Rather than write multiple guides based on different seasons (i.e. Fall, Winter, etc.) we have decided that we will simply do a one-for-all guide. This one individual page will get updated throughout the year with new model of shoes and even new brands of shoes being added if they make the cut based on our grading system. We believe that this method will offer readers a greater value as it consolidates several different guides into one unified location for our audiences, all while making the searching process much greater. This post will be periodically updated as new running shoes are reviewed and reach the threshold score.
Running shoes listed here are ordered by brand (alphabetically) for easier navigation, and then finally the individual shoe models are listed based on release date. If a new brand of shoes is started for review, then it will be added to this list if one of the brand’s models makes the cut. With all that said, read on below for the best running shoes!
This section of the guide is based specifically for shoes that have met our requirements to cater specifically for men. The male body differs significantly from the female body, and as such, we believe that the shoes men run in shouldn’t just be a duplicate of the women versions unless they meet the needs of men, just as our women’s guide is based on catering specifically tot he female body. Some of the main differences between men and women include the smaller hips/waist, greater musculature in the legs and upper body, and generally a greater body weight level. Because of this, men’s shoes should tend to be have more cushioning to adapt to the greater amount of weight being pushed forward, while also taking into account the pronation of men’s running gaits. We believe a shoe with the correct support mechanics, responsive cushioning system, and high durability for increased force impact on the ground are essential for a proper men’s running shoe. Based not he factors, we have chosen the shoes that we believe will make the for the best running experience for men. Several of these shoes will likely appear on multiple lists throughout this unified guide, but that it to be expected as we funnel down from all the shoes that we review to bring into this review. Read on below for the best running shoes for men!
Asics Gel Venture 5
The Asics Venture 5 is an off-road trail shoe that provides good support and stability for neutral runners as well as exceptional durability. The shoe was designed for high-mileage runs as well as the ability to take a beating, hence the beefy durability. It’s also amazingly well-priced for what it offers (only $65!), making it a great candidate for runners in the market for a friendly trail shoe.
Asics Gel-Nimbus 18
The GEL-Nimbus 18 sits atop of Asics cushioning and neutral category, providing an extremely plush and supportive run. This version has several improvements made to the upper as well as the heel gel-cushioning placement, coming together to provide an extremely bouncy ride. The price tag however may be a deterrent for certain buyers as it comes with a premium retail price.
The 33-DFA2 is a minimalist running shoe that still provides ample cushioning for a more plush and supportive ride. Coming in with a 4mm heel-to-toe differential and weight of 9.0 Oz, it’s a relatively lightweight shoe that lets one increase his or her pace with ease during their runs.
Brooks Ghost 9
The Ghost 9 is one of the staple go-to shoes for neutral runners. It gives an overall package that hits all the required categories; performance, design, and price. This year’s iteration brought with it several changes, some to the sole and many to the upper.
Brooks Glycerin 14
The Glycerin 14 is the newest iteration in Brook’s ultra-cushioned category. It’s great for neutral runners that looking for a more plush and responsive ride during their workouts and it also provides great durability that will last well into higher milage counts. At an MSRP of $150 it stand on the higher end of the price range for neutral runners, but the cushioning could more than easily make it worth it for you.
Brooks PureFlow 5
The PureFlow 5 is a lightweight neutral runner that’s designed for more speedy and quick workouts. It’s upper has been revamped thanks to a 3D printed stretchy mesh along with a new sole unit that’s said to be made up of a lighter yet equally responsive material. Read below to get a more in-depth analysis of the shoe.
Brooks PureCadence 5
The PureCadence 5 is the latest iteration in the lightweight minimal stability category. It has a low heel-to-toe differential and provides a relatively firmer ride that will transition into a faster and more speedy workouts.
Brooks Ravenna 7
The Ravenna 7 is a fairly lightweight stability runner that offers a decent amount of support. For a stability shoe it’s actually fairly lightweight and it offers quite a flexible and smooth running experience. The last could potentially be a problem however as it might be a bit too cramped for certain individuals.
Mizuno Hayate 2
The Hayate 2 is a lightweight trail shoe from Mizuno that offers runners a speedier and more flexible option. It uses Mizuno’s x10 outsole technology to give top-notch grip and traction for extreme weather conditions. It performed great and with the added Wave plate incorporated into the midsole there is an element of stability and control as well.
Mizuno Wave Hitogami 3
The Wave Hitogmai 3 is a neutral running shoe designed to give a more fast-paced and speedy run. It’s lightweight, has a low heel-to-toe differential, and a fantastic MSRP of only $100. Overall, a solid candidate for anyone looking for a new neutral runner or looking to add an additional one into their already existing arsenal.
Mizuno Wave Rider 19
The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 is a high-mileage neutral runner designed to give ample cushioning and support for long-distance runs. It performed pretty well in terms of the Upper and Sole unit performance, clocked in at a respectable 8.0Oz for weight, and comes with an average MSRP of $120 for this category.
New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v6
The 1080 v6 is all about the Fresh Foam sole unit thats been introduced within this iteration. A modern innovation from New Balance, Fresh Foam is one-piece sole unit designed to provide a more cushioned and responsive ride to runners as well as added durability.
New Balance 1400 v3
The 1400 v3 is a lightweight neutral runner designed for fast-paced workouts as well as competitive events. It’s high durability, fair price tag, low weight count, and secure fit make for a great runner that many should consider if they are in the market for a neutral running shoe.
New Balance Fresh Foam 980
The Fresh Foam 980 is a heavily cushioned neutral runner from New Balance with a bit a stability control. The highlight of this shoe is without a doubt the Fresh Foam technology New Balance has come up, designed to offer runners a more comfortable ride via a smoother gait transition and cushioned experience for longer runs.
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33
The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 is a high quality trainer designed for versatility and durability. This iteration comes with some minor upgrades but sticks true to the foundation of the Pegasus line.
Nike Air Zoom Odyssey
The Nike Air Zoom Odyssey is being heavily hyped as a stability shoe that offers a cushioned, comfortable place for the feet of a runner, whilst also being able to offer the performance that serious runners want from a shoes that they have invested a lot of money in.
Nike Free Flyknit 4.0
The Nike Free Flyknit 4.0 introduces the Flyknit into the 4.0 Free lineup from Nike, whilst also changing up the outsole. It is extremely flexible and lightweight due to the innovations, providing supreme comfort for runs of any distance.
Nike Free 5.0
The Free series of Nike shoes have always been one of the most in demand choices among runners for some time now. It’s a unique combination of comfort, aesthetics, and function. This year brings with it a complete revamp of the shoe from the sole to the upper. The Nike Free 5.0 for is light and boasts its minimalistic design while imitating the movement of being barefoot and offering cushioning, traction, as well as underfoot protection.