Teva TevaSphere Trail Shoe

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   Photo: Inga Hendrickson

BEST FOR: CHANGING YOUR STRIDE

These 9.5-ounce Tevas feature a rounded heel that encourages hikers (or runners) to land midfoot, forcing a forward-leaning position. Their other unique feature? Three-and-a half-inch-wide, shock-absorbing pods on either side of the arch. Testers either loved the stability the pods added on flat trails or couldn’t get used to how conspicuous they felt, especially on rocky, technical terrain. One thing is for sure: if you’re serious about hiking more efficiently, the ’Spheres are like training wheels that remind you of your form.

Brand: $140
From Outside Magzine, September 2013 Get the Latest Issue