7 Knee-Saving Running Shoes for Spring Pound the pavement, not your knees, with the new generation of performance running shoes.

Fact: The average running shoe gives you around 300-500 miles before your risk of injury goes way up. Another fact: You have no idea how many miles you’ve logged in your current pair. Consider it a good thing, because there’s never been a better time to buy a new pair of running shoes than right now. The pendulum has swung from minimalism to maximalism, and now shoe manufacturers are discovering the power of the middle ground, where support, comfort, and style meet. Here, we round up the best new shoes for any running style.

6-best-spring-running-shoes-gel-super-j33-asics (1)The fourth installment of Saucony’s brand-reviving, minimalist Kinvara line is just as lightweight but comes with the addition of PowerGrid—a foamy heel insert that centers the foot and absorbs impact—ideal for heel-strikers.

$100, saucony.com –

This rugged trail shoe feature a 6mm drop and nearly double the cushioning of Salomon’s S-Lab Sense. The results is a more natural ride that rail-prone ultrarunners will gravitate toward. And you thought they just made skis.

$120, salomon.com

6-best-spring-running-shoes-puma-faas-300-v3Hit the road in the new J33s for what Asics calls a “super-human” experience. Engineered to correct mild to moderate pronation, they’re more responsive than you’d expect. And the avant-garde design is a head-turner.

$100, asicsamerica.com

Maximum speed requires maximum control, and the trend of deconstructed design rages on in style with the Faas, which sports a mesh no-sew upper and one-piece midsole that are striking in both form and function.

$90, puma.com

Traverse unpredictable natrual terrain confidently with a lowered heel for improved balance and a handy rock shield—specifically engineered for trail running—to protect your feet from pangs and sprains.

$120, brooks.com 

adidas-energy-boost-2Chasing the runaway success of the original Boost, the next generation brings elevated style to the energy-returning midsole and flexible, lightweight upper that changed the way we think about comfort while running.

$160, adidas.com


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