Fall 2013 Road Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

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

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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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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