oooh... the very best cushioned really! LOL! I'm what you can call a sneaker geek.
I walked in Nike Terra Humara (had 3 pairs in several colors),
the Asics Gel Noosa Tri 7
the Nike Dunk High Premium Womens Rainbow
the Nike Air Morgan 6.0 Mid
and the Nike Court Force Pucci
I ran in Nike Air Pegasus 27 (the softest, most cushioned shoes out there, feel like clouds!)
and the Brooks Glycerin 8
And ran trails in the Mizuno Wave Ascend 5
The Brooks and the Mizunos have a very thick sole at the front, so the heel-drop is very small. This made me feel "strangely" comfortable and it's one of the reasons I decided to try minimalistic. Another reason was the fact that I did a 14km nonstop walking trail on the Nike Dunks, wich are flat and unpaded, and felt as good as new in the end! so that convinced me further. The waterdrop was my study of barefoot rehabilitation in horses.
I'm sad to say that my current shoes are all dull and don't match my clothes at all, but at least I got rid of all my pains and aches. I'm just hoping minimalistic goes popular enough for me to get a fun looking collection up again. LOL!