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The results are in! The best sneakers you need for comfort and style, according to Self

The winners of Self's 2023 Sneaker Awards are here.

No matter how many chic pairs of flats or sandals we may have in our closets, we always find ourselves returning to sneakers whenever we want to prioritize comfort. Your favorite sneakers might be showing some signs of wear by now though, which is why it might be the perfect time to make an investment in your footwear.

Whether your plans include heading out for walks or simply stepping out of the house in style (and comfort), the right pair of sneakers can make all of the difference in how you feel. Thankfully, SELF magazine just announced the winners of its 2023 SELF Certified Sneaker Awards to help make selecting your next favorite sneaker a breeze.

SELF Editor-in-Chief Rachel Miller joined the 3rd hour of TODAY to breakdown some favorites, so keep reading to see the award-winning sneakers for walking, running, fashion and more.

SELF's Certified Sneaker Awards — 2023

Best High-Cushion Walking Sneaker

Hoka Bondi 8

These cushioned walking sneakers cost a pretty penny, but they are worth the money, according to SELF. The shoes have thick cushioning that Miller says will give your joints a "welcome reprieve." The brand recommends wearing these for long strolls.

Best Gym-to-Street Sneaker

York Athletics The Henry Runner

While these trendy sneakers have a long list of bells and whistles (anti-slip laces, included!), they also have a variety of stylish exteriors, including mesh and leather. Miller says that testers noted the breathable mesh upper, neutral support and ease of use after testing these sneakers for the awards.

Best Shoe for Training

Deviate NITRO 2 Women's Running Shoes

Miller loves the breathable mesh that will give runners that breeziness they crave when they're on the go. She says the sneakers are best for neutral pronators who "strike the floor with their heel", then while they "roll towards the toes, [they] arch lightly collapse inward absorbing the impact," according to Running Shoes Guru.

Best Cross-Trainers

Nike Free Metcon 5

SELF testers found that the Metcon 5 sneakers provided enough comfort and stability to "get through any workout," according to Miller. It includes a molded heel clip for extra support and webbing eyelets for dynamic containment.

Best Travel Shoe

Cloud 5 Coast

Even though SELF considers the Cloud 5 Coast "minimal in every way," it set their standard for a travel shoe. It has a collapsible heel that can kick down while you slide it on and stay compact in your suitcase.

Best Water Shoes

Merrell Women's Hydro Moc

These vegan-friendly shoes have ventilation holes and a heel strap for a snug fit. Testers found the shoes were easy to clean, with one tester remarking, "A quick shake removes sand, and they rinse nicely in the water should you step in mud or anything else gloppy.”

SELF's Certified Sneaker Awards — 2022

Best Walking Sneaker

FootJoy Flex XP

Miller said this brand, known for their golf shoes and apparel, is a newcomer to this year's awards. She mentions the tester primarily wore these for walking and loved the arch support and wide toe. According to the shoe brand, it promises all-day comfort and features breathable mesh fabric.

Best Everyday Running Shoe

Lululemon Blissfeel Running Shoe

"We all know Lululemon for their super soft leggings and great sports bras, but the apparel brand made its debut into footwear this year and we were not disappointed," said Miller.

According to Miller, testers said this running shoe was perfect for long active days, walks and gym sessions. Coming in 14 colorways, the sneaker is lined with a moisture-wicking fabric, a padded tongue and heel collar that molds to your foot.

Best Trail Running Sneaker

Hoka Speedgoat 5

Featuring a larger protective toe band that's meant to protect your feet from rocks and other trail debris, Miller says this is the best sneaker for hiking and running trails. You can choose from four bright colors including the choice between a wide or medium width fit.

SELF's Certified Sneaker Awards — 2021

Best running sneaker

Asics Women's Gel-Kayano Lite 2

Whether you're just starting a running routine or have been training for quite some time, this sturdy style is one you can count on. It features an adaptable sole and a roomy toe box and feels good on your feet. Shy even said that you can take them right out of the box and get to running — you might not even notice you're wearing them.

Best trail sneaker

Merrel Moab Flight Trail Running Shoe

Merrell's a well-known brand, and Shy says that's for good reason. These sneakers will take you from the trail to a rocky hill, through the woods and back, all while remaining secure. They're stable and comfortable, which is all you can ask for when making an outdoor trek.

Best trendy sneaker

Fila Electrove

Y2K fashion and chunky sneakers are in right now. So you might have seen this pair on your social media feeds — or on someone's feet this summer. It combines sporty with style, effortlessly. “This is definitely a supportive, responsive shoe,” wrote one tester. “Not too cushiony, but my feet felt comfortable standing in them for long periods of time."

Best slip-on sneaker

Rothy's The Sneaker

Rothy's is known for their beloved flats, but these sneakers are worthy of praise, too. They're sleek, stylish and come in a bunch of different colors that you can wear way beyond fall. For anyone who doesn't want to rock a chunky "dad" sneaker right now, this pair is definitely worth considering for both comfort and style.