If your dad or the dad figure in your life is anything like the meme, he probably has an endless supply of those white New Balance sneakers. You know the ones. But if he runs—slow, fast, somewhere in between—chances are he’s got an endless supply of running shoes.
This Father’s Day, support his habit with some of our favorite gear—shoes, yes, but also clothing and accessories that will keep Dad running strong.
Make it easy for Dad to stay hydrated with the new 20-ounce bottle from CamelBak. It’s made with 50 percent recycled material so it’s better for the environment, and its drink-through straw is spill-proof when open and leak-proof when closed. (It even comes in a kids’ version so Dad and Mini Me can be matchy-matchy.)
Help Dad fly this Father’s Day with the new racing line from Saucony. The Endorphin Pro is one of the newer models that feature a carbon fiber plate for max speed. The shoe is lightweight and breathable, making Dad the envy of the field. (The Endorphin Pro 2 will be available June 1.)
For Dads who aren’t heading for Boylston Street, the New Balance 880 is a workhorse training shoe that won’t break the bank. The testers at Runner’s World rave about the shoe’s recent update, which features a softer cushion that still offers bounce. Give Dad the gift of a perfectly well-rounded shoe.
Help Dad unwind after a workout with the newly unveiled Eliot Lounge Rugby shirt from Tracksmith—inspired by Bill Rodgers of Boston fame. The shirt’s super soft fabric makes this the perfect postrun top. But watch out—Mom might steal it.
For a simple, comfy long-sleeve tee, try the newly launched Grayboy Long Sleeve—a celebration in OG cotton.
Gift Dad peace and quiet with these noise-canceling headphones. Okay, he’ll be listening to music but without the background wailing of kids. These sports-specific buds feature nine hours of battery life (for really long runs), resistance to water and sweat, and comfortable padding.
Bombas are a favorite when it comes to performance running socks. The brand recently released a compression sock to help with circulation and recovery. Unlike other compression socks, which tend to lack softness, Bombas has designed recovery socks that are both functional and comfy. This Father’s Day, make it easy for Dad to kick up his feet.
Sometimes the best gifts benefit the family, too. Native deodorants are made with safe ingredients, aluminum-free, and vegan—without sacrificing effectiveness. Try a variety of scents, including citrus and herbal musk (who doesn’t love a good musk?), eucalyptus and mind, or unscented. Native also offers a plastic-free line.
Keep Dad comfortable, dry, and warm (but not too warm) with the Teca Calido jacket from B-Corp company, Cotopaxi. The lightweight insulated jacket packs into its own chest pocket for easy storage as you heat up on a run or other outdoor adventures.
Designed for the trail (but works on the road, too), this Janji short with a 6-inch inseam provides lightweight coverage and ample pocket storage along its waistband. The wicking liner will keep Dad feeling fresh over the miles—and the vent fabric will help resist odors.
Help Dad up his running game with access to all things Runner’s World, including the magazine, digital articles, training plans, the RW+ community, and our coaches.
This touching memoir by Dick Hoyt, who pushed his wheelchair-bound son, Rick, in 32 Boston Marathons, tells the story of how the pair changed road-racing. Hoyt passed away earlier this year at the age of 80. The father-son duo won the 2013 Jimmy V ESPY Award.
Help Dad relax after a hard workout with the Revive shoe, an active recovery slip-on, that’s cushioned and supportive. The footbed’s cushioned nodes are designed to stimulate blood flow for increased recovery. The foam comes from a sugarcane-based alternative, making this an eco-friendly shoe, too.
The shoe will be released this June. Sign up at kanefootwear.com for notifications.
A favorite among moms and dads, the Thule Urban Glide 2 will make running fun for the whole family. Sleek and lightweight (for an all-terrain stroller, anyway), load up your kid and his favorite snacks, and you’re on your way.
Let Dad run to the music he loves with the Garmin Forerunner 245. The GPS giant caught up to the Apple Watch with music storage right on your wrist. Dad can tap into the watch’s personal coach and running dynamics features for a better training session.
Nathan, of running accessories fame, launched a running apparel line earlier this year. Our editors love the Rise Short Sleeve, a gridded knit polyester-tencel blend that’s soft and with well-placed seams to avoid chafing.
When Dad’s logging sunny miles, it’s important that his face is protected. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial cream is a gentle, lightweight daily moisturizer, complete with SPF 30.
For extra pampering this Father’s Day, try Mayron’s Goods Foot Cream, designed to hydrate and soften tired feet.