At WearTesters, our team of expert reviewers tests hundreds of running shoes each year. After testing, we collect the Best Running Shoes available and include them here for easy reference.
We regularly update this page to feature the highest performing, currently available running shoes. The shoes listed are in no particular order and are grouped into relevant categories such as Trail Shoes or Race Day Shoes. Check back any time you’re ready to buy new running shoes.
We’ve also reviewed many other running shoes that didn’t make this page. Every foot is different, so read the reviews carefully to find the best shoes for you. For details on methodology, see the detailed description at the bottom of the page.
Best Running Shoes Overall
These are the shoes you use day in and day out for all types of running activities. Easy days, hard days, long runs, speedier runs, these shoes are a jack of all trades and can handle anything. And as an added bonus, these shoes are perfect for chasing kids around the backyard, visiting theme parks, and all the normal life stuff you do in running shoes.
Hoka Clifton 8
The Hoka Clifton 8 is a pillowy soft, well-cushioned neutral running shoe with a fit that accommodates any foot shape. The Clifton 8 is all about comfort. The upper and midsole are both comfy and plush. There’s a good amount of rubber coverage on the outsole which makes the outsole fairly durable. You’ll put a lot of miles on them and your feet won’t take a pounding. The Clifton 8 is a running shoe that’s does everything and is great for most people. Price: $140
Puma Velocity Nitro 2
The Puma Velocity Nitro 2 is Puma’s most popular do-everything model. The Nitro cushioning is plush, especially in the forefoot. Fit and lockdown are solid. And the Puma Grip outsole provides outstanding traction on all surfaces and in all conditions. While it doesn’t have a perfect upper, it’s a great shoe for a relatively low price. We’d even say it’s a bargain. Read full review. Price: $120
Asics Gel-Nimbus 24
The Asics Gel-Nimbus 24 is a huge upgrade from previous Nimbus models. Nimbus has always meant comfortable daily trainer but the Nimbus 24 takes that to a new level. The FFBlast+ foam (and some Asics GEL for good measure) are super plush underfoot and doesn’t deaden over long runs. The upper is engineered mesh that feels more like knit and has an awesome tongue. One of the drawbacks is winter traction issues, but the outsole is incredibly durable and hardly shows wear. This will be a long-lasting shoe. And even though the fit is accommodating, it’s available in a wide version, so even the widest footers can enjoy it. Read the full review. Price: $160
Nike ZoomX Invincible Run
If you want the plushest ride you can get for your daily runner, look no further. Sporting a thick midsole comprised entirely of Nike’s super bouncy ZoomX foam, the Invincible Run is the ultimate suspension system for your feet. While it may be too unstable for some, there’s ample rubber on the outsole for serious durability, and the plush ankle area, tongue, and comfy Flyknit upper provide a great fit. Read the full review. Price: $180
adidas Boston 10
The adidas Boston 10 is a polarizing shoe because it significantly departed from previous models. But the Boston 10’s new high stack midsole combines Lightstrike Pro and Lightstrike for a ride that’s softer upfront and more stable/stiff in the back. It packs the most foam ever on a Boston but maintains the typical 8mm drop.
Embedded in the foam are five Energy Rods that function similarly to a plate but more like foot bones, working with the foam to propel you forward. The breathable upper features a 3/4 bootie that fits tight until broken in. Wide footers will need to size up. Oh, and on the bottom, Continental rubber grips everything. Price: $140
Brooks Glycerin 19
The Glycerin line delivers year after year. Last year’s Glycerin 18 was one of our favorites and the Glycerin 19 improved on the formula ever so slightly. Great grip, maximum cushioning, and a great fit that accommodates the majority of foot types. Brooks continues to be a star in the running shoe industry, and has a solid roster of top-notch performance models because they nail the basics. Read the full review. Price: $150
Hoka Mach Supersonic
The Hoka Mach Supersonic is a bouncy, comfy shoe that work for short, long, and speedy runs. The Profly+ midsole is bouncy and does a great job with impact protection despite the mid-tier stack height. The jacquard mesh upper is soft, well-cushioned, with a gusseted tongue that doesn’t move on you. The traction is great in all conditions but the outsole is foam so durability is an issue. It won’t be the longest-lasting shoe, but the Mach Supersonic is a shoe that does everything well. Read the full review. Price: $150
Puma Magnify Nitro
The Magnify Nitro is one of our favorite daily 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. Read the full review. Price: $140
Best Speed Day Running Shoes
These are the best running shoes for going fast whether you prefer intervals, tempo runs, or fartleks. These shoes are built to pick up the pace and give you proper bounce. They’re also built to perform just as well on the roads as on the track.
