The innovations in these shoes strike the right balance for walkers and runners of all types.  They sound like cars with multi-systems interplayed in their designs, but the results can be a dynamic fit providing the most comfort. And they look cool too.  All are available at major sports apparel retailers.

ASICS Gel-Tech Walker Neo 2

With an improved cushioning system and heel plug, ASICS walking shoe standard just upped its game.  Memory foam molds to the heel for a personalized fit and the Trusstic System keeps the weight of the shoe low, without any structural breakdown. ASICS even configured the lacing to be anatomically correct to deter from any irritation. The Impact Guidance System helps maintain a natural gait. They even threw in reflective detailing for low-light or nighttime walking.

Retails for $100.

Nike Air Pegasus+ 28

Runners can find notable support in this Nike revamped running show. The shoe’s structure and cushion works for those slight under- and over-pronation strides. The Zoom heel unit offers responsive cushioning and a crash pad absorbs shock for a smoother run.  An inner sleeve bootie covers the foot complementing the hugging heel wrap. The Flywire panel supports the midfoot as does the stabilizing arch.

Retails from $90–$125.

Adidas AdiPure Trainer Shoes

Adidas jumps into the five-toe shoe fray with its AdiPure line that keeps this shoe to simple mechanics. The stretch upper gives a flexible fit while the sole’s durable rubber gives extra protection on rougher terrains and traction for all surfaces. The toe sleeves allow the foot to move in its natural motion putting all toes to work.

Retails for $90.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 17, 2012.