Spring 2014 Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

Photo: Scott Draper | Competitor

Skechers GORun 3, $80

7.0 oz. (men’s); 5.2 oz. (women’s)

15mm (heel), 11mm (forefoot)

Fit: This shoe feels securely locked down at the heel but is quite spacious from the mid-arch area to the toe box.

Feel: The GoRun 3 feels pillowy soft and a bit high off the ground when you step into it, but those qualities become more subtle out on a run. It’s definitely light, very soft and infinitely flexible, but it’s also surprisingly stable (thanks to a slightly wider footprint) at slower speeds and fairly agile for a shoe with such a soft foamy midsole/outsole configuration.

Ride: This long-haul distance trainer produced one of the softest rides in our wear-test. Although our wear-testers found this shoe a little sloppy for faster speed workouts, most loved them for tempo runs, long runs and recovery runs because of how conducive they are to running long periods of time at a steady pace. “I found this shoe to be amazing for long runs,” one wear-tester said. “It felt the same after 2 hours as it did in the first 5 minutes.”

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