- It's never too cold to get out and run. Here are our six favorite all-season kicks.
Puma Faas 500 SThe Faas 500 S ($100) is a lightweight midfoot striker with a good bit of cushioning. As one tester put it, it’s the "perfect amount of plush without feeling like mush." We loved the simple, snug, retro-styled upper. (7.1 oz; 4 mm drop)
Puma Faas 500 SThe Nimbus ($145) is the pillowiest neutral shoe on the road, with a high-off-the-ground feel, luxurious tongue, and bottomless crash pad for heel strikers. Best for easy cruising and social runs: all that cush sucks up a bit of energy with each squishy step. (9.4 oz; 13 mm drop)
Adidas Adistar BoostPart heel-striking stability shoe, part trampoline, the Adistar ($170) is a high-mileage comfort trainer cushioned with Adidas’s specially formulated Boost foam, which has a lively spring to it. Best for women with narrow feet. (9.5 oz; 11 mm drop)
Merrell Trail Glove Ascend GTXBarefoot idealism meets the reality of winter. A waterproof upper, flexy rock plate, and thick Vibram outsole add protection and traction to this zero-drop favorite. Low, corrugated lugs transition to roads flawlessly, but they also perform surprisingly well on rocky steeps. (9 oz; zero drop)
La Sportiva AnakondaSome testers wanted a bit more padding in the Anakonda ($125) (the midsole is extremely thin), and others wished it was more breathable. But everyone raved about the secure fit and big-time traction in the rough stuff. (10 oz; 4 mm drop)
The North Face Single-Track Hyasa IIVersatility is the Hyasa II's ($110) strong suit. A cushy but surprisingly light road-to-trail shoe, it didn’t excel on any particular terrain, though it tackled everything pretty darn well. The flat lugs feel better on firm dirt than in mud. (7.6 oz; 8 mm drop)
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