Category Archives: Shoe Review

Modified Shoe Lacing Soccer Cleats

Just because a shoe is laced a certain way when you buy it, that doesn’t mean you have to continue lacing that way. This Adidas F50 Adizero TRZ FG soccer cleat was laced using an over-under method which limits the degree of forefoot snugness you can attain, potentially causing excessive forefoot movement, calluses or blisters.

A better option is criss-cross lacing which not only makes the shoe easier to lace but also improves fit. The following images show the differences between the two lacing methods.

For even more lacing modifications, see my related posts:

Shoe Review – Saucony ProGrid Hurricane 12 vs. 13

I have been reviewing Saucony Hurricane since version 9. But Hurricane 12 was my least favorite version, which is why I never reviewed or recommended it. Hurricane 13, however, has restored my faith in this model and surpasses all prior versions with respect to fit, stability and comfort. Structured yet lightweight, Hurricane 13 has a thick, cushioned forefoot and firm EVA medial midsole providing support for even the most excessive pronators.

If you haven’t tried Saucony ProGrid Hurricane 13 yet, you may be missing out on one of this season’s best running shoes. Here’s my video review. My previous Hurricane posts follow the video.

Shoe Review – Brooks Adrenaline 12 vs. 11

Brooks recently released Adrenaline 12. Although this is still a great shoe for the narrow, shallow foot There are some changes to the lower part of the shoe which warrants mention. My video below identifies the changes.

Associated posts include:

Shoe Review – Adidas AdiPower Predator TRX FG Soccer Cleats

Just had my first look at these sleek, well-made and expensive cleats.

All I can say is Adidas, what did you do? The concept is great (lightweight, yet rigid), the style is great (cool colors, streamlined look) but the back cleats are manufactured to sit uneven which will be a major problem for a lot of Soccer players out there.

The above image shows a new-out-of-the-box pair placed on a flat surface. New cleats should NEVER do this. In fact when cleats wear this way, they should be immediately replaced. Adidas Product Defect Department assured me that their cleats are designed level, however a trip to the Adidas Sport Performance Store in San Francisco, confirmed that every new pair of AdiPower Predator’s was manufactured in this way.

Here’s an image of a pair of Adidas F50 AdiZero TRX FG which rest level on a flat surface. This is what you want to look for when shopping for shoes.

If you are excessively pronated or experience problems due to pronation (instep pain, arch pain or inner knee pain) then you will want to steer clear of AdiPower Predator TRX FG . For this reason, I can’t endorse this soccer shoe.

Shoe Review – Asics Gel-Kayano 17

Here’s my latest video shoe review on Asics Gel-Kayano 17. Unfortunately, the current Gel-Kayano is a shoe I just can’t endorse. Hopefully, Gel-Kayano 18 will make me a believer again.

Here are links to my other Gel-Kayano shoe review posts:

Shoe Review – Asics GT-2160

Asics GT-2160 is the perfect shoe for a narrow, shallow foot It also works for the medium foot, easily accepts an orthotic and provides lots of support. Here’s my video review on this great shoe.

Shoe Review – Brooks Addiction 10 vs. 9

Today’s video compares Addiction 9 to Addiction 10 and highlights the changes to 10 which may make a difference for you. Overall however, Addiction 10 fits similar to Addition 9 and still is a great shoe for the shallow, pronated foot.

Shoe Review – Brooks Ariel

Brooks Ariel is a great shoe for the excessive pronator who also has a wide, deep foot. Brooks has kept the shoe the same for the past several years which is great for those women who rely on this shoe for serious support. Here is my latest video on Brooks Ariel. Additional posts follow the video.

Shoe Review – Brooks Trance 10 vs.9

I prefer the new Brooks Trance version 10 over version 9. Trance 10 is more stable and slightly wider than version 9. Additional reasons are outlined in my latest Shoe Review video.

Shoe Review – Saucony ProGrid Guide 4 vs. 3

In general, I’m a huge fan of Saucony ProGrid Guide and version 4 is even better than version 3. My only caution is width. Guide 4 is slightly narrower than Guide 3 which this video shows.

Shoe Review – Brooks Ravenna 2

Brooks Ravenna 2 is a great shoe which might otherwise be overlooked due to it’s soft heel counter. Podiatrist in general recommend firm, non-collapsible heel counters which Brooks Ravenna 2 doesn’t have. What it does have however is a longer, firm rubber, heel outsole than most running shoes which provides significant midfoot support.

Shoe Review – Saucony ProGrid Guide 4

Saucony ProGrid Guide 4 is one of my favorite shoes. The upper has a generous amount of mesh which improves airflow, lightness and comfort. Mesh is also helpful if you have bunions or hammertoes.

The rearfoot midsole is thick providing maximum cushioning at heel strike and the firm medial EVA (grey) helps resist pronation and improves stability.

The width is not too narrow and not too wide. This image compares Asics 2160 to Saucony ProGrid Guide 4. Notice how the Guide 4 outsole is slightly wider in the forefoot than the 2160? This is a great feature as most feet are slightly wider in the forefoot than rearfoot.

All in all, Saucony ProGrid Guide 4 is a great shoe and I also like the new bright colors.

Shoe Review – ProGrid Stabil CS vs. ProGrid Stabil CS 2

When Saucony changed the Grid Stabil design to ProGrid Stabil CS, I was underwhelmed as the ProGrid Stabil CS whas not nearly as stable or supportive as the the Grid Stabil Fortunately, the ProGrid Stabil CS 2 has reinstated the features I was so fond of with the earlier Grid Stabil. These include:

A less deep toebox for better fit, while still retaining ample upper width for toes or orthotics if necessary.

The ProGrid Stabil 2 midsole is thicker and firmer than the prior version which makes for a much more structured, stable shoe.

