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How We Tested Running Shoes

By Ryan Baham ⋅ Review Editor
Wednesday October 2, 2019
The editor taking the Newton Running Distance 6s out during a side by side session.
The editor taking the Newton Running Distance 6s out during a side by side session.

Continually Testing


To bring you the most up to date information on the best running shoes available, we constantly scour the market on the lookout for new running shoes and releases. As soon as we see something awesome, we order it and immediately begin testing to see just how great it is. But in addition to individual research and testing, we select the best running shoes from a wide range and compare them to each other side-by-side, so we're not just looking at individual running shoes in a vacuum. This allows us the luxury of testing and comparing both old and new iterations of product lines as well as varying styles so we're able to catch enough variety to be useful and relevant.

These shoes ain't gonna test themselves.
These shoes ain't gonna test themselves.

How We Test


We spent months logging at least 15 miles per shoe, mixing between short, slow and fast, one-mile runs to consider different strides and foot strikes and six-mile runs to see what comes out 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 most road runners do the most mental work.

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, Virginia and its neighboring Virginia Beach. It's a region rich in history stemming from perhaps 10,000 years ago with archaic and then paleo-Indian populations through European Colonization, Independence, the Civil War, and both World Wars. It also serves as the home for the largest naval station in the world and one of the ten busiest seaports in the nation. This group of road running footwear has been put through our rigorous standard of testing. 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 miles 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.