Choosing running shoes is the most important decision a runner can make, and twice a year RW aims to help you with that decision through our unique Shoe Buyer's Guides.
With so many shoes on offer it's tough to decide which are really the best, but every autumn, the shoe editors from RW's 14 international editions get together to award the shoes we feel best serve your feet. The results of this year's deliberations were announced in New York on November 1, the night before the New York City Marathon. And the winners are...
International Editor's Choice: Asics Gel Kayano 14
The overall Editor's Choice award is given to a shoe introduced in the last year that has impressed testers at the RW shoe lab, the editors and wear-testers from our 14 international editions.
The Gel Kayano 14 has a firmly established reputation as one of the best stability shoes on the market, successfully combining the highest quality design and technology. Testers loved the fit and feel of the shoe: changes to the upper from the previous edition made it more comfortable than ever, while a new lighter midsole foam designed to bounce back more quickly helped make it a pleasure to run in.
International Best Update: Adidas Supernova Cushion 7
The best update awards goes to a shoe that features a significant improvement in fit and feel, materials or technology. The Supernova Cushion 7 is the latest in a line of hugely improved shoes from adidas which won praise from testers worldwide: it's built on a new, wider last to give a better fit that suits more runners. It also has a new heel-cushioning unit that slows the side-to-side movement of the foot just after impact, giving a more stable, smoother ride.
International Green Award: Brooks Bio MoGo
Sustainability is a tough issue to address in shoe manufacturing, but as more of us become aware of our impact in the environment, brands are more aware of the need to make more 'green' shoes. This award is given to the company or technology that best addresses the environmental impact of running.
Brooks BioMoGo is a new midsole foam giving the plush cushioning of Brooks' top-end MoGo technology, but with a difference. BioMoGo breaks down 50 times faster than conventional foam, saving an estimated 29.9 million pounds of landfill waste over a 20-year period. The material was introduced in 2008 in the Trance 8 (which also featured 100% recycled polyester laces) and will be used in more of Brooks top-selling models next year.
Best Looking Shoe Award: Adidas Response Cushion 17
Following one too many comments about less-than-fashionable running shoes, we decided to have a bit of fun with this new category. The award for Best Looking Shoe is slightly different to the other categories in that it was voted for by Runner's World website users from around the world, from a shortlist nominated by the RW shoe editors.
The nominations were:
Adidas Response Cushion 17
New Balance 903
Nike Air Vomero 3
Nike Lunar Trainer
Saucony ProGrid Paramount
The adidas Response Cushion 17 was the winner from more than 4,200 votes worldwide.