The most important change with ProGrid Stabil CS 2 is a firmer, more durable outsole. The prior version’s outsole was thinner and softer, causing the shoe to wear out more quickly than it should. It was also not not very effective at pronation control whereas the CS 2 is.

If you’re a runner with a wide foot looking for lightweight support, then Grid Stabil CS might just be for you.

Shoe Review – Nike Air Structure Triax 12 vs 13

I’ve been a fan of Nike Air Structure Triax for quite sometime, however there are some changes with version 13 that you should be aware of if you’re upgrading from version 12.

First and foremost the Triax 13 is almost a full size shorter, heel-to-ball, than the Triax 12 can cause conditions like plantar fasciitis (arch pain) or metatarsalgia (ball of the foot pain) so make sure to check the size before you buy.

Lack of firm EVA caps (blue highlighted areas) on the Triax 13 waffle sole also means less durability than the Triax 12. This means you may not get as much mileage as you would in the 12. If you owm the Triax 13 you will want to check outsole wear sooner than with the Triax 12.

Pluses about Nike’s Air Structure Triax 13 include a firm heel counter and firm EVA in the medial midsole. These features continue to make the Triax one of Nike’s most stable, supportive shoes.

Shoe Review – Nike Zoom Kobe VI Basketball

Basketball shoes can be a challenge because they typically don’t come in widths other than medium and tend to run wide, making it all but impossible to fit a narrow foot. Nike Zoom Kobe VI is an unexpected exception. In addition to a narrower last than most basketball shoes, it’s also extremely stable.

Another plus is the insole waist of the Kobe VI doesn’t hourglass providing a more supportive foundation for a pronated foot.

With an inflexible forefoot sole, torsional stability and a firm heel counter, this court shoe rivals some of the most stable running shoes available, which truly is an exception to the rule.

My only minor reservation with this shoe is that it’s a mid-top style and not a “true” high-top which may exacerbate ankle instability. This is easily remedied however, by wearing an ankle brace during play. If you remove the sock liner, there will be more than enough room to accommodate any additional tightness an ankle brace or custom orthotic might cause.

Brooks Addiction 10 vs. Brooks Adrenaline 9

I have always recommended the Brooks Adrenaline for a narrow foot, but am pleased to announce that Brooks Addiction is also an option for a narrow foot. In fact, if you have a flat, narrow foot, Brooks Addiction is probably your best option.

Similar to the Adrenaline, the Addiction has lots of medial EVA which is great for heavy pronators.

It also doesn’t hourglass in at the waist which is good for flat feet.

Both models come in narrow widths – A width for women, B width for men. Overall, I am very pleased with the new Adrenaline as it fills a much needed void for the narrow foot category and at only 3 ounces heavier than the Adrenaline, the Addiction 9 is sure to please.

Shoe Review – Brooks Addiction 8 vs. 9

I have blogged about Brooks Addiction 8 in previous posts and have been waiting for the 9 to debut. Fortunately, the version changes have been worth the wait.

I much prefer the Addiction 9 to the 8 because it provides better midfoot fit. It also narrower which matches most feet better.

The toexbox depth of the Addiction 9 is shallower, so it won’t feel like you’re toes are swimming, which for some runners happened with the 8.

Other than these changes, the Addiction 9 is the same stable well designed work horse that the Addiction 8 was. Keep up the good work Brooks.

Shoe Review – North Face Fire Road I vs. II

I have been a fan of North Face Fire Road I for quite some time It fits the narrow, shallow foot well and is lightweight and stable. Unfortunately, Fire Road II is not quite the same shoe. For starters, there are fewer eyelets on the II . This means the shoe will not adjust as easily or cinch up as tight. These features are crucial to a narrow foot type.

The next and most important difference is the toebox depth. Fireroad II has a much deeper toebox than I, which will not fit the narrow foot as securely. This may contribute to sliding forward and improper fit in the forefoot and heel.

If you are upgrading from version I to II, you will want to pay close attention to the changes this shoe has undergone as they can affect function. This is especially true if you have a narrow foot.

Shoe Review – Nike Zoom Nucleus MC+

Nike is not generally known for width or durability. Zoom Nucleus MC+ however, gets an A in both of these categories. Although Zoom Nucleus MC+ only comes in a medium width it runs wide and is comparable to many other shoes that do come in wide widths (New Balance, Asics, Saucony). I also like that it flares on the outside forefoot of the outsole, which is something that many running shoes don’t have and need.

The upper of this shoe also has a generous amount of mesh in the places you need it most if you have bunions or hammertoes.

Finally, this shoe is extremely stable with not only firm medial EVA but a non-collapsible heel counter. These two features really help prevent excessive pronation and give Brooks Beast and Asics Gel Evolution a run for their money in the motion control department.

If you didn’t think you would ever be able to find a Nike+ shoe in a wider last with  more stability, then your answer may have arrived. Nike Zoom Nucleus MC+ is a great shoe.

Shoe Review – Zoot M Ultra Temp+ 2.0

JM was trying to find better fitting racing flats (training) and was recommended Zoot Footwear by a Road Runner Sports brick and mortar store.  According to the Zoot website, their footwear is designed by and for triathletes to be easy-on, easy-drying and easy-off. As a racing flat however, I was underwhelmed.

Although lightweight and definitely breathable, this particular model’s upper seems to overpower the outsole resulting in a sloppy fit hovering over an unstable base. A semi-curved last and an extremely narrow outsole don’t help either and at least for SK who has a wide foot, this shoe would be disastrous with any mileage at all, triathlon or track run.

And to add insult to injury, the quick-pull lacing systems cinch plate came apart after just one use requiring us to tie the elastic lace in a knot to keep the shoe on.

In the end, we went with Asics Gel-Speedstar 3 which I also reviewed