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The criteria: Neutral, lightweight, some cushioning and preferably with a drop of maybe 7mm or less ... but with a straight last?
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Sounds like you're looking for a minimalist type shoe with some cushioning. My Skechers Go Bionic are neutal, light, zero drop, and looks like they have a semi-straight last.
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New Balance 890s are a close fit. I think that the drop is 8MM. I run in them with good results.
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Saucony Kinvara. Don't know about the straight last, but they"re neutral, have a 4mm drop, and are both light and cushioned.
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Asics Gel-Lyte 33. 6mm drop, decent amount of cushioning (much more than the Skechers Go Bionic). And the last is slightly curved, but not a lot.
The "straight last" part seems to be the hard part. At RunningWarehouse.com, I could only find Altras listed as "straight." Most others are curved or semi-curved. If semi-curved is close enough, I like the Saucony Kinvaras a lot. If price is a driver, the Gel Lyte33's are only $60, but they are listed as "curved." I recently picked up New Balance 730's at a Sports Authority for $60 -- 3 mm drop, "semi-curved," lightweight and cushiony for as light as they are. Durability might be an issue, as well as finding your size. Brooks Pure series might have something close (again, I think I only saw "semi-curved").
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If price is a driver, the Gel Lyte33's are only $60, but they are listed as "curved."
I actually meant the Gel Lyte 33 2's, not the original Gel Lyte 33, which I didn't like nearly as much. But yes, they do have a bit of a curve to them.
I just looked at several of my recent favorites (I'm a shoe tester, and have lots of shoes), and the Puma Faas 350 comes the closest to fitting your criteria, I believe.
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brerfootbill wrote: Sounds like you're looking for a minimalist type shoe with some cushioning. My Skechers Go Bionic are neutal, light, zero drop, and looks like they have a semi-straight last.
I haven't tried those.How are the Bionics?
Just the Skechers GoRus and the GoRun Rides. Very light, almost like ballet slippers compared to the pairs of Brookses and New Balances I used to run in. Padding under the midfoot, not the heel. Pretty much a zero drop shoe.
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Well, I try to run mostly barefoot, and a couple of times a week in minimalist shoes to give my feet a break from the pavement. As far as the other Skechers you mentioned (which I haven't tried), I think the Go Bionics would be noticeably "less shoe" - closer to being barefoot probably, but feels to me like some padding equally distributed underfoot. I think the Runs and the Rides each have a 4 mm drop.
Thanks all. Some very helpful feedback here. I've actually been in Kinvaras for a few years now, mixed in with a few other shoes. But even they are a bit too curved for my flat-as-pancakes feet. As SubDood pointed out, the "straight last" part is the challenge ... looks like Altras could be the answer
Hoka Bondi B fits all those criteria except for the "some cushioning" as it has quite a bit compared to most shoes.
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