On the Lighter Side- Shoe Comparison

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Now is an excellent time to search for a shoe that is lightweight, extremely comfortable, provides support, and has excellent cushioning. Manufacturers are listening to runners and delivering on shoes that can be nick named “sweet spot shoes”.

Sweet Spot’ shoes used for training and racing must have certain specifications. Below is a table of needed specifications to find sweet spot shoes.

Specfication Measure  Range       Comments
Upper Comfort No Pinching Some give to just right The shoe must have an upper

that feels so comfortable you could wear the shoe all day. It does not pinch anywhere.

Weight Ounces 6 to 9 ounces Lightweight
Support Structure Light to just right Shoe has to provide support to cradle the foot
Sole Material EVA 5 to 70 Zero drop shoes are

available and most of the shoes in this category will range from 2 to 6 mm

Cushion Plush Firm to Plush
Energy Return Return Some to Lively The sole material and design

of the shoe will provide spring at the toe off.

Shoes that meet the criteria ranges above include:

Saucony Kinvara Brooks
Clifton 5
Upper Comfort

FlexFilm lightweight,
flexible overlay to provide a seamless and flexible fit that moves naturally
with the foot.

Stretchy-snug upper of
PureCadence has just enough give to it for a supportive feel. An overlay
pulls in the arch area for support. Breathable.
The heel is wrapped with a sturdy heel counter for motion control and a
plush-snug collar for comfort.

Breathable on runs with
the “ComforDry Sockliner” technology.

Discrete eyelets and
flat laces hide the strength of the lacing system

The fit of the lacing
system is good.

The upper has
undergone a slight redesign that includes reinforced eyelets, less overlays,
and a new engineered mesh designed to enhance breathability.

The reinforced eyelets
come in the form of some harder more dense material that line both sides
along the laces.

The engineered mesh is
soft and comfortable. There are small holes integrated into the mesh that are
designed to allow better airflow.

On top of the mesh are
3D puff print overlays strategically placed to give the shoe structure. These
overlays are in thin strips along the base the upper where it meets with the


7.6 oz

9.0 oz

9.2 oz

9.4 oz


Medium Light support

Medium Light support
with inner bootie

Medium Light support

Medium Light support

Sole Material

Topsole is EverRun 

Midsole is resilient EVA+ foam.

Outsole injection-blown rubber chevron pattern.

The material used in
the midsole feels It adapts to each runner’s weight, stride, and
biomechanics. The midsole has Guiderails to keep the body moving in a natural
motion throughout each stride.

The sole unit is more

The outsole’s Omega
Flex grooves bend with the foot, and the Nav band running through the midfoot
provides support.

FlyteFoam. This foam
is lighter and absorbs more shock when compared to standard EVA foam, and
Asics says it utilizes “organic super fibers”. The outsole which follows Asics standard
layout of several rubber patches separated along the length by a thin channel
of foam, and a large exposed patch of foam below the heel and midfoot.

The midsole uses full
length EVA foam and rockered geometry. The foam is designed to be soft and
responsive, and the rockered shape helps to promote forward momentum no
matter the foot strike.

The outsole is
composed of mostly exposed EVA foam with some strategically placed sections
of hi-abrasion lightweight rubber where needed.

Heel Drop

4 mm

4 mm

8 mm

5 mm


Forgiving landing
without sacrificing energy return.

Soft when—walking
around, easy runs—and turns responsive-cushion under more pressure for speed.

The sole feels very
attenuated and in control. The combination of their FlyteFoam, Rearfoot GEL
system, SPEVAFOAM 45 platform, and ORTHOLITE X-40 insole come together and
put a stable and moderately cushioned platform beneath your feet

soft, smooth and

Energy Return

EverRun enhanced



EVA foam has been
slightly modified this year to be softer and the rubber on the outsole
received an updated design to optimize grip and energy return.

User Comments Very responsive


Affordable price

Fit like a glove

Lightweight structure.

Upper construction was flexible.



Snug fit


No knee pain and blisters

Performed well on short and long-distance runs.


Like “running on air”

Loved its padded tongue.

Style was great.

Runs true to size.

The shoe has
an affordable price

Most of the reviewers loved the shoe’s well-constructed upper.

Some testers mentioned that the cushioning was great.

A handful of consumers agreed that the shoe was comfortable.

A good number of purchasers noted that the product was supportive and lightweight.

A lot of users experienced less skin irritation and blisters.

Several consumers lauded its attractive casual design.

A number of users said that the shoe is ideal for long-distance running and training.

Several users commented that this new version is more comfortable than its predecessor.

One user said that he felt like the shoe is well made and looks durable.

The shoe offered more support than the previous version said some reviewers.

The update on the design was gladly welcomed by a majority of runners.

Most reviewers said that running in the shoe did not cause them pain despite having foot and knee problems.

A majority of reviewers mentioned that the shoe fits true to size.

One tester was appreciative of the high arch support the shoe provided.

Most users said that there is enough room in the toe box.

A lot of runners agree that the shoe is very comfortable.

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