Fall 2013 Road Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

Brooks Ghost 6, $110

weights: 10.7 oz. (men’s); 9.0 oz. (women’s)

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

Fit: The plush Ghost is secure and snug in the heel and midfoot with a hint of roominess in the toe box.

Feel: Soft and sublime. The Ghost 6 continues on the soft and luxurious trend of its previous models, only now in a lighter and more flexible package. Our testers praised the step-in feel and long-wearing comfort.

Ride: This luxe high-mileage trainer is soft (but not mushy) and secure from heel to toe. While it has a more traditional design (both in terms of height off the ground and heel-toe slope), the foam and gel midsole components give it an energetic feel. It’s best for longer and slower training efforts, but a hint of liveliness makes it versatile enough for speedier efforts like tempo runs.

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