Ecco Biom A — ($195/$220)

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The term form-fitting is used to describe apparel, but it would be an appropriate description of Ecco’s Biom series. The A is the most tuned for speed, as in up-on-your-toes pace, and it has a fit that goes along with that sort of rapid turnover. The narrow, low-profile feel conforms to the foot’s anatomy and is designed to be biomechanically true to the kind of flex and toe-off that comes with speed. For a glove-like fit and greater durability, there is also a yak leather version ($220). Our testers didn’t recommend the Biom A for longer training runs, for those with wider feet or those who need cushioning—but did find them to encourage a quick tempo.

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