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.