Fall 2013 Road Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

Puma Faas 500 S, $100

weights: 8.6 oz. (men’s); 7.0 oz. (women’s)

heights: 28mm (heel), 22mm (forefoot)

Fit: The Faas 500 S fits snug throughout, including in the toe box, which a few wear-testers thought was a bit too cramped.

Feel: This feels a lot more like a semi-firm neutral shoe than it does a stability model. That’s largely because instead of traditional posts, shanks and higher-density chunks of foam, this shoe’s guidance qualities are derived from a midsole with increased medial flare and sidewall heights, along with a segmented rubber outsole inlaid into the midsole.

Ride: As with previous Faas shoes, this model serves up a consistent, soft ride with an easy flex. Our testers felt this shoe offered a very mild amount of stability and would be best for slight overpronators or neutral runners who want an extra bit of support on longer runs.

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