Sole Mates: Finding the Perfect Shoe
Whether your cardio plan involves walking, running, cross-training, or trail-running, our list will help you find the best new sneakers for your workout.
The Payless Champion AMP II (top, $39.99) is the ideal entry-level running shoe: lightweight, breathable, and sturdy. You’ve gotta love that price, too!
An outer wrap around the front of the Asics GEL-Fluent TR 2 (bottom, $85) keeps your foot steady during side-to-side moves, making it great for cross-training. Also handy: It’s infused with silicon gel in high-impact spots for maximum shock absorption.
The New Balance 1210 (top, $120) fuses running-shoe-style comfort with the stability you find in a cross-trainer. Just for Health readers: New Balance is giving 10 percent off all their shoes, plus free shipping.
Tired of nursing-style walking shoes? Skechers D’Lites-Rituals (bottom, $59) let you stride in style (check out the bling!)—and they provide enough cushioning for 24–7 comfort.
The Nike LunarGlide+ (top, $100) is more than just a wonderfully cushioned running shoe—it’s your latest gadget. A special rear-foot wedge adjusts the shoe’s stability with each stride, depending on the angle at which your foot hits the pavement.
Did you know your foot can temporarily swell to a half-size larger during a single run? No worries: The Reebok Trinity KFS IV (bottom, $130) running shoe stretches right with you, thanks to a series of expanding panels along the sides.
Running off-road can be tricky, but the Avia Avi-Stoltz ($110) trail-running shoe gives great traction to help you navigate challenging terrain. Bonus points for the flexible, protective plate on the sole that keeps your feet superstable on uneven ground.