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We Found The 14 Best Running Shoes For Spring 2017

The Tester: Alison Scholl
The 56-year-old resident of Proctorville, Ohio, looks for more supportive and structured shoes to help with over-pronation and ankles that roll inward when she runs. She laces up four times a week. Her weekday runs are between 4 and 6 miles with longer runs on the weekends. Scholl loves to race and is tackling her first 10K trail race in July. She wears a size 9.5.

Julie’s guidelines: I recommend shoes that address Alison’s over-pronation.

Hoka and 361

Hoka One One Arahi

7.8 oz., 5mm drop

Scholl gave these a 10 out of 10 in her review! She was instantly wowed by the combination of lightweight cushion with just the right amount  of supportive structure and noticed an immediate energy boost—almost like being propelled forward—in her  stride. The shoes had that supportive feel she loves without seeming clunky. That combined with a ‘cook looking’  package will make this pair her go-to shoe for half marathons.

361 Sensation 2

9 oz., 8mm drop

These took a couple of runs to break in, but by the third time lacing them up, Scholl appreciated the fi rm base, as it made her foot feel more stable—likely thanks to the added arch support. She likes these for shorter runs. Because she could feel the ground underneath her feet, these are helpful when Scholl wants to work on her running form.

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Allison Pattillo

Allison Pattillo

Allison played field hockey and golf while growing up, but always ran “just for the fun of it.” She completed and won her age group in her very first race, a 5K, when she was 26 so that she would at least know how to pin on her number before running her first marathon a month later. Those two races turned into dozens, from mile long sprints to ultras, running to triathlon with some ski and snowshoe racing mixed in as well. After earning a Boston qualifier and completing her first IRONMAN 140.6, this mother of two is now focused on seeing how much she can better her 3:48 PB marathon time, running the World Marathon Majors (Boston and Tokyo are in the books!) and tackling a 50-miler.