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.
New Balance 1080v4
If you're a bigger guy looking for increased shock absorption but don't want to be pigeonholed into something that looks and feels like a hiking boot, give this a try. The 1080v4's have a fairly firm ride and a sturdy upper, but all testers found them cool and comfortable. They've got great arch support, too. (10.2 oz; 8mm drop) [$140; newbalance.com]