K-Swiss is a fledgling brand in the running market, but they’re working hard to produce shoes that compete with the big boys in the sport. Everyone loves an underdog story – so did testers find the Blade Max Stable to be an underdog or just plain dog on the road?
The overall verdict is that the Max Stable is a winner. It has the significant heel cushioning runners are looking for in this category, with a transition that is noticeably smoother than similar shoes. This smooth ride is partly the result of the full ground contact the Max Stable offers – unlike many daily trainers, there’s no midfoot cutout in the platform.
The Max Stable felt faster than our testers were expecting. It doesn’t seem as heavy as its weight suggests, and it has good responsiveness in the forefoot. The upper gives your foot a plush place to do its work, and keeps a hold on your foot thanks to a heel cup that’s on the narrower side and a heel collar that’s nice and padded.
A support shoe with one of the smoothest rides in the segment, the Blade Max Stable is a worthy entry by K-Swiss.
“The upper of the Max Stable fits amazingly well and uses pretty nice materials. The heel feels a bit overbuilt.” – Daniel
“Very plush ride. Some shoes with this much cushion get floaty, but the Max Stable remains true to its name and still feels grounded.” – Lauren
“I’ve found that some of the plush shoes out there can overheat easily. My foot never felt hot in this shoe.” – Matt