Our Best Neutral Running Shoes was created because not every shoe is made for every runner. Neutral running shoes are for runners with a “correct” running pattern or stride. They’re the people that don’t overpronate or underpronate too much.
The shoes featured on the best neutral running shoes list will not have any out-of-the-ordinary support features because they’re built to let your feet do the job. They’re often flexible so the foot can move naturally. You’ll also notice they tend to be well-cushioned…but that’s a more recent development as certain newer foams really help runners recover better and protect their joints.
Finding the best neutral running shoes isn’t that simple because it’s a super crowded market with tons of options. Luckily, the team here at WearTesters has spent thousands of hours testing running shoes and can provide you with the Best Neutral Running Shoes list as part of their process. Ideally, you can use this list, our other lists, and our performance reviews to help you choose the best shoe for you.
If you wish to browse all of our detailed running shoe performance reviews, you can view our Running Shoe reviews page. You could also start with our Best Running Shoes list, where we collect the very best of all the running shoes we test in one place.
We use the categories below so you can easily find the shoes you need. If you already know what you need, you can simply click the category or the shoe. If not, feel free to browse the entire list.
We’d also like to hear your thoughts on this list and your best neutral running shoes lists in the comments below.
Best Neutral Running Shoes
Best Neutral Running Shoes
Hoka Clifton 8
The Hoka Clifton 8 makes it onto almost every one of our lists because it’s that good. It’s an all-around great performer. If you’re looking for comfort, both from the upper and the midsole, there’s no shoe that’s better.
Fit: True to Size, Drop: 5mm, Price: $140
Puma Velocity Nitro 2
The Puma Velocity Nitro 2 is bouncy underfoot, especially in the forefoot. The Nitro foam used by Puma almost feels like Nike’s Zoom Air. The Puma Grip outsole provides the best traction on the market so, no matter the conditions, you won’t slip and will feel secure with every footstrike. See the full review.
Fit: True to Size, Drop: 10mm, Price: $120
Asics Gel-Nimbus 24
The Asics Gel-Nimbus 24 may only feature its trademark Gel cushioning in the forefoot and heel (the latter being for show only), but that doesn’t make it a bad shoe. Gel is actually old tech and being slowly phased out. The best part of this shoe is the cushion that isn’t mentioned in the shoe’s name, the FFBlast+. It’s bouncy and plush at the same time. If you’re a wide-footer, you’ll love that there’s a wide version available. The durable outsole will also last you a while. See the full review.
Fit: True to Size, Drop: 10mm, Price: $160
Nike ZoomX Invincible Run
The Nike ZoomX Invincible Run has an insanely bouncy midsole made of ZoomX, a Pebax-based foam that the brand has consistently used on its top-tier running shoes. It can be a little unstable/tipsy because of how plush it is. Neutral runners shouldn’t mind other than it may take some time to get used to. Comfort is why this shoe gets on our lists so if that’s your priority, give the Invincible Run a try. Read the full review.
Fit: True to Size, Drop: 9mm, Price: $180
adidas Boston 10
The adidas Boston 10 is another shoe that’s a staple on our lists. For example, you can also find it on the Best adidas Running Shoes list. The combination of Lightstrike and LightstrikePro is the truth. The forefoot is soft, plush, and can take the beating of your runs, while the heel is stable, so you’ll feel secure at all speeds. Plus, the Energy Rods embedded in the foam will give your strides an extra bounce.
Fit: Half Size Large, Drop: 8.5mm, Price:
Brooks Glycerin 19
The Brooks Glycerin 19 isn’t about gimmicks. If you’re looking for a shoe that looks weird and has a lot of unnecessary parts, then this isn’t it. This runner is straightforward with what it offers: exceptional fit, cushioning that last, and excellent traction. No wonder this shoe is one of the more popular running shoe models among running enthusiasts. Read the full review.
Fit: True to Size, Drop: 10mm, Price: $150
Hoka Rincon 3
The Hoka Rincon 3 is for those days where you either want to run fast or the days when your legs feel heaviest. At 7.3oz, it’s one of the lightest everyday neutral running shoes we’ve tested. As a bonus, most foot shapes will enjoy how these fit. And, Hoka’s meta rocker outsole shape will make this one of the smoother riding shoes in your closet.
Fit: True to size, Drop: 5mm, Price: $125
Puma Magnify Nitro
The Puma Magnify Nitro packs a performance punch that outdoes its price class. The Nitro foam used here is very plush and the bottom layer of ProFoam provides extra durability and a stable landing zone. The upper is bulky, which may not be for everyone, but that bulk is very comfortable. Read the full review.
Fit: True to size, Drop: 9mm, Price: $140
New Balance FuelCell Rebel v2
The New Balance FuelCell Rebel v2 is another shoe that works best when you pick up speed. That’s where you get its optimal performance. The cushion is excellent, and every other aspect is as well…except the outsole durability. It’s a great experience because it’s a shoe with a great ground feel that’s still cushioned enough to compete with other modern-day super-cushioned neutral shoes. You can also find this shoe on the Best New Balance Running Shoes list.
Fit: True to Size, Drop: 6mm, Price $130
Puma Deviate Nitro
The Puma Deviate Nitro features two layers of the brand’s great Nitro foam. Add a full-length composite carbon fiber plate and you have a shoe that is an excellent option if you’re looking for neutral cushioning plus bounce. Puma Grip is also used on the outsole, and we already know what to expect there: world-class traction. The Deviate Nitro is also featured on our Best Long Distance Running Shoes list. Read the full review.
Fit: True to Size, Drop: 8mm, Price: $160
Best Neutral Running Shoes – Coming Soon
Brooks Glycerin 20
The Brooks Glycerin 20 features Brooks’ DNA Loft v3 midsole, and it’s one of the best in the market today. The smooth experience helps your legs avoid getting thrashed by daily runs. We have to warn you that the StealthFit version isn’t any better, and everybody should opt for the regular edition. Read the full review.
Fit: True to Size, Drop: 10mm, Price $160
Expected Release Date: July 1, 2022