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Everyone has their favorite pair of running sneakers to get the job done. Whether they're practicing sprints on a local track, doing long-distance road miles, or tackling a treadmill HIIT workout, it's natural to gravitate towards a shoe catered to your specific needs and the demands of your workout. That said, since there are a lot of options out there, picking one can be daunting.
Overall, when looking for a running sneaker, it's important to "recognize what is comfortable to you, the runner," Darcy Berard, general manager of The Running Room USA, previously told POPSUGAR. Then, think about what your usual (or ideal) runs will look like. For example, for trail runs, you'll want a more aggressive outsole to protect you from slipping on any wet areas and grip onto any rocks that you may come across, Mirna Valerio, ultrarunner and Merrell athlete, previously told POPSUGAR. For a treadmill run at the gym, steer toward a pair of sneakers that will give you sturdy arch support and enough cushion.
To help you better understand what types of running shoes others use, ahead, we've asked POPSUGAR editors who also happen to be avid runners, as well as a few professionals (including athletes from the Tokyo Paralympic Games and Adriene Mishler, aka Yoga With Adriene) for their go-to kicks to stride in. Take a look!
- Additional reporting by Angelica Wilson