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 890v4
The 890v4 is a versatile, comfy, and lightweight trainer that can double as a marathoner. It has a fairly soft ride for a lightweight shoe, and displays a remarkable capacity for support. It's a great option for runners of all sizes. (8.5 oz; 8mm drop) [$110; newbalance.com]