“New materials and new shoe manufacturing techniques are playing a big role in the performance aspects of running shoes,” Competitor’s editor-in-chief Brian Metzler wrote of the current state of the running shoe industry. Our top picks for this year certainly reflect these sentiments. Like in the past, in compiling our list of the best running shoes for 2015, we scouted the current sneaker scene in search of the newest and most innovative releases and updates from all the best shoe-makers. Our choices are based on industry expert picks, consumer reviews and ratings, and even some of our own wear-testing. As always, our aim was to provide an assortment of shoes that includes models designed for every type of runner.