We created our best running shoes by brand page because oftentimes, a certain brand just works for some people. Whether it’s due to fit, comfort, or something else, they got used to that brand and find it easiest to stick with that brand for the long haul. Sneakerheads might not understand that line of thinking but it’s fairly common. A lot of people don’t much care about the performance of shoes that aren’t from their preferred brand. Whether you’re brand loyal or the complete opposite and want to know the best each brand offers, you’ve come to the right place. You can also check out our overall Best Running Shoes page for a more comprehensive list.
With that said, we have to state the obvious: brand loyalty plays a huge part in our purchasing choices. If a brand has done you good in the past or sponsors your favorite runner, you’ll choose accordingly. There’s nothing wrong with that. To some degree, we all prefer familiarity.
Each brand has something unique to offer, especially with its cushioning technologies. Nike has Air, ZoomX, and React. adidas has Lightstrike and LightstrikePro. New Balance has Fresh Foam and FuelCell. There’s a myriad of cushions to choose from. You can all try them and see which you prefer most.
Sizing, however, can be trickier than choosing a cushioning technology. Different brands use different molds or lasts, as they’re called in the footwear industry, so you may have to be cautious about what size you get in which brand. The difficulty is multiplied if you have flat feet or wide feet.
If you’re looking for the best running shoes by brand, welcome to the most useful page you’ll read today. We hope this list helps you make a more informed choice to avoid regretting your purchase or needing to make a return. And if you’re loyal to one brand only, this is a good way of checking out what other brands have and seeing if you’re up for the challenge of trying something new. Here are our picks:
Last update 8.11.2022
Best Running Shoes By Brand 2022
Nike Vomero 16
The Nike Vomero 16 has most of the best tech that Nike offers. Look at the midsole: a forefoot Zoom Air unit housed inside ZoomX foam combined with SR-02 that’s slightly firmer for stability and support. It isn’t as popular as it deserves to be, but hopefully its inclusion on this list helps out.
Fit: True to Size, Drop: 10mm, Price: $150
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adidas Boston 10
The adidas Boston 10 has two types of foams integrated into its midsole: Lightstrike and Lightstrike Pro. Because of the differing thicknesses in the heel and forefoot areas, the heel gets much-needed stability. Upfront, you get a plush, bouncy ride. Despite what you may think when you first see the photo, it still maintains the traditional 8mm drop.
Fit: Typical adidas (1/2 size down), Drop: 8mm, Price $140
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New Balance FuelCell SC Trainer
The New Balance FuelCell SuperComp Trainer is a high-stack neutral training shoe perfect for long runs and minimizing wear and tear on tired legs. It packs massive amounts of FuelCell cushioning underneath one of the best uppers of the year. The engineered knit upper is comfortable and accommodating to all foot types. And while it’s a bit heavy, the SC Trainer is more stable than a shoe this tall has any right to be. If you run long distances often and want to save your legs, or are a bigger, taller, or heavier runner, the plush, bouncy midsole of the SuperComp Trainer is well worth your consideration. Read the full review.
Fit: True to Size, Drop: 8mm, Price: $180
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Hoka Clifton 8
The Hoka Clifton 8 is simply reliable. You can put it through almost everything you can think of as far as running is concerned, and you’ll be fine. The upper and midsole are comfortable, so wearing them all day, either for running or lifestyle, is not an issue. There’s also plenty of rubber to go around, so you can be sure they’ll last.
Fit: True to Size, Drop: 5mm, Price: $140
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Brooks Glycerin 20
The Brooks Glycerin 20 is a comfortable, breathable, and versatile daily running 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 and more comfortable. Read the full review.
Fit: True to Size, Drop: 10mm, Price $160
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Puma Velocity Nitro 2
The Puma Velocity Nitro 2 features the brand’s version of supercritical foam called Nitro. It feels like Zoom Air from Nike, and that’s far from common when it comes to foam cushioning technologies. The outsole is made of Puma Grip rubber, and it’s the best outsole rubber you can get on the market today. The Velocity Nitro 2 is a great all-around shoe. Read the full review.
Fit: True to Size, Drop: 10mm, Price: $120
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Asics Gel-Nimbus 24
The Asics Gel-Nimbus 24 has its trademark Gel cushioning system in the heel and forefoot, though the former is just for show and isn’t functional. The one at the front isn’t easily felt, but you can let us know if you like it when you do. The comfort comes mainly from the full-length FFBlast+ foam. The outsole is durable so if you’re looking for rubber that will last, it’s a very good option. Read the full review.
Fit: True to size, Drop: 10mm, Price: $160
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Reebok Floatride Energy 4
The Reebok Floatride Energy 4 has a lot of good things going for it. First is the Floatride foam midsole. Don’t worry about it being stiff at first. It will break in nicely. The Engineered Bevel rocker creates a smooth footstrike and is one of those things that you’ll really enjoy on this shoe. Lastly, the upper materials are comfortable and breathable with no potential hotspots. Read the full review.
Fit: True to size, Drop: 9mm, Price: $110
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Under Armour Flow Velociti Wind 2
The Under Armour Flow Velociti Wind 2 may look weird to you. Maybe it’s because you don’t see any rubber on the outsole. That’s because there isn’t any. Flow technology combines the midsole and outsole. What about its grip, you ask? Great, just like the Curry models that have utilized Flow. If you want to try something new, this is a great option. Read the full review.
Fit: True to size, Drop: 8mm, Price: $160
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Mizuno Wave Inspire 18
The Mizuno Wave Inspire 18 is technically a stability shoe, and that’s why we included it in the Best Stability Running Shoes, but it’s really for everyone. It’s a solid daily runner/trainer with a touch of extra support that provides peace of mind. The minimal flaw is that the laces are too long, but that isn’t an issue because the fit itself is excellent with lockdown that’s almost perfect. Plus, the price isn’t outrageous. Read the full review.
Fit: True to size, Drop: 12mm, Price: $140
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