There’s a fine line between comfort and practicality when you’re in the market for a pair of cross-training kicks. These Merrells combine performance with protection, the result of which is one of the most impressive sneakers we’ve tested in quite some time. There’s no drop from the heel to toe, yet they still feature 4mm of cushioning throughout the shoe. What does that mean to you? You can bang out a heavy set of squats one day and rip through a long run on pavement the next— activities which used to require radically different pieces of footwear. ($100; merrell.com)
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