Cushioning and energy return are key for longer runs. New Balance's Fresh Foam midsole provides both. Seen here in the striking Ghost Pepper 1080v11, it's both lightweight and responsive and is joined by a bootie-like synthetic mesh upper that hugs the foot. It also has an Ortholite sockliner for added comfort, a unique heel design meant to reduce rubbing, and a lace closure.
Drop: 8 mm