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.
Not built like a gazelle? No matter. This supremely flexible, forgiving shoe allows even bigger runners to tack on more mileage, thanks to a soft ride that one tester described as "bouncy." Not to say that it's not technically sound: Its fly-wire tech fits the midfoot like a glove. Reflective graphics make its wearers more visible to cars, too. (11.6 oz; 10mm drop) [$135; nike.com]