Spring Shoe Guide 2009

Welcome to the Runner's World Shoe Buyer's Guide, proof that running continues to grow despite the downturn: with more manufacturers launching into the UK market and a wider range of shoes from the big brands, we've reviewed 42 new models in our biggest-ever guide. This means that whether you're feeling the pinch or weathering the storm, you'll find a shoe to fit you and your budget.

Trends in running shoes that we've seen over the last few years have continued, with many manufacturers going for softer cushioning in the midsole, and a plush feel out of the box using luxurious sockliners and padding around the heel collar and tongue. Try on a range of different shoes now and you'll also notice that many feel more snug: by changing the upper (cloth part) of the shoe, adding stretch panels and clever lacing, manufacturers hope to give a more secure, friction-free feeling as you run, improving your perception of the ride.

Of course, no two runners are the same and the only sensible way to choose a shoe is to visit a specialist running shop and get fitted. But to help point you in the right direction, we've combined test results from our new shoe lab in the US with personal reviews from wear-testers, including members of Dulwich Runners, West 4 Harriers, Runner's World staff and readers of our US edition.

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 adistar Salvation £100 STABILITY
Adidas Supernova Glide £80 CUSHIONING
Adidas adistar Ride £95 CUSHIONING
Adidas adizero Tempo II £70 PERFORMANCE

Asics

Asics Gel-1140 £70 STABILITY
Asics GT-2140 £85 STABILITY
Asics Gel-Kayano 15
*** EDITOR'S CHOICE***
£115 STABILITY
Asics Gel-DS Trainer 14 £90 PERFORMANCE

Avia

Avia Avi-Lite Guide £tbc STABILITY
Avia Avi-Lite II £tbc PERFORMANCE

Brooks

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 9 £85 STABILITY
Brooks Infiniti 2 £100STABILITY
Brooks Ghost 2 £85 CUSHIONING
Brooks Glycerin 7 £95 CUSHIONING
Brooks Summon £75 CUSHIONING
Brooks Beast/Ariel £75 MOTION CONTROL

Etonic

Etonic Jepara 3 SC £85 STABILITY
Etonic Praya 2 £75 CUSHIONING
Etonic Minado 3 MC £90 MOTION CONTROL

Mizuno

Mizuno Wave Inspire 5 (M) £85 STABILITY
Mizuno Wave Inspire 5 (W)
***BEST UPDATE***
£85 STABILITY
Mizuno Wave Nexus 3 £100 STABILITY
Mizuno Wave Creation 10 £100 CUSHIONING
Mizuno Wave Rider 12 (M) £80 CUSHIONING
Mizuno Wave Rider 12 (W) £80 CUSHIONING

New Balance

New Balance 769 £85 STABILITY
New Balance 1063 £90 CUSHIONING

Nike

Nike Zoom Equalon+ 3 (M) £95 STABILITY
Nike Zoom Equalon+ 3 (W) £95 STABILITY
Nike Air Structure Triax+ 12 £80 STABILITY
Nike Zoom Start+ £65 CUSHIONING

Pearl Izumi

Pearl Izumi Syncropace III £84.99STABILITY
Pearl Izumi Syncrofloat III £84.99 CUSHIONING

Puma

Puma Complete Concinnity III £65 PERFORMANCE

Reebok

Reebok Premier Road Plus KFS VI £65 STABILITY

Saucony

Saucony ProGrid Guide 2 £75 STABILITY
Saucony ProGrid Echelon £80 CUSHIONING
Saucony ProGrid Triumph 6 £90CUSHIONING

Under Armour

Under Armour Illusion £75 STABILITY
Under Armour Revenant £85 STABILITY