Autumn Shoe Guide 2008

Welcome to the Runner’s World Autumn Shoe Buyer’s Guide 2008. We’ve reviewed 27 models new to the market since our Spring Guide (March 2008) to give you a thorough overview of best shoes in the shops today.

Of course, choosing a running shoe is a very personal process, but to help you out we’ve put each shoe through both objective and subjective testing to give you the most balanced view we can. Every shoe here has been pounded and prodded at our RW Shoe Lab in Michigan, USA and we've also sent the shoes out to dozens of wear-testers of all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities around the UK.

What’s new? This season's guide includes the latest version of Nike’s ever-popular neutral Pegasus shoe; the introduction of Brooks’ new green midsole material, BioMoGo; a trio of unusual new releases from Pearl Izumi; and updates of Asics’ top-selling cushioned styles, the Nimbus and Cumulus.

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.


adidas

adidas Response Cushion 17 £65 CUSHIONING
adidas Supernova Sequence£80MOTION CONTROL

Asics

Asics Gel Cumulus 10 (Editor's Choice) £85 CUSHIONING
Asics Gel Nimbus 10£100CUSHIONING
Asics Gel Stratus 2£70CUSHIONING
Asics Gel Evolution 4£90MOTION CONTROL
Asics Gel Foundation 8£75MOTION CONTROL

Brooks

Brooks Axiom 3£75STABILITY
Brooks Switch£70STABILITY
Brooks Trance 8£110STABILITY
Brooks Addiction 8£70MOTION CONTROL

Mizuno

Mizuno Wave Alchemy 8£70MOTION CONTROL
Mizuno Wave Precision 9£85.99PERFORMANCE

New Balance

New Balance 757 (Best Update)£65STABILITY
New Balance 859£80STABILITY
New Balance 1224£100MOTION CONTROL

Nike

Nike Air Pegasus+ 25£75CUSHIONING
Nike LunarTrainer+£85PERFORMANCE

Pearl Izumi

Pearl Izumi SyncroInfinity£81.99STABILITY
Pearl Izumi SyncroGuide II£85.99MOTION CONTROL
Pearl Izumi Streak£78.99PERFORMANCE

Reebok

Reebok Premier SmoothFit Cushion£70CUSHIONING
Reebok Premier Verona KFS£65CUSHIONING
Reebok Premier Trinity KFS III£85STABILITY

Saucony

Saucony ProGrid Jazz 12£60CUSHIONING
Saucony ProGrid Ride£70CUSHIONING
Saucony ProGrid Omni 7£80STABILITY