Spring 2014 Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

Photo: Scott Draper | Competitor

Puma Faas 500v3, $100

9.8 oz. (men’s); 8.1 oz. (women’s)

28mm (heel), 22mm (forefoot)

Fit: Enhanced by a new upper, the Faas 500v3 has a narrow, low-volume fit throughout, with slightly more room in the forefoot.

Feel: This shoe has the identical sleek undercarriage as the 500v2, but it has a new reinforced stretchy mesh upper that (with the help of an interior saddle) locks the foot in place while allowing unfettered foot flex. The snug fit and soft, plush interior give it a moderately energetic vibe.

Ride: Somewhat of a cross between a minimalist-inspired racing flat and a traditional high-mileage trainer, this shoe evokes a semi-firm sensation in every stride. Most of our wear-test team felt this shoe was ideal for short- to medium-length runs but also versatile enough for faster workouts, tempo 
efforts and fartlek runs.

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