MOTION-CONTROLASICS GEL-FOUNDATION 9 Price: $100Widths: Stand.-4E (M) 2A-D (W)Weight: 12.9 oz (M) 10.6 oz (W)Contact: 800-678-9435More AsicsWE SAY: For a shoe that does such a great job correcting overpronation, the Foundation is decidedly unmotioncontrol- like. Its interior is lined with plenty of soft materials that, when combined with the sole's balanced profile and flexible forefoot, results in a smooth, steady ride, free of the stiffness that plagues many motioncontrol shoes. Except for noting the shoe's heavy heel, testers had nothing but positive things to say. Recommended for large runners or heavy overpronators who need superior support.WEAR-TESTERS SAY: "Excellent fit around my heel and arch support."—Dan Hare, 48, East Lansing NEW BALANCE 1226 Price: $140Widths: Stand.-4E(M) 2A-D(W)Weight: 12.5 oz (M) 10.3 oz (W) Contact: 800-253-7463More New BalanceWE SAY: The 1226 suffers from a slight identity crisis. Like the Asics Foundation, it's heavy and loaded down with … [Read more...] about Fall 2010 Running Shoe Guide
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When is it time to retire my running shoes?—Ken Becker, PhoenixI'm new to the sport, and when I went to buy my running shoes, the local running-store owner explained that training in two or three different shoe models is better for your feet. I bought her story and walked out with two different pairs. Any truth to this?—Rachel Setton, BrooklynAfter a few tours as an Army fitness trainer stationed in Iraq, I've developed plantar fasciitis. I am a high-arched runner, so what should I look for in a shoe to help curb the pain?—Staff Sgt. James MooreDoes the surface you run on affect how your shoes break down?—Chris Kuemple, Spring, TexasI notice that during long runs in my motion-control shoes, the balls of my feet hurt. Does this have anything to do with my shoes, my gait, aging, or all of the above?—Aidan Lee, Brentwood, TennesseeThe wet test confirms I have flat feet, but my shoes wear along the outside edges. Also, I experience pain along the outside of my … [Read more...] about Running Shoe FAQ
By Warren Greene and Roy Fredericksen, M.S.No matter how many features a shoe has, if it doesn't fit your feet properly, you won't run well in it. That's why shoe companies obsess over the shape and design of their shoe lasts the way runners obsess over mile splits. This year, almost every company adjusted its lasts to better fit a larger group of runners. Next year, they'll probably tinker with them again.To test the fit and performance of the latest batch of shoes, we had 350 wear-testers in San Diego; Allentown, Pennsylvania; and East Lansing, Michigan, run in them for a month and give us their feedback. Then we mechanically tested every model at the RW Shoe Lab, where we punish hundreds of shoes to see how they perform. Runner's World is the only publication in the world that tests shoes this way. Our goal: to help you find the best shoe for you.MOTION-CONTROLNike Cesium 2 We Say: The Cesium uses a heel wedge angled three degrees outward to keep the foot to the outside and prevent … [Read more...] about Winter Running Shoe Guide 2007
Trails are as diverse as the runners who run on them. Some are well-groomed dirt pathways, while others are just crude rumbles across rough terrain. Road shoes are completely appropriate if you're running on an unpaved road. But if you're looking to tackle something more rugged, these 12 shoes can handle the worst the backcountry has to offer. To determine which ones were king of the mountain, we rigorously tested every model at the RW Shoe Lab, and then put them on the feet of nearly 250 trail-running wear-testers in East Lansing, Michigan, and Reading, Pennsylvania. The following pages offer some great trail-specific footwear, including the perfect pair for you.Asics gel-Trail Attack 4 WR We Say: The Attack 4 has more sole than the 3. Asics widened the base of the shoe by five millimeters to provide a better platform from which to toe off. RW Shoe Lab tests indicate that the broader heel of the 4 is only slightly firmer than the 3, but that the overall effect on the shoe's ride … [Read more...] about Trail Running Shoe Guide Spring 2008
It never hurts to make a valid point more than once, or even twice. Or maybe 37 million times if that’s what it takes to get someone’s attention. Runners are never shy when talking about their shoes and they often make some very good points. For example: "Just when I find a shoe that works for me, they discontinue it."You know this point well. You’ve made it numerous times in your running career and Shoe \Guy hears it from you or some other runner every day. That’s no exaggeration—I mean every single day. It’s not only the number one grievance runners have about their shoes, it outranks all other complaints combined.And a valid point it is. I always thought it made business sense to give your customers what they want, but that’s just what the running shoe industry has not been doing for years. Shoes have been routinely dumped and replaced, or worse, dumped and not replaced, on a schedule dictated by non-running, fashion-driven consumers who … [Read more...] about ShoeGuy: Long Running Shoes
