2012 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Running Shoes

  • By Aaron Hersh and Matt Fitzgerald
  • Published Apr 10, 2012
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:37 PM UTC

Pearl Izumi Kissaki $130

The Kissaki incorporates fundamental attributes of minimalist shoes into a structured and durable training/racing crossover shoe. It provides moderate cushioning with a flexible forefoot in a lightweight package. The sole is substantially more durable than many shoes of equal weight. It fits a little small and the low heel cup allows the foot to lift slightly, especially when running uphill. Testers found it to be an outstanding shoe for runners interested in minimalism’s core features without sacrificing practicality for everyday runs.

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