1. REEBOK ONE SERIES CUSHION
Three kinds of foam make up the midsole of this Reebok—an ultra-soft layer for shock absorption, a lightweight layer to guide your foot, and a more responsive layer to help with energy return. The result of all this padding is a very cushy trainer for those runners lucky enough to have a neutral gait.
9.4 ounces. $110
2. SALOMON FELLRAISER
Mud and muck have nothing on you in this shoe. The Fellraiser’s design was inspired by the Fell races held on Britain’s oft wet and icy terrain. Toothy traction underfoot grips slick surfaces, and a protective hard-rubber toecap stops tree roots—and shields your big toe from injury. 10.2 ounces. $110.
3. JAWBONE UP
Like the Nike FuelBand, the UP doesn’t give running specifics like pace. And if you attend an hour-long Pilates class or ride a bike at the gym, your activity may be counted as “idle.” But if you’re just aiming to attain an overall healthier lifestyle—sleep, diet, and mood included—the UP helps you track and improve. $129.99
4. ADIDAS ADIOS BOOST
Whether you’re an established or aspiring speed demon, know that this shoe was built for runners cranking out four-minute-per-mile pace up to nine. A full-length torsion system makes it feel snappy, especially if you’re running up on your forefoot or midfoot, and rubber from tire company Continental under your toes helps you grip and fly. 8 ounces. $140
5. NEW BALANCE 910 GORE-TEX
If your winter running has you sloshing through puddles and charging snow-covered roads and trails, look here: The New Balance 910 Gore-Tex blocks out moisture while still letting your feet breathe. And dry feet mean warm feet. The shoe’s toothy outsole gives you traction on slick and messy surfaces, including winter sidewalks. 12.1 ounces. $134.95
6. BROOKS GLYCERIN II
The moment I stepped into this shoe, I wanted to run out the door. And then I wanted to keep wearing it, long after I’d stopped my watch. The upper uses minimal stitching, instead achieving structure with overlays attached through a heat process—to save weight and create a plush, slipper-like feel. Underfoot, ample cushioning absorbs and disperses the impact of every step, without being too mushy. 11.8 ounces. $150
7. NIKE LUNARGLIDE+ 5
This shoe’s energy—from its bright colors to its responsive, spring-like feel—will crush any sort of lazy. Sure, it’s plush and comfy when you first put it on, with strong but lightweight Flywire cables that help secure the knitted upper and soft foam heel collar around your foot. 9.8 ounces. $110
8. NIKE FUELBAND
Watching this device come to life through its multicolored light show is almost worth the price of admission. But once customized to you through the Nike+ Connect site, the band’s accelerometer starts tracking your every move. It calculates calories burned, steps taken, and a rather ambivalent measurement called “NikeFuel.” The band motivates for fitness, but lacks in specific running data. $149
9. ASICS SUPER J33
Asics’ FluidAxis—deep flex grooves aligned with the 33 joints of the foot—gives this shoe and all others in the Asics 33 Collection natural movement for a barefoot-like feel. And since the Super J33 works for mild to moderate overpronators, now those needing support aren’t left out of the natural-running party. 7.3 ounces. $100
10. HOKA STINSON TRAIL
Yes, you’ll be just a bit taller in these shoes ... all because of their thick midsole that uses 2.2 times the amount of the shock-absorbing material ethylene vinyl acetate than is used by “regular” shoes. With all that EVA underfoot you’ll be bounding from rock to rock, comfortably, thanks to all that cush. Think of it this way: You can compare these shoes to the work done by the shocks on your mountain bike. 10.4 ounces. $170
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