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Fall 2013 Road Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

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

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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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 bmetzler@competitorgroup.com.

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