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REEBOK FLOATRIDE RUN FLEXWEAVE

The Floatride Run Flexweave com­bines com­fort with re­spon­sive­ness in this light­weight neu­tral shoe. The shoe’s con­toured mid­sole pro­vides plenty of sup­port and bal­ance through the arch, and the molded sock­liner feels form fit­ting. The shoe’s out­sole is made of high abra­sion rub­ber, which in­creases the shoe’s over­all sur­face con­tact with the ground. The Flexweave’s at­trac­tive one-piece ul­tra­knit up­per is also rea­son­ably breath­able.

Those with wide feet might find the toe­box a lit­tle nar­row, but all told, the Flexweave makes Reebok a se­ri­ous con­tender among run­ning shoe brands.

NEW BAL­ANCE 860 V8

This lat­est edi­tion of the New Bal­ance 860 is a com­fort­able ride, es­pe­cially for run­ners fo­cused on dis­tance train­ing. The shoe’s TruFuse Mid­sole pro­vides the bulk of the 860’s am­ple cush­ion­ing, and in­cludes a dual-den­sity post for added sta­bil­ity which over­prona­tors should ap­pre­ci­ate. The wide toe box also ac­com­mo­dates a va­ri­ety of foot widths. At 325 grams in the men’s ver­sion and 267 grams in the women's, it’s a heav­ier shoe, but you’ll get used to the ex­tra weight quickly.

AL­TRA DUO

The Duo’s a well cush­ioned shoe that pro­vides ex­cel­lent pro­tec­tion against sur­face im­pact. The Duo’s also sur­pris­ingly light­weight, with a durable mesh up­per that should ex­tend the life of the shoes dur­ing train­ing. Am­ple cush­ion­ing and a min­i­mal drop ra­tio do give the shoe a blocky look, and the heel counter comes up higher than one of our testers pre­ferred.

The more we ran in the Duos, though, the more we liked them, in­clud­ing the wider toe box and breath­able mesh ma­te­rial.

ASICS GEL CU­MU­LUS 20

The Cu­mu­lus has es­tab­lished it­self as a shoe that run­ners can rely on for sta­bil­ity and com­fort, and that tra­di­tion con­tin­ues in its 20th it­er­a­tion. The Cu­mu­lus 20 also comes with a newly de­signed, stylish up­per made of jacquard mesh that’s easy on the eye and forms well to the foot. The mid­sole, along with am­ple rear foot cush­ion­ing, aid in a con­sis­tently smooth ride. The Cu­mu­lus sits in the mid­dle amongst other brands in terms of weight, but is lighter than its pre­de­ces­sor. With a 10mm drop ra­tio, the Cu­mu­lus suits prona­tors look­ing for com­fort and sta­bil­ity.

REEBOK HAR­MONY ROAD 2

If you’re in the mar­ket for a com­fort­able shoe that's built to last, two fea­tures that come in handy dur­ing dis­tance train­ing, the Har­mony Road 2 fits the bill.

Dur­ing test­ing, we found the Kushride Foam in the mid­sole pro­vided ex­cel­lent com­fort and dura­bil­ity. The up­per also con­tains an arch­ing band for added sup­port. The high abra­sion car­bon in the out­sole should also help stave off wear and tear, while aid­ing in trac­tion.

Reebok’s also in­cor­po­rated re­flec­tive ma­te­rial along the sides, for safer run­ning in low light.

Men’s: 243 g (8.6 oz.) Women’s: 197 g (7.0 oz.) Drop ra­tio: 10 mm $190

Men’s: 325 g (11.4 oz.) Women’s: 276 g (9.73 oz.) Drop ra­tio: 10 mm $165

Men’s: 285 g (10.05 oz.) Women’s: 236 g (8.32 oz.) Drop ra­tio: 10 mm $160

Men’s: 247 g (8.7 oz.) Women’s: 210 g (7.4 oz.) Drop ra­tio: 2.7 mm $180

Men’s: 300 g (10.4 oz.) Women’s: 252 g (8.9 oz.) Drop ra­tio: 10 mm $145

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