We avoid brand loyalty as much as we can, so we purchase them with our own money. And to commit to our goal of giving you a selection consisting of the best of the best, we also have our own shoe testing lab.
Furthermore, we strictly follow these steps to give a data-driven and unbiased review:
Clock up 30 to 50 miles of test runs in each model
Cut each shoe open to examine their parts
Measure each aspect of the shoe in multiple parameters
And to see how they fare against other running shoes, we calculate their CoreScore. It’s a rating that’s based on thousands of expert and user reviews.
Thanks for making our daily runs nice and stable, Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21! The upper hugged our feet well, and the midsole is balanced - it's neither mushy nor too rigid. It just kept our motions in check, preventing any excessive movements. It's certainly not a light shoe, but having tested its precursors, we can say that Brooks is heading in the right direction! Apart from support, what stood out to us also is its tank-like durability.
Now on its 27th iteration, the Kayano is everything we expect from a premium stability shoe. It's sturdy, supportive, has got an incredibly plush comfort (surprising for a stability shoe)! If there's a hang-up to it, it's the shoe's hefty weight, which for us, is not something that should be penalized, given its top-tier performance.
A stability shoe made for training runs, the Guide 14 from Saucony just gets the job done for us. No frills, no gimmicks, just plain support. While it may be a positive for the shoe, it also renders a negative - it's a dull ride. Whether you're an overpronator or a neutral runner in need of extra arch support, the Saucony Guide is neither obtrusive nor too harsh to not find that sweet spot in your daily running shoe roster.
True to its lineage, the Asics GT 2000 9 maintains its identity as the trusty stability road workhorse! It's a durable do-it-all shoe we'd pick if we want one go-to for our daily runs, long-distance stretches, and tempo-paced training runs. Even better, among other stability shoes we've tested, it's one of the springiest!
The Salomon XA Pro 3D, now in its 8th iteration, is a trail running shoe that is suitable for neutral runners and mild pronators. It is a great option for runners and athletes seeking a durable, comfortable, and supportive running companion. This shoe offers reliable protection and traction that help the user stay in control on any trail.
The Asics Gel Trabuco 9 is a trail shoe that embodies the perfect mix of ruggedness and comfort. It's a solid choice for daily runs on the trails or grass. And for races, it's an excellent selection for sub-marathon and marathon distances. For anything longer, it falls short on cushioning. Experts advise going for the Asics Trabuco Max instead.
The Nike Air Zoom Structure 23 offers a different feel from its predecessor. It has a softer and more responsive cushioning but continues to provide a decent level of stability. This high-mileage Nike running shoe is not ideal for excessive overpronators because of its soft midsole. Also, the plush cushioning delivers an all-day comfort but users must keep in mind that it may feel warm on hot summer days.
Asics have been making excellent, budget friendly shoes in the GT 1000 line up for years now and the 10th iteration is no different. With improvements in the upper and heel locking, the GT 1000 10 brings all we love about this stability shoe to a whole new level.
Super comfy, silky smooth, and sneaky fast! The Mizuno Wave Inspire 17 truly gave us a confidence-inspiring ride. It's a stability workhorse. If you want a supportive training run, it's the shoe to get, just as it's the right fit for a peppy, bouncy ride on race day. And as a true Mizuno, it's a killer in the durability department!
Whether it's a vertical kilometre or an ultra, climbing in the Alps or exploring local mountains, Jovana uses every opportunity to trade walls and concrete for forests and trails. She logs at least 10h/week on trails, with no off-season, and 4x more on research on running and running shoes. With a background in physics and engineering management, she prefers her running spiced with data.