Brooks Transcend, $160

12.2 oz., 8mm heel-toe drop (24mm-heel/16mm-forefoot)
At first glance, this doesn’t look like an oversized shoe. The stack heights aren’t huge, but what’s important is the new formulation of foam that Brooks has developed specifically for this shoe. It’s called Super DNA and it’s supposed to offer 25 percent more cushioning than typical EVA foams and has the ability to adapt and respond to individual footstrike characteristics. The foam is soft but not marshmallowly soft.

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