Call us demanding, but we just want our shoes to be comfortable (a stiletto is only as good as the blister it doesn?t give you). And when it comes to running shoes, we require even more: We want them to enhance our athletic performance and give us a much-needed boost.
Here, the latest sneakers that promise to pamper your feet while you pound the pavement:
Best for Cushioning Scientists at Adidas began working in 2009 to invent an innovative material for the Energy Boost sneaker ($150). Essentially a temperature- and pressure-resistant midsole-hugging foam, the new technology will make you feel as if you?re walking--or running--on marshmallows throughout your entire workout.
Best for a Lightweight, Barely-There Feel The new Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ ($160) is about half the weight of a typical performance trainer but has the support most experts agree runners need. Constructed from a single piece of tightly woven polyester yarn (in surprisingly stylish colors), the shoe contours naturally to the foot, almost like a very sturdy sock.
Best for Catlike Agility The designers of the Mobium Elite ($110) from Puma mimicked a cat?s paw when creating their newest offering. As you run, the shoe expands and contracts with your foot--longitudinally, laterally and vertically.