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Runner-Up: Saucony ProGrid Guide 2
This lightweight stability shoe has extra cushioning in the forefoot and a Dual Density Impulse EVA midsole, which helps guide your foot strike and adds support under your arch. "This shoe had tons of bounce and shock absorption -- it felt like it was literally a part of my foot," Swanson says ($95, saucony.com for info).
Our Expert Tester: Sarah Swanson, 27, Chicago
Swanson discovered running after college and has since completed four marathons and three half-marathons. She also helped found the Chicago Luna Chix Running Club. Swanson opts for the treadmill in the winter, but her favorite route is along Chicago's Lakeshore Path.