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The FITNESS Spring 2010 Sneaker Guide

Experience love at first stride with our biggest-ever shoe guide. We asked 115 readers to step, ride, and even splash their way through this spring's sportiest styles. Find your perfect pair here.
Mizuno Wave Creation 11 The Best Running Neutral Cushioned Shoe

Mizuno Wave Creation 11
The plastic "wave" midsole in this lightweight shoe takes cushioning up a notch by absorbing impact along your entire foot, thereby creating ouch-free landings for joints. Plus, its underfoot ventilation system prevents overheating, and a soft sock liner keeps feet sweat- and odor-free. "Absolute comfort!" one tester says. "My struggle to find the perfect shoes is over." ($135, zappos.com)

Footnote: If you've got high arches, like tester Carrie Carlson, 29, chances are you need more cushioning than stability in your sneaks. "It was as if the Mizunos were made for my feet; they had me running like a gazelle," says Carrie, who jogs after work along New York City's East River.