Russ Bengtson's Top 10 Sneakers of 2012

8. Nike Roshe Run

The idea of a simple running shoe being a revelation would be ludicrous to anyone who started running in the '60s or '70s. Back then that's all there was. But after a while, with the advent of overpronate this and stability control that, running shoes started to look more like medical equipment than sneakers. The Roshe Run isn't technically a minimalist shoe - it still has the dreaded "drop" - but the construction is just mesh on foam, with a wallet-friendly $70 retail price. Sometimes simple is just better.

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