Running shoes are often expensive. The Nike Alphafly Next%, Nike’s top-of-line marathon racing shoe comes in at a whopping $275. Not everyone can afford that. Heck, you may be able to afford it but aren’t willing to spend that much on a pair of shoes. We don’t blame you. And that’s why we compiled our Best Cheap Running Shoes list.
On this page, we identify high-performing running shoes you can enjoy without worrying about the price. The good news is there are quite a few of them available at any time. The better news is that we’ve found them for you and put them in one easy-to-read place. We update the Best Cheap Running Shoes list with new currently available budget running sneakers on a regular basis.
If you wish to browse all of our detailed running shoe reviews, you can check out our Running Shoe reviews page. If you’d like to browse the best running shoes available, go to our Best Running Shoes list.
Categories are used below so you can easily find what you want. If you know what you need, you can simply click the category. If not, feel free to read through the whole list.
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Let’s get into our picks:
Best Cheap Running Shoes
Best Cheap Running Shoes
Reebok Floatride Energy 4
The Reebok Floatride Energy 4 is a smooth, comfortable, and nicely cushioned running shoe that easily outperforms its price point. The Floatride midsole is bouncy and protects well from ground impacts. The rocker is smooth and the upper feels great but still light and airy. The only problems are crappy pull tabs and a slippy tongue. For $110, you’re getting a shoe that can hold its own against shoes priced $30-$40 more. Read the full review.
Fit: True to size, Drop: 9mm, Price: $110
New Balance FuelCell Propel v3
The New Balance FuelCell Propel v3 is on our Best New Balance Running Shoes list because it’s an all-around good shoe. It may be $30 less than the more expensive New Balance FuelCell Rebel v2, but it’s not much of a downgrade. The materials aren’t the best and most likely how New Balance kept the price low, but everything else is impressive.
Fit: True to size, Drop: 6mm, Price: $100
Hoka Rincon 3
The Hoka Rincon 3 is so good it’s on the Best Running Shoes page. This very lightweight shoe somehow offers a ton of cushioning at the same time. It clocks in at 7.3 oz in a men’s size 9, light for a running shoe. If you want a pair that will cater to your speed day needs, there are only a few other options available that are better (at any price point). The meta rocker also gives you that gliding sensation. To top it all off, the shoe is incredibly accommodating and works for most foot shapes.
Fit: True to size, Drop: 5mm, Price: $125
adidas Supernova 2
The adidas Supernova 2 is the only way to get an old-school Boost and Bounce cushioning combo for your daily running shoes. The Boost in the heel is stable but still provides impact protection. The Bounce in the forefoot makes it easy to forcefully push off your toes. The collar and tongue are ultra-padded and therefore great for all-day wear (they pass the theme park test). The tongue can slip to the side but not everyone will have that problem. And the traction looks odd but works well. It’s only $100 in a running category where it’s rare to find good performers under $120-$130.
Fit: True to size, Drop: 9mm, Price: $100
Cost to Make a Running Shoe
If you’ve ever wondered how much it costs brands like Nike and adidas to make a running shoe and get it to a store, you can read our article on how much it costs to produce a running shoe.
Best Running Shoes on Sale
Deal shopping last year’s models once they go on sale can be the most cost-efficient way to buy new running shoes. In addition to the shoes listed below, Running Warehouse always has deals available for many Men’s and Women’s running shoes and gear. Other brands and retailers do too and we update our Deals page daily so you can get the best bang for your buck any time you’re shopping for new shoes.
Brooks Ghost 13
The Brooks Ghost line may be the most popular running shoe model period. Not much changed from the 13 to the 14 which is why it’s worth it to grab the 13 at a discount versus buying the 14. The Ghost 13 features a comfortable upper, solid cushioning, and a thick, durable outsole that grips well. Buy the Ghost 13 and you’ll be rewarded with a super reliable shoe.
Fit: True to size, Drop: 12mm, Price:
Brooks Launch GTS 8
The Brooks Launch GTS 8 is another shoe that made it onto our Best Stability Running Shoes list. The cushion isn’t great as this shoe keeps you low to the ground. If you like that feeling, you’ll like the Launch series. The GTS edition has GuideRails for increased stability. It’s a budget shoe for anyone who prefers a more responsive, less cushioned shoe.
Fit: True to size, Drop: 10mm, Price:
adidas Boston 10
The adidas Boston 10 combines Lightstrike and Lightstrike Pro for an interesting experience. The front half of the shoe is soft, while the back half is more muted and stable. Another interesting aspect of the shoe is what the brand calls Energy Rods. The Energy Rods placement within the midsole acts similarly to the bones of your feet to help propel you forward. You can also find this shoe on the Best Running Shoes and Best adidas Running Shoes lists. It’s an all-around winner worth grabbing off the sale rack.
Fit: Half Size Large, Drop: 8.5mm, Price:
Hoka Rincon 2
The Hoka Rincon 2 features a sandwich mesh upper that is breathable and comfortable. The meta rocker allows you to roll into your stride naturally, which adds to the comfort of the shoe. The EVA midsole is plush (as expected). Read our complete comparison with the Hoka Rincon 3.
Fit: True to size, Drop: 5mm, Price:
Nike React Infinity Run 2
The Nike React Infinity Run 2 showcases a full-length React midsole that won’t wear down as fast as other forms. The traction is exceptional even in wet weather conditions, so you don’t have to worry about slipping when you want to run in the rain. The Flyknit has also been improved with additional padding over the original, making it both more supportive and comfortable. Please read our complete comparison with the first Nike React Infinity Run.
Fit: True to Size, Drop: 8mm, Price:
Hoka Arahi 5
The Hoka Arahi 5 is the shoe to get for stability at a reasonable price. That’s why it made our Best Stability Running shoes list. Stability here, however, does not mean that the cushion feels like a brick. The foam is comfortable, and you won’t have any trouble running in them. It’s also light, so you don’t feel like you’re carrying extra weight.
Fit: True to size, Drop: 5mm, Price:
Nike Pegasus 38
The Nike Pegasus 38 is a staple release from Nike, and that’s not only because they have to put out a new one every year. People want to buy it because of its performance. The cushion is a React midsole with a 10mm articulated Zoom Air unit in the forefoot. Those tech specs are competitive with other, more expensive running shoes from other brands. Plus, you can clock in a lot of miles in them with the thick and durable rubber outsole. Read the full review.
Fit: True to Size, Drop: 10mm, Price:
Nike Pegasus Trail 3
The Nike Pegasus Trail 3 is best used in dry conditions. If you want to hike on a rainy day, we advise leaving these at home. But everything else is fantastic. The React midsole is one of the more comfortable midsole options for any trail shoe on the market today. The comfortable upper complements the midsole well. You can check out the Pegasus Trail 3 and other trail shoes in our Best Trail Running Shoes for Hiking list.
Fit: True to size, Drop: 9.5mm, Price: