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Best Road Running Shoes

best road running shoes

Many people only run on specific surfaces or in particular conditions. Some prefer to run only on trails. Some prefer the treadmill over outdoor running. Today, we shine a light on those who primarily run on the road, which is probably the majority of the running community. Our Best Road Running Shoes list is perfect if you spend most of your time on the road or even if you’re looking for a good road running shoe for when you do hit the roads.

Getting the right road running shoes for you isn’t that simple since there are so many to consider. We’ve spent thousands of hours testing running shoes on roads, so let us bring you the Best Road Running Shoes and help you choose the best shoe for you.

If you wish to browse all of our detailed running shoe reviews, you can view our Running Shoe reviews page or our Best Running Shoes list, where a lot of the shoes listed here are also featured.

Categories are used below so you can easily find what’s important to you. If you know what you need, you can simply click the category. If not, feel free to review the whole list.

We’d also like to hear your thoughts on this list and see your best road running shoes list in the comments below.

Updated: 6.14.22

Best Road Running Shoes

Nike React Infinity Run 3

Nike React Infinity Run 3

The Nike React Infinity Run 3 is a well-rounded shoe that can be your daily workhorse. The React midsole is plush and will last for a lot of road running. The shoe’s rocker motion is smooth. The fit accommodates just about every foot type while you feel more locked down in the heel than in previous versions. Plus, the Flyknit is super comfy and molds to your foot. The lacing system isn’t the best but this shoe is an all-around good choice as a running shoe that lasts while you pound the pavement. See the full review.

Fit: True to Size, Drop: 8mm, Price: $160

8/10
Total Score
Buy Men’s Nike React Infinity Run 3 Buy Women’s Nike React Infinity Run 3

Hoka Clifton 8

Hoka Clifton 8

The Hoka Clifton 8 is one of the most well-rounded running shoes. The fit is accommodating, so wide footers don’t need to worry. The foam used is soft and comfortable, which works in conjunction with the upper to create a completely plush experience. The outsole is also durable enough to run a lot of miles before replacing them.

Fit: True to Size, Drop: 5mm, Price: $140

9/10
Total Score
Buy Men’s Hoka Clifton 8 Buy Women’s Hoka Clifton 8

Puma Velocity Nitro 2

Puma Velocity Nitro 2

The Puma Velocity Nitro 2 features the nitro-injected, otherwise known as supercritical, foam called Nitro. Nitro provides a lot of bounce. The Nitro is so bouncy at the forefoot that it feels like Nike’s Zoom Air. The outsole is made out of Puma Grip, which will literally grip anything it comes in contact with. And while the upper isn’t perfect, this shoe is perfect for logging hundreds of miles on the roads. See the full review.

Fit: True to Size, Drop: 10mm, Price: $120

9/10
Total Score
Buy Men’s Puma Velocity Nitro 2 Buy Women’s Puma Velocity Nitro 2

Asics Gel-Nimbus 24

The Asics Gel-Nimbus 24 is a big upgrade from its predecessor and that gets it on this list. The combination of FFBlast+ Foam and traditional Asics Gel cushion is very good. The FFBlast+ is implemented throughout the whole shoe. The Gel, however, is only in the forefoot and heel (and the heel is for show). The upper is comfortable, there’s an amazing tongue, and the shoe is available in a wide version. Finally, the outsole is super durable and will last a very long time. See the full review.

Fit: True to Size, Drop: 10mm, Price: $160

9/10
Total Score
Buy Men’s Asics Gel-Nimbus 24 Buy Women’s Asics Gel-Nimbus 24

Nike ZoomX Invincible Run

The Nike ZoomX Invincible Run utilizes Nike’s Pebax super foam called ZoomX. It’s full-length and insanely bouncy. The outsole traction pattern is waffle-like, paying homage to the origins of Nike running sneakers. Both the cushion and traction are durable for long runs on multiple days. And what makes these even better is the fact that they run true to size for everyone even wide footers. The only drawback is that cushy foam can make them unstable. Read the full review.

