1. Under Armour SpeedForm Apollo
Best for: Track rats
These 6.5-ounce shoes are constructed in a clothing factory, with ultrasonic seams and a foam-and-rubber midsole. The result: a wicked-fast shoe suitable for speed sessions, races up to 10K, or lightning-quick Dairy Queen runs.
2. Adidas Energy Boost 2.0
Best for: Beginners
Their chunky soles absorb heavy impacts, making hard pavement feel like a rubber track. And at less than 10 ounces, these sneakers are light enough to never slow you down.
3. Puma Faas 1000
Best for: Middlemen
Sporting a heel-to-toe drop of 12 mm, the 1000s set up like the high-heeled kicks of yesteryear but boast a lighter, new-school foam midsole that makes them extra cushy. They’re ideal for moderate distances, such as half marathons.
4. Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit
Best for: Style hounds
The lightweight Flyknits fit snug like slippers, but they go like hell during a hard workout. The elastic upper pairs with a highly responsive sole for a natural, minimalist running experience.
Photos by Jamie Chung