Saturday, May 5, 2012

Best Running Sneakers For Men

From Men's Health, May 2012
Recently, Runner's World scrapped the system it had used for three decades to rate shoes. Too rigid, the editors said. Now RW emphasizes how much shoe a runner needs, noting the shoe's weight and the drop in height from heel to toe. RW also factors in body type, stride, and mileage.
To identify your ideal pair, listen to your feet. I recently tested more than a dozen shoes with support features that spanned the spectrum from minimal to maximal. A good running shoe will let you do the same on a treadmill. Of course, what works for me- a 5'8", 135-pound middle-distance junkie whose feet overpronate- might not work for you. Like everyone who had read Born to Run, I'm trying to improve my stride and land more on my forefoot. I hoped the new shoes with their lower heel-to-toe drop could help me, but I've also been around the block enough times to know that nothing in running comes easily.

New Balance Minimus Zero ($110)
+ Having these on is like wearing nothing, which made my quarter-mile repeat workout stink a little less.
- That feeling of wearing nothing can be a negative on longer runs.

Asics Gel-DS Racer 9 ($100)
+ These feel more stable than the NB Minimus pair, but they're still light and nimble. I'd wear them for a 10-K race.
- The mesh sides and vented soles are flood-gates in wet conditions.
Newton Neutral Trainer ($175)
+ These shoes changed my stride. Four ridges under your metatarsals encourage a midfoot strike; after a mile, I was doing it on my own.
- Almost felt like training wheels; pricey, too.

Saucony Powergrid Triumph ($130)
+ Wearing these was like running on a cloud. I loved the tongue pocket, which somehow gobbled up my key ring (with three keys).
-They're a bit clunky for speed work.

Brooks Ravenna 3 ($100)
+ I ran last year's New York City Marathon in the Ravenna 2; this new model is just as stable and supportive.
- I prefer the old model.
Craig M. Kaufman, DPM
Connecticut Foot Care Centers
Sports Podiatrist in CT
Podiatrist in Newington, Kensington, and Middletown, CT
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