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Shoe Guide 2010

Every good run begins with a good pair of shoes. We tested the best of '10 to help you get off on the right foot.

New Balance 905
$110 @ newbalance.com

The perfect combination of support and stability. The sole is specially designed to prevent pronation (your foot's natural tendency to roll inward), while the upper is stripped down to shed precious ounces.

Pros: Stability and support for flat-footed runners; lightweight for speed training and racing.

Nike Lunar Elite+
$100 @ nike.com

The most cushion and bounce of any shoe we tested. Credit Nike's space-age Lunar foam and a sole that actually adjusts its support to your stride.

Pros: Cushion and support adapts while you run; lightweight for speed training and racing.

Brooks Glycerin 8
$130 @ brooksrunning.com

The shoe's sole adapts to your stride and size, so you get responsive cushioning, without a mushy feeling underfoot.

Pros: Extra cushioning for runners with high arches; cushion and support adapts while you run; ideal for high-mileage runners tackling any distance.

Merrell CT Converge II
$105 @ merrell.com

Lightweight and jam-packed with cushioning in the heel. It's a soft and flexible everyday shoe for runners who don't need added stability or support.

Pros: Extra cushioning for runners with high arches; ideal for high-mileage runners tackling any distance.

Adidas Salvation 2
$140 @ shopadidas.com

The Salvation provides extra padding, plus stretch panels that adapt to your foot's shape, eliminating blister-causing hot spots.

Pros: More support for flat-footed runners; ideal for high-mileage runners tackling any distance.

Saucony Triumph 7
$130 @ saucony.com

If you're after a shoe that gives you an especially soft road feel, you'll dig the Triumph 7. Its comfy ride and snug midfoot make it ideal for just about any runner with high arches.

Pros: Extra cushioning for runners with high arches; ideal for high-mileage runners tackling any distance.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 10
$100 @ brooksrunning.com

The Adrenaline GTS provides ample support without sacrificing comfort or bounce.

Pros: More support for flat-footed runners; ideal for high-mileage runners tackling any distance.

Asics Gel Kayano 16
$140 @ asics.com

An improved lacing system takes the laces off the top of the foot, while a seamless heel with memory-foam cushioning ensures a great fit.

Pros: More support for flat-footed runners; ideal for high-mileage runners tackling any distance.

Newton Sir Isaac
$150 @ newtonrunning.com

Lug-style soles encourage you to strike the ground with your midfoot instead of your heel. You run at a faster pace and with a more upright, forward form.

Pros: Cushion and support adapts while you run; lightweight for speed training and racing.

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