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Best for: Short-distance run

“I like the Sonic Pro's because they are light yet have a decent amount of support for my short-distance runs,” Wilpers says. The Salomon Sonic Pro was also rated as some of the best by Runners’ World. The low-profile, neutral, dual-density midsole has a responsive ride with just a touch of cushioning, according to the site. The stretchy upper fits snugly with a pull-cord lacing system.