[Asics] Gel Kayano 18

WEIGHT: 11.7 oz (M); 9.7 oz (W)
Price: $150

Simply put, the Kayano is a titan. The shoe feels like a padded boxing glove that you can use to pound out mile after mile, pain-free. The external heel counter in this shoe keeps a firm grip on your heel while wrapping your Achilles in cushy padding and soft fabric. This minimizes any possible friction against eh Achilles tendon in longer runs. A three-layered midsole offers the runner a firm and soft ride while at the same time absorbing the impact with the ground. Its external structure makes the Kayano long durability against any type of terrain. Ideal for runners who have injured their Achilles tendon and who enjoy long distance runs.


[Brooks] Ravenna 3

WEIGHT: 10.9oz (M); 9.1oz (W)
Price: $100

This model has a distinct and unique feature: a biodegradable midsole running from the rearfoot to the forefoot. This midsole gives the Ravenna 3 a plush feeling that makes it stand out. The sliplast and sockliner help provide a smooth experience. With a thick outsole, this is not a shoe for those wanting a minimal amount of material between the foot and the ground. However, this ample amount of cushioning is ideal for long distance runners who like to go for 20+ mile runs-providing comfort to their feet to make them feel fresh and unbeaten.

[Adidas] Adizero Boston

HEIGHT: 32.0 mm (heel); 21.0 mm (forefoot)
WEIGHT: 9.7 oz (M); 8.4 oz (W)

What comes to mind when you think “Boston”? Probably “Boston Marathon.” This shoe is intended to fit runners for a run such as the Boston Marathon. These shoes provide cushion for long distances while at the same allowing you to go fast. The firm forefoot cushioning and higher than average heel propels you forward. The Boston will comfortably fit most runners, though it is slightly narrower than average in the toebox. The low-to-the-ground style of this shoe makes it a very light trainer. For such a light shoe, the Boston offers a firm yet flexible ride. A flexible forefoot promotes a fast transition, making this a great option for faster runs and racing.

[Newton] Distance Neutral

WEIGHT: 7.8oz (M); 6.7oz (W)
Price: $155

This shoe is extremely comfortable for both narrow and wide feet. The raised lugs in the forefoot discourage rearfoot ground contact and encourage midfoot/fore-foot strikes. Heel strikers will need to take their time to adjust to this to prevent putting a lot of stress on the lower legs. The Distance Neutral promotes a fast and efficient transition into forefoot striking.

[Hoka One One] Bondi B Low

WEIGHT: 9.7oz (M); 8.8oz (W)

This model runs small and has a very narrow frame. Wide-footed runners might not benefit from this. High-milage runners with narrow feet seeking a lightweight, but maximally cushioned ride will love the feel and fit of this model. The Bondi B’s thick rocker-shaped midsole handles any terrain and makes this shoe durable and best suited for long distance runs in any terrain.

[K-Swiss] Blade-Max Stable

HEIGHT: 38.0 mm (heel); 24.9 mm (forefoot)
WEIGHT: 11.9 oz (M); 10.2 oz (W)

This shoe’s strength is also its weakness: the outsole. Testers loved the traction the Glide’s deep trenches provided, especially on wet surfaces. But the all-terrain grip trapped rocks and other roadside debris. The heel on the Glide is high, providing a lot of protection in the rearfoot. The cushion the heel provides is ideal for heaver runners who like to go for long distance runs. At the same time, lighter-framed runners will appreciate the ample protection underneath their feet. Despite the bulky appearance and thick heel, the shoe feels light on the feet. Its outsole is resistant to any surface-making it a great everyday trainer that can last a long time.

[Brooks] Adrenaline GTS 12

WEIGHT: 11.3oz (M); 9.4oz (W)
Price: $110

This shoe is ideal for running outside and in the dark. It is wrapped with synthetic leather overlays and reflective elements. This model provides stability and cushioning with a firmer and more rigid heel pad. These shoes are ideal for severe overpronators as it has good support and control on the midfoot area-this also will benefit runners with low/flat arches.