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Looking for a new pair of running shoes? Finding the right kicks for your fitness needs can be challenging, especially with all the options out there. Whether you're looking for an all-terrain shoe or a running sneaker that has plenty of cushioning, our guide will help you find the best pair to keep you going for all of your spring workouts.
Trail terrain can be an obstacle course, but the high-top silhouette of the Adidas Outdoor Supernova Riot Boost W ($130; adidas.com) offers extra ankle support while holding debris at bay.
Your runs may heat up, but your feet never will—the breathable mesh upper on the Merrell All Out Crush ($100; roadrunnersports.com) keeps them nice and cool. Plus, this shoe is ultra-flexible, helping it adjust to swiftly changing turf.
Nothing ruins a trail run like sore, bruised feet. The Montrail Caldorado ($120; montrail.com) has a super-tough protection plate that sits between the outer and midsole to keep your tootsies ouch-free. Bonus: For 25 bucks more, you can get a waterproof version.
If your miles take you from paved streets to dirt roads and back again, go with an all-terrain shoe like the 361 Ortega ($120; 361usa.com). Multisize lugs on the sole guide your steps no matter your surface.
The zero-drop—"drop" is the height difference from heel to toe— Altra Lone Peak 2.5 ($120; amazon.com) has all the features of a traditional trail shoe: durability, protective foot plate, and great traction. But its unique attribute? It's modeled after the foot's natural shape for added comfort and support.
Fast and furious
Seasoned trail tackler? Opt for The North Face Litewave TR ($100; thenorthface.com), a neutral runner that's meant to go fast. Don't be fooled by its featherlight feel—it's extremely durable.
The big bounce
If you're an overpronator (your feet roll in) who needs a supportive shoe to bring your gait back in line, try the New Balance Vazee Prism ($100; newbalance.com). Also handy: the springy sole, which propels you forward.
What we love most about the Saucony Triumph ISO 2 ($150; roadrunnersports.com) is that it's pilowy soft, cushioning neutral runners' steps mile after mile.
Individually cushioned nodes and grooves on the sole of the Reebok ZPrint ($80; amazon.com) move with and adapt to your feet for greater comfort on short-distance and treadmill days. Knitted webbing across the middle really locks in your foot.
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If you want max cushioning in a lightweight package, try the Hoka Tracer ($130; hokaoneone.com). There's plenty of padding under the forefoot, and it makes daily miles fly by.
Calling all minimalists: The Nike Free RN Distance ($120; nike.com) is a light shoe built to handle long distances. And that cheetah print? Well, that just makes you feel fast.
Logging miles in the dark? The Sketchers GOrun Ride 5 ($100; sketchers.com) has reflective details to help keep you safe during nighttime runs.