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Best Running Shoes for Men

Best Running Shoes for Men

Running shoes for men aren’t that hard to find, but finding the best ones can be a difficult task. But first, why do we even need this list? Well, men’s running shoes tend to be wider and have larger size options than women’s. Men are also generally heavier due to overall muscle mass so a lot more cushion and support are needed. Men also tend to not pronate as much as women and support features have to be adjusted accordingly. With that being said, here are the Best Running Shoes for Men you can buy today.

If you want to see all of our running shoe reviews, you can check out our Running Shoe reviews page.

Categories are placed so you won’t have a difficult time trying to find what you want. If you know what you need, simply click the category. If not, feel free to browse the whole list.

We’d also like to hear your thoughts on this list. You can even share your own list in the comments below.

Let’s get into our picks:

Best Neutral Cushioned Running Shoes for Men

Hoka Clifton 8

The Hoka Clifton 8 puts comfort at the forefront. The foam midsole is plush underfoot while the upper rests nicely over the top of your feet to provide a comfortable fit that won’t leave you feeling suffocated or swimming in the shoe. The outsole is super thick so the cushion will last. An overall great shoe for most men. It’s also on the Best Hoka Running Shoes list.

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

9/10
Total Score
Buy Hoka Clifton 8

Puma Velocity Nitro 2

Puma Velocity Nitro 2

The Puma Velocity Nitro 2 reminds us why we love supercritical foam. Nitro is used here and it feels a lot like Nike’s Zoom Air, especially in the forefoot. There’s a slab of EVA on the bottom for stabilization because the foam is just that bouncy. Puma Grip is used for the outsole and it’s the best rubber compound available. You won’t ever slip. See the full review.

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

9/10
Total Score
Buy Puma Velocity Nitro 2

Asics Gel-Nimbus 24

The Asics Gel-Nimbus 24 uses full-length FFBlast+ foam for the midsole with an Asics Gel in the heel and forefoot (the one in the heel is for show). It wasn’t easy to feel the forefoot Gel, but if you do, you’ll have to decide whether or not you like it. Either way, we think you’ll feel comfortable wearing the Nimbus 24 as the upper and tongue and awesome. In addition, the outsole is extremely durable and will last you longer than most other running shoes. See the full review.

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

9/10
Total Score
Buy Asics Gel-Nimbus 24

Nike ZoomX Invincible Run

The Nike ZoomX Invincible Run features none other than the bounciest foam Nike has to offer, ZoomX. People may mistake this for having some Zoom Air in the midsole, but that’s not the case. It’s a Pebax-based foam and that’s what makes it feel like a spring. The cushion is so good that feels a bit unstable. The upper materials are comfortable, too. It may be the plushest running shoe on the market. See the full review.

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

9/10
Total Score
Buy Nike ZoomX Invincible Run

Brooks Glycerin 19

The Brooks Glycerin 19 works best for those who put more weight into their stride. The full-length DNA Loft foam can feel underwhelming for lighter guys, but for most, it gets better with every wear. Both narrow and wide footers will find the fit of the shoe accommodating. The midsole is exaggerated on the medial and lateral sides for optimal support. Also, it’s the perfect running shoe for most runners just starting out. See the full review.

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

9.5/10
Total Score
Buy Brooks Glycerin 19

Puma Magnify Nitro

Puma Magnify Nitro

The Puma Magnify Nitro uses the brand’s Nitro foam but its implementation is different. The top layer is the Nitro foam and the bottom layer is ProFoam Lite. What this does is combine stability and plushness, a combo that’s difficult to achieve in any sport and in any cushioning. The heel counter is sizeable so you don’t have to worry about ankle tweaks or sprains. See the full review.

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

8.5/10
Total Score
Buy Puma Magnify Nitro

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Nike Vomero 16

The Nike Vomero 16 is almost like a carbon copy of its predecessor, the Nike Vomero 15. They both combine three of Nike’s cushioning systems. The one right under your forefoot is Nike’s Zoom Air which provides a spring-like feel. Housing that is Nike’s ZoomX which adds more bounce to your step. Then we have the slightly firmer SR-02 that stabilizes everything so you don’t feel wobbly during your run. It’s the Cadillac of Nike running shoes.

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

9/10
Total Score
Buy Nike Vomero 16

Mizuno Wave Sky 5

Mizuno Wave Sky 5

The Mizuno Wave Sky 5 boasts Enerzy, two kinds of it, and Wave Foam. The bottom layer is soft, plush Enerzy foam and it surrounds the rubber outsole pieces. The middle layer that’s embedded is a bouncy version call Enerzy Core. The one that’s directly underfoot is Wave Foam. It’s cool how Mizuno combined these three kinds of foam together to make something very functional. It’s bit heavy but supportive and very comfortable. See the full review.

Fits: True to Size, Drop: 8mm, Price: $170

8/10
Total Score
Buy Mizuno Wave Sky 5

Best Speed Day Running Shoes for Men

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Hoka Rincon 3

The Hoka Rincon 3 is really really light. However, that doesn’t affect its cushioning. You still get plenty of cushy Hoka EVA under foot. The lightweight build works with Hoka’s meta rocker to really make the shoe glide. When you want to pick up the pace for a fast workout, the Rincon 3 can do it. It’s also one of the most stable speed day shoes currently available. See the full review.

Fit: True to size, Drop: 5mm, Price: $120

9/10
Total Score
Buy Hoka Rincon 3

Nike ZoomX Streakfly

Nike ZoomX Streakfly

The Nike ZoomX Streakfly isn’t as chunky as other ZoomX-based shoes, but that doesn’t mean they don’t pack beastly performance. The shoe is lightweight and breathable which makes running outside more bearable and enjoyable. The downside is that these aren’t as durable as other Nike running shoes. The flimsy materials can deter support but it’s a super fun shoe for speed workouts on the track or on the roads. See the full review.

Fits: True to Size, Drop: 6mm, Price: $160

9/10
Total Score
Buy Nike ZoomX Streakfly

adidas Takumi Sen 8

The adidas Takumi Sen 8 made our Best adidas Running Shoes list for good reason. These are best for shorter distances such as a 5K or 10K. There is less foam here than on the adidas Adizero Adios Pro 2 but that’s not a bad thing. It’s just catered to different kinds of runs. Less weight and bulk help when the distances you’re racing get shorter. Thus making it perfect for speed work. Just remember that this is adidas so sizing may need to be adjusted.

Fit: 1/2 size large, Drop: 6mm, Price: $180

9/10
Total Score
Buy adidas Takumi Sen 8

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2 comments
  1. Hoka are marketed trash, the Hublot of running shoes.

    I agree on half in your 1st list
    1. Hoka 🗑. NB Rebel or any Nike Pegasus over these.
    2. Puma 👍 amazing shoe.
    3. Gel Nimbus 👍
    4. Nike invincible (is a recovery shoe, one of the best)
    5. Glycerin 👍 (I don’t get on with Brooks but running friends swear by them)
    6. Nike Volmero 👎
    7. Mizuno Wave 👍 (not tried them, good rep though)

    2nd list
    1. Hoka 🗑. Saucony Speed and if you can still get them Pegasus Turbo 2 are 💯 better.
    2. Streakfly 👎. any NEXT% over Streakfly every day.
    3. Takumi- not tried them, heard good things.

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