“Has a good secure fit and a quality feel to it. Good amount of cushion—bouncy even—and a good stable base.”
Sizes: Men 6–12,13,14; Women 5–12
Weight: Men 11.7 oz. (size 11); Women 9.5 oz. (size 8)
Construction: Strobel slip-lasted
Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with mild to moderate over pronation
The new Sensation is a shoe from a brand that’s new to the U.S. market, though 361º isn’t new to shoemaking, having produced some award-winning shoes for other companies. The details in the Sensation evidence a mature approach to design and a familiarity with the craft of shoemaking. The upper is straightforward, with open minimesh and traditional overlays offering a well-supported fit and good breathability. The midsole is a two-part system: a lower portion of quality dual-density EVA with a post to stabilize the foot and an upper element that’s a new proprietary process of plastic-coated foam, called Quickfoam, that offers an outstanding ride. The outersole is a proven setup of blown rubber in the forefoot and carbon rubber in the heel, resulting in good flexibility and durable traction. The sole is well-segmented, allowing the foot to flex throughout the gait. The effectiveness, ride, and quality construction of the Sensation earned it our award for Best New Shoe.