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2013 Running Shoe Guide: Road Tested

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Aug 26, 2013
  • Updated Sep 6, 2013 at 8:45 PM UTC
Photo: John David Becker

High-Mileage Trainers

Durable and solid, these are best for heel strikers in need of support.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13
Buzzwords: Roomy, sturdy
$110, Brooksrunning.com

Responsiveness
The Adrenaline is built to provide a soft, smooth ride. The cushioning has some give, and not as much spring as the tester experienced in the Newton or Adidas shoe, but it’s flexible enough for stability seekers to use for speedy efforts.

Weight and support
With a firm medial post, the Adrenaline serves over-pronating heel strikers (and heavier runners) well for high-volume training. “They are stable and durable without that ‘hefty stability shoe’ feeling,” our tester said.

Fit
The toe box is incredibly roomy and best for wider feet, but the eyelets lend themselves to a tighter fit in the necessary spots. “Even with a spacious front end, my narrow foot felt secure, especially compared to past Adrenaline models,” our tester said.

Adidas Energy Boost
Buzzwords: Springy, flexible
$150, Adidas.com
*Top Performer*

Responsiveness
Adidas’ new “boost” technology truly does give the shoe the bouncy, responsive feel that it claims. The springy return is especially obvious for heel strikers.

Weight and support
Best for neutral runners, the cushioning is ample but light, and the soles are flexible. “The combo of a stretchy, comfortable upper and general bounciness kept me going back to these shoes for all types of runs,” our tester said.

Fit
Comfort is one of the best qualities of the Energy Boost, with a “perfect out-of-the-box” feel, according to our tester. The sheer, mesh upper serves feet well in hot temps. Adidas recommends sizing up a half-size for a traditional fit, and the width is best for narrow feet.

Newton Gravity
Buzzwords: Quick, fun
$175, Newtonrunning.com

Responsiveness
Because the Gravity is meant to encourage (but not force) mid-foot striking, the cushioning is more minimal than other long-distance trainers. However, this shoe definitely feels more structured than the typical lightweight shoe and is built for everyday training.

Weight and support
For traditional heel strikers, the Gravity serves as an efficient intro to mid-foot striking. “These will be my go-to for quick runs when I’m focused on form,” our tester said. At 7.6 ounces for the women’s version, the Gravity is best for shorter efforts—ease in, heel strikers—or neutral runners who are accustomed to training in lighter shoes.

Fit
The upper is soft, roomy and breathable, the toe box has plenty of space without being excessive, and the heel has a nice grasp. “They have a nice conforming feel without suffocating any part of the foot,” our tester said.

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Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh is the Senior Tech Editor of Triathlete magazine. To submit a question, write Aaron at Ahersh@competitorgroup.com.

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