1. For Beginners
The New Balance 8505's honeycombed midsole has a spring-like action, plus it's made of tough stuff to extend the life of the shoe.
- Best for neutral feet; two widths. ($85; newbalance.com)
2. For the Gear-Obsessed
Nike's Air Zoom Moire relays time, distance, and calories burned from the shoe to an Apple iPod nano. ($100 for shoes, $149 and up for iPod, plus $29 for the Nike + iPod Sport Kit; nikeplus.com)
3. For Wannabe Marathoners
The Asics GEL-Nimbus VIII features gel pads in the forefoot and heel plus a midsole layer of shock absorption.
- For mild supinators to neutral feet. ($120; asicsamerica.com)
4. For Overweight Runners
Reebok's Premier Trinity KFS has a beefed-up midsole, as well as innovative inserts that let the shoe flex with your foot.
- Best for mild pronators. ($115; reebok.com)
5. For the Injury-Prone
Saucony Grid Stabil 6 has updated shock-absorption for a smoother, softer ride.
- Available in two widths.
- Best for severe pronators. ($90; saucony.com for more information)
6. For Trail Runners
The Adidas Response Trail has a grippy outsole to prevent slips; its cushioned midsole and stiff midfoot arch protect your feet when the trail gets tough.
- For neutral feet. ($75; shopadidas.com)
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, October 2006.