Test Team: Courtney Baird, Cielestia Calbay, Mario Fraioli, Sabrina Grotewold, Aaron Hersh, Linzay Logan, T.J. Murphy, Jene Shaw
The minimalist trend continues to dictate the majority of the design and upgrades of the most recent crop of running shoes to hit store shelves this spring. As more and more runners crave the barefoot experience, many shoe companies are responding by employing technology that encourages midfoot striking in cushioned, neutral and stability shoes.
efore using this review, ask yourself a few key questions:
* Is my foot narrow or wide?
* Do I like a close fit in the toe box or would I prefer to have some wiggle room?
* Do I like a soft feeling underneath my foot or do I prefer the responsiveness of the road?
* Am I a heel striker or do I land more on my midfoot or forefoot?
* Do I want my foot to move freely or would I rather have a more controlled ride?
* What sort of training am I doing—do I need a lightweight or a more substantial shoe?
After answering these questions, use the Fit, Feel and Ride feedback provided by our experienced test team to help you hone in on the right pair of shoes for your foot type. Then, head to your local running store to test them out.
Note: Weights provided for men’s size 9 and women’s size 7 shoes.