Fall is the time when shoe brands generally roll out their stability models. We posted reviews of three of the above shoes (the Saucony did not make the cut, due to time constraints), but wanted to post a side-by-side comparison, as well as some superlatives below.
If you want a forgiving, easy shoe and don’t mind a silver-medal transition, the GT-2000 7 will fit your niche. If you want a breathable upper with a no-frills (but get-the-job-done) midsole, the NB 860v9 may win your heart. The Brooks Adrenaline 19, however, is highly adaptable and well-rounded.
The Saucony Guide ISO 2 is a slight improvement over the first version, but its midsole lacks the dynamism of the other models listed. The upper was also a bit snug and one of our reviewers felt a “hump” in the lateral midsole, which may have been a manufacturing defect, though occurred in both the right and left shoes.
Best Cushion: GT-2000 7
Best Upper: New Balance 860v9
Best Overall: Brooks Adrenaline 19