2014 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Running Shoes

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Photo: John David Becker

Skechers GoMeb Speed 2

$115, Skechers.com
The draw: Eager to go fast

Don’t confuse this pair with a novelty minimalist shoe suited for gym workouts and drills—this is a serious running shoe. The relatively rigid sole helps promote turnover, and the lightweight upper make these a good choice for speed work, tempos and shorter races. Athletes who prefer a very minimal feel might make these a daily trainer, but testers felt they worked best for runs and races 10 miles or less. Beyond that distance, the lack of support irritated the bottom of one tester’s foot. The forefoot fits slightly narrow, although the lacing system is adjustable enough that the shoe can adapt to fit most feet.