Spring/Summer Shoe Guide 2011

It's here - your complete online guide to spring's finest new running shoes.


Posted: 24 February 2011
by Kerry McCarthy, Andy Dixon and Ruth Emmett

As we wave goodbye to winter, now is the time to invest in your most important piece of gear: new running shoes. Our Spring/Summer 2011 Shoe Guide includes a bumper crop of 32 new shoes, as well as reviews and technical information on each.

The RW Shoe Lab has once again been fired up and we thrashed these shoes to within an inch of their lives to see how they respond to the pounding you lot are likely to give them out on the road. Runner's World is the only publication in the world that tests shoes this way.

Every shoe in this guide has also been put through its paces by RW staffers, as well as our national pool of wear testers and members of West 4 Harriers and Dulwich Runners.

If you're not sure what type of shoe you're looking for, be sure to try the RW Shoe Finder. Our flagship gear tool has been overhauled for 2011 and as well as its shiny new look, it features the full spectrum of shoes featured in the Spring/Summer Shoe Guide.

Once you've found the shoe for you, visit our new online store at runnersworldstore.co.uk. You'll find all the latest shoes as well as running apparel, accessories, gadgets and more.

To access full reviews for all the shoes listed (as well as hundreds of archived featured training and health articles), subscribe online now.

Neutral Cushioned | Stability | Motion Control | Performance

NEUTRAL CUSHIONED

Recommended for runners who need maximum midsole cushioning and minimum medial support. These shoes are best for biomechanically efficient runners (with minimum pronation) and midfoot or forefoot strikers with high or normal arches.

Adidas

Adidas adiSTAR Ride 3

Adidas Supernova Glide 3

Mizuno

Mizuno Wave Creation 12

Mizuno Wave Rider 14

New Balance

New Balance 1080

Saucony

Saucony ProGrid Jazz 14

Saucony ProGrid Triumph 8

STABILITY

Recommended for runners who are mild to moderate overpronators and who generally have low to normal arches. These runners tend to need a shoe with a combination of good support and midsole cushioning.

Asics

Asics Gel-Kayano 17

Asics Gel-3020

Asics GT-2160

Brooks

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 11

Brooks Ravenna 2

Brooks Trance 10

K-Swiss

K-Swiss California

Mizuno

Mizuno Wave Inspire 7

Mizuno Wave Nirvana 7

New Balance

New Balance 860

Nike

Nike Zoom Structure Triax+14

Pearl Izumi

Pearl Izumi IsoShift

Saucony

Saucony ProGrid Guide 4

Saucony ProGrid Mirage

Saucony Phoenix 5

MOTION CONTROL

Good for runners with low arches who are moderate to severe overpronators and who need maximum stability and support on the medial (arch) side of their shoes. Best suited for bigger runners who need plenty of support and durability.

Brooks

Brooks Beast

Saucony

Saucony Stabil CS 2

PERFORMANCE

Recommended either for racing or, if you’re biomechanically efficient, for training. They have varying degrees of support and cushioning, but they’re generally lighter (most weigh around 250-300g) and fit like a glove.

Adidas

Adidas adiZero Mana 5

Asics

Asics Gel-1160

Asics Gel-DS Trainer 16

K-Swiss

K-Swiss Kwicky Blade Light

Nike

Nike Lunarelite+2

Puma

Puma Faas 500

Saucony

Saucony Grid Type A4

Saucony ProGrid Fastwitch 5


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