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Super Cushy Rides: 14 Max Cushioned Running Shoes

Competitor magazine editor-in-chief Brian Metzler shares a look at some of the most cushioned shoes you’ll see in 2016.

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Competitor magazine editor-in-chief Brian Metzler shares a look at some of the most cushioned shoes you’ll see in 2016.

Although shoes with copious amounts of cushioning have been around for a while, maximally cushioned running shoes have exploded in popularity over the past two years. The category was pioneered by Hoka One One in 2010, but that’s certainly not the only brand producing shoes with thick, cushy midsoles in 2016. Are they all “maximalist” models? Maybe, maybe not. Most brands don’t use the “maximalist” moniker, but then again there isn’t a universal midsole thickness or stack height dimension that defines maximal cushioning. Here are 14 highly cushioned models you’ll see at running stores this spring and summer.

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