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.
Saucony Guide 7
This flashy kick is best for heavier runners in search of support. Its curved last can stabilize overpronators, while the upper provides great structure, cushioning, and ventilation. The soft ride tends more toward cushiness than feedback. (10 oz; 8mm drop) [$120; saucony.com]