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We Found The 14 Best Running Shoes For Spring 2017

Although these shoes didn’t fit the bill for our testers, we also loved these new styles. Two are Cattell’s favorites (she tested a number of pairs sent to the testers as well), while our author loved the Newtons.

New Balance

New Balance Fresh Foam 1080

9.3 oz., 8mm drop

Cattell loves these crowdpleasers for their overall comfort and soft cushion. She’s also a fan of the foot-hugging properties: “The heel fit is improved over the last version and the upper is closer fitting without sacrificing width.”
$150, newbalance.com

Newton and Topo

Newton Gravity 6

6.7 oz., 3mm drop

I’ve been incorporating lower-drop shoes into my rotation to switch things up and stretch tight calves. (A lower drop means the ankle has to bend and do more work.) The raised forefoot pods promote a forward lean and give my stride an energetic boost.
$175, newtonrunning.com

Topo Terraventure

8.2 oz., 3mm drop

Cattell likes these trail shoes for the low drop—to encourage a more natural footfall—roomy toe box with a secure fit from heel to midfoot and supportive cushioning. “The Topo is one shoe that I put my foot in and automatically knew it was quality.”
$110, topoathletic.com

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Allison Pattillo

Allison Pattillo

Allison played field hockey and golf while growing up, but always ran “just for the fun of it.” She completed and won her age group in her very first race, a 5K, when she was 26 so that she would at least know how to pin on her number before running her first marathon a month later. Those two races turned into dozens, from mile long sprints to ultras, running to triathlon with some ski and snowshoe racing mixed in as well. After earning a Boston qualifier and completing her first IRONMAN 140.6, this mother of two is now focused on seeing how much she can better her 3:48 PB marathon time, running the World Marathon Majors (Boston and Tokyo are in the books!) and tackling a 50-miler.