Adidas Adistar Salvation
Weight: 12.4 oz (M) 10 oz (W)
We Say: Besides getting a new name, the shoe previously known as the Adistar Control received a price increase. The extra $10 buys a little more flexibility and elastic overlays that provide a more accommodating toebox, but that's about it. The men's version also has a slightly wider sole to provide a more stable base from which to toe off. We recommend the Salvation for runners with normal to low arches looking for a shoe with good stability.
Wear-Testers Say: "Wearing these shoes almost feels as if my midfoot is wrapped in tape." —Sam Corbett, 35, San Diego
"It fit well overall, but I would have liked more room in the toebox." —Ken Lawrence, 40, San Diego
EDITOR'S CHOICE: Asics Gel-Kayano 15
Widths: Stan. —4E (M) Stan. —2A (W)
Weight: 13.3 oz (M) 10.6 oz (W)
We Say: The new Kayano has an exceptional fit and superior impact protection. Testers were almost unanimous in their praise of the shoe's new off-center lacing pattern, which follows the actual topline of the foot for a naturally snug arch wrap. Asics also filled the heel with more Gel than ever before and topped it off with a plastic cap that keeps it from feeling gushy. The result is slightly better cushioning that makes the shoe a tenth of an ounce heavier. Recommended for runners with normal arches who need a stable, well-cushioned shoe.
Wear-Testers Say: "I was skeptical about the lacing, but I like it a lot." —Linda Mummaw, 47, East Lansing
"They performed well on long runs, interval workouts, and tempo runs." —Doug Hochstetler, 43, Allentown
Weight: 10.6 oz (M) 8.25 oz (W)
We Say: While the Kayano is plush and innovative, the Phoenix is stripped-down and basic. This new value shoe doesn't have the forefoot Gel and memory-foam interior accents of its higher-priced cousins, which means it doesn't feel as plush when you first put it on. But the forefoot is noticeably softer than the Kayano, resulting in a cushioned ride with slightly less energy return at toe-off. Quite a few testers appreciated the Phoenix's weight — it's about three ounces lighter than the Kayano. Recommended as a trainer for runners who prefer performance shoes.
Wear-Testers Say: "Lightweight yet still gave me the stability I need." —Denise Himmelwright, 37, Allentown
"A very comfortable shoe." —Keila Lounds, 33, East Lansing
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 9
Widths: Stan.—E (M) Stan.—D (W)
Weight: 11.4 oz (M) 9.2 oz (W)
We Say: For nine years, the hallmark of the GTS has been a consistent fit and feel that delivers good stability in a not-too-heavy package. Brooks tinkered with the shoe in this update by adding more foam in the heel to improve impact protection, and by rounding the back of the outsole to catch the foot earlier in the gait cycle so it lays down more evenly. This comes with a price increase of $10. Recommended for normal- to low-arched runners looking for a soft stability shoe with a great ride.
Wear-Testers Say: "It provided stability without being overly heavy." —Aaron Usher, 30, East Lansing
"The heel-toe transition felt natural, and the cushioning was soft." —Christopher Garges, 33, Allentown