2014 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Running Shoes

Photo: John David Becker

New Balance 890 V4

$110, Newbalance.com
The draw: Cloudlike cushioning

“Smooth” is the best word to describe the sensation of running in this shoe. Abundant cushioning absorbs the punch of impact with the road but it doesn’t feel overbuilt. The shoe rolls naturally through a stride. Expect a slightly tighter-than-typical fit—the upper feels a bit narrow in the forefoot. A soft heel cup helps comfortably secure the foot in place. For longer or more relaxed runs, the newest 890 hits the mark.