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.
Mizuno Wave Hitogami
A great shoe for the 10K or half marathon, this is a lighter-weight training and neutral road-racer, suited for speedier efforts. Testers noted it had a bit of extra space in its toe box and width in the forefoot, but they unilaterally approved of its stretchy mesh upper. (7.4 oz; 9mm drop) [$100; mizunorunning.com]