Hi guys and thanks for your comments on the guide.
We are very happy to include lightweight/performance shoes in the shoes guides, but are limited by what the manufacturers can send us. Obviously shoe testing is very subjective, but to try to counteract this we ask for as many pairs as possible and send them out to our testers, as well as getting them tested in the shoe lab. Each guide is a few months in the making and much of this time is taken up trying to get enough of the new models from manufacturers, in time for our testers to run in them.
It's a difficult process for everyone concerned - the manufacturers aren't used to sending out so many shoes so far in advance of the on-sale date, as no-one else seems to do testing on this scale - but I'm constantly trying to make it better, so we can offer the most comprehensive guide possible.
This time we weren't sent any new lightweight shoes, which is why there were none in the guide. In terms of track and cross-country shoes, you're right, we dont' put those in the guide, mainly becaues they're a bit more specialist - so we might review them from time to time but not as a matter of course (same goes for off-roaders/trail shoes, which we do separately).
Incidentally if any of you would like to join the shoe-testing gang just drop me an email!
Posted: 06/02/2008 at 11:10