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Best Running Shoes of 2023, Part 1: Daily Trainers, Stability Shoes, and Performance Trainers
Doctors of Running Podcast, Episode 170

2023 is quickly coming to a close, so it's time to pick our favorite shoes from the past year. Matt, Andrea, and David get together to share their picks for the best shoes. Tune in to hear their choices for daily trainers, stability/stable neutral shoes, and performance trainers. And get ready for the next episode where they'll share their favorite racing shoes! We want to hear from you: what are your favorite shoes of the year? Message us on Instagram or email us at


Best Daily Trainers

Best Stability and Stable Neutral

Best Performance Trainers of 2023

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0:00 - Intro 
5:29 - Best Daily Trainers 
13:46 - Runners up for Daily Trainers 
17:05 - Best Stability/Stable Neutral Shoes 
26:37 - Runners up for Stability Shoes 
32:40 - Best Performance Trainers  
3:00 - Runners up for Performance Trainers 
50:12 - Wrap-up

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