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Spring 2011 Running Shoe Guide

March Sixteen, 2011

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Finding the best Fit

No footwear is perfect for each and every runner. That’s why we robotically pound as well as flex each new model at the RW Shoe Lab and solicit suggestions from 350 real runners; the results are below and on the pages such as the following. The shoes tend to be organized into four categories: motion-control, stability, neutral-cushioned, as well as performance-training. To figure out which category fits your feet, it is helpful to understand how much you pronate (an inward roll of the foot that helps dissipate surprise). Also, soft cushioned and gratifaction shoes are not always ideal for heavier runners.

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Asics Gel-Evolution 6

Asics Gel-Evolution 6

2/22

Jens Mortensen
Asics Gel-Evolution 6

Type Motion-Control
Widths Stand.-4E (M) Stand.-D (W)
Weight 13.6 oz (M) Eleven.6 ounce (W)
Buy $120; 800-678-9435; the company.com

We Say Like a pillowy mattress set on a concrete floor, the actual Evolution layers oodles of gentle padding on top of firm, corrective support for overpronators. This is a beefy footwear, with most from the weight within the heel exactly where foam, Gel cushioning, as well as plastic elements make it one of the heaviest shoes in this manual. Our larger testers (who require firm guidance underfoot) loved the actual plush ride, especially when compared with most firm motion-control shoes. Suitable for often-injured overpronators.

Wear-Testers Say
“It was packed with support, and for that reason, it felt overly boxy and high.”
–Michele Belisle, 39, Allentown

“Because the shoe am stable, I didn’t need to put on my orthotics.”
–Mary Kay Thelen, 50, East Lansing

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Saucony Progrid Stabil Precious stones 2

Saucony Progrid Stabil CS 2

3/22

Jens Mortensen
Saucony Progrid Stabil CS 2

Type Motion-Control
Widths Stand.-2E (M) Remain.-2E (W)
Weight 13.3 ounce (M) Ten.8 oz (W)
Buy $120; 800-365-4933; saucony.com

We Say This tank of the shoe is actually armed with elements that provide balance for heavy overpronators. The padding unit in the heel assists disperse shock, but it also delivers the hardest getting of any footwear in this manual, according to RW lab tests. Most testers didn’t such as the cushioning, just a few noted they just required time to break in the footwear. We recommend the Stabil for bigger-than-average runners and overpronators looking for maximum assistance.

Wear-Testers Say
“It was company and heavy, but that’s what I prefer.”
–Erika Toraya, 37, San Diego

“The stability is strong, and the added flexibility created my operate more enjoyable.”
–Marissa lezzi, 25, Allentown

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Asics Gel-DS Trainer Sixteen

Asics Gel-DS Trainer 16

4/22

Jens Mortensen
Asics Gel-DS Trainer Sixteen

Type Stability
Widths Standard
Weight 10.Five oz (M) 9.0 oz (W)
Buy $110; 800-678-9435; asics.com

We Say The actual DS Trainer has an unexpectedly cushy trip for this type of low-to-the-ground, go-fast shoe. According to our lab tests, the cushioning in the heel and front foot is markedly softer than in the previous versions, which is why the shoe has moved from the Performance-Training category. Its nested heel design cinches down for a snug fit which moves with the foot. Evaluators loved the new design, along with the well-balanced ride, especially on speedwork days. Recommended like a daily coach for moderate to light-weight runners.

Wear-Testers Say
“It feels lighter as well as softer than the previous edition.”
–Dean Dimmig, 47, Allentown

“A excellent shoe. The new heel style gave me a excellent wrap.”
–Janice Spodarek, 55, East Lansing

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Asics Gel-Kayano 17

Asics Gel-Kayano 17

5/22

Jens Mortensen
Asics Gel-Kayano 17

Type Stability
Widths Stand.-4E (Michael) 2A-D (W)
Weight 12.1 oz (M) 10.Five oz (T)
Buy $140; 800-678-9435; asics.com

We State The well-balanced Kayano puts a gentle feel on some heavy support. The actual wide, steady heel holds gobs associated with cushy froth and Carbamide peroxide gel, offering the resiliency of a neutral-cushioned shoe at heel-strike along with a smooth transition through toe-off. The company tweaked the shoe’s lacing design slightly therefore it faithfully follows the topline from the foot. Testers couldn’t state enough concerning the soft cushioning and exceptional fit of this shoe. Of course, like most stability shoes, the actual Kayano is still on the hefty side, and that’s why we advise it with regard to bigger runners.

