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Pavement Pounders: 10 Best Running Shoes

Summer heat waves are on the edge of winding down, and that’s good news: you can run without your shoes melting to the road. If you’ve been stuck all summer plodding along on a treadmill in the gym or running in the predawn hours to avoid scorchers, now is a great time to reassess your aging kicks and consider an update. We could go on about minimal vs. conventional, the merits of cushioning and drop angles and tread patterns, or we could just find the best shoes of the year to help you with one thing: working on your fast. Our search for the best running shoes of the year yielded more than a few contenders, and unless you plan on leaving them in your closet to collect dust, there’s not a single shoe here that won’t help you get to the front of the pack.

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This Kayano is gellin'

Asics Gel Kayano 17

Now in its 17th rendition, Asics’ iconic Gel Kayano has shaped up to be the best yet. The Gel Kayano 17 ($140) now features a full-length Guidance Line that promotes gait efficiency and responsiveness while reducing weight. Additional improvements include dual density cushioning, ComforDry sockliner and anatomical Asymmetrical Lacing Design that follows the foots natural…

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Pure Running Science

ASICS Gel-Kinsei 3

When it comes to running shoes, many runners latch onto a particular brand. While Dusty happens to be a Brooks man, I, on the other hand, live by ASICS. As a cost-conscious individual, I usually get my new pair of Gel Kayano’s at the end of the season on closeout. So, when the opportunity came…