2014 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Running Shoes

Photo: John David Becker

Saucony Cortana 3

$150, Saucony.com
The draw: Protective yet fairly nimble

Do you hate the notion of a clunky pair of shoes getting in the way of your silky gait? The Cortana 3’s low heel glides smoothly through a fore- or mid-foot stride and has more than enough cushioning to offer more support than most similarly fluid options. The 9-plus-ounce shoe has sufficient heft to provide relief without disrupting an efficient stride. Its firm sole feels rigid and responsive—it never feels mushy underfoot.