Shoe Review


Newton Stability Racer — ($155)

By Mario Fraioli | June 28, 2010

2010 Summer Shoe Guide Homepage Those seeking a forefoot-friendly, lightweight shoe that doesn’t spare creature comforts should put the Stability Racer on their list. With a munificent upper fit and midsole metatarsal sensor plate, this shoe is a comfortable choice for midfoot strikers or those who want encouragement to run more on the fore of […]

New Balance 100 — ($75)

By Mario Fraioli | June 28, 2010

2010 Summer Shoe Guide Homepage It’s hard to imagine anyone running 100 miles over rugged trails in a racing flat that weighs fewer than eight ounces. And while very few can do that, especially at breakneck pace, those who are in that league worked with New Balance to pare down the trail shoes and imbed […]

Mizuno Wave Musha 2 — ($80)

By Mario Fraioli | June 28, 2010

2010 Summer Shoe Guide Homepage The Musha 2, like its predecessor, is a unique pairing of weightlessness with support, underfoot protection and cushioning—a mix that serves up a rather stable racing flat. We recommend it for racing half or full marathons, even for runners needing moderate motion control, although we suggest wearing socks because the […]

K-Swiss K-RUZZ — ($85)

By Mario Fraioli | June 24, 2010

2010 Summer Shoe Guide Homepage Shoe? What shoe? The K-RUUZ is light and sock-like enough that our test team felt they were running almost unshod. This is a classic racer with its narrow, foot-hugging snugness and low-to-the-ground profile. It doesn’t offer much in the way of cushioning so it might not be a go-to choice […]

Karhu Racer Fulcrum Ride — ($115)

By Mario Fraioli | June 24, 2010

2010 Summer Shoe Guide Homepage An unusual but very welcome exception to the rule governing most racing shoes, the Racer has a rather roomy upper that our test team deemed wide enough for runners with bigger feet who still want a lightweight flat. The upper mesh is open for breathability and flexible enough to make […]

Inov-8 f-Lite 230 — ($100)

By Mario Fraioli | June 24, 2010

2010 Summer Shoe Guide Homepage This on- and off-road super-svelte racing flat is about as light as you can get without being called a trail slipper. Not a shoe for wide feet, the 230 will please those looking for a longer, narrower fit. This is a low-volume performance shoe with a snug fit, highly flexible […]

Ecco Biom A — ($195/$220)

By Mario Fraioli | June 24, 2010

2010 Summer Shoe Guide Homepage The term form-fitting is used to describe apparel, but it would be an appropriate description of Ecco’s Biom series. The A is the most tuned for speed, as in up-on-your-toes pace, and it has a fit that goes along with that sort of rapid turnover. The narrow, low-profile feel conforms […]

Brooks Defyance 3 — ($100)

By Mario Fraioli | June 24, 2010

2010 Summer Shoe Guide Homepage As a stable, neutral trainer, the Defyance offers support and some generous cushioning in a lightweight shoe that would be race-worthy for those who don’t want to forfeit comfort while exerting themselves. Our testers found the shoe snug in the midfoot with a little lace pressure along the instep but […]

Brooks T6 Racer — ($85)

By Mario Fraioli | June 24, 2010

2010 Summer Shoe Guide Homepage At a mere six ounces, the T6 is one of the lightest racing flats on the market. Our testers found it to have the traditionally snug and close fit of a racer with a highly flexible wrapping feel. Although only available in men’s models, female testers had success going a […]

ASICS Gel Speedstar 4 — ($85)

By Mario Fraioli | June 24, 2010

2010 Summer Shoe Guide Homepage This neutral lightweight racing and training shoe is well-suited for higher-mileage races or speed work. With its new asymmetric lacing and the elimination of overlays, the Speedstar 4 retains its snug fit, making these a better choice for more narrow feet. ASICS lowered the midsole to make this shoe more […]

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