K-Swiss Blade Max Stable Men's Running Shoe
Does the world really need another moderate support daily trainer? If it’s the K-Swiss Blade Max Stable, the answer is “yes.”
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- 2 Kinds of Cushioning: The Max Stable uses a composite foam layered on top of the blade-shaped EVA foam that makes up the majority of the midsole.
- Pronation Support: Located behind the arch area, the thermoplastic post is designed to stop pronation before it starts.
- Plush Upper: The seamless upper design features an open mesh and strategic perforations for additional temperature and moisture management.
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
K-Swiss K-Ruuz 1.5 Women's Running Shoe
Run K-Raazy K-Wiick in the K-Swiss K-Ruuz 1.5, an impressively lightweight racer with a touch of pronation support.
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- Lighter Weight: The K-Ruuz 1.5 is down to 6.0 oz (Men’s size 9), over an ounce lighter than the already trim original model.
- Improved Upper: Featuring a seamless design, the K-Ruuz 1.5 is now built on a Strobel last stitched to a foam base for better cushioning and treated with a water repellant to minimize water intrusion.
The 1.5 after the name of the latest K-Ruuz isn’t just K-Swiss having fun with numbers. The latest K-Ruuz doesn’t go to a 2.0 because it carries over the mid/outsole from the original model but attaches an entirely new upper.
So is this “half” update only half-baked? No way. The original K-Ruuz was the most remarkable shoe in the K-Swiss line, and our testers found the updates in the 1.5 to be nothing but improvements.
Let’s start with the new upper. When you first slip on the shoe you’re likely to notice the locked-in feel of the heel collar. The shoe feels like it’s holding onto your foot even before you cinch up the laces. But once you do tighten ‘em up, the next thing you’ll notice is the great fit in the midfoot and forefoot. A few testers wanted to see a little more structure in the midfoot, but no one felt that the shoe slopped around.
The mesh upper offers amazing ventilation. We didn’t get a chance to try out the shoe’s wet-weather performance. With a new water-resistant treatment on the upper, carryover drainage holes in the platform, and a very stable ride, the K-Ruuz 1.5 is worth considering on days when the weather is more naughty than nice.
And let’s not forget some of the other good stuff from the original model. The K-Ruuz 1.5 still offers one of the smoothest transitions of any racing flat. It’s a comfortable ride for heel strikers and mid/forefoot strikers alike. One thing we’d like to see is a little more spring on toe-off. K-Swiss may not be on your radar when you think of lightweight racing flats, but with the K-Ruuz 1.5, we think the brand has earned your attention.
“Kudos to K-Swiss for taking a lightweight shoe and making it even lighter and just plain better. They didn’t mess with success in the platform, but put some better engineering in the upper.” – Matt
“Great shoe. If I had to nitpick I’d like a little more lateral support in the midfoot, and I’m not a big fan of the color combo.” – Daniel