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]