New Balance Leadville 1210 Trail Running Shoe

May 20, 2013
Outside Magazine
New Balance Leadville 1210

New Balance Leadville 1210    Photo: Inga Hendrickson

BEST FOR: Comfort addicts, high-volume (and swollen) feet.

THE TEST: This shoe may be named for one of the nastiest ultra races out there, but it’s intended to be an antidote to suffering. “The most comfortable trail runner I’ve worn in years,” said one tester. With pillowy heel padding, a giant, soft midsole, a squishy foam tongue, a high-volume fit, and stretchy, weblike overlays (rather than stout bands), this shoe goes overboard to pamper the feet of those logging mega mileage. Even more amazing is that all those accommodations don’t come with a weight penalty, though this is the least agile shoe here, and most testers found it a touch sluggish.

THE VERDICT: A La-Z-Boy for hardworking feet. 10.3 oz; 8 mm drop


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