Running Product reviews picks The Top Ten Running Shoes of 2014, by Cregg Weinmann, Running Product Reviews

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At the end of 2014, Cregg Weinmann, the Running Network Footwear and Apparel Review Editor since 1998, decided to name the Top Ten Running Shoes for 2014. Here is his top ten list, with his commentary and links to his original reviews.

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You can read Cregg's features in the twenty-six publications of the Running Network, in January, March, May, July, September, and November, or daily on his website, RunningProductReviews.com.
#10 Montrail Fluid Flex 2
The Fluid Flex 2 was updated with a more supportive upper to go with its light and flexible chassis. Who doesn't need a trail racing shoe? (We did look at about 20 other trail choices during the year so you should be able to find something to your taste.)


#9 ASICS Gel DS Racer
The Gel-DS Racer is versatile enough for speed work as well as a variety of racing distance from short and quick to about as far as you'd like to race



#8 Nike Zoom Fly
The Zoom Fly was a surprise from Nike, not that it couldn't be done (it should be every season), but that it was such a good shoe and at such a great price.


#7 ASICS Super J 33
The Super J 33 was a surprisingly good minimal shoe, not surprising that ASICS couldn't do something innovative, but that it took longer than necessary but was worth the wait.


#6 adidas Boston Boost
The Boston Boost was anticipated, then proved to be as good as expected. Durable, great ride, snug and sleek fit. Worthy of the Boston name.


#5 Hoka One One Huaka
The Huaka seemingly came out of nowhere, its hybrid-like features striking a better balance than many of the other Hoka shoes. Whether it hits a home run or not, it points to what is possible with the brand. 


#4 Saucony Kinvara 5
The Kinvara did not win an award this year, finishing a close second. It makes this list because of its fit, ride, and performance - all of the reasons it has been a success for Saucony.


#3 Brooks Glycerin 12
The Glycerin incorporated a variety of upgrades that may have been missed by many who could benefit from them. The premium price may have deterred some, but it might be what they were looking for.


#2 Newton Kismet
The Kismet is one of those shoes that is an assemblage of the best work that a brand has produced. It may be the start of something better to come - one can only hope.


#1 adidas Response Boost
The Response Boost is the best buy of all of the Boost shoes, in part because the amount of EVA surrounding the Boost foam provides a durable, responsive feel. This price range has not had a better shoe to my memory. 

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