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We Found The 14 Best Running Shoes For Spring 2017

The Tester: Nicole Keilman
WR’s senior marketing manager runs to stay fit and mentally strong. “Whenever I have an off day, I know a good run is almost always the cure.” The 29-year-old lives in San Diego and says her favorite race was her first marathon at Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego last year. She has plantar fasciitis and gets sore feet if her shoes don’t have enough cushioning and some supportive structure. Keilman also looks for shoes that “aren’t too heavy and have a cool design.” She wears a size 7.5.

Julie’s guidelines: I suggest shoes with a higher heel-to-toe drop and a bit firmer cushioning—but not too firm—based upon her plantar fasciitis issues.

Zoot and Columbia

Zoot Solana 2.0

8.5 oz., 8mm drop

According to Keilman, the cushioning in these is just right and provides “exactly the level of support I need,” especially considering the light weight. She says these performed well on the treadmill and roads, even wet ones, and that these will be her next training shoes for sure. They also work for cross-training and are a great value!
$100, zootsports.com

Columbia Montrail Caldorado II

8.6 oz., 8mm drop

Keilman calls these her “favorite trail shoes”—and that’s from someone who admits she can be somewhat uncomfortable off-road. The shoes’ thick tread (thanks to lugs that point in different directions) provided excellent traction on gravel, loose rocks and sand. However, Keilman says this pair is best for outdoor use only (they didn’t feel great on the treadmill). She also said the fit cupped her foot nicely and was true to size.
$120, columbia.com

Mizuno

Mizuno Wave Rider 20

8.3 oz., 12mm drop

Talk about testing—Keilman wore these for a 5K and thought they performed wonderfully. She loved being able to race (and feel fast!) in a shoe without sacrificing comfort. Her favorite aspects were the slightly squishy cushioning combined with the light weight and “energetic design.” They fi t a little snug in the toes at first try-on, but the mesh relaxed by the third wear to give her foot enough room to breathe.
$120, mizunousa.com

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Allison Pattillo

Allison Pattillo

Allison played field hockey and golf while growing up, but always ran “just for the fun of it.” She completed and won her age group in her very first race, a 5K, when she was 26 so that she would at least know how to pin on her number before running her first marathon a month later. Those two races turned into dozens, from mile long sprints to ultras, running to triathlon with some ski and snowshoe racing mixed in as well. After earning a Boston qualifier and completing her first IRONMAN 140.6, this mother of two is now focused on seeing how much she can better her 3:48 PB marathon time, running the World Marathon Majors (Boston and Tokyo are in the books!) and tackling a 50-miler.