Runners are already spoiled when it comes to great cushioning shoes, but there's still room for another. Enter the Saucony Grid Triumph.
It's a plush, smooth, super-comfortable, high-mileage shoe to add to your 'try-on' list. Cushioning is provided by a rearfoot 3D GRID insert and a soft midsole made from three full-length layers of Saucony's HRC (High Rebound Compound) EVA. Whereas the 3D GRID in Saucony's stability shoes is visible on both sides of the shoe, it only appears on the lateral side of the Triumph. That means while there's no extra stability for over-pronators, runners whose feet roll outwards excessively – or over-supinate – do get help.
If you're a neutral runner, though, the GRID simply provides ample cushioning. Testers really liked the Triumph's fit. A narrow heel and a roomy forefoot meant that most found the shoe comfortable. Female runners in particular were impressed. Allied to its smooth heel-to-toe transition and the responsive ride, the fit of the Triumph make it a fine shoe.
Few shoes match the GRID Triumph for fit, but that's not the only string to its bow. It's smooth, responsive and pleasingly plush.
Try it on if you liked New Balance 1022
£75; Asics Gel Nimbus