May 23 2018
After running shoes, the next most important gear item is a pair of well-fitting socks. We ran in dozens to bring you our top picks.
Although these shoes didn’t fit the bill for our testers, we also loved these new styles. Two are Cattell’s favorites (she tested a number of pairs sent to the testers as well), while our author loved the Newtons.
9.3 oz., 8mm drop
Cattell loves these crowdpleasers for their overall comfort and soft cushion. She’s also a fan of the foot-hugging properties: “The heel fit is improved over the last version and the upper is closer fitting without sacrificing width.”
6.7 oz., 3mm drop
I’ve been incorporating lower-drop shoes into my rotation to switch things up and stretch tight calves. (A lower drop means the ankle has to bend and do more work.) The raised forefoot pods promote a forward lean and give my stride an energetic boost.
8.2 oz., 3mm drop
Cattell likes these trail shoes for the low drop—to encourage a more natural footfall—roomy toe box with a secure fit from heel to midfoot and supportive cushioning. “The Topo is one shoe that I put my foot in and automatically knew it was quality.”