Hoka Rincon 3
The Hoka Rincon 3 is really really light. But 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. You sacrifice some of the upper thickness present in other top Hoka models but the trade-off is worth it. This shoe is meant to go fast on flat roads. On top of that, it’s one of the most stable speed day shoes currently available. Read the full review. Price: $120
Nike ZoomX Streakfly
The Nike ZoomX Streakfly is a high-performing lightweight speedy shoe with a few flaws that are easy to overlook if you’re a shoe technology nerd. The principal flaws are with the durability, sloppy upper, and support. But the ZoomX midsole, sleek design, versatility, and minuscule weight make the Streakfly a super fun shoe for speed workouts. Read the full review. Price: $160
adidas Takumi Sen 8
The adidas Adizero Takumi Sen 8 is basically an upgraded adidas Adizero Adios Pro 2 with less foam underfoot. Why did adidas make this shoe? Because when you’re running shorter distances, you don’t need as much impact protection. The Takumi Sen 8 is a great shoe for 5k and 10k races along with interval training and tempo work. If you want a racing shoe (and one of the best adidas running shoes overall) built for shorter road races that also performs amazingly in speed workouts, this is likely the best option on the market. Price: $180
Best Marathon Running Shoes
Race day is when you pull out all the stops and seek out any little advantage to achieve a new PR. The weight, materials, cushion, and traction of these shoes is specially tuned for race day performance. These are the type of shoes you see on a brand’s sponsored athletes as they compete in the Olympics or high level road races.
Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next%
Listen, a guy named Eliud Kipchoge wore this shoe when he ran the first under 2-hour marathon in history. He did that before the Alphafly was released and made this shoe the most hyped running shoe ever. And you know what? It lives up to the hype. It’s the bounciest shoe available. It’s not very stable, but if the roads you’re racing on are smooth, you’ll love it. Read full review. Price: $275
Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2
The Vaporfly is the original super shoe line and the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2 is the current iteration. It’s incredibly light and anchored by tons of ZoomX foam bisected with a scooped carbon fiber plate. And while the traction and support aren’t always reliable, you’ll see this shoe on tons of feet at marathons all over the world. And for good reason, it’s super snappy, bouncy, and just fun to run in. Price: $250
Adidas Adizero Adios Pro 2
A lot of world records have been set in the adidas Adizero Adios Pro 2 and it’s a great long-distance/marathon shoe. While it’s a stiffer option than the competition, the Lightstrike Pro, carbon fiber Energy Rods, and carbon heel plate combo work at an elite level. The upper is light, see-through, and breathable. The support is top-notch among marathon racing shoes. The Continental rubber outsole looks like a race car tire and fittingly grips extremely well on turns. To top it off, the Adios Pro 2 is less expensive than other top marathon shoe options, and one of the best models adidas offers. Price: $220
New Balance FuelCell Elite 2
Another competitively priced marathon racing shoe, the New Balance FuelCell Elite 2 stands toe to toe with the other super shoes. The setup is similar, a huge slab of FuelCell foam with a swooped carbon fiber plate in the middle. The result is a propulsive ride. On top, you’ve got one of the more comfortable marathon racing uppers though the shoe is a little heavier because of that. The traction is solid and the fit is more accommodating especially in the toebox. If you’re a wide footer looking for a marathon shoe that won’t squeeze your toes, this may be your best bet. Price: $230
Puma Deviate Nitro Elite
Puma reentered performance running with a bang two years ago. Their first carbon fiber plated race day shoe is a winner. Super light on foot with great bounce, superior traction, and above-average support, the Deviate Nitro Elite competes with the best racing shoes available and costs less too. Read the full review. Price: $200
Best Trail Running Shoes
Trail running is usually much more peaceful than running on roads but the paths are often rocky, muddy, or root-filled. You need a special shoe to handle the obstacles most trails throw your way. These shoes are built to protect you from rough terrain while still providing all the fun, speed-focused features modern running shoes include.
