Great Strides

Jul 1, 2003
Outside Magazine

PEARL IZUMI's PUSH is a cushioning shoe that rolls faster than its paunchy 12 ounces might suggest. You can credit better fit, courtesy of a breathable polyester-mesh upper that's fusion-welded directly to the midsole, eliminating the slop often associated with stitched models. The Push adds stability with silicone inserts in the heel and forefoot and an anatomic footbed with a molded heel cup and sturdy arch support—features that really shine when you gotta hit the gas and need excellent grip. ($80; 800-328-8488,

The 2 in the BROOKS GLYCERIN 2 sums up this shoe's dual personality. On one hand, it's a superstable high-mileage trainer. On the other, it's pure fun. Brooks corrects an off-kilter gait with rubberized EVA in the midsole. Up front, a pair of plastic plates prevent over-rotation at the end of the stride. And the feel? Au naturel. Heck, 45 minutes into a pleasant morning run, I realized that this 12.5-ouncer's corrective qualities didn't slow me down. Liquid silicone in the heel and the ball of the foot helps, too, absorbing shock and adding a lively spring to each step. ($100; 800-227-6657,

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