Spring 2014 Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

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Adidas Supernova Glide 6 Boost, $130

10.4 oz. (men’s); 8.7 oz. (women’s)

31mm (heel), 21mm (forefoot)

Fit: Comfortably snug from the heel cup to the toe box, with just enough room up front to accommodate some foot swelling on longer runs. Very cozy feel to the upper with a glove-like fit throughout.

Feel: The popular Supernova Glide was updated with the hyper-energetic Boost midsole foam, and that liveliness combined with its athletic fit give this sturdy and stable mid-weight trainer an energetic sensation, creating a springiness that allowed it to feel lighter than it really is.

Ride: The springy midsole foam gives this shoe a decidedly responsive, yet well-cushioned ride. Pegged as a workhorse trainer with a twinge of versatility in its DNA for tempo runs, our wear-testers said they felt consistent energy return while running in this shoe, even late in long runs. “Adding the Boost foam to this shoe made a good shoe better without any sacrifices,” said one wear-tester.

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