- Racing - Winter 2012 (9 Articles)
- Winter 2012 Youth (8 Articles)
- Spring 2012 Neutral Shoes (5 Articles)
- Spring 2012 Performance Shoes (10 Articles)
- Spring 2012 Motion Stabilizing Shoes (5 Articles)
Spring 2012 Track Shoes
The Olympic focus is once again responsible for the stimulation of new products for track & field. Eight brands offer new looks and some new technologies, with much more to come after London’s champions are crowned. Here are eight representatives of the current track & field market, tested for your benefit. All are event-specific and, though aimed at the upper levels, athletes hoping to take the advantages afforded by technical track & field equipment will be interested as well. Use this sampling as a starting point in your search for track and field excellence, and check the shoe widget at www.runningnetwork.com for periodic updates. As with anything, if you haven’t done much running in spikes, allow yourself time to adapt to their minimal support, structure, and cushioning.
by Cregg Weinmann
2012 Minimalist Shoes
This review represents our second look at the relatively new category of minimalist shoes. The question of just what constitutes a minimal shoe revolves around three hotly debated characteristics: heel-to-toe drop, support, and overall weight. For the purpose of our reviews, we define a minimal drop as 5-millimeters or less, minimal support as a shoe that can fold down the heel of the upper toward the innersole (or pinch the sides of the heel together) with little midsole/outersole structure, with a weight of under 10 ounces for a men’s size 11. Shoes that satisfy at least two of these three standards we categorize as minimalist. Your use of minimalist shoes will be determined by your fitness, size, and preferences, but all runners can benefit from a minimal shoe for at least some of their running.
2012 Training Shoes
Here is the latest guide to more running shoes from which to choose. The selection is a nice cross-section of offerings: three Performance shoes, three Neutral shoes, and one shoe each from Motion Stabilizing and Hybrid Trail. Always make sure you know what type of shoe works for you by knowing your foot shape, foot strike, and foot motion.
2012 Fall Racers
Racing shoes are for faster running efforts, and this is our annual look at the new and newly updated racing shoes for 2012. Here we examine eight models designed for speed, and run the gamut of accommodating differences in feet and racing distances. Biomechanics and racing distances differ, so we recommend a range to assist you in your choices. If the distances you race vary widely, it may be necessary to wear more than one style, making sure that you always choose based on your foot shape, footstrike, and foot motion.
- Fall Shoe Review 2012: Motion Stabilizing (5 Articles)
Cross Country 2012
Cross country is elemental in its simplicity: You and your teammates run as fast as you can over hills and valleys against worthy opposition. We’ve taken a look at six newly released or updated cross country shoes that will help you do just that. After all, footwear designed to provide traction and protection is your most essential piece of equipment. Differences in fit from one brand (or model) to the next allow most runners to find a racing shoe best suited for their particular foot type. Two key factors should influence your selection of a cross country racing shoe: how well it fits you and how it feels when you run in it.
Tips For Selecting Cross Country Shoes
• While cross country racing shoes are more alike than they are different, we can’t emphasize enough that the differences in fit and cushioning are crucial to individual comfort and performance.
• Try on shoes from a variety of shoe companies. Differences in fit from one brand (or model) to the next allow most runners to find a racing shoe best suited for their particular foot type.
• Two factors should influence your selection of a cross country racing shoe: how well it fits you and how it feels when you run in it.
• Wear your racing shoes before the actual race, since the low profile of the shoe coupled with the intense effort of racing can be tough on your soft tissue if you haven’t prepared well.
• Choosing between spiked or spikeless models should be based on the racing surfaces you’ll encounter during your season.
• Cross country spikes are slightly better than spikeless shoes at gripping muddy or soggy ground, but they are limited to use on all-natural courses. In California, they are not allowed for cross country at the high school level; however, they are permitted during track season.
• Spikeless models work almost as well as traditional spiked shoes in the mud. In addition, they can manage pavement, sidewalks, and rocky surfaces, as well as indoor and outdoor tracks.
Trail Shoes '12: Part One
Trail Shoes '12: Part One
Trail running is speeding up, at least that’s the noticeable trend in our annual look at Trail Shoes (part one). This year we’ve looked at 6 Performance Trail shoes and 2 Trail Racing shoes, all geared to faster trail runs. And, as with all running shoes, the better informed you are about your feet and their needs, the better your chances of finding the best shoes for your trail running.
- Fall Shoe Review 2012: Neutral Shoes (7 Articles)
- 2012 Fall: Performance (8 Articles)
Youth Running Shoes 2012-2013
Kids are settled back into the school routine, so that means it’s time for us to present our annual look at running shoes for the younger set. The athletic shoe companies have broadened their offerings of technical footwear products to support the kids who have adopted new exercise habits. We’ve looked at the breadth of running shoes for kids to train in and, just as with shoes for adults, it helps to know the characteristics of your child’s foot to determine which shoes suit them best. The range of offerings has never been better. These shoes have a variety of purposes, so consider that when evaluating them, as well as the possibility (or even probability) that one shoe may not meet all their running needs. The bottom line is to get the kids out there and let them run!
- Trail Shoes '12: Part Two (4 Articles)
- 2012 Year End (7 Articles)