Newton Motion III
Just because a shoe is comfortable, structured and supportive doesn’t mean it has to be a clunker. Even racing-flat lovers need a pair for recovery days. If you are a committed mid- to forefoot striker looking for a shoe that facilitates your running style while taking some of the stress off your lower body, the Motion III fits the description. “I found myself going back to this shoe for recovery runs because of the comfortable upper and firmly cushioned sole,” says one mid-foot-striking tester. It puts tension through the calf muscle, similar to other Newtons, and engenders a quick turnover while providing a more laterally stable forefoot base and bracing impact with the ground.
Nike LunarEclipse 4+
Nike’s newest stability trainer is divisive: Runners looking for substantial cushioning and support loved it and those preferring more minimalistic shoes couldn’t get out of it fast enough. One tester who is inclined to like high-mileage shoes lauded the shoe’s cushioning and support, calling it “ideal for the heel striker looking for a road trainer that is light, supportive and can handle speed over long distances.” It’s more stable than earlier versions and the forefoot feels forgivingly cushioned. The heel breaks impact with the ground, spreading the shock over a slow and steady descent, but rocking from landing to takeoff is slow and deliberate—those looking for structure appreciate the help. If you look forward to slipping on a pair of slipper-like racing flats, however, this shoe isn’t the right choice, even for easy runs.