Asics Gel-Kayano 20

Best for Larger Runners

Our testers universally liked the comfort of this sturdy road shoe. Asics has improved this classic by designing a multidirectional-stretch-mesh upper meant to fit nearly any foot. A dual layer of foam in the midsole combines just enough bounce-back and cushioning with each stride. If you're OK without a featherweight kick, this plush shoe is for you. (11.3 oz; 10mm drop) [$160; asics.com]