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How We Tested Running Shoes

By Ryan Baham ⋅ Review Editor
Wednesday February 19, 2020
Just another day at the office!
Just another day at the office!

How We Test


We spent months logging at least 15 miles per shoe, mixed between short, long, slow, and fast. We considered different strides and foot strikes to see what transpires after a good bit of rubbing and pounding. We hit trails, sandy beaches, granite staircases, and steep mountain roads, but most of the miles came from open, flat roads, where road runners spend the majority of their time.

We researched materials and product claims and scrutinized every detail of some of the best road running shoes in existence to bring you this review. We have gone from hitting the mountain roads of Thomas Jefferson's Appalachia in Virginia to the beautiful, unrelentingly flat, and sometimes surprisingly hot and muggy streetscape of Norfolk and its neighboring Virginia Beach.

This group of road running footwear has been put through our rigorous standard of testing month after month. Be relieved to know that we did the dirty work for you, exposing without bias each model to the trial of miles, logging dozens of trips, and putting in a heavy dose of extracurricular abuse.

Each of these puppies goes through miles of suffering  prodding  tinkering  and research before we finish our review.
Each of these puppies goes through miles of suffering, prodding, tinkering, and research before we finish our review.