Spring 2014 Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

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New Balance 1080v4, $140

9.4 oz. (men’s); 7.8 oz. (women’s)

27mm (heel), 19mm (forefoot)

Fit: Snug and secure in the heel and midfoot, the 1080v4 has a little extra room in the toe box.

Feel: With a posh step-in feel provided by a softly lined interior and a stretchy, seamless upper, the 1080v4 offers high-end comfort for high-mileage running. It’s not as light as many other neutral trainers, but what it gives up in agility it makes up for in cushion, protection and durability.

Ride: The multi-layered midsole is made of a smart blend of super soft and moderately soft foams, which allows for a reliably smooth heel-toe transition and a soft feeling without being mushy. Although not geared to run as fast as many of its contemporaries, it is a trustworthy and comfortable companion for long-distance jaunts.

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