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Whether you log miles on pavement, dirt or a little of both, this year's advancements in running shoes can give you a jump start on your training and take you well into winter. New road runners range from super-cushy to stable and supportive to provide you with the perfect fit. If you hit both road and trail--maybe you run on pavement to get to your favorite off-road route--a new range of hybrid shoes perform well on a variety of surfaces. And for the true dirt diva, this season's trail running kicks can help you tackle the rockiest of trails.

Road Runners

Named after clouds for good reason, these neutral cushioning shoes provide impressive shock absorption from forefoot to heel. The plush ride comes from a reworked midsole material that bounces back and resists long-term compression better than earlier versions. A wider platform creates a stable overall feel.

A new non-slip, EVA sockliner provides the slipper-like comfort of these shoes, right out of the box. Generous cushioning runs the full length of your foot, supplying ample padding between you and the road. And at 9.5 ounces, the Response is lightweight and nimble--at an affordable price.

Ideal for mild to moderate overpronators (whose feet roll inward excessively), this stability shoe provides support while remaining flexible and comfortable. Its low-to-the-ground fit is reminiscent of a racing flat--good for short, fast runs, though not optimal for longer outings. A bamboo-infused lining helps ward off odor.

Hybrid Shoe

NEW BALANCE 811, $85
Road-worthy cushioning comes from encapsulated, non-pressurized air pockets in the heel and forefoot, while aggressive treads offer dependable traction on trails. A supportive upper keeps your foot stable on off-camber terrain. This shoe comes in a range of widths, from AA to D, so you can find the perfect fit.

This versatile shoe features a softshell exterior that resists rain and snow. Off-road assurance comes from an internal stability frame, which helps keep you upright while rock-hopping and jaunting downhill. High-rebound foam in the forefoot contributes to on-road comfort. Reflective treatment makes these shoes a great choice for dawn or dusk runs.

Saucony's foray into trail running shoes includes these hybrid kicks that work well both off-road and on. Ample cushioning and flexibility provide a smooth ride on hard surfaces, and a multidirectional lug outsole provides traction. A gusseted tongue keeps rocks out, and a dedicated gaiter housing makes these shoes ideal for sandy or snowy conditions.

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