Why use ultra-cushy foam in one spot when you can use it over the entire midsole? This newcomer does just that, giving you a smooth ride—even on asphalt.
Buy it: Saucony Freedom ISO, $160, saucony.com
Four-way stretch fabric in these neutral kicks actually transforms as your foot shifts and swells mile after mile—then rebounds after you slip them off. So they won’t form ugly lumps with wear.
Buy it: Adidas UltraBoost X, $180, shopadidas.com
This racing shoe (built for marathons) has a minimal heel-to-toe drop to bring you closer to the ground, but enough padding to protect you from it.
Buy it: Skechers Performance GoMeb Razor, $125, skechers.com
The brand known for its mega-cushioned running shoes toned it down a bit, delivering a lightweight sneak in a sleek black package, perfect for hopping from your morning jog to afternoon errands.
Buy it: Hoka One One Hupana, $115, hokaoneone.com
Make that pods. These guys literally broke the mold by reimagining the outsole as we know it. Eighteen foam “clouds” deliver bouncy comfort and springy speed.
Buy it: On Cloudflow, $140, on-running.com
The airy upper is made for flat feet. And unlike most stability shoes (which tend to look a little blah), this one has a fun, flashy feel.
Brooks Transcend 4, $160, brooksrunning.com