Fall 2013 Road Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

Saucony Cortana 3, $150

weights: 9.4 oz. (men’s); 7.9 oz. (women’s)

heights: 28mm (heel), 24mm (forefoot)

Fit: A soft, seamless interior and lighter yet more supportive upper contribute to a locked-down feeling from heel to forefoot.

Feel: The moment you step into the updated Cortana, you sense how nimble it is for a stability shoe. The shoe’s inherent stability and lighter weight are easily recognized, but so is the soft, cushy feeling under foot.

Ride: This modern stability shoe combines minimalist materials and stylings with a design that offers guidance but doesn’t inhibit the natural motion of a runner’s foot. The primary contributors to the revamped ride are the additional ground contact and deep flex grooves of the new bottom unit, as well as the ample layers of top-tier cushioning. “It’s very stable, very smooth and really light,” one wear-tester remarked. All of that combines to make it an ideal shoe for a runner who wants to transition to a lower drop shoe.

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