New Balance 857 - Road Runners: Review

Not every run is a race. For long-distance training at a slow pace, this stability shoe delivers a surprisingly smooth ride for runners seeking firm support. All testers—even those who don't pronate—scored the 857 high for protection, cushioning, and durability. Stability is enhanced by stiff support under the arch and dual-density medial posting. The relatively stiff and chunky construction render this a one-dimensional shoe, but that's just what you need when you're ramping up your mileage.

Bonus: Even the hard-to-fit will find the right size; like most New Balance shoes, the 857 is available in multiple widths.

Bummer: Rabbits of the road will find it a bit too heavy. 14 oz; www.newbalance.com

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