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The five best new sneakers for spring

Start your spring exercise routine off on the right foot with the latest, greatest footwear for walking and running
By Lia Grainger
The five best new sneakers for spring

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Find the best sneaker for your workout

 These days there are sneakers for every type of movement: from trail-walking to sprinting. This guide will help you find the right one for your spring shape-up plan.

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Nike Free Run+ Women’s Running Shoe, $85

This smart shoe’s sleek design stimulates barefoot conditions, which helps strengthen feet while still providing the cushion to keep you comfortable and supported. The Free Run+ is also a member of the Nike+ family, a line of shoes that incorporates new chip technology to track your distance, pace, time and calories burned, so you can carefully monitor your progress.

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New Balance 890 with REVlite, $149.95

This light-as-air runner uses new super-light midsole foam to reduce the shoe’s weight by a third, without compromising durability. How light is light? The New Balance 890 weighs about the same as an apple – perfect for the runner who likes to pretend their shoes aren’t even there. 

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Asics Gel Kayano 17, $145

For the serious runner, the Asics Gel Kayano 17’s patented Impact Guidance System is made up of flexible toe-to-heel grooves that guide your stride for a more efficient gait. They’ve also got an extra 3mm of height to alleviate Achilles tension, and an improved sock-liner for a snugger, more comfortable fit.

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EasyTone Reenew from Reebok, $100

These shoes were made for walking. Built-in balance ball-inspired pods on the soles force you to balance, working your leg and butt muscles with every step. These come in a wide array of colours — those who like a little flash can go for the a pair in metallic silver, gold or purple.

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Saucony ProGrid Peregrine, $90

For those who like to take things off the beaten track, these minimalist trail runners respond well to even the most rough-and-tumble of surfaces. And we’re not the only ones who like this ultra-stable performer: Runner's World gave the Peregrine the spring Editor's Choice award for best trail shoe.

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