Spring 2014 Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

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Under Armour SpeedForm Apollo, $100

7.0 oz. (men’s); 5.5 oz. (women’s)

24mm (heel), 16mm (forefoot)

Fit: Like its predecessor that came out last year, this shoe wraps the foot snugly with a thin, molded seamless upper that fits like a second skin.

Feel: Light and airy, this shoe feels as if it’s almost painted on your foot. It’s extremely flexible and cozy with or without socks. It effectively straddles the line between feeling soft and semi-firm, ultimately offering a sensation that is soft enough to be comfortable but firm enough to maximize the sensation for the road without actually feeling the rugged surface. “It’s wicked light, almost like it’s not really there,” said one wear-tester.

Ride: The Apollo offers an agile ride that’s a stellar mix between an uninhibited minimalist model and a modern lightweight trainer/racer. Your foot will definitely control the movements in this model while the shoe follows along, providing appropriate flexibility, cushioning and protection. “It’s a unique mix: There’s not much there, but then again, there’s plenty there,” one of our wear-testers said.

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