Amateur and pro runners share their favorite running shoes

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Everyone has their favorite pair of running sneakers to get the job done. Whether they’re sprinting on a local track, logging long-distance miles, or tackling a HIIT workout on the treadmill, it’s only natural to look to a shoe that’s suited to your specific needs and training demands. . That said, since there are so many options, picking one can be daunting.

Overall, when looking for a running sneaker, it’s important to “recognize what’s comfortable for you, the runner,” Darcy Berard, general manager of The Running Room USA, previously told POPSUGAR. Next, think about what your usual (or ideal) runs will look like. For example, for trail runs, you’ll want a more aggressive outsole to prevent you from slipping on wet areas and sticking to rocks you might encounter, Mirna Valerio, ultrarunner and Merrell athlete, previously told POPSUGAR. For a treadmill run at the gym, head for a pair of trainers that will give you sturdy arch support and enough cushion.

To help you better understand what types of running shoes others are using, we asked POPSUGAR editors who are also avid runners, as well as a few pros (including Tokyo Paralympic Games athletes and Adriene Mishler, aka Yoga With Adriene) for their must-have kicks. Take a look !

– Additional reporting by Angelica Wilson

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