K-Swiss California R
Kswiss.com | 11.5 oz | $130
Fit | Even though this shoe is a supportive stability trainer, the forefoot fit incorporates one of the lessons introduced by the minimalist running movement. The toe box is broad and “spacious.” Testers said it allows enough room for the foot to “flex and expand” without inhibition. The mid-foot and heel are both shaped for mid-volume feet.
Feel | A superior connection at the heel and arch help pull the foot in line with the California’s supportive sole. Combined with the broad forefoot, it finds the “perfect blend between security and roominess” by combining a firm mid-foot and forgiving toe box.
Ride | “Firm” and “solid” are two of the words testers used to describe the California. Its rigid, pronation-busting sole doesn’t mush beneath the runner. Unwavering support comes at the expense of flexibility and responsiveness, however. This heel-striker’s shoe doesn’t spring off the pavement, but the California R creates a stable platform that can help guide you through a long run.