New Balance 100 — ($75)

2010 Summer Shoe Guide Homepage

It’s hard to imagine anyone running 100 miles over rugged trails in a racing flat that weighs fewer than eight ounces. And while very few can do that, especially at breakneck pace, those who are in that league worked with New Balance to pare down the trail shoes and imbed a plastic rock protection sheet in the forefoot to make the 100 a great all-surface minimalist racer and trainer. Our test team found the narrow, snug fit to be racing -flat-esque; the ride differs from a road shoe only in the firmness of the protection plate. newbalance.com

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