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 1260 v3, $145

weights: 10.9 oz. (men’s); 8.4 oz. (women’s)

heights: 29mm (heel), 21mm (forefoot)

Fit: The cozy, low-volume interior of the 1260 snuggly secures the foot from heel to toe.

Feel: This version is lighter, more flexible and less firm than the second version, the result being an agile feeling instead of a bulky disposition out on the run. It’s a shoe designed for larger runners or those who need significant support to combat overpronation. Several wear-testers commented on the luxurious forefoot cushioning, something that many stability shoes fail to deliver.

Ride: A premium stability shoe that has gone through significant changes from previous versions, the 1260 v3 offers a plush ride, great support and long-wearing comfort. The best aspect is the comfort factor.

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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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