New Balance 759

Speed Trainer

New Balance 759     Photo: Inga Hendrickson

With the 759, New Balance went back to the drawing board. Using tougher, lighter, and more pliable materials than previous neutral trainers, they've served up the sleekest, most stripped-down model we've seen from the company. Our verdict? Change is good. It's an extremely comfy, slim-fitting shoe that rides low to the ground, but with enough cushion for recovery days and long hauls. It's even light enough for speed work: "I feel like I could race in this shoe and not get heavy legs," said one tester. 11.3 oz; $95; newbalance.com

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