Spring 2013 Running Shoe Review

K-Swiss Blade-Lite Run II, $95

9.2 oz. (men); 8.2 oz. (women)

8mm heel-toe offset

FIT: The second version of this shoe is comfortably snug in the heel and midfoot with a generous toe box.

FEEL: The Blade-Lite Run feels light and airy and very cushy upon initial step-in. The comfortable seam-free upper has been updated slightly to enhance the connectivity between the shoe and the foot.

RIDE: Still a lightweight, easy-flexing every day shoe with a smooth heel-toe ride, the revamped version includes repositioned forefoot “blades” and a slightly lower 8mm heel-toe offset aimed at accommodating and promoting a midfoot gait pattern. Our testers thought it had a surprising amount of soft (but not squishy) cushioning for how light the shoe is.

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