For our annual shoe test, we put together a team of 20 runners – including college athletes and active retirees with a range of body weights and builds – to test more than 30 pairs of shoes over three months. They logged hundreds of miles in each sneaker and selected their favorites based on overall comfort, fit, traction, stability, and cushioning. Here are the 14 standout pairs from the group, from lightweight kicks for the race to sturdy workhorses for training miles.
Adidas Adizero Adios Boost
Best for Long Distance
There's a reason this shoe is helping to break marathon records: Its midsole eschews standard EVA foam for a material made of thousands of tiny pellets that yields a more efficient energy return. Most of our testers liked the springy feel and the resulting comfort on long-haul runs. A Continental rubber outsole sticks on rain-slicked roads, too, in case your many-miled adventure runs into a storm. (7.8 oz; 10mm drop) [$140; adidas.com]