Wear-Testers Say
“The heel felt like it were built with a big decrease from rear to front.”
–Karen Haley, 56, East Lansing

“The amount of support and balance in this shoe is perfect for me.”
–Peter Butler, Forty-nine, San Diego

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Brooks Switch 4

Brooks Switch 4

6/22

Jens Mortensen
Brooks Switch Four

Type Stability
Widths Standard
Weight 11.7 ounce (M) Nine.6 ounce (W)
Buy $85; 800-227-6657; brooksrunning.com

We Say The Switch delivers a touch associated with stability and modest cushioning for a good price. Our lab tests show the shoe’s padding to be somewhat less springy compared to other Brooks shoes in this category, but it is generally soft. Several evaluators didn’t like the ankle training collar, however. It is a little low on padding, so it has an unusual fit. Recommended as a good, basic trainer for all but fast, high-mileage athletes.

Wear-Testers Say
“The shoe was comfortable and easy to run in, however in less than 100 miles, We felt the actual cushioning beginning to break down.”
–Kendra Cheruvelil, Thirty-five, East Lansing

“Overall a good trainer that provides ample support, but the top of the ankle training collar causes some discomfort.”
–Kate P. Desiderio, 31, Allentown

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Brooks Hypnotic trance 10

Brooks Trance 10

7/22

Jens Mortensen
Brooks Hypnotic trance 10

Type Stability
Widths B-2E (Michael) 2A-D (W)
Weight 11.9 oz (M) 9.8 ounce (W)
Buy $140; 800-227-6657; brooksrunning.com

We Say This update is actually unabashed in its traditional approach to stability, delivering a good underfoot feel this is a tad company and rigid (especially in the forefoot), according to Shoe Lab tests. The midsole offers overpronators mild correction, and also the segmented crash mat and cushion of soft froth in the back heel absorb sluggish, pounding miles. What got many of our testers excited about the Trance had been the new lacing feature that keeps the actual tongue from shifting midrun. Recommended as a encouraging trainer for average and heavyweight athletes.

Wear-Testers Say
“It fit just like a glove as well as was steady with every run.”
–Ted Gray, 61, East Lansing

“The padding is on the thin aspect, but that didn’t bother me one bit.”
–Erin Dry, Twenty nine, Allentown

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Mizuno Wave Inspire Seven

Mizuno Wave Inspire 7

8/22

Jens Mortensen
Mizuno Wave Inspire 7

Type Stability
Widths Standard
Weight 11.6 oz (M) Eight.9 oz (W)
Buy $100; 800-966-1211; mizunousa.com

We Say A flexible footwear, the Encourage has a quick feel that belies the quantity of corrective support it provides. The Shoe Diagnostic tests show it to be firm underfoot, especially in the heel. Evaluators appreciated the actual shoe’s relative light weight, but some did not like exactly how tight top of the wrapped their own toes–there just didn’t seem to be sufficient wiggle room. We recommend the actual Inspire for runners along with normal in order to low arches as a long lasting trainer for moderate-distance and speed runs.

Wear-Testers Say
“The shoe was a great blend of support and padding, but the front foot felt a little snug.”
–Brian Kester, Twenty-seven, Allentown

“The shoe really had a great fit and rolled nicely from back heel to toe.”
–Marie Quinn, 54, Allentown

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New Balance 860

New Balance 860

9/22

Jens Mortensen
New Balance 860

Type Stability
Widths Standard
Weight 12.2 ounce (M) Ten.1 oz (W)
Buy $105; 800-253-7463; newbalance.com

We Say The sequel to the 760 boasts ample stability for overpronators and Clydesdales. New Balance reshaped the actual shoe’s outsole to put the foot in touch with the ground lengthier, and additional soft rubber to improve padding. Despite these changes, the actual shoe is sort of firm as well as rigid, especially in the forefoot, based on Shoe Diagnostic tests. Testers noted the rigid ride and praised the shoe’s snug back heel, but a few experienced the toebox was too wide. Recommended as a steady shoe for big trodders.

