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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?

      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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          Look at Altra.

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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.


            Right on Hereford...

              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.


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                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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                Right on Hereford...

                  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.

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                        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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