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 Energy Boost 2
The innovative midsole underneath this kick is made from a new foam formulation that has remarkable responsiveness and holds up well mile after mile. It's a good pickup for neutral runners who need a little cushion in a lighter shoe. Testers also liked the solid cup heel. It's fast, but tough enough for daily wear. (9.7 oz; 10mm drop) [$160; adidas.com]