During the summer of 2017, we checked in with 50 specialty running stores around the country to see what styles had their feet dancing, then we tried them out ourselves. Read on for the collective favorites, and be sure to tell us about your Sole Mate on Instagram @womensrunningmagazine using #solemates.
oz. refers to the weight in ounces for one shoe in the standard sample size (usually a size 7 for women and size 9 for men).
mm drop refers to the amount of downward slope, or offset, from heel to toe. It’s measured in millimeters. Chances are you have a sweet-spot number that works best for you. (Hint: Check the drop of your favorite running shoes and use that as your starting point.) Mixing it up is good, but it’s also important to have a pair of shoes with a drop that feels like your perfect fit. For a frame of reference, a U.S. dime is about 1mm thick.
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.