ASICS Speedstar 5

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The Speedstar has filled a role for beefy racer/lightweight trainer, which has been consistently effective. Version 5 has taken steps to surpass its predecessors. The midsole and outersole remain much the same as previous rounds – thanks to a nice combination of responsive cushioning and great flexibility, hallmarks of a minimalist shoe. The significant change here is the upper – a breathable mesh with a matrix of black urethane, in small hexagonal shapes, which varies in thickness to provide support or flexibility. The looks – bright base with striking black get extra credit, but primarily from the performance.

Comments: Runs quick, looks cool.

Price: $90 • Sizes: Men 6.5–13,14; Women 5–12 • Weight: 9.5 oz. (M’s 11); 8.0 oz. (W’s 8) • Shape: semi-curved • For: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics