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2017 Spring Runner’s Shoe Guide

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Our Spring Shoes Guide includes 10 pairs of running shoes for photos, reviews, wear test machine ratings from our shoes and data labs. Browse some of the new models, or try our shoes to find the program tool if you need a little help to find the right pair for you.

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v3

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v3

$100. This lightweight, responsive shoe is light enough for speedwork but soft enough to handle long runs and half-marathon races. New Balance changed the shape of the sidewall and outsole protrusions. Underfoot, reshaped treads are smaller and spread side to side, with small notches in each to increase flexibility.

Brooks Ravenna 8

Brooks Ravenna 8

$120. The Ravenna has long been capable of handling both long runs and tempo runs with ease. The update has a softer ride and springier toe-off, and an X-shaped patch of rubber in the midfoot smooths the gap between the heel and forefoot.

Reebok OSR Harmony Road

Reebok OSR Harmony Road

$120. The Harmony Road is a comfortable option for daily training with a soft landing and smooth transition from heel to toe. Its secret ingredient is a high-rebound cushioning material comprised of tiny yellow tubes placed under the heel.

Adidas Supernova

Adidas Supernova

$130. Adidas overhauled the Supernova from top to bottom, making it softer to appeal to more runners. To amplify the cushioning, it added even more Boost in the heel for a bouncier feeling. The heel and forefoot cushioning have gotten considerably softer while a rail of firmer EVA foam helps runners stay centered over the midsole.

Brooks Launch 4

Brooks Launch 4

$100. The Brooks Launch has a firm heel and flexible forefoot that lets you run fast when the mood strikes. This update has more blown rubber in the forefoot than the previous version, delivering a softer and quieter landing while also shaving some weight.

Skechers Performance GoRun 5

Skechers Performance GoRun 5

$100. The GoRun 5 added an updated circular-knit upper which brings the materials closer to the foot, while ample venting lets your feet breathe. The bottom of the shoe has a new look, with a thin web of rubber replacing the pods of earlier models, giving the shoe more surface contact with pavement.

MBT Speed 16

MBT Speed 16

$110. MBT shoes are defined by their massively padded midsole. The Speed 16 brings your foot much closer to the road—its profile is nearly in line with traditional trainers. The pronounced curve of the sole is still there to help you roll forward smoothly while discouraging heel-striking.

Saucony Kinvara 8

Saucony Kinvara 8

$110. The Kinvara remains a flexible, soft shoe with low drop. This update gets “more energized,” Saucony says, through the use of a 3-mm-thick layer of bouncy foam under the sockliner, which runs the full length of the shoe.

361 Degrees 361-Sensation 2

361 Degrees 361-Sensation 2

$120. The 361-Sensation 2 is a high-mileage trainer that hits the sweet spot of moderate cushioning and stability. It has a quick feel for such a heavy shoe which comes from an EVA and rubber blend it uses for the top layer of midsole.

Altra Intuition 4.0 / Instinct 4.0

Altra Intuition 4.0

$110. The Intuition (women’s) and Instinct (men’s) put Altra on the map of low-slung trainers. This update returns to the original rendition’s fit but maintains taller heel and forefoot heights.