K-Swiss Blade Run

BEST FOR: High-speed road running. THE TEST: In case you hadn’t noticed, K-Swiss has been quietly making more and more triathlon and running shoes over the past few years, and the company impressed us with its first zero-drop road shoe. Testers said the Blade Run had “just the right feel” for hard workouts, providing enough cushion for comfort but not so much that the sole sponged energy away at high speeds. We liked the Blade Run’s low-profile and understated design, although on easy recovery runs the consensus was that the sole could be a little less firm. THE VERDICT: Firmness was a bit too jarring for some testers day in and day out. 8 oz; 0 mm drop

SPEED: 4.5

Brand: K-Swiss $90
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