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(RWire) Athletics: Runner's World Annual Fall Shoe Guide Highlights the Season's Best Running Shoes

Five award winning shoes among 21 distinguished pairs featured in the September issue on newsstands Tuesday, August 11

NEW YORK - (July 21, 2009) - Runner's World magazine, the worldwide authority on running information, highlights and reviews 21 of the best new running shoes on the market in its annual Fall Shoe Guide special, on sale on Tuesday, August 11, 2009.

Five of the reviewed shoes - all of which were put through rigorous testing by Runner's World editors, 350 "wear-testers" and the one-of-a-kind Runner's World Shoe Lab - were cited best in class in the following four categories: Editor's Choice, Best Update, Best Debut and Best Buy. Criteria guidelines for awards in each category and winners in those categories for 2009 Fall Shoe Guide are as follows:

EDITOR'S CHOICE: represents an outstanding shoe that successfully combines the highest-quality design and technology. Winners received the highest marks from the RW Shoe Lab, the wear-testers and the editors.
* ASICS Gel-Nimbus: The new Nimbus offers an abundance of memory foam in the interior and a pillowy new midsole material throughout the forefoot. The breathable mesh upper has an open feel providing room for the toes to spread out. Testers raved about the shoe's fit and loved the plush cushioning.

BEST UPDATE: recognizes a significant improvement made to an existing model.
* Brooks Ghost: The flexibility of this update has been greatly improved and the arch construction provides serious support. One tester declared, "Great fit and shock absorption. It held my foot well throughout the gait cycle."

BEST DEBUT: points to a new release that received high marks from the RW Shoe Lab, from wear testers and from Runner's World editors.
* Nike LunarGlide, Men's Version: This lightweight shoe features impressive pronation control. This stems from its narrow heel design and sloped support post in the midsole. Our testers loved the comfort and resiliency of the lunar foam cushioning.
* Nike LunarGlide, Women's Version: Similar to the men's version, the women's LunarGlide offers outstanding stability for its weight. It's softer in the heel and more flexible than the men's version - two features we expect in women's-specific footwear. **Added Bonus: The upper uses a detached strap to lock down the inside of the arch and a sculpted heel counter to tightly clench the heel without feeling stiff.

BEST BUY: acknowledges a shoe that offers the best fit and function for its price.
* Nike Air Pegasus+ 26: This update lives up to the Peg's reputation for value and comfort. Testers agree that its cushioning is stiff enough to protect the body on long runs and soft enough for a comfortable ride. RW's lab found the women's version to offer softer cushioning underfoot and more flexibility than the men's, which our testers appreciated.

Every shoe reviewed by Runner's World is first bench-tested at the Runner's World Shoe Lab - an independent testing facility in Portland, Oregon. All shoes are flexed, pounded and prodded to see how well they perform. Shoes are then matched to one of 350 wear-testers in one of our three wear-test centers across the country based on their individual biomechanical needs and the shoe's performance characteristics.

Testers, who must log a minimum of 25 miles per week, run in the shoes for about a month before submitting their evaluations, noting their total mileage run in each shoe and rating it for qualities including weight, traction, cushioning, support, lacing system and upper material comfort, among other categories.

Runner's World is the only magazine in the world to independently test running shoes in this way, in order to give its editors the most objective means necessary to determine which shoes are most deserving of award status. Because Runner's World only tests and reviews the best products available, shoes that have been tested may use the "Tested by the Runner's World Shoe Lab" label.


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