If there’s one thing we’ve learned in recent years, it’s that cushioning matters. While the minimalist shoe revolution served us well—with cues to better shoe design and lighter shoes and by reinstating the importance of good running form—it’s ample cushioning that matters most for the vast majority of runners. This fall’s crop of shoes takes cushioning to a new level, with new types of foam, new shoe construction techniques and, generally, smoother and more comfortable shoes for logging your miles than ever before. Browse through our reviews of these 15 great new models and then head to your local running shop and find the one that works best for you.
Shoe weights listed in this review are based on men’s size 9.0 and women’s size 7.0