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New Balance Leadville 1210, $125
Category: Rugged Mountain Runner
Weight: 10.3 oz (men’s); 8.1 oz (women’s)
Fit: The Leadville has a medium fit through the heel and mid-foot opening into a generous toe box.
Feel: A midweight stability shoe is a beautiful thing, especially when the fit is right. These feel supportive, yet not too firm under foot, with an upper roomy enough to accommodate foot swelling and a comfortable 8mm heel-toe drop. Testers liked how the padded, no-dig tongue laid flat against the top of their feet and helped keep debris out.
Ride: Despite the ultra implications of its name and somewhat bulky construction, this is a refreshingly nimble stability shoe with an intensely grippy, dual-density Vibram outsole for tackling more technical trails, while the stout footprint gives good stability. The support and light posting come from New Balance’s REVlite foam, making for a fluid heel to toe transition “Love the cushion in the sole — a heel-striker’s Shangri-La,” one tester gushed.