Finding the right running shoes can feel a bit like following in Goldilocks’ persnickety footsteps. Too much cushion or not quite enough? Too soft and pillowy, or too firm and harsh? Too heavy and slow, or too minimal and unsupportive?
Most runners’ preferences fall somewhere in the middle of these spectrums, and finding one that strikes all the right balances—especially if you’re looking for a do-it-all running shoe—isn’t always straightforward.
For me, for example, I love cushion and a soft landing underfoot, but loathe feeling like my shoes are heavy or clunky. I want to feel like I’m being propelled forward, but not so much so that the ride feels harsh or overly-aggressive.