Best Athletic Shoes

Consumer Reports just tried out some of the latest athletic shoes, including ones from Adidas to Nike.

Testers checked out ten pairs each of men's and women's shoes.

They cost anywhere from $28 to $110.

"Athletic shoes are different than running shoes," said Consumer Reports' Peter Anzalone. "They're suitable for a variety of sports and athletic activities."

You can use them for aerobics, to run on the treadmill, or weight training.

In addition to a stability test, conducted at an outside lab, the tester also wears reflectors as he runs on a treadmill.

A computer then analyzes all the data to determine a shoes' stability.

In another test, a 19 pound weight is dropped on a shoe to see how well it will cushion your feet.

Panelists also exercised in the shoes to size up the fit and flexibility.

"Fit is by far the most important feature, and we had a couple of the shoes that didn't perform so well," said Anzalone.

For example-the men's and women's Reebok SmoothFit Mobile II Trainer.

"The tongue was attached on one side and detached on the other, which meant you couldn't lace up the shoe as tightly as I wanted to," said tester Gayle Williams.

And many panelists didn't care for the women's Champion C9 Rocksie, which uses elastic bands to secure a shoe.

"My foot actually slipped out of the sneaker. There's absolutely no support because there's no shoelaces," said tester Odalys Grieco.

In the end, the Asics GEL-150-TR for both men and women came out on top.

Both provide excellent fit and cushioning and costs around $65.

Consumer Reports says it's a good idea to go to a store that has knowledgeable salespeople to get help fitting a shoe.

What's important-your toes should fit snugly but have enough room to spread during exercise.

Your arch needs adequate support.

You want to be sure that your heel does not slip when you take a step.


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