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The Best Running Shoes of 2022: Expert-tested and Reviewed

Best Running Shoes

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 our methodology, see the detailed description at the bottom of the page.

Updated 11.29.2022

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.

Puma Deviate Nitro 2

Puma Deviate Nitro 2

The Puma Deviate Nitro 2 is a great all-around running shoe with the only concern being a narrower fit (though we hear there may be a wide version on the horizon). The Deviate Nitro 2 doesn’t feel great in terms of the initial step-in squish but feels amazing the more you run, and the faster you run. It’s a smooth ride with a cushion/plate combo that feels great during workouts and helps the legs recover quicker. The upper is extremely breathable and very comfortable. The Puma Grip outsole is the best rubber outsole compound currently available which leaves you 100% confident in the traction no matter the conditions. The Deviate Nitro 2 is one shoe that can do it all. Buy it with confidence because you can use it for both training and races. See the full review.

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

9.5/10
Total Score
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Saucony Endorphin Speed 3

Saucony Endorphin Speed 3

The Saucony Endorphin Speed 3 is a near-perfect everyday running shoe. It’s versatile enough to handle easy running, track work, tempo runs, and even races. The fit is excellent with impressive lockdown and stealthy but solid midfoot/arch support. The PWRRUN PB in the midsole is both plush and bouncy. It’s a well-cushioned, long-lasting ride ideal for long distances. The only small issue is some slippage in wet conditions. But that can be easily overlooked because the Endorphin Speed 3 is comfortable top-to-bottom and a true do-everything running shoe. Read the full review.

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

9.5/10
Total Score
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Asics Novablast 3

Asics Novablast 3

The Asics Novablast 3 is close to the perfect running shoe. There are many reasons it currently sits atop our rankings as the best running shoe of 2022. The combination of bounce and impact protection provided by the FF Blast+ midsole makes this shoe an extremely comfortable daily trainer that can pick up the pace when needed. The Novablast 3 is also much more stable than you’d expect for a shoe this soft. In addition, the upper is breathable and comfortable, while the overall ride is super smooth. There are basically no weaknesses, and it doesn’t hurt that the Novablast 3 looks spectacular as well. Grab it and enjoy an extremely good all-around shoe. See the full review.

Fit: True to Size, Drop: 8mm, Price $140

9.9/10
Total Score
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New Balance Fresh Foam X More v4

New Balance Fresh Foam X More v4

The New Balance Fresh Foam X More v4 is a comfortable, affordable, and excellently executed running shoe. The upper’s fit is super accommodating, and any foot shape will enjoy it, especially those hard-to-please wide footers and flat footers. The Fresh Foam X feels great on foot for any amount of miles or household chores. The stability is great due to the midsole’s geometry and sitting inside the midsole walls. The lockdown is solid, so even narrow footers can be confident their foot will stay in place on even the sharpest of turns or bumpiest of roads. And the style — chunktastic is in these days, so this shoe will work as well casually as it does for running. Read the full review.

Fit: True to Size, Drop: 4mm, Price: $150

9/10
Total Score
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Brooks Glycerin 20

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

9.5/10
Total Score
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Asics GlideRide 3

Asics GlideRide 3

The Asics GlideRide 3 is an impressive shoe. It’s soft as your foot lands and then provides a nice bounce as you push off into the next stride. The shape of the midsole makes the running motion super smooth and the way the midsole is built adds a lot more stability than you’d expect on this type of shoe. To top it off, the upper is super plush and comfortable. Running one mile in this shoe feels just as good as running 20. It’s just that good. Overall, the combination of comfort, cushion, stability, and an ultra-smooth ride make the GlideRide 3 a shoe you’ll want to wear every day. Read the full review. 

Fit: True to Size, Drop: 6mm, Price: $150

9.5/10
Total Score
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New Balance FuelCell SuperComp Trainer Featured

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

9.25/10
Total Score
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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 does everything and is great for most people. 

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

9/10
Total Score
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Puma Velocity Nitro 2

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. 

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

9/10
Total Score
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Asics Gel-Nimbus 24

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.

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

9/10
Total Score
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Hoka Mach 5

Hoka Mach 5

The Hoka Mach 5 is a lightweight, bouncy, and comfortable shoe that works 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 upper is soft, widens at the forefoot, and allows very good airflow. The traction is great in all conditions, but the outsole is rubberized foam, so durability is an issue. It won’t be the longest-lasting shoe, but the Mach 5 is a shoe that does everything well. Read the full review.

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

8.5/10
Total Score
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Puma Magnify Nitro Featured

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. 

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

8.5/10
Total Score
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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

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 underfoot. 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. 

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

9/10
Total Score
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Nike ZoomX Streakfly Featured Image

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 durability, a 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.

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

9/10
Total Score
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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. 

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

9/10
Total Score
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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 are 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% 2

Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next% 2

The Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next% 2 is one of the bounciest marathon racing shoes available (like its predecessor). Eliud Kipchgoe, the best marathoner of all time, used the Alphafly 2 to set a new world Marathon time of 2:01:09. And while it likely won’t deliver you a world record, it can help with personal bests.

