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6 Shoes We Love


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;

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;

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;

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;

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; 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;

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, October 2006.