Keen A86–($90)

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Keen knew enough about minimalism and espionage to decide that, were Maxwell Smart a trail-running secret agent, the A86 would have called his name—minus not only the shoe phone but just about everything else, given the close fit and close-to-the-ground feel. Reminiscent of the Waffle Racer of the ‘80s—after dieting and with asymmetric lacing updates—the super-fly, super-flex A86 and its lightweight race feel is good for efficient runners who don’t need a lot of underfoot protection and who enjoy close-to-the-ground agility and stability.

Tester’s Take: “I liked how flexible it felt while toeing off. The lacing system helps to wrap the foot just right by tightening in all the right places.”

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