Men's Health chose the Saucony ProGrid Guide 5 as the best road running shoe in 2012 for its lightweight design and superior shock absorption. Made of a combination of synthetic and leather fabrics, it includes a midsole that provides extra cushioning in specific impact zones to protect feet.
The Under Armour Spine Venom running shoe received a high rating from Sneaker Report for its flexible design. Offering light cushioning and arch support, it includes a foam cage that is cored out to remove unnecessary weight. The mesh upper adds breathability, and the rubber outsole provides extra traction.
Men's Fitness rated the adidas Adizero Adios 2 as one of the best shoes for runners with high arches. The shoe features a design that allows the front and back of the foot to transition independently, removing pressure from the arch. A stability bar runs the length of the shoe, and a moulded cradle gives the heel extra support.
The Asics Gel Kayano earned a rating as one of the most comfortable running shoes from Men's Health for its soft fabric and extra padding. Made of a fluid fit fabric that hugs the foot, it includes a double-layered midsole. The DuoMax system distributes pressure evenly and adds stability.
Sneaker Report chose the New Balance 1260v2 as one of the top running shoes in 2013. Stabilicore technology smoothes the transition as the foot moves from heel to toe. Mesh uppers keep feet cool and dry and the low-riding seam prevents the shoes from riding up.
The Merrell Mix Master 2 is a minimalist running shoe that earned a spot on the Men's Fitness list of best running shoes for trail running. A cushioned ankle collar adds extra comfort and prevents chafing, and a thin sole mimics barefoot running. The durable mesh upper stands up to wear and tear.
For long-distance running, Men's Health chose the Brooks Trance 11 as the best running shoe in 2012. It features a mesh upper that provides plenty of ventilation and a rubber sole with extra grip to prevent slipping. Consumers can choose the support they want from the varied foam insoles.
The forefoot and heel gel cushioning earned the Asics Gel Cumulus a spot on Sneaker Report's list of top running shoes. It features dual memory foam in the collar and an antimicrobial ComfortDry sock liner. The lightweight upper keeps feet comfortable while on a run.
Men's Health chose the Mizuno Wave Creation as one of the best shoes for heavyset runners because of its extra support and padding. It has a unique design that includes a midsole made of two plastic plates with rubber shock absorbers in between. A flexible upper easily conforms to the foot.
The Reebok DMX Sky features moving air panels that provide extra cushioning, leading Sneaker Report to choose this shoe as one of the top running shoes. A mid foot caging system adds arch support, and the mesh upper provides ventilation. An outsole made of carbon rubber provides exceptional traction and grip.