Wear-Testers Say
“The shoe offers great arch support, and it still looks new after more than A hundred and forty miles.”
–Cheryl Miller, 42, East Lansing

“It was supportive without the bulk, but I wish it had stay-tied sausage shoelaces.”
–Nicole Graf, 40, Eastern Lansing

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Nike Zoom Structure+ 14

Nike Zoom Structure 14

10/22

Jens Mortensen
Nike Zoom Structure+ 14

EDITOR’S CHOICE
Type Stability
Widths Standard
Weight 11.5 oz (M) 10.One oz (W)
Buy $100; 800-595-6453; nikerunning.com

We Say The Structure is a big step forward with regard to stability footwear. Its midsole style is ideal for athletes who start off pronating only slightly but finish their run needing maximum support. It is substantially much softer and more flexible than additional shoes offering this much stability. Testers couldn’t get enough of its springiness or its balanced fit–thanks to a new Flywire higher that holds the arch and back heel of the feet firmly in place. Recommended like a plush daily trainer for long runs.

Wear-Testers Say
“Superb stability and yet a total lack of chunkiness.”
–Jon Saunders, Twenty-eight, East Lansing

“I was able to use this shoe without my orthotics, which was nice.”
–Judy Hanson, Fifty three, East Lansing

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Adidas Adistar Ride 3

Adidas Adistar Ride 3

11/22

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Adidas Adistar Ride Three

Type Neutral-Cushioned
Widths Standard
Weight 12.Four oz (M) 10.1 oz (W)
Buy $130; 800-448-1796; shopadidas.com

We Say Adidas tinkered with the cushioning of the latest Trip, adding a light, springy foam towards the midsole, but kept the same balance unit for a consistent feel when the back heel first hits the ground. The result is still a strong, protective shoe. The upper systems the feet without being restricted and provides lots of wiggle space in the forefoot. Testers extremely like the match, but some thought it was a bit thick underfoot. Recommended for mid- to large-sized runners searching for mild support.

Wear-Testers Say
“They felt really lightweight, but I would like a bit more cushioning for extended runs.”
–Scott Rowlands, Forty five, Allentown

“The shoe fit perfectly. It had been as if I had been running barefoot.”
–Stephanie Norman, 28, Allentown

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Brooks Defyance 4

Brooks Defyance 4 running shoe

12/22

Jens Mortensen
Brooks Defyance 4

EDITOR’S CHOICE
Type Neutral-Cushioned
Widths B-2E (M) 2A-D (W)
Weight 10.9 oz (M) 8.Nine oz (T)
Buy $100; 800-227-6657; brooksrunning.com

We Say The Defyance is a soft, low-slung coach ready for high-mileage days or even tempo runs. Built on the sole associated with last seasons Adrenaline GTS (without the firm support post), this particular update is actually flexible however firm underfoot and comfortable in the heel. The upper supplies a secure, articulated cover through the mid-foot that evaluators absolutely raved about. A few did not like the insufficient forefoot cushioning– a result of the shoe’s low user profile. Recommended for beginners or any runner looking for a versatile instruction shoe.

Wear-Testers Say
“Overall this provided comfort and ease without any glitches, though it can use more padding.”
–Janice Trudgeon, 54, Eastern Lansing

“The upper held firm, but not so much it kept my foot from working.”
–Martha Andrews, 48, East Lansing

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Mizuno Wave Development 12

Mizuno Waqve Creation 12 running shoe

13/22

Jens Mortensen
Mizuno Influx Creation 12

Type Neutral-Cushioned
Widths Standard
Weight 13.6 oz (M) 10.One oz (W)
Buy $140; 800-966-1211; mizunousa.com

We Say With its 4×4 truck-like build, the Creation uses two arched plastic dishes that holder the foot and soak up impact just like a pair of struts. The result of this style is a heavy shoe that works for big runners. Mizuno lowered the heel within this update and curved the toe up slightly to enhance the ride. Testers were built with a mixed viewpoint of this footwear. Some experienced it was too stiff underfoot, while others actually preferred this kind of ride. Recommended for heavy runners searching for a durable everyday trainer.

Wear-Testers Say
“The shoe had a nice ride, albeit a bit firm.”
–Rebecca Boggs, 34, East Lansing

“The cushioning was great, but the forefoot would be a bit restricted.”
–Dottie Bartholomew, 36, East Lansing

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Mizuno Wave Rider 14

Mizuno Wave Rider 14 running shoe

14/22

Jens Mortensen
Mizuno Wave Driver 14

Type Neutral-Cushioned
Widths Standard
Weight Eleven.3 ounce (M) Eight.6 oz (W)
Buy $100; 800-966-1211; mizunousa.com

We Say The Rider has put on weight due in part to more materials added to the sole. This update is two ounces heavier compared to previous edition. While this change has improved the shoe’s stability, it has also made it company underfoot, according to the lab tests. It is less of a go-fast footwear and more of the go-long trainer. A number of testers mentioned problems with the shoe’s fit, pointing to the toe box, which is short. Recommended being an everyday trainer for athletes who don’t thoughts a tight forefoot.

