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The Best Sneakers for Cross-Country Running

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    New Balance 840

    This running shoe has a grooved sticky rubber outsole that grips the trail, keeping your foot — no matter what its shape — steady on loose twigs and gravel. It also features a gotta-love-it blister-proof lining and super-cushioned heel.

    Our tester says: "The 840s transitioned really well from dirt and grass to rockier trails and were amazingly lightweight, which I loved." — Nancy Kleinrock, 48, from Trumansburg, New York, averages 75 to 85 miles a week on New York's Finger Lakes Trail.

    New Balance 840, $84

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    Adidas Supernova Riot

    Because your feet take a beating on bumpy paths, the Adidas Supernova Riot has additional padding under the ball of your food and a structured toe box to guard against stubs.

    Adidas Supernova Riot, $95

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  • Pearl Izumi Peak XC

    These lightweight sneakers are great for fast-paced trail races or training runs.

    Pearl Izumi Peak XC, $109.99

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  • Asics GEL-Trabuco 11 WR

    These sneakers give traction and support on uneven surfaces, even going up and down hills.

    Asics GEL-Trabuco 11 WR, $94

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  • Brooks Cascadia 3

    The tough soles on these sneakers protect feet from rocks and blisters.

    Brooks Cascadia 3, $97.99

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  • Mizuno Wave Ascend 3

    These sneakers grip well, even in wet conditions.

    Mizuno Wave Ascend 3, $92.99

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  • Saucony ProGrid Xodus

    The Vibram outsole on these sneakers gives them awesome grip on uneven terrain.

    Saucony ProGrid Xodus, $100

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  • New Balance 874

    The extra protection in the toes of these shoes is there to keep your feet from getting stubbed on rocks, roots, and whatever is in your way.

    New Balance 874, $89.99

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  • Reebok Premier Minocqua TR

    We love the reflective material, great for safely running at night.

    Reebok Premier Minocqua TR, $89.99

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  • Adidas Kanadia Trail

    Brand new to their line, this shoe's sole protects your feet from rocks while the tongue is attached in a way that keeps out dirt.

    Adidas Kanadia Trail, $64.95

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  • Avia Avi-Trail

    Made out of microfiber and mesh, this trail shoe is super breathable.

    Avia Avi-Trail, $89.99

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  • Ryka T2 Trainer

    The perforated sock liner and outsole on this sneaker makes for easy water drainage.

    Ryka T2 Trainer, $74.96

    Originally published on, June 2008.

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