Ryka cross trainers

New year, new you. Vibrant sneakers loaded with technology provide yet another good reason to get back on track.

Cross-trainers for women (wider forefoot, narrower heel) get the stamp of approval from a toned talk-show host. 

The Kelly Ripa Collection by Rykä, $80; Ryka.com
New Balance trail shoe

Outdoor explorers will appreciate this cool-looking, low-profile trail shoe with gripping rubber treads. 

New Balance, $80; NewBalance.com
Saucony running shoe

This versatile, lightweight trainer with airy mesh and wicking lining will suit both casual runners and dedicated racers. 

Saucony, $85; Saucony.com for stores
Asics sneaker

Serious shock absorption—the abrasion-resistant heel takes the impact—and extra cushioning make running easier on knees. 

Asics, $85; Asics.com for stores
Spira footwear sneakers

Springs built into the forefoot, combined with a hyper-resilient midsole, help reduce foot fatigue mile after mile. 

Spira, $100; SpiraFootwear.com
Nike sneaker

The nonmarking sole on this twilight blue sneaker is perfect for the weight room, basketball court, or kickboxing class. 

Nike, $110; Nike.com
Pearl Izumi sneaker

From the cycling brand: Trainers meant for outdoors, with reflective visibility and toe guards for durability. 

Pearl Izumi, $110; PearlIzumi.com
Reebok sneaker

Innovative padding in the heel and under the ball of the foot provide added shock absorption and a custom fit. 

Reebok, $120; Reebok.com
Adidas Mary Jane jogging sneakers

Mary Janes take an athletic turn as ultralight jogging shoes. 

Adidas by Stella McCartney, $150; ShopAdidas.com