2012 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Running Shoes

New Balance 1400 $100

An ideal racing flat and lightweight trainer for a heel striker, the 1400 is exceptionally light and flexible yet still provides surprisingly supportive cushioning. Unlike many racing-style shoes, the 1400’s heel is substantial and softens the impact of a heel-striking gait. It firmly binds to the foot with a moderately snug fit. Testers found it to be an outstanding multipurpose lightweight shoe, especially for runners who don’t recoil at the thought of heel striking. Newbalance.com