Fall 2013 Road Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

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

Nike LunarGlide 5+, $110

weights: 9.6 oz. (men’s); 8.3 oz. (women’s)

M heights: 28mm (heel), 18mm (forefoot)

W heights: 31mm (heel), 20mm (forefoot)

Fit: This shoe has a snug and comfy fit throughout, thanks to the stretchy mesh that wraps over the foot.

Feel: This shoe is cushy but not smooshy, thanks to the dynamic support devices (offsetting beveled wedges of softer and firmer foams) built into the midsole. Moderately light and flexible, this is a do-everything shoe for the runner who wants to invest in one shoe per season.

Ride: There’s no getting around the fact this shoe is fairly high off the ground compared to other models, but the slightly lower heel-toe drop, good flex, soft cushion and exceptional fit give it a very agile ride for a shoe with so much girth in the undercarriage. Our wear-testers considered this one of the comfortable shoes in our review.

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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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