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The 2018 Shape Sneaker Award Winners Will Replace Every Pair of Shoes You Own

Best Studio Class Sneaker: Nike Metcon 4

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Stick every lunge and landing in quick-footwork classes, thanks to the traction of the tri-star–patterned outsole. This pair was a crowd-pleaser among testers no matter what trendy workout they tackled. (Here's the full story of how the Nike Metcon 4 was designed and tested.)

($130, nike.com

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Best Trail Running Shoe: The North Face Women's Ultra TR III

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You’ll be thankful for how lightweight this agile trail runner is from stride one, and you’ll appreciate its grippy Vibram treads when you hit your first patch of mud. The techie fabric of the upper speed dries to keep feet comfy. (If you don't hit the trails often, these benefits of trail running will convince you to start.)

($110, thenorthface.com)

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Best Running Shoe: Brooks Revel

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For everyday runs, this neutral running sneaker slays. Whether our testers did sprints, hills, long distance, or something in between, they raved that the light and cushiony style made the mileage fly. Another tester tip: Swap in Hickies snap-on elastic laces ($18, hickies.com) so you never have to re-tie midrun.

($100, brooksrunning.com

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Best Cross-Training Shoe: Reebok Speed TR

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Here’s the cross-trainer you want for those “as many reps as possible” workouts—it’s light and low to the ground for stability but nicely cush- ioned to take the pounding of plyos. The special grippy rubber strip by the arch is for you CrossFitters and rope climbers.

($100, reebok.com

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Best Water Shoe: Keen Evofit One

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Up for some paddling, rafting, SUP, or a watery hike? This amphibious sport sandal is just the combination of grit and stellar grip you need. The socklike upper hugs your foot even when slippery and wet, then it emerges odor-free as it dries.

($130, keenfootwear.com)  

 

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Best Hiking Shoe: Merrell Chameleon 7

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This low-top hiker looks retro but is truly state-of-the-art, with a flexible underfoot protector plate and a shock-absorbing air cushion in the heel. You’ll feel stable and stay nimble over bumpy terrain.

($150, merrell.com

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Best Walking Shoe: Sorel Kinetic Sneak

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Full load of errands? Oh, heels no. This sleek, supercushioned pull-on has an edgy- looking grooved rubber outsole and supportive metallic straps that serve up comfort with style for a long day of hitting the pavement.

($140, sorel.com

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Best Sneakers to Dress Up or Down: Tory Sport Ruffle Sneaker

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Stay one step ahead in these preppy suede shoes designed to anchor any look. During the workweek, they’ll add a cool factor to your 9-to-5 staples, or match them with jeans and a sleek top for casual outings.

($228, torysport.com

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Best Sock-Style Sneaker: Loeffler Randall Scout

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Rely on these glittery-hued fitted sneaks to dial up the glam factor on your simplest outfits. Warning: The eccentric color combo is sure to keep all eyes on your kicks.

($295, loefflerrandall.com

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Photo: Loeffler Randall

Best Travel Shoe: Keds Kickstart Mesh

Best Travel Shoe: Keds Kickstart Mesh

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Brighten up a casual travel ensemble with these coral must-haves. Their breathable mesh fabric will keep you cool whether you’re on the tarmac or in an Uber. Take them on vacation—they’re versatile and light as a feather to pack. (Next up: How to Find the Best Travel Bag That Won't Hurt Your Back.)

($55, keds.com

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Best Supportive Sandal: Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed

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This perma-hip classic proves that not all comfort sandals scream granny. In addition to arch support, the rose-gold slides have a boho vibe that complements a laid-back wardrobe.

($135, birkenstock.com

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Best Slip-On Sneaker: Via Spiga Saran

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This clean, color-blocked version of the casual footwear essential—the slip-on shoe—is unfussy and smartens any neutral look. And don’t fret about the lack of laces: The graphic supportive band will keep you snug. (Ditch all your laces with these other stylish slip-on sneakers.)

($195, viaspiga.com

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Photo: Via Spiga

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