Autumn Shoe Guide 2008

This autumn's best new running shoes

Posted: 31 July 2008

Welcome to the Runner’s World Autumn Shoe Buyer’s Guide 2008. We’ve reviewed 27 models new to the market since our Spring Guide (March 2008) to give you a thorough overview of best shoes in the shops today.

Of course, choosing a running shoe is a very personal process, but to help you out we’ve put each shoe through both objective and subjective testing to give you the most balanced view we can. Every shoe here has been pounded and prodded at our RW Shoe Lab in Michigan, USA and we've also sent the shoes out to dozens of wear-testers of all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities around the UK.

What’s new? This season's guide includes the latest version of Nike’s ever-popular neutral Pegasus shoe; the introduction of Brooks’ new green midsole material, BioMoGo; a trio of unusual new releases from Pearl Izumi; and updates of Asics’ top-selling cushioned styles, the Nimbus and Cumulus.

If you’re new to shoe buying, use this guide as a starting point only - you should always visit a specialist running retailer to get the right fit for you. Our interactive Shoe Finder will also help give you a head start by matching up your needs and preferences with some suggestions of shoes to put on your shortlist.

Of course, if you've recently invested in a pair of shoes, don’t forget to tell us (and your fellow site members) what you think - simply visit our Gear section and add your review.


adidas Response Cushion 17 £65 CUSHIONING
adidas Supernova Sequence£80MOTION CONTROL


Asics Gel Cumulus 10 (Editor's Choice) £85 CUSHIONING
Asics Gel Nimbus 10£100CUSHIONING
Asics Gel Stratus 2£70CUSHIONING
Asics Gel Evolution 4£90MOTION CONTROL
Asics Gel Foundation 8£75MOTION CONTROL


Brooks Axiom 3£75STABILITY
Brooks Switch£70STABILITY
Brooks Trance 8£110STABILITY
Brooks Addiction 8£70MOTION CONTROL


Mizuno Wave Alchemy 8£70MOTION CONTROL
Mizuno Wave Precision 9£85.99PERFORMANCE

New Balance

New Balance 757 (Best Update)£65STABILITY
New Balance 859£80STABILITY
New Balance 1224£100MOTION CONTROL


Nike Air Pegasus+ 25£75CUSHIONING
Nike LunarTrainer+£85PERFORMANCE

Pearl Izumi

Pearl Izumi SyncroInfinity£81.99STABILITY
Pearl Izumi SyncroGuide II£85.99MOTION CONTROL
Pearl Izumi Streak£78.99PERFORMANCE


Reebok Premier SmoothFit Cushion£70CUSHIONING
Reebok Premier Verona KFS£65CUSHIONING
Reebok Premier Trinity KFS III£85STABILITY


Saucony ProGrid Jazz 12£60CUSHIONING
Saucony ProGrid Ride£70CUSHIONING
Saucony ProGrid Omni 7£80STABILITY

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I ran cross country and track in high school and had constant problems with left ankle sprains and knee pain. (Currently, I also have left-sided lower back pain when standing or walking.) Now, after about 20 years off, I'd like to get back into running 5Ks.  I've discovered that my shoe wear pattern is asymmetrical, with lots more wear on the left side.  I visited a pedorthist and found that I pronate much more on the left side than on the right, and supinate mildly on the left.  I have considered purchasing a motion control shoe, but my arches are medium to high, not flat.  I am getting orthotics made, but unsure whether to purchase a motion control or a stability shoe.  I weigh 160 pounds.

Posted: 30/08/2008 at 01:29

I'd say it would depend on what the orthotic is made for - if it's doing all the correction you need then a neutral shoe would seem appropriate.  Speak to the pod - if the orthotics are made for neutral shoes and you add in a MC shoe - you'll over-correct.

Slightly confused by the pronate more on the left and supinate on the left - do you excessively roll in and then roll back out too far? 

Posted: 30/08/2008 at 08:42


Sorry, I should have said that the left foot demonstrates some moderate to severe over-pronation, while the right foot displays mild to moderate over-pronation with some additional mild supination not demonstated by the left foot.  I am starting to suspect a leg length difference of some kind.

 I went to a pedorthist, which is not a doctor, as a podiatrist is.  The pedorthist is actually employed by a specialty shoe store.  He said that I could go with a motion control or a stability shoe and highly recommended one of their stability shoes (NB859ST).  The tthing is, the store does not happen to stock any motion control shoes.  Under the circumstances, I would like another opinion about shoe selection.  The athletic stores in town tend to employ teen-agers who are not knowledgeable.

Thanks for your reply.

Posted: 30/08/2008 at 16:21


Could you order the shoes on line?  Or get  the store to order you some in?  But wouldn't you have to have the orthotics to see how they feel when you wear your running shoes before deciding on what shoe to buy?

Hope you solve your problem. 

Posted: 30/08/2008 at 19:12

Has anyone ever looked at the cause of these problems?

 - maybe see a Physio for an assessment of your whole leg, knee. hip and spine as you may have a problem somewhere along that chain that is manifesting itself in your foot and ankle problems -a major leg length discrepancy should be fairly easy to pick up with a thorough assessment

Posted: 30/08/2008 at 19:17

My left and right have completely different degrees or pronation and I also have a functional leg length difference of about half an inch.  Funnily enough since I changed my running style from heel striking to midfoot running it doesnt seem to matter anymore???  Just wished I'd done that much sooner...  If I think on how much money I spent on feck knows how many pairs of stability and motion control shoes, just to find that one pair of shoes would never meet my different feet's needs, plus the money for podiatrists and orthotics when all I needed to do was learn to run properly.
Posted: 30/08/2008 at 19:21


I thought that a podiatrist would be able to evaluate these symptoms and asked around for some recommendations.  I did get some recommendations from an athletic trainer at the university, but I had alreday paid to have the pedorthist do the orthotics.  At any rate,  it would have cost about $250 more to have the podiatrist do the exam and prescribe the orthotics and I don't have insurance that will cover it.  Perhaps that was not a good choice.   I'm moving to Austalia in October; perhaps it would be better to wait until I am settled to see someone if I'm still having problems.  Not sure if it should be a podiartist, chiropractor, physiotherapist, or orthopedic doctor.

Posted: 30/08/2008 at 21:39

I would recommend a Physio on the basis thet they tend to prescribe excercise to try and correct any imbalances - you may have some tightness somewhere or some weakness . I think Physio in Oz also has a good reputation - hope you manage to get it sorted
Posted: 30/08/2008 at 21:49

If you are inserting orthotics into a shoe you shouldn't buy motion control. There are a few websites that give advice on this matter.
Posted: 23/09/2008 at 16:44

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