Fit: True to Size, Drop: 9mm, Price: $180

9/10
Total Score
Buy Men’s Nike ZoomX Invincible Run Buy Women’s Nike ZoomX Invincible Run

adidas boston 10

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 for road running.

Fit: Half Size Large, Drop: 8.5mm, Price: $140 $112

8/10
Total Score
Buy Men’s adidas Boston 10 Buy Women’s adidas Boston 10

Brooks Glycerin 19

The Brooks Glycerin 19 follows a consistent line of great performance, and it lives up to expectations. There are upgrades from the previous model, although they’re not always obvious. The shoe’s best features include amazing traction, high-end cushioning, and an excellent fit. Brooks once again hits all the basics and made a popular road runner. Read the full review.

Fit: True to Size, Drop: 10mm, Price: $150

9.5/10
Total Score
Buy Men’s Brooks Glycerin 19 Buy Women’s Brooks Glycerin 19

Hoka-Rincon-3

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, which is even 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. It’s got road-ready cushioning and a lightweight you won’t expect.

Fit: True to size, Drop: 5mm, Price: $125

9/10
Total Score
Buy Men’s Hoka Rincon 3 Buy Women’s Hoka Rincon 3

Puma Magnify Nitro

Puma Magnify Nitro

The Puma Magnify Nitro is one of our favorite daily road runners. At $140, it’s priced right for a high-end cushioned running shoe. It may be a little bulky, but that’s a trade-off that results in a super comfortable upper with a lot of plush foam providing impact protection for hours on the roads. Read the full review.

Fit: True to size, Drop: 9mm, Price: $140

8.5/10
Total Score
Buy Men’s Puma Magnify Nitro Buy Women’s Puma Magnify Nitro

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Nike Air Zoom Vomero 16

The Nike Air Zoom Vomero 16 appears in our Best Nike Running Shoes list. The shoe combines two of the brand’s best cushioning technologies: ZoomX and Zoom Air. The core of the midsole is made of the Pebax-based ZoomX foam, while there’s an articulated Zoom Air unit in the forefoot. An improved upper is the only upgrade from the Nike Air Zoom Vomero 15.

Fit: True to Size, Drop: 10mm, Price: $150

9/10
Total Score
Buy Men’s Nike Vomero 16 Buy Women’s Nike Vomero 16

New Balance FuelCell Rebel V2

New Balance FuelCell Rebel v2

The New Balance FuelCell Rebel v2 is one of those shoes that feels better as you pick up speed on the run. That’s when the FuelCell foam shines and does its best work. The only negative we can say about this shoe is the outsole’s durability. Every other box is checked, including comfort for running on roads. That’s why it’s also on the Best New Balance Running Shoes list.

Fit: True to Size, Drop: 6mm, Price $130

9/10
Total Score
Buy Men’s New Balance Rebel v2 Buy Women’s New Balance Rebel v2

Puma Deviate Nitro

The Puma Deviate Nitro is on our list of the Best Long Distance Running Shoes which means it’s also great on roads. One of the most exciting features of the shoe is the two layers of Nitro foam working with the full-length composite carbon fiber spring plate. Puma Grip on the outsole provides top-of-line traction as well. It’s a well-rounded, high-performance shoe.

Fit: True to Size, Drop: 8mm, Price: $160

8.5/10
Total Score
Buy Puma Deviate Nitro

Best Road Running Shoes – Coming Soon

Brooks Glycerin 20

Brooks Glycerin 20

The Brooks Glycerin 20 is a comfortable, breathable, and versatile daily road shoe. The DNA Loft v3 midsole is plush and can easily handle long runs. The ride is very smooth and easy on the legs. The traction is durable and doesn’t slip in any conditions. Just don’t get the StealthFit version because the upper on the regular version is much better fitting. These are slated to release on July, 1, 2022.  Read the full review. 

Fit: True to Size, Drop: 10mm, Price $160

9.5/10
Total Score
Buy Men’s Brooks Glycerin 20 Buy Women’s Brooks Glycerin 20

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