The newly launched website ShoeKicker is fast, exceptionally simple to use, and does exactly what specialty running stores fear. Pitched as the “Orbitz” of running shoes, the site trawls the web to find the cheapest pair based on brand, model, and size. The idea came to 25-year-old founder, Imran Khoja, while on a run in waning Mizuno Wave Inspires. He needed a new pair but couldn’t find a store in the area with the model in his size. “I was getting desperate. I thought, this has to be a tech problem,” Khoja told Runner’s World Newswire. “These shoes have to exist somewhere on the Internet. What if there was a superfast way to scour the web to find them?” On nights and weekends with the help of three friends this summer, he built a way. ShoeKicker launched on August 15 with a searchable database that includes 14 shoe brands and 17 retailers. Factoring in size and width, the site can compare the prices of more than … [Read more...] about New Website Finds Cheapest Running Shoes on the Web, Irking Some Running Stores
In preparation for the New York City Marathon, I headed to NYSportsMed’s Athlete Performance Center a few weeks ago for an elite-level running analysis specifically designed for the everyday, uninjured athlete. They call it the “Runner’s Report Card."“Getting a running analysis when you’re healthy allows us to observe your natural tendencies as you run, versus when you’re injured and 'biased' to run a certain way,” explains Francis Diano, physical therapist and NYSportsMed running director. "We can identify inefficiencies and tendencies that could potentially lead to an injury and address them before they become a more serious issue. … As they say, prevention is better than cure."I was told to show up in a pair of shoes I'd been running in for a while. The first thing Diano did when I arrived was look at the bottom of my kicks. “Similar to a palm reading, a lot can be gleaned from a ‘wear reading’ of the bottom of a pair … [Read more...] about Why You Should Look at the Bottom of Your Running Shoes Right This Second
It's a crisp morning in late spring, and I'm sitting in a nondescript office in rural Minnesota, face-to-face with one of America's master motivators, hoping he can reignite my snuffed-out passion for exercise. The good news: It does not appear this will involve getting my ass kicked."You know that expression 'No pain, no gain'?" John Gagliardi asks, hunkered low in an aging swivel chair behind his desk. I nod reluctantly, fearing where this might be going, but Gagliardi starts to chuckle—his grandfatherly potbelly stretching the seams of his mint-green golf shirt—and waves his hand. "Well, I like to say, 'No pain, no gain, you're insane if you believe that.'" He chuckles some more.I sit back in my own chair, breathing a little easier.I should point out that Gagliardi—the former head coach at Saint John's University, a small Benedictine liberal-arts college in the serene woods of central Minnesota—is not your typical fitness guru. For starters, he's 79 years … [Read more...] about Why Can’t I Get Motivated?
It seems like common sense that to prepare for a marathon—an event that includes a heck of a lot of running—your training should also include a heck of a lot of running. That’s why marathon preparation dogma preaches that you need to do one long, 12 to 26 mile run each week. The problem: That often puts too much mileage on your body, says Mark Conover, director of the cross-country and track-and-field programs at California Polytechnic State University.“The key is to get to the starting line fresh,” says Conover. “You don’t want to arrive at the marathon as damaged goods.” Indeed, weekly long runs often lead to overtraining. “Doing too much volume can create a combo of muscular and skeletal issues,” says Conover. Those can cause injuries that sideline you before you even get to the starting line, or flare up mid-race. “Overtraining can also just wear you out, physically and mentally, which kills … [Read more...] about How Many Long Runs Should I Do Before a Marathon?
Vibram USA, the company that makes the popular FiveFingers minimalist kicks, is in big trouble. They recently agreed to settle a lawsuit that alleged the company made false and unsubstantiated claims that the toe shoes could reduce injury and strengthen foot muscles. Now, they're forced to pay up to $3.75 million in refunds to customers.You've probably purchased sneakers based off assertions in a commercial or advertisement. Heck, you may have even bought yourself a pair of Vibrams. And we don't blame you. It's nearly impossible to determine which claims are true and which ones are just plain fabricated. Unfortunately, most people don't figure it out until they get injured. That's why we decided to set the record straight. Keep reading to learn the truth aboue five common running shoe claims.Save your pennies. In a 2007 study, Scottish researchers tested sneakers in three different price points—ranging from $80 to $150—and found that low and medium cost running shoes … [Read more...] about 5 Running Shoe Myths Debunked