New Balance 890v3, $110
9.1 oz. (men’s); 7.5 oz. (women’s)
7mm heel-toe offset
FIT: This shoe has a snug, low-volume (and plushly lined) fit throughout, but the flexible lightweight upper material still gives toes the ability to wiggle and splay a bit.
FEEL: Rarely has an everyday trainer felt so plush while still offering up a dynamic, athletic vibe. It combines the soft, comfy feeling of a high-mileage trainer with the energetic fit and feel of a half-marathon racer, making a very versatile shoe, especially for those seeking a do-everything trainer.
RIDE: With superior flexibility and ample cushioning, the 890v3 overcomes what some testers found to be a more traditionally built-up and semi-firm heel. (It has a 7mm heel-toe drop.) If a shoe can have the demeanor of a workout, this one would be a fartlek for its ability to run every pace and change gears mid-stride.
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