Spring is well and truly here, along with the kind of beautiful weather that just calls out for new running shoes. Our Spring/Summer 2012 Shoe Guide includes a bumper crop of 34 new shoes, as well as reviews and technical information on each.
The RW Shoe Lab tested the shoes for heel and forefoot cushioning, and flexibility - Runner's World is still the only publication in the world to test shoes this way. Every shoe in this guide has also been put through its paces by RW staffers along with our national pool of wear testers.
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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.
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 Gel Kayano 18
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.
Recommended for biomechanically efficient runners who want maximum responsiveness and a stripped-down shoe while retaining an element of cushioning. These are seen as the mid point between neutral cushioned and performance shoes in terms of weight, cushioning and general ‘heft’.