Spring 2009 Shoe Guide

Saucony ProGrid Guide 2
Price: $95
Widths: Standard
Weight: 12 oz (M) 10.6 oz (W)
Contact: 800-365-4933

We Say: Saucony focused on pimping out the interior of this mild stability shoe with a plush new sockliner that sits more comfortably inside the shoe, and a memory-foam collar for an improved ankle wrap. Other than that, the shoe hasn't changed much, so the upper and midsole should feel similar to the previous versions. Lab tests reveal average cushioning and flexibility that match up well against the 769 for $5 less. Recommended for runners with normal arches looking for a basic shoe to control mild overpronation.

Wear-Testers Say: "The shoe wrapped and held my foot really well." —Gerry Hanson, 48, East Lansing
"Great fit right out of the box." —Jim Gigler, 43, Allentown

Under Armour Illusion
Price: $95
Widths: Standard
Weight: 12.1 oz (M) 10 oz (W)
Contact: 888-727-6687

We Say: Under Armour's new batch of running shoes is a solid first step. Most testers liked the snug bootie-like fit of the stretchy mesh, which runs from the tongue down to the midsole to wrap the arch. Several also said the Illusion needs more cushioning in the forefoot. This was backed up by our lab tests, which found a modestly cushioned yet highly flexible forefoot. Women should try UA's running shoes before they buy since the women's versions are built on a unisex last. Recommended for runners looking for a basic training shoe.

Wear-Testers Say: "These shoes were breathable and flexible." —Christina Gettins, 34, Allentown
"The cushioning could be improved." —Trevor Carah, 29, East Lansing

Under Armour Revenant
Price: $120
Widths: Standard
Weight: 12.5 oz (M) 10.7 oz (W)
Contact: 888-727-6687

We Say: The flagship of Under Armour's new line of shoes offers moderate support and a smooth ride. The Revenant's midsole support comes from a plastic cradle and a post on the arch side of the shoe to guard against overpronation. Our lab tests show that it offers a decent balance of flexibility and cushioning. This is due in large part to the extra layers of foam and rubber sandwiched into the heel. Recommended for bigger runners with normal to low arches looking for a sturdy basic trainer

Wear-Testers Say: "The overall fit of this supportive shoe was fantastic." —Martha McGonegal, 29, East Lansing
"The snug upper fit like a glove." —Laura Galetti, 21, Allentown


Adidas Supernova Glide
Price: $100
Widths: Stan.—2E (M) Stan.—D (W)
Weight: 12 oz (M) 9.3 oz (W)
Contact: 800-448-1796

We Say: The Glide is an update to the Supernova Cushion 8, Adidas's middle-of-the-road neutral-cushioned shoe. Besides the new name, the biggest changes in this update are in the forefoot, where Adidas added high-grade foam cushioning for better durability and bounce-back. The Glide's forefoot is also slightly wider to provide a more stable platform to push off. Recommended for runners with mid- to high arches looking for a soft, durable shoe that offers some mild support.

Wear-Testers Say: "The shoe had a cozy fit and a well-cushioned ride." —Mark Jobes, 38, Allentown
"I really liked the cushioning, but to be perfect, it needs to be lighter." —Angela Santero, 37, San Diego

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