K-Swiss Blade Max Stable First Impression:
Upon opening the box, I was attracted to the bright colors of these K-Swiss Shoes. With silver, yellow, and blue accents, these shoes would be hard to go unnoticed. The blue laces add to the unique design. When I put the shoes on, I noticed the shoe is extremely lightweight.
K-Swiss Blade Max Stable Upper:
The upper is completely seamless which helps reduce blistering. There is no additional stitching or overlays. After running in these shoes for a long period of time, my feet did not feel suffocated or sore. The mesh material and KSwiss’ Flow Cool System allows breathability and moisture management.
K- Swiss Blade Max Stable Sole Unit:
As a fellow overpronator, I know the restrictions of available running shoes. It is hard to find one that not only supports, but is light enough to run in for extended periods of time.
Overpronation occurs when a runner’s stride hits the ground on the lateral side of the heel. The foot strike does not absorb the foot strike shock effectively which results in uneven balance and distribution of weight. Stability shoes not only stops this uneven distribution, but offers correction to the overpronation.
The Blade Max contains K-Swiss’ SuperFoam: an energy returning foam in the sole unit. SuperFoam resists compression and offers faster energy return. This technology offers a smooth ride and overall a fast responding shoe.
The Dual Density posting in the midsole provides superior stability and pronation control, which gives as KSwiss puts a “footgasmic ride”. The Dual Density post is a hard compound located along the medial side of the foot arch. It helps regulate the foot strike. The Guide Glide construction centers the foot along the shoe for additional regulation to the runner’s stride.
The Aosta II Rubber Compound provides a durable outsole. Its dense composition creates a structured, yet still lightweight shoe. The K-EVA technology helps with additional comfort and cushioning.
An external heel counter creates additional support in this stability shoe. The outsole blades design gives a smooth transition and full ground contact. It is distinguishable by the dyed to match laces. I noticed the full contact of the shoe with each transition from heel to toe.
K-Swiss Blade Max Stable Verdict:
The K Swiss Blade Max stable offers structured cushioning and a smooth ride. It is a great lightweight stability shoes. It has a springy return upon each foot strike.
Although a comfortable shoe, for someone with a low arch as myself, I require a shoe with a more conformed fit. The Dual Density post offered structure.
However, the seamless design of the upper unit created less of a conformed fit than I usually prefer. I would recommend this shoe for those that want a little extra comfort, and those with mild to moderate overpronation.
We thank the nice people at K-Swiss for sending us a pair of Blade Max Stable for review. This did not influence our review of the shoe, written after logging more than 50 miles in them!