Spring 2014 Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

Photo: Scott Draper | Competitor

Skechers Go Run Ultra, $85

8.7 oz. (men’s), 7.5 oz. (women’s)

27mm (heel), 23mm (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: With a soft (but not marshmallowy soft) feeling under foot, this shoe’s thick foam midsole offers superb cushioning without being sloppy or smooshy. Like other Skechers models, this shoe is very light and infinitely flexible, but it offers little support or structure aside from the dual-density cushioning.

Ride: One of the lightest maximally cushioned shoes available, the ride is buttery smooth and surprisingly doesn’t feel as high off the ground as it appears. Our wear-testers found it to run best at slower and moderate speeds, making it ideal for long-distance training. Although built with the trails in mind, our wear-testers found the knobby lugged outsole excels on a wide range of surfaces from paved roads to smooth dirt trails.

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