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Podiatrist-Approved Sneakers From New Balance, Saucony, and Brooks Are On Sale at Zappos

Expect cushy soles, added stability, and of course, major savings.
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For anyone who loves to get their steps in, warmer weather means more time outside walking, running, and enjoying the sunshine on foot. The only problem? After a winter of slushy surfaces and miles on the treadmill, even the trustiest of sneakers begin to wear down and lose their shape. Luckily, Zappos's massive sneaker sale came just in time for a refresh, and it even includes brands approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), like Brooks, Saucony, and New Balance.

To be considered for an APMA Seal of Acceptance, brands must be evaluated and affirmed by podiatrists for their promotion of comfort, safety, and "good foot health," according to the organization. When it comes to the shoes below, expect cushy soles, added stability, and of course, major savings.

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Best Cushioned: New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon V3 Sneaker

BUY IT, $96 (WAS $120)

Among the many New Balance pairs discounted are the ultra-cushy Fresh Foam v3s in both wide and medium widths. In addition to layers of shock-absorbing padding on the midsole, these kicks feature a breathable knit upper that's so lightweight, the brand describes it as "barely there." Plus, they're so comfortable, one shopper even wore theirs "straight out of the box" on a seven-mile run and "felt great during and after."

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Best Lightweight: Saucony Kinvara 12 Sneaker

BUY IT, $90 (WAS $110)

If you're looking for a light shoe that's both flexible and supportive, Saucony's cohesion 14 might be the sneaker for you. "They are really lightweight and have high arch support, which I need," noted one customer. Other reviewers added that the high, cushioned arch helped them feel secure on their runs and walks. What's more, these kicks also include the brand's responsive PWRRUN+ midsole for an extra bounce in every step.

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Best for Road Running: Brooks Revel 4 Sneaker

BUY IT, $90 (WAS $100)

A great road running shoe needs to be light, shock-absorbing, and incredibly responsive, and the Revel 4 checks all boxes. Updated with the Brooks BioMoGo DNA technology, an airy foam designed to protect the joints from pounding, the midsoles return impact to create a forward-propelling spring. "My feet and legs feel so much better after a run, immediately and later in the day," one shopper raved. An added bonus? The soles are biodegradable.

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Best for Foot Pain: Altra Rivera Sneaker

BUY IT, $100 (WAS $130)

Sleek and breathable, the Altra Riveras are great for running and cross-training, but their Balanced Cushioning makes them the ideal pick for anyone prone to foot pain. The brand's Footshape toe box allows the wearer's toes to spread naturally into a relaxed position, while the signature sole padding distributes weight equally between the forefoot and heel to prevent soreness. "I tried these on at a store on a whim and had no foot pain," wrote one reviewer, adding, "They're super comfy and soft, which is amazing for how light they are."

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Best for Walking: New Balance NB Nergize Sport Sneaker

BUY IT, $50 (WAS $65)

Scrolling through the reviews for this shoe, the word you'll see again and again is "comfortable." One user wrote that this pair is "so comfortable right away," and doesn't even need to be broken in. Another added that they "look forward to taking them on long walks" once the weather is nicer. Although they're not made for running, these sneakers have a snug upper and memory foam sole that makes them a great choice for all-day standing or walking.