With 205 pairs of shoes and a panel of participants who literally did a test run, Consumer Reports recently tested over a dozen men's and women's running shoes to determine if there is one sneaker out there that's superior in performance. Each shoe was selected from within a price range of $28 to $120, and was reviewed for its cushioning, fit, stability, flexibility and weight.
The winner in women's shoes: ($120), which reportedly was the best in terms of stability.
Other top performers in the women's category included the Nike Air Pegasus+ 2007 ($85), Puma Complete Infinitus ($85), Reebok Premier Hatana ($85) and Adidas Supernova Cushion 7 ($90).
But if you don't want to spend that much, there's good news. For adequate performance at a low price, the women's ($28) was CR's top pick.
Before you go shopping, make sure you can answer this question: What's your foot type?
Here's how to figure it out!
Dip your foot in water and then step on a paper bag or fluffy bathmat. â¨If you're flat-footed or have a low arch, you'll see your entire foot. â¨If you have a high arch, you'll see a thin line between the ball and heel print.â¨ If you have a neutral, or normal, arch, your print will look like a thin half-moon.
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