Fitness Shoes: Find Your Sole Mate

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Nike Flysister+
These cross-trainers are 16 percent lighter than previous versions but have even more stability, thanks to strong but featherweight Kevlar fibers in the uppers. The soles' razor-thin grooves add serious flex. $110, nikewomen.com

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Adidas Feather Adilibria
The sculpted support system in these tennis shoes lets your forefeet and heels move independently of each other while stabilizing your arches. Vented rubber outsoles keep you cool on the court. $110, shopadidas.com

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Scarpa Epic
These lightweight hikers have the superior traction of trail runners. Plus, from lining to laces, they're made from recycled material, with midsoles that break down in landfills 50 times faster than most. $95, mountaingear.com

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Ryka Revive
Don’t be fooled by the price tag: These running shoes use nitrogen-infused foam to increase the cushioning in the heels and forefeet, where it absorbs the impact of landing and gives you a bouncier push-off, $65, ryka.com

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New Balance 719
Perfect for the gym, these trainers boast support "fingers" that are molded into the mesh to brace your feet during side-to-side moves. NB's trademark Abzorb cushioning gives you a soft landing. $70, newbalance.com

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Mizuno Wave Nirvana 6
Mizuno re-created the way the skin on your feet moves when you run: Two-way stretch mesh expands and contracts with your feet--unlike regular mesh, which can bunch and cause blisters. $140, roadrunnersports.com

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Asics Gel-Kayano 16
Asics added a three-millimeter heel raise to these perennial best-selling running shoes, to work better for women: The lift takes pressure off the Achilles tendon, a common injury spot for females. $140, asics.com for stores

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Reebok Zigtech
The ZigTech's inchworm-esque soles propel energy through your feet during a run. Because your lower legs work less, you reduce the risk of overuse injuries like shin splints, so you can train longer and harder. $100, reebok.com



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