Fall 2013 Road Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

  • By Brian Metzler
  • Published Sep. 5, 2013
  • Updated Sep. 27, 2013 at 10:51 AM UTC

New Balance 870 v3, $110

weights: 9.0 oz. (men’s); 7.8 oz. women’s

heights: 23mm (heel), 15mm (forefoot)

Fit: The 870v3 fits snug in the heel and midfoot, but is roomy in the forefoot. The entire fit is enhanced by stitch-free, flexible and supportive overlay pieces that are welded to a flexible fabric that molds to a foot’s shape.

Feel: Soft and subtle. A shining star among modern stability shoes, the 870v3 offers great medial support without being overbearing or inhibiting flex. The best part is that it’s lighter than many neutral trainers and considerably lighter (and more nimble) than typical stability shoes.

Ride: The 870sv3 handles so smoothly it’s hard to believe this is even a stability shoe. The lightweight construction and easy-flexing demeanor of this shoe give it versatility for both longer and faster types of running. The slightly lower heel-toe drop contributes to a neutral-esque subtle guidance.

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Brian Metzler

Brian Metzler

Brian Metzler is the editor-in-chief of Competitor magazine. He has raced every distance from 50 yards to 100 miles and run in more than 700 pairs of running shoes in the past 25 years. You can reach him at

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