New Balance 890 v2
Newbalance.com | 9.0 oz | $110
Fit | Cross a pair of racing flats with a pair of cushy trainers and you get these comfort cruisers with a super-snug heel and arch, and a moderately snug forefoot. Said one tester: “Whoa, this shoe has a reassuringly close fit but it’s also soft and comfortable inside.” There’s a bit of wiggle room in the forefoot thanks to the elastic mesh upper.
Feel | New Balance retooled this shoe to have a lower heel-toe drop (8mm) than last year’s version. “It looks the same as a lot of my older shoes, but it definitely helps me run better than a lot of the clunkers I’ve been in,” said one tester. The change created a platform that helps runners easily attain better form without the rigors of adapting to bare-bones minimalism.
Ride | Its lightweight makeup and springy demeanor offer plenty of pop, making it ideal for long tempo runs and fartleks as it is for long, slow distance efforts. “At first I thought this was another cushy neutral trainer, but it’s got some surprising zip to it. In fact, it’s got a lot of zip to it,” said one tester.