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  • Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    $180
  • Weight
    Men: 9.3oz
    Women: 9.3oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 4mm
    Women: 4mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Men: 20mm
    Women: 20mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 16mm
    Women: 16mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Rankings

Expert Reviews

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84 / 100 based on 9 expert reviews

  • 84 / 100 | Outdoor Kinetics | Level 3 expert

    When used in conditions where they excel, i.e fast running on steep, soft, technical ground the S-Lab Speed really is tough to beat and in my opinion, the best shoe currently on the market. 

  • 83 / 100 | RunSociety | | Level 2 expert

    Best suited for uptempo training and trail racing, this low, light racing machine is the “most aggressive” shoe in the S-Lab series.

  • 88 / 100 | Find Your Feet | Level 1 expert

    If you are looking for a tough, grippy shoe ideal for rough trails, skyracing, orienteering or fell running, I cannot recommend this shoe enough. 

  • 85 / 100 | Grit Camp | Level 1 expert

    Low drop (4mm) and lightweight (265g), yet have enough cushion to protect from harsh terrains and give just the amount of support that’s needed

  • 85 / 100 | SA OCR | | Level 1 expert

    Salomon added some grip to the bottom of the mid sole, which helps a lot on the rope climbs, and some extra grip on a wet pole or obstacle.

  • 84 / 100 | Wild Running | Level 1 expert

    They are lighter and they feel faster, grippier and more technical, but have a price tag to match. 

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  • The Salomon S-Lab Speed features an impressive grip through the brand’s mud and snow ContraGrip technology that allows runners to keep upright even in soft and muddy trails.
  • This shoe also features a closed upper mesh that keeps debris out without affecting breathability and comfort. It uses technologies that give improved fit and a quick-lacing system that delivers a precise foothold.

The Salomon S-Lab speed is a unisex running shoe but it is available in men’s size. Those women who want to wear this shoe should purchase 1.5 size smaller than the standard size available. The heel, midfoot and forefoot offer a snug fit.


Just like in the popular Salomon Sense Ride 2, this shoe uses the Non-Marking Contragrip technology which delivers impressive traction on varied surfaces. The combined rubber outsole offers great grip on wet conditions and on softer ground.


The midsole features the full-length Molded EVA midsole foam that delivers lightweight cushioning and stability. The EVA foam which is also used in the shoe's latest version, the Salomon S-Lab Speed 2, offers greater shock absorption and energy-return for a more resilient ride.


The upper of the Salomon S-Lab Speed uses an anti-debris mesh that keeps debris out while staying breathable. This works perfectly with the tongue cover that gives added comfort and keeps shoe debris-free. The Sensifit and Endofit technologies offer unmatched comfort and secure fit. It also have rubber toe cap that keeps the toes protective while running on technical and rough terrains. Lastly, this shoe comes with lace pockets that keep laces out of the while.

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