Nike slightly improved the stability and fit from the original Alphafly, but it’s still not the most stable shoe, and it’s still difficult to get your foot into the shoe. But, the troublesome arch area from the original is much improved while the extra padding at the heel and tongue adds needed comfort. The upper is even lighter and airier than the original while the midsole drop goes from 4mm (that felt like 0mm) to a typical 8mm. The redesigned midsole is also a little less slappy and a smoother ride.

All of the changes make the shoe more accessible to more runners. And though we’ve heard from some runners who prefer the first version, we (and many others) believe the Alphafly 2 is an overall improvement and one of the best marathon racing shoes on the market.

Fit: True to size, Drop: 8mm, Price: $275

9.5/10
Total Score
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Saucony Endorphin Pro 3

Saucony Endorphin Pro 3

The Saucony Endorphin Pro 3 is the latest evolution of Saucony’s flagship marathon racing shoe. And it’s a winner. The midsole is slightly softer than in years past, still stable, and the upper is lighter and more breathable.

The Saucony Speedroll rocker is still hella smooth and makes each footfall feel effortless. The fit is a little strange at first — the heel is narrow, and your arch will feel like it’s hanging over the edge of the shoe (similar to the OG Nike Alphafly), but that’s mainly noticeable while walking around. Get up to running speed, and the Endorphin Pro 3 becomes a bouncy, peppy shoe that feels like it’s returning loads of energy.

For us, this is the Saucony racing shoe that finally surpassed the Nike Vaporfly and is one of the best marathon racing shoes available.

Fit: True to size, Drop: 8mm, Price: $225

9.25/10
Total Score
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Puma Fast-R Nitro Elite Performance Review Featured

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

Fit: True to Size, Drop: 8mm, Price: $250

9/10
Total Score
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Asics Metaspeed Sky+

Asics Metaspeed Sky+

The Asics Metaspeed Sky+ is light, stable, breathable, and super bouncy. The FF Blast Turbo paired with the carbon plate really provides a spring to every step. The AsicsGrip traction grabs every surface making this shoe a great choice for running a race in bad weather. The upper isn’t perfect, but the rest of the shoe is so good you can overlook any small issues. This shoe is perfect for race days, long training runs, or fast speed workouts. It’s versatile and helps you feel fast. Read the full review.

Fit: True to size, Drop: 5mm, Price: $250

9.5/10
Total Score
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adidas Adizero Adios Pro 3

adidas Adizero Adios Pro 3

The adidas Adizero Adios Pro 3 is a smooth-riding and bouncy long-distance race day shoe. The rocker is improved from previous versions with a sharper toe angle and improved carbon fiber energy rods that make the shoe feel faster and bouncier. Breathability is top-notch, the outsole grips everything, and, due to a widened base, stability is great for a race day shoe. You’ll want to wear thicker socks to avoid issues with the problematic Achilles stitching but that’s the only real issue in a shoe that’s one of the best marathon racing shoes on the market. See the full review.

Fit: Typical adidas, Drop: 6.5mm, Price: $250

9.5/10
Total Score
Buy adidas Adios Pro 3

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. 

Fit: True to size, Drop: 8mm, Price: $250

8.5/10
Total Score
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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. 

Fits: True to Size, Drop: 8mm, Price: $230

9/10
Total Score
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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. 

Fit: True to Size, Drop: 8mm, Price: $200

9/10
Total Score
Buy the Puma Deviate Nitro Elite

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.

Brooks Caldera 6 Featured

Brooks Caldera 6

The Brooks Caldera 6 is a unicorn trail shoe. Well-cushioned, super stable, and grips everything. As long as you buy the right size (you’ll need to go half down from your normal Brooks shoe size), you get an amazing shoe. Whether you’re trail running or hiking, you won’t find a better trail shoe. Plus, if you spend a lot of time on the trails, your body will thank you for the bouncy, protective cushioning the DNA Loft v3 midsole offers. Read full review.

Fit: Go half a size down, Drop: 6mm, Price: $150

9.5/10
Total Score
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Speedland SL:PDX

Speedland SL:PDX

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.

Fit: True to size, Drop: 5mm, Price: $375

9.5/10
Total Score
Buy the Speedland SL:PDX

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. 

Fit: True to Size, Drop: 8mm, Price: $130

8/10
Total Score
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Inov-8 Trailfly Ultra G 300 Max

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. 

Fit: True to Size, 6mm, Price: $190

8/10
Total Score
Buy Men's Inov-8 Trailfly G300 Max Buy Women's Inov-8 Trailfly G300 Max

Best Running Shoes Now on Sale

Price never determines performance. Whether you get a running shoe at retail or in an outlet, the performance features don’t change. Understanding that and shopping smart can save money. With new running shoes released every week, there are always deals from previous years that perform just as well as the newest models. Here are some high-performing shoes you’ll find on sale right now:

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. 

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

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

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. 

Fit: True to size, Drop: 4mm, Price: $275

9.5/10
Total Score
Buy Men's Nike Alphafly Buy Women's Nike Alphafly

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.

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 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. 

Fit: True to Size, Drop: 10mm, Price: $150 $100

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

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

Fit: Typical adidas, Drop: 7.5mm, Price $220 $140

9/10
Total Score
Buy adidas Adios Pro 2

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.


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.


Methodology

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.

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