SPRING SHOE BUYER'S GUIDE
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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.