1080 V12 and Brooks Glycerin in March.
April to June 2022:
These three months are packed with new running shoe releases. Popular neutral trainers like the Hoka Clifton 9, Saucony Ride 15, Kinvara 13, Asics Cumulus 24, and the Pegasus 39 will show up, and so will the updated versions of the Nike Terra Kiger and Wildhorse.
July to September 2022:
There are important product launches between Summer and early Fall. The much-awaited updates to the Saucony Endorphin Pro and Speed will take place during this period.
Other noteworthy products like the Nike Vomero 17, Brooks Ghost 15, Saucony Triumph, and New Balance Fuelcell Rebel 3 will also show up around this time.
October to December 2022:
Things get quieter in the last quarter. This is when most winterized packs show up – cue the Asics AWL, adidas Cold.RDY, Nike Shield, and Saucony Vizipro/Runshield models.
Though the adidas Ultraboost 23 will probably launch in the 2nd week of December, it’ll be January 2023 before they become widely available.
*The asterisk on the change summary denotes that it is our best guess and final product is not confirmed yet.
|Shoe name||Estimated release date||Previous model||Change summary*|
|Altra Lone Peak 6||Jan 2022||Altra Lone Peak 5||New upper and sole|
|Asics Nimbus 24||Jan 2022||Asics Nimbus 23||New upper and sole|
|Asics Nimbus Lite 3||Jan 2022||Asics Nimbus Lite 2||New upper only|
|Saucony Peregrine 12||Feb 2022||Saucony Peregrine 11||New upper and sole|
|New Balance 1080V12||Feb 2022||New Balance 1080V11||New upper and sole*|
|Brooks Glycerin 20||Mar 2022||Brooks Glycerin 20||New upper and sole*|
|Hoka Clifton 9||Apr 2022||Hoka Clifton 8||New upper and sole*|
|Nike Wildhorse 8||Apr 2022||Nike Wildhorse 7||New upper and sole*|
|Nike Terra Kiger 8||Apr 2022||Nike Terra Kiger 7||New upper only*|
|Asics Cumulus 24||Apr 2022||Asics Cumulus 23||New upper and sole*|
|Saucony Kinvara 13||Apr 2022||Saucony Kinvara 12||New upper and sole|
|Saucony Ride 15||Apr 2022||Saucony Ride 14||New upper and sole|
|Nike Pegasus 39||Apr 2022||Nike Pegasus 38||New upper and sole*|
|Asics Novablast 3||Jun 2022||Asics Novablast 2||New upper and sole*|
|Asics Kayano 29||Jun 2022||Asics Kayano 28||New upper and sole*|
|New Balance Fresh Foam X Tempo V2||Jun 2022||New Balance Fresh Foam Tempo||New upper and sole|
|New Balance Fuelcell Rebel 3||Jun 2022||New Balance Fuelcell Rebel 2||New upper and sole|
|Saucony Endorphin Pro 3||Jun 2022||Saucony Endorphin Pro 2||New upper and sole|
|Brooks Ghost 15||Jul 2022||Brooks Ghost 14||New upper and sole|
|Saucony Endorphin Speed 3||Jul 2022||Saucony Endorphin Speed 2||New upper and sole|
|Brooks Cascadia 17||Aug 2022||Brooks Cascadia 16||New upper only*|
|Nike Vomero 17||Aug 2022||Nike Vomero 16||New upper and sole*|
|Nike Pegasus Trail 4||Aug 2022||Nike Pegasus Trail 3||New upper and sole*|
|Saucony Triumph 20||Sep 2022||Saucony Triumph 19||New upper and sole|
|Asics GT 2000 11||Oct 2022||Asics GT 2000 10||New upper and sole*|
|Saucony Endorphin Shift 3||Oct 2022||Saucony Endorphin Shift 2||New upper and sole|
|Nike Pegasus 39 Shield||Oct 2022||Nike Pegasus 38 Shield||New upper and sole*|
|Adidas Ultraboost 23||Dec 2022||adidas Ultraboost 22||New upper and sole*|
|Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23||Dec 2022||Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22||New upper and sole*|