Running Shoe Brands You Might Not Know—But Should

At the starting line of any race, you'll see a colorful mix of shoes: neon yellow Nikes, cushy and sturdy Hokas, well-worn and classic Brooks. Runners are often creatures of habit and tend to stick to their favorite footwear, but is that the best approach?

We found a number of lesser-known running shoe brands worth considering, many of which were launched by former runners trying to fill a perceived gap in the market.

Author's Note: For shoes tested in-house, we've provided a "How it Rides" section.

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