2016 Summer Shoe Guide
Skechers GOrun 4 - 2016
$105. While Skechers considered the updates too minor to merit a new model number, this is a significantly better-fitting, better- riding shoe than last year’s GOrun 4. The new upper, made from a circular knit, is supportive where necessary and new foam in the sole delivers a springier ride.
Mizuno Wave Hitogami 3
$100. The update of the Hitogami 3 returns with a flexible, slipper-like fit. Labeled a racer, the Hitogami has enough stability from the rearfoot Wave plate to serve as a training shoe for light and efficient runners.
New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo
$130. The Vongo is one of a new generation of shoes designed to reduce excess inward rolling in a less-complex, smoother-running shoe. The base is wide, straight, and flared in the forefoot for support. Added Fresh Foam under the arch makes the midsole firmer and comfortable.
Adidas Adizero Adios 3
$140. For the Adios 3, Adidas tweaked the outsole, wrapping the forefoot in a thin, waffle-cut layer of stretchy Continental rubber, improving flexibility, traction, and durability. The mesh and suede-like upper feels softer and fits larger feet than previous versions.
New Balance RC 1400v4
$100. The 1400v4 simply refines the upper using softer fabrics for a supple, closer-to-the-foot feel. The shoe maintains its smooth ride but has an improved fit and toebox shape.
Pearl Izumi E:Motion Road N0 v2
$100. The ultralight N0 v2 has the thinnest midsole of all shoes in this review. It’s not quite a barefoot shoe, as it does provide a layer of smooth cushioning and a small heel lift, but you’ll want this shoe only if like the feel of the road beneath you.
$110. The FuzeX delivers a responsive, propulsive feel during toe-off. For comfort, the new Gel-based midsole works in concert with traditional foam for better shock-absorption in the heel.
Adidas Pure Boost X
$120. The women’s-only PureBoost X is narrower in the heel and wider in the toebox for a better fit. But what you notice first is how the upper is disconnected from the sole under the arch, wrapping the midfoot snugly and providing a sleek profile.
Hoka One One Infinite
$120. The Infinite has a forefoot rocker that’s been shifted forward so you have more sole contact during the stance phase of your stride. Sculpted foam wraps up around the sides of the foot to help counter foot roll while the wide base provides a roomier fit.
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33
$120. The Pegasus 33 has the fast, responsive ride of the original Pegasus, before it got thick and squishy in the mid 2000s. The upper has been refined with more precise placement and integration of the Flywire cables wrapping the midfoot for a secure hold. Zoom air in the forefoot adds better cushioning without losing its lively toe-off.
Pearl Izumi E:Motion Road N2 v3
$120. The N2 serves up midlevel cushioning, and has a soft feel from the moment you put it on, thanks to a seamless upper that wraps smoothly. Testers called them “incredibly comfortable”.
Saucony Ride 9
$120. The Ride 9 has improved flexibility and a less-structured upper. An infusion of Saucony’s new energy-returning foam directly below the sockliner gives a pleasant bounce-back sensation while the thick foam helps the shoe earn high forefoot cushioning scores.
Puma Speed 600 Ignite
$125. Combining the company’s bouncy, polyurethane foam in the heel with a patch of rubber in the outsole that snaps back when stretched, the Speed 600 delivers an uptempo ride.
$130. The Brooks Neuro has a flexible, cushioned ride thanks to rubber pods on the sole. While the pods are mostly connected to each other, there’s a clean break at the midfoot that creates a track-spike feel beneath a thick midsole.
Newton Gravity V
$175. The five lugs under the Gravity V are tuned to deliver a fast sensation, but the shoe has plenty of cushioning in both heel and forefoot. The panels on each side at the ball of the foot have been refined producing the feeling of a wide toebox within a nicely snug overall fit.
Mizuno Wave Prophecy 5
$220. For the newest Prophecy model, the foam layer has been entirely removed from the heel—cushioning comes from the attention-grabbing plastic plates. Though a bit heavy and stiff, the Prophecy 5 offers a supportive ride.
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