Wear-Testers Say
“The upper felt confined and never truly loosened up.”
–Mike Nowak, 38, Eastern Lansing

“While the ankle joint collar was high, I felt the actual shoe overall had the soundness I needed with no extra weight.”
–Martha McGonegal, Thirty-one, East Lansing

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New Balance 1080

new balance 1080 running shoe

15/22

Jens Mortensen
New Balance 1080

Type Neutral-Cushioned
Widths B-2E (M) 2A-D (W)
Weight 11.9 oz (M) Nine.8 oz (W)
Buy $135; 800-253-7463; newbalance.com

We Say Updated and renumbered (was once the 1064), the 1080 is a Clydesdale’s best friend. Its beefy midsole, heavy heel, as well as firm padding do a great job of lowering the impact associated with heavy footfalls. The actual ride is stiffer than most padded shoes, according to our diagnostic tests, but wear-testers didn’t mind it–chalk it up to the luxurious sockliner covering up the dense back heel. Testers embraced the shoe’s sturdiness and protecting qualities, as well as its secure higher. Recommended for heavier runners being an everyday trainer.

Wear-Testers Say
“It had the stability and support I needed.”
–Bonnie Stickel, Forty eight, Allentown

“I like a footwear with more padding, but it experienced excellent balance.”
–Mindy Spadafore, 30, Eastern Lansing

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Saucony ProGrid Jazz Fourteen

saucony progrid jazz 14 running shoe

16/22

Jens Mortensen
Saucony ProGrid Jazz Fourteen

Type Neutral-Cushioned
Widths Stand.-2E (M) Stand.-2E (T)
Weight 11 ounce (M) 8.7 oz (W)
Buy $85; 800-365-4933; saucony.com

We Say Not much has changed over the years in this basic, no-nonsense trainer. Just like a station wagon, it offers a reliable ride that’s ideal for tooling around town in a modest pace. Testers found it comfortable, however there were a few comments about the upper becoming stiff. Still, the gentle underfoot feel and comfortable heel match make the Jazz a good deal for that price. Suitable for runners who’ve mid to high archways and are looking for a reliable coach.

Wear-Testers Say
“It had the correct quantity of cushioning while maintaining a light-weight feel.”
–Donald Richmond, Twenty five, East Lansing

“The shoe had good support as well as fit nicely through the arch and toebox.”
–Budd Coates, 53, Allentown

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Somnio Pacemaker 2.Zero

somnion pacemaker 2.0 running shoe

17/22

Jens Mortensen
Somnio Pacemaker 2.0

Type Neutral-Cushioned
Widths Standard
Weight 11.8 oz (Michael) 9.6 oz (T)
Buy $125; 866-966-7861; somniorunning.com

We Say The Pacemaker is about customization. Each shoe comes with interchangeable parts–footbeds, froth plugs, insoles–that can be tailored for your own padding, support, and pronation needs. (An exclusively trained fitter should assemble the shoe.) The Pacemaker does lack the medial post, a feature of stability shoes–and that’s why we’ve classified it right here. While locating the ride to be firm, the majority of testers experienced the ability to adjust the shoe outweighed its stiffness. Ideal for chronically injured runners with unique requirements.

Wear-Testers Say
“Felt great after the fitter added more arch assistance.”
–Robert Reingruber, 40, Allentown

“The roomy fit as well as lack of cushioning didn’t trouble me after i got accustomed to it.”
–Betsy A. Daly, 34, Allentown

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Adidas AdiZero Aegis 2

adidas adizero aegis 2

18/22

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Adidas AdiZero Aegis 2

Type Performance Training
Widths Standard
Weight 9.Three oz (Michael) 7.9 oz (T)
Buy $110; 800-448-1796; shopadidas.com

We Say With its wafer-thin midsole as well as highly versatile forefoot, this minimal racing is ideal for mileage junkies who like to go fast. It offers modest cushioning along with a low-slung ride. From 9.3 ounces, this shoe is actually light, and testers certain noticed and appreciated this–although those needing the supportive footwear felt a little exposed. Several noted problems keeping the skinny laces securely tied. Suitable for efficient athletes as a fast-paced trainer or a supportive racer.

