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FITNESS 2009 Sneaker Guide: The Best Walking Shoes

Our picks for the best shoes for walking, whether you're hitting the road, treadmill, or trails.
New Balance 1200  sneakers Runner-Up: Best Road Walking Shoe

New Balance 1200

The sturdy midsole on these shoes packs stability and cushioning from heel to forefoot, and the flexible outsole smoothes every stride. They are lightweight and durable and fit close to your foot, thanks to special cinch-it-in lacing.

"They felt like butt-ah," says one 20-miles-a-week walker. "I was propelled forward with each step and felt as though I could go forever."

($120, newbalance.com for stores)