The Speedland SL:PDX is the best trail running shoe on the market. The SL:PDX grips the trail like a radial mountain bike tire, offers great support, protects the foot from rocks and roots, prioritizes durability, can speed up on race days, and is easily customizable. It’s a serious trail runner’s dream shoe. The only caveat is that it’s more of a high-end trail tool with a large price tag. But if you spend your life on the trails, it’s worth it. Read the full review. Price: $375
Brooks Cascadia 16
The Brooks Cascadia 16 is everything you need out of a trail shoe. Ballistic Rock Shield, ample cushioning (the most they’ve ever put in the Cascadia), a wide base, and ample room for your foot to expand on long runs or hikes. They feel and perform like a trail running shoe but protect as well as a good hiking boot. The only potential issue is the Cascadia 16 may be too wide for some people. Narrow footers will need to either wear thick hiking socks or go down a half size. Oh, and one other thing. Ok, two. First, the Cascadia 16 comes in some awesome, flashy color combos. And second, there’s a GTX version with an enhanced GORE-TEX upper that will keep your feet dry during the rainy season. At $130 retail, the Brooks Cascadia 16 is comfort, stability, and protection wrapped up in a reasonably priced package. Price: $130
Inov-8 Trailfly Ultra G300 Max
Inov-8 knows trail running and they’re innovating to make running trails even easier on your feet, knees, and back with Graphene cushioning. The cushion and traction on the G300 Max can’t be beaten. At $190, it’s an expensive shoe, but Inov-8 built it to last over the long haul. Read full review. Price: $190
Best Upcoming Running Shoes
Often, our team of expert testers gets to review shoes before they release. If the shoes we test early are best running shoes material we keep them in this section. Once they go on sale to the public, they’ll move up into one of the categories above.
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 on 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. Price: $160, Release Date: July 1, 2022
Puma Fast-R Nitro Elite
The Puma Fast-R Nitro Elite is a light, supportive racer with amazing traction and bouncy forefoot cushioning. It’s a fun, wild-looking shoe that performs well and gets attention. Heavy heel strikers should probably avoid it due to the decoupled midsole construction and denser foam in the heel. The rest of us though can enjoy the rocket-like Nitro Elite forefoot foam. Read the full review. Price: $250, Expected Release Date: July 2022
Best Running Shoes by Brand
Our team of expert reviewers also created several lists of the Best Running Shoes segmented by brand. These lists are perfect if you prefer running or walking in a particular brand. Click any of the lists below to read more.
Best 3D-Printed Running Shoe
3D-printed midsoles look hella cool but all the various brand’s attempts at making them resulted in stiff, minimally cushioned shoes. That’s not great for running. So runners always just looked longingly at casual-focused 3D-printed shoes. But now, adidas cracked the code (somewhat). The 4DFWD midsole actually works for some short running and feels good enough for a long day on your feet (the theme park test). If you want the most comfortable 3D-printed midsole tech, this is the shoe you need. Read full review. Price: $200
Keep in mind that all of these running shoes will accommodate any person as long as the shoe in question meets your specifications or requirements. Detailed information on each shoe is featured in its respective performance review. Performance reviews feature an in-depth look at each shoe’s pros and cons, price, weight, technology, and other performance specifics. Click on the image or link to read the full performance review for each shoe.
If a model isn’t featured, it’s either because the model has yet to be tested/reviewed or because we feel it does not belong among the current top running shoes. Please reach out via Twitter if you have any follow-up questions.