Wear-Testers State
“It was comfy for short runs, but it didn’t have the assistance I need for longer runs.”
–Jason Lounds, 39, East Lansing

“I loved its receptive ride. My only complaint is that I needed to double-knot the shoelaces to keep them tied.”
–Duane Brown, Thirty seven, East Lansing

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Adidas AdiZero Tempo Four

adidas adizero tempo 4

19/22

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Adidas AdiZero Tempo Four

Type Performance Training
Widths Standard
Weight Ten.9 ounce (M) Nine.0 oz (W)
Buy $100; 800-448-1796; shopadidas.com

We Say The Tempo includes a zippy feel. This isn’t solely because of its weight, but also its reasonably firm back heel. While you’d think the actual firmness would harm the shoe’s efforts to deliver a fast ride, the Tempo’s soft, flexible forefoot more than comprises for it. Evaluators found that the difference between the heel and forefoot densities resulted in a quick, responsive feel. Recommended as a distance racing shoe or even as a every day trainer with regard to lighter overpronators.

Wear-Testers Say
“The thin soles made the actual shoe lighter and gave me a stable reference to the ground.”
–John Seeker, 59, San Diego

“I still felt there was ample support in this shoe given the reduced weight.”
–Wendy Murphy, Fifty four, San Diego

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Nike LunarElite+ 2

nike lunarelite+ 2 running shoe

20/22

Jens Mortensen
Nike LunarElite+ Two

BEST UPDATE
Type Performance Training
Widths Standard
Weight Nine.8 ounce (M) Eight.4 oz (W)
Buy $100, 800-595-6453; nikerunning.com

We Say This update is to the first LunarElite what The Empire Hits Back would be to Star Wars–a sequel that improves on the unique in every method. Besides being lighter as well as softer than its forerunner, the Elite is more steady and flexible, according to lab tests. Nike deepened the actual flex lines to create a softer ride and broke up the actual arch wrap in the middle of the foot to permit each individual music group to work independently in acquiring the arch. Ideal for effective runners searching for a speedwork shoe.

Wear-Testers Say
“They’re light-weight yet they’d a surprising quantity of cushioning as well as stability.”
–Celeste Water wells, 42, Allentown

“This footwear is a nice option to traditional coaches for speedwork or racing.”
–Lisa Paglia, 34, San Diego

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Saucony ProGrid Mirage

saucony progrid mirage running shoe

21/22

Jens Mortensen
Saucony ProGrid Mirage

Type Overall performance Training
Widths Standard
Weight 9.Six oz (Michael) 8.3 oz (W)
Buy $100; 800-365-4933; saucony.com

We Say The Mirage has a remarkably smooth feel for such a lightweight design. It uses the same degree platform as the Kinvara, which encourages midfoot-striking, and adds the plastic post under the mid-foot to provide balance. The shoe’s purposeful upper supports the foot in place better than the actual Kinvara’s airy fine mesh but isn’t as comfortable, because noted by our wear-testers. Suitable for runners looking to ease barefoot-like training into their routine.

Wear-Testers Say
“The shoe’s light stability allowed me to get the perfect amount of structure.”
–Sue Sciarini, 50, East Lansing

“The shoe fit well, leaving my feet with a snug feel all around.”
–Aaron Bachman, 23, East Lansing

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Under Armour Assert

Under Armour Assert

22/22

Jens Mortensen
Under Shield Assert

Type Performance Training
Widths Standard
Weight Nine.8 ounce (M) 8.5 oz (W)
Buy $70; 800-427-6687; underarmour.com

We Say The new direction for less than Armour is embodied in this low-profile design. The Claim positions the actual foot nearer to the ground, which results in a stronger and more steady ride. The actual heel is well cushioned–a cavity in the outsole gives the foot some thing to sink into– but the front foot is too thin to properly soak up impact. Our wear-testers noted that the cushioning felt overly hard. Some additionally found that the actual heel tended to slip a bit midrun. Recommended as a speedwork shoe for lightweight runners.

Wear-Testers Say
“Though the actual shoe was light and versatile, it experienced an unnatural feel through heel to forefoot.”
–Peter Ford, 30, East Lansing

“I liked the actual lightweight feel, but I usually felt my heel wasn’t held lower properly.”
–Andy Marsh, 28, East Lansing

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