My 2010 Favorites:
1) Hoka One One Mafate-totally different yet minimal in a way. Clown shoe high, almost 2" off the ground yet in my view oh so cushy and natural. Great on the trails and on the road a feeling like running barefoot on grass For long, long hauls road or trails and recovery runs. Effectively zero heel to toe drop??
2) Saucony Kinvara-solid minimalism, light and cushioned, Good for every distance ( I ran my marathon in these) and speed. 4 mm drop
3) adidas Adizero Rockets- very light, fast and responsive yet also cushioned, firmly. The shoe that runs fast! 6 mm drop. Narrow over the instep and at the toes and hard to put on. Not for wide feet.
Golite Flash Lite- first zero drop "shoe". Solid smooth trail runner. Road runnable. Very comfortable walker. If you can only take one shoe for multiple purposes this is it.
Ascis Hyperspeed- similar to Rockets but not quite as snappy on the go. 7 mm drop