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Continuing with our Spring Training, we’re taking it to the streets — or treadmill if that’s your preference — with this collection of the season’s hot running shoes. There’s nothing simpler than lacing up your sneakers and going out for a run, and we’ve got kicks ready to go the distance with you. Cushioned, supportive, responsive, and of course, stylish too, these are 10 of our favorite running shoes, for both men and women, guaranteed to put a little extra pep in your step!

LEFT COLUMN: NEW BALANCE FRESH FOAM 1080 $149.99. The newest addition to the Fresh Foam family, the popular 1080 has been updated with this plush foam and is the most cushioned model in the line. Offering superior comfort in a performance running shoe, the contour and shape of the midsole has been designed for a smooth flow from touchdown to takeoff, with specially designed grooves on the outsole for added flexibility under foot. On the inside, an Ortholite® sockliner, breathable mesh upper, and interior bootie-fit system supports the foot in luxurious comfort.

HOKA ONE ONE TRACER $130. Lower to the ground than the other ultra cushioned shoes in the Hoka One One line up, the Tracer is a lightweight training shoe perfect for race days too. Featuring Hoka’s distinctive heel-toe offset and rocker, with cushioning in the heel and responsiveness in the forefoot, the Tracer is a neutral performance running shoe, well suited for uptempo training and racing.

SAUCONY HURRICANE ISO 2 $160. Runner’s World magazine’s Editors Choice, and a perennial favorite, after already unveiling a dynamic new upper and fit system, Saucony has revolutionized the Hurricane stability shoe again. With their patent-pending cushioning, Everun, impact energy is dispersed across a wider platform. The result is superior resiliency in a plush ride, and all the support you need to go the distance.

ON RUNNING CLOUDSURFER $98. New kids on the block, On Running has created a revolutionary “cloud” cushioning construction that’s unlike any other running shoe on the market. Featuring underfoot nodules that encourage a more efficient running style and greater body stability, the outsole pods cushion on impact, then firm up for a powerful push off. The Cloudsurfer is the most performance-oriented of the On line. For distance or quick cadence tempo runs, these shoes offer outstanding shock absorption, support and flexibility from touchdown to take-off.

NIKE LUNAR EPIC FLYKNIT $175. One of the most buzzed about new running shoes is the Nike Lunar Epic Flyknit. Its distinctive mid-rise Flyknit upper has a near-seamless, one-piece construction that is woven more openly on the foot and ankle for greater stretch and breathability, and tighter in areas that demand more strength and support. The soft, contoured Lunarlon midsole has precision-lasered cuts on the sides that collapse during footstrike, delivering a perfectly smooth transition from heel to toe. Available in a myriad of interlocking colors and hues, this running shoe makes a bold fashion statement for the most stylish of runners.

RIGHT COLUMN: ADIDAS ADIZERO ADIOS BOOST 2 $140. Light enough for race days, but supportive enough for longer training runs, the sleek Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 2, is your ideal running shoe and one in this editor’s regular rotation. This low profile trainer is firm yet bouncy, infused with the energy return of Boost™ cushioning, and the durability and traction of a Continental™ rubber outsole. Lean and mean, the open mesh construction offers superior breathability and comfort on longer runs or speedwork days.

ASICS FUZEX LYTE $99.95. Blending a contemporary new look with Asics newest midsole technology, their proprietary fuzeGEL™, the FuzeX integrates gel with foam for optimal cushioning in a lightweight ride. The FuzeX offers seamless construction for extra comfort, and ultimate rearfoot shock absorption that transfers to the forefoot during take off, for full ground contact and quick responsiveness on the run.

SALOMON SONIC PRO $140. Recognized for their ultra performance trail running shoes and super style, Salomon has taken it to the streets with the Sonic Pro. Made for fast and efficient runners, the lightweight, low-profile construction and dual-density midsole offer just enough cushioning for those looking for a quick and responsive ride. The stretchy upper with SensiFit closure fits the foot snugly with a pull-cord lacing system, for great support with or without socks.

BROOKS NEURO $130. With a unique design, these performance focused neutral running shoes offer cushioning, responsiveness and flexibility in a distinctive package. The undercarriage construction is such so the heel and forefoot move independently for powerful push-offs, while the Propulsion Pods offer a rapid energy return with very stride. Each pair fits like a second skin with a Dynamic Hammock System that wraps underfoot and tightens through the eyelets for improved foot alignment. This lightweight women’s running shoe makes the most of every run and every mile.

NEWTON GRAVITY 5 $175. The fifth edition of this featherlight neutral shoe is built for runners who want a daily training shoe that can perform at a faster tempo pace or on race day. The Gravity V has the flattest profile in the Newton family, with an innovative new bottom that offers enhanced flexibility and full foot cushioning. A revamped upper features a seamless mesh construction and newly modified, 4-way stretch metatarsal panel for maximum breathability and durability. This model is the pinnacle of performance and comfort for you Newton lovers and those who’ve been looking to check out a pair.