SPRING SHOE BUYER'S GUIDE

17 FRESH NEW MOD­ELS

Runner's World South Africa - - FRONT PAGE - WORDS BY: LISA ABDELLAH, MOLLY RITTERBECK, WAR­REN GREENE AND DR MAR­TYN SHORTEN PHO­TO­GRAPHS BY: JAMES GARAGHTY

WWhen we ask run­ners to tell us about a shoe, they ea­gerly lay out ex­actly what they think, no holds barred. They rave (or rant) about fit, cush­ion­ing, and sup­port – the shoe-spe­ri­ence, if you will – and how it trans­forms their run, and some­times even in­spires them to run more. What they don’t talk about is mid­sole tech­nolo­gies, lev­els of prona­tion, or lac­ing sys­tems.

So for this year’s guide, we sifted through the last decade’s worth of 52 582 com­ments from ap­prox­i­mately 3 000 wear-testers in our data­base to see what ex­pe­ri­ences run­ners noted most. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, they kept com­ing back to four key feels: LIGHT WEIGHT, CUSH­ION­ING, SUP­PORT AND A COM­FORT­ABLE FIT.

Not all that sur­pris­ing, right? Run­ners know, or at least have an idea of, what they like; they’re just not al­ways sure which shoes of­fer it.

Which is why we did all the hard work here (no, se­ri­ously, there were a lot of charts and spread­sheets). We crunched all the data on the shoes we tested, to sort out which of­fered what type of ex­pe­ri­ence. Then we threw the mar­ket­ing jar­gon out of the win­dow and put the re­sults into words you un­der­stand. All you have to do is close your eyes and imag­ine how you want to feel when you run: light, fast, em­pow­ered? Like you’re run­ning on clouds? Sup­ported and in­vin­ci­ble? Good. We’ve got those shoes. Flip through the fol­low­ing pages, and you’ll find our top picks.

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