2014 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Running Shoes

Photo: John David Becker

Nike Flyknit Lunar 2

$150, Nike.com
The draw: Conforming fit

Nike’s new woven shoe construction technology is more than a cosmetic update—it genuinely changes how a shoe fits. This pair seems to wrap around every edge and groove of the foot with semi-snug pressure. The cushioned sole is soft and forgiving upon impact yet demands a little extra input from the runner to stay stable. It rolls a bit from side to side when on the ground. Despite its ability to take the sting off the pavement, it’s surprisingly light, making the Lunar 2 a great all-purpose shoe.