New Balance MR1080

New Balance MR1080     Photo: Photo by Inga Hendrickson

PROPS: With generous cushioning and a plush interior, it's a top-tier comfort cruiser for neutral runners. BEHIND THE SCENES: New Balance makes a quarter of its performance running and lifestyle shoes—some seven million pairs, including this one—in one of its four New England factories. $135; newbalance.com

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