K-Swiss Kwicky Blade Light N

The new Kwicky Blade Light N is the neutral version of the Kwicky Blade Light. They’re equals in every way but one: Here the midsole is a single density. The ride is a good blend of cushioning and responsiveness, thanks to the EVA Strobel board, GuideGlide, and midsole foam. The upper is an open stretch mesh for a flexible, seamless feel. A full-welded saddle secures the foot and there’s extra support from the thermoplastic device on the medial half of the saddle. The interior is cushy at the ankle collar, and the Ion Mask treatment keeps the shoe from absorbing extra moisture in all conditions. The outersole is carbon and blown rubber placed effectively only in the high-wear areas, providing durability without compromising flexibility. The mix of lightness, responsiveness, and performance earned the Kwicky Blade Light N a tie as our Best Performance Shoe.

Testers: “The fit and performance have been about as good as I have tried—and I have been running for quite a few years.”

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Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics, for faster-paced running or daily training

Sizes: Men 6.5–13,14,15; Women 5–11,12

Weight: Men 10.1 oz. (size 11); Women 7.9 oz. (size 8)

Shape: semi-curved

Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board