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Nike LunarGlide 8 $120

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One of an increasing handful of shoes that blur the lines between traditional running shoe categories, the LunarGlide 8 is light enough to be a Performance shoe, unobtrusive enough to be a Neutral shoe, and stable enough to be a Motion Stabilizing shoe.

Glycerin 14 $150

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As it motors toward a decade and a half, the Glycerin is a testament to staying power. Building solidly on the strengths of Rounds 12 and 13, the Glycerin 14 emphasizes plush high-mileage comfort. The upper shows a concerted effort to stabilize the midfoot and improve the vamp by reshaping the saddle and using thinner, printed overlays between the saddle and toe.

ASICS Dynaflyte $140

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ASICS has a technology center in Kobe, Japan tasked with developing and testing materials and products for the brand. The new Dynaflyte was the result of considerable effort: A new foam was developed for it, and techniques and materials have been changed, all to infuse new life into ASICS’ shoes. The upper is semiclosed, but breathable mesh.

adidas Vengeful Boost $110

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The Vengeful Boost is the third new running shoe from adidas in as many seasons. Its siblings, the UltraBoost and UltraBoost ST, aimed at the top tier of the market, but here the goal was to protect the runner and his or her wallet. The upper is a uniform open mesh, covered with a soft and pliable lining that feels nice and gentle against the foot.