If cushioning shoes are mattresses, the Cruise is a futon. "It's firm, but good firm," said one tester. The Cruise has Pearl Izumi's trademark seamless upper, fabric eyelets that allow fine-tuning of the laces, and unique cushioning pads under the forefoot and heel that deliver a responsive ride. Best for a neutral runner who likes a roomy toe box. 10 oz; pearlizumi.com
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