By Warren Green & Ray Fredericksen, M.S.Gone are the days of having to break in a new pair of running shoes. Thanks to new lasts (the foot form around which a shoe is constructed) today's shoes are narrower in the heel and broader in the forefoot so they fit a wider variety of runners' feet out of the box. Our 350 wear-testers noted these changes after we had them run in the following 27 shoes for a month. While every model went through these real-world tests, they were also scrutinized at the RW Shoe Lab--where we pound and prod hundreds of shoes to see how they perform. Runner's World is the only publication in the world that tests shoes this way.VIDEO: Watch as Brand Editor Warren Greene reviews the award winning shoes in this guide.MOTION-CONTROLBEST DEBUT: Adidas AdiFusion MC We Say: Thanks in part to a new last with a roomy midfoot, this new shoe from Adidas was well received by our testers. It's one of the softest motion-control shoes in this guide, according to RW Lab … [Read more...] about Fall Running Shoe Guide 2007
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By Warren Greene and Roy Fredericksen, M.S.No matter how many features a shoe has, if it doesn't fit your feet properly, you won't run well in it. That's why shoe companies obsess over the shape and design of their shoe lasts the way runners obsess over mile splits. This year, almost every company adjusted its lasts to better fit a larger group of runners. Next year, they'll probably tinker with them again.To test the fit and performance of the latest batch of shoes, we had 350 wear-testers in San Diego; Allentown, Pennsylvania; and East Lansing, Michigan, run in them for a month and give us their feedback. Then we mechanically tested every model at the RW Shoe Lab, where we punish hundreds of shoes to see how they perform. Runner's World is the only publication in the world that tests shoes this way. Our goal: to help you find the best shoe for you.MOTION-CONTROLNike Cesium 2 We Say: The Cesium uses a heel wedge angled three degrees outward to keep the foot to the outside and prevent … [Read more...] about Winter Running Shoe Guide 2007
Nike’s new LunarEpic Flyknit, which launches today, is like nothing you’ve seen in running shoes before. From the sock-like upper that stretches well past the ankle to the outsole that resembles a topographical map of a range of low hills, the LunarEpic breaks new ground.But the designers at Nike want to make sure you know this shoe isn’t all flash. The technology embedded into the DNA of the LunarEpic, they say, is there to make this a serious, performance-driven shoe.To see if that’s the case, Nike gave Runner’s World an exclusive opportunity to run in the LunarEpics for several weeks before the shoe’s release. Here are our first impressions.Vanishing-Fit UpperStepping into the LunarEpic is easy and intuitive, like pulling a stretchy sock onto your foot. The hold on the foot is smooth—so smooth it doesn’t feel quite tight enough. Nothing binds or grabs, and you don't notice any pressure on your foot. You particularly miss the … [Read more...] about Exclusive First Run: Nike LunarEpic
"Okay, gang, follow me!" And with that simple command, Danny Abshire—all five feet, six inches of running-shoe showmanship—takes off through the streets of Boulder, Colorado, with 40 or so runners of all sizes and shapes and PRs following behind. Most of them don't know each other, or the man they're trying to keep up with. The only thing they have in common is the shoes on their feet, and for that they can thank this fast-moving salesman. At first glance, the shoes look like any ordinary trainers, except for the flashy neon color schemes. But those attending this Saturday-morning running clinic soon realize that the Newton—as the shoe is called, and which Abshire first started developing 20 years ago—is nothing like what they've previously worn. It weighs about a third less than a conventional running shoe but is not—as Abshire likes to point out—a so-called "minimal" shoe, the kind with the barely there sole. While Newton's heel-to-toe pitch is … [Read more...] about The Shoe Believer
Running shoes are on a diet. Over the past 2 years, the slimmed-down barefoot and minimalist sneakers have found their way into nearly every shoe store thanks to the popularity of Christopher McDougall’s book Born to Run and a 2010 Harvard study that touted barefoot running’s forefoot strike and its low impact on bones and joints.But injuries are rising with shoe sales, says podiatrist Marybeth Crane, a foot and ankle surgeon in North Texas. “I’d say that 85 percent of my patients get injured trying to transition to the new shoes.”The problem for those trying it isn’t the shoes, though, but weak feet and poor form, according to emerging research.Our ancestors’ way of running—landing on the forefoot—produces almost zero impact on joints and bones, the Harvard study found. Researchers videotaped runners on treadmills landing heel first and forefoot first, and measured the ground reaction force of each footstrike. They found landing … [Read more...] about Should You Run Barefoot?