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The 15 Top Running Shoes of the Season: A Comprehensive Review for Road, Trail, and Race Day

Published on June 17 by Anna

Finding the right running shoe is crucial. You want a balance of lightness, cushioning, support, and a comfortable fit that lasts for miles. Whether you're a casual runner or a racer chasing personal bests, there's a perfect shoe out there for you.

Runner's World puts hundreds of running shoes through their paces each year, with a team of over 275 testers logging real-world miles on roads, trails, and popular running routes. Here's a sneak peek at their top picks for 2024, categorized by your running style:

Calling All Daily Trainers:

  • Overall: Embrace the reliable and comfortable Brooks Ghost 15.
  • Softest Ride: Sink into plush cushioning with the Saucony Triumph 21.
  • Lightweight Champion: Go for a feather-light feel with the Hoka Mach 5.

Women's Top Pick:

  • Support and style collide in the lululemon Blissfeel 2.

Classic Gets Better:

  • The Nike Pegasus 40 boasts an improved fit for a familiar favorite.

This is just a taste of what Runner's World has to offer. Stay tuned for their full reviews of these and other top contenders, including racing shoes, stability models, and trail shoes. You'll also find helpful buying tips and expert insights to guide you towards your perfect running companion.