Autumn Shoe Guide 2009

This autumn's best new running shoes


Posted: 4 August 2009

Welcome to the Runner's World Autumn Shoe Guide 2009. You'll find reviews of 28 of the best new running shoes on the market here, as well as an insight into the technologies they contain and plenty of expert advice.

There are shoes for all shapes, running styles and wallets. Manufacturers have focused recently on providing extra cushioning while striving to keep weight to a minimum and maintain responsiveness.

As usual, we've cranked the RW Shoe Lab into action and have duly pounded, prodded and punished hundreds of shoes using state-of-the-art equipment to see how they perform under stress. Runner's World is the only publication in the world that tests shoes like this. We've also sent the shoes out to our extensive panel of wear-testers (including members of West 4 Harriers, Serpentine Running Club and Runner's World staff).

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.

Non-subscribers can view the full reviews for the Editor's Choice (New Balance 758), Best Debut (Nike LunarGlide+) and Best Update (Saucony Grid Phoenix 4). To access full reviews for all the shoes listed (as well as hundreds of archived featured training and health articles), subscribe online now. Choose between receiving your first three issues for just £3 or a free running watch.


adidas

adidas Adistar Ride II * £80 NEUTRAL CUSHIONED
adidas Supernova Sequence II £80 STABILITY

Asics

Asics Gel Cumulus 11 £85 NEUTRAL CUSHIONED
Asics Gel-Evolution 5 £95 MOTION CONTROL
Asics Gel 3010 * £99.99 STABILITY
Asics Gel Nimbus 11 £100 NEUTRAL CUSHIONED

Avia

Avia Avi-Bolt II * £65 PERFORMANCE
Avia Avi-Stoltz * £75 NEUTRAL CUSHIONED

Brooks

Brooks Ravenna £80 STABILITY
Brooks Trance 9 £110STABILITY

Mizuno

Mizuno Wave Precision 10 £85 NEUTRAL CUSHIONED
Mizuno Wave Alchemy 9 £85 MOTION CONTROL
Mizuno Wave Nirvana 5 £100 STABILITY

New Balance

New Balance 904 £68 PERFORMANCE
New Balance 758 (Editor's Choice) £75 NEUTRAL CUSHIONED
New Balance 1225 £110 STABILITY

Newton

Newton Gravitas * £130 NEUTRAL CUSHIONED
Newton Motion * £130 STABILITY
Newton Distancia * £120 PERFORMANCE

Nike

Nike Air Span+ 6 * £56 STABILITY
Nike LunarGlide+ (Best Debut) £80 NEUTRAL CUSHIONED
Nike Air Max+ 2009 * £100 NEUTRAL CUSHIONED

Pearl Izumi

Pearl Izumi Cruise * £80.99 NEUTRAL CUSHIONED

Puma

Puma Complete Vectana £85 STABILITY
Puma Complete Velosis £90 NEUTRAL CUSHIONED

Saucony

Saucony Grid Phoenix 4 (Best Update) £64.99 STABILITY
Saucony ProGrid Omni 8 £84.99 STABILITY
Saucony Hurricane 11 £94.99 STABILITY

* These shoes arrived at RW Towers too late for us to lab test. Each model has nevertheless been subjected to the same rigorous wear-testing procedures as the other shoes i.e. being given a thorough pounding by both male and female runners and then judged according to criteria covering all aspects of the shoe and its performance.


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