Whether you're training for a full marathon, 5k or 10k—or are just looking for new kicks for the trail or sprints, there's a pair for you here.
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If you're a seasoned running vet, you know you need to replace your shoes every 300-ish miles to stay injury-free (and, of course, in style.) But what you may not realize is that you should actually have more than one pair of kicks in your rotation at a time. The same shoes you use for treadmill intervals actually aren't ideal for that long Saturday run. And if you also like to hit the trails, you should definitely pick up a pair of trail runners—or at the least, some transitional road-to-trail shoes. It may seem like a lot of money to pay out up front for two or three pairs of sneakers at once, but think of it this way: By rotating your shoes, you won't wear them out as fast so therefore, won't need ones as soon. Purchases justified.We combed through over a hundred shoes to find the latest, greatest, best new shoes out this season for a marathon, a 5 or 10K, intervals or speed work, trails, and trail-to-road. Although you'll see they range from super plush, cloud-like cushioned shoes to more minimalist styles, don't get overwhelmed. Recent research shows that the #1 factor when it comes to choosing the best shoes is comfort. So, head to your local running store and try a few of these pairs on for size. Walk around the store or hop on the treadmill if they have one. The pair (or pairs!) that feel the best are your winner(s). Happy running!3 Exercises That Make you a Better Runner >>>
Adidas - Ultraboost (Best for marathon)
These just-cushioned-enough kicks will make you feel superfast—down to the final point two miles.
These sneakers have lugs on the bottoms to help you shift your weight and run on the balls or your feet rather than your heels. If you're thinking of making the transition to Newton, the Aha II is a good starter model.
Altra - Lone Peak Neoshell (Best for crossover/trail-to-road)
These are perhaps the most waterproof shoes you've ever wear so no worries about going out in that downpour or stepping in that puddle. Plus, they look good with a pair of jeans too, so you can go from the trail to the road to dinner.