Welcome to our best running shoes for men guide. Rather than write multiple guides based on different seasons (i.e. Fall, Winter, etc.) we have decided that we will simply 3 one-for-all guides. These guides will include one for a comprehensive overview of the best running shoes, and two that are catered specifically for men and women individually. These individual guides will get updated throughout the year with new running shoe models and new brands based on whether they meet our grading system. We believe that this method will offer readers a greater value as it consolidates several different guides into unified guides. Running shoes are ordered by brand (alphabetically) for easier navigation and then based on the release date of the individual models.
This guide has been catered specifically for male body-types. The male body differs significantly from the female body and as such, we believe that the shoes suggested to men should reflect that. Some of the main differences between men and women include the smaller hips/waist, greater musculature in the legs and upper body, higher bone-density, greater body heights, and generally a greater body weight level. Because of this, men’s shoes should have more cushioning to adapt to the greater amount of weight being pushed forward and the greater impact force hitting the ground during the running gait, while also taking into account men’s pronation. We believe a shoe with the correct support mechanics, responsive cushioning system, and high durability for increased force impact are essential for a proper running shoe. Based on these 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 (like our best running shoes and best running shoes for women guides), but that it to be expected as we funnel down from all the shoes that we review. Read on below for the best running shoes for men!
Adidas Adizero Boston 6
The Adidas Adizero Boston 6 is a well-bolstered and strong shoe that’s flexible enough for different types of training runs and agile enough to be used for racing on long tracks and even marathons. If you’re struggling with your common racing flats because of your narrow foot, the Boston 6 is the perfect shoe for you with a buoyant midsole and a stylish design. All the shoes in the Boston Boost series of Adidas are amazingly fast and light.
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 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.
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.
New Balance Vazee Pace V2
The New Balance Vazee Pace V2 is a pair of comfortable and durable running shoes that can help you run efficiently for long distances. With a sturdy feel and a firm toe spring, the Vazee Pace V2 is perfect for hardcore runners and racers who are ready to deal with major mileage. It offers a cushioned and comfortable choice for faster tempo days.
New Balance Vazee Prism
The New Balance Vazee Prism is perfect for runners because it is light and fast. It has an amazingly sleek and slim fit and is stable enough to make your long runs comfortable. This name is new in the running shoes market, but in no time, it has made its place in the market. You’ll start admiring the Vazee Prism shoes the moment you glance at them as they come in bright and attractive colors.
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 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.
Pearl Izumi Trail N2v3
The Pearl Izumi Trail N2v3 is a spectacular shoe that has an array of impressive qualities. The pair is heavy-duty, robust and bests all other running shoes. To our utter dismay, the brand will not be manufacturing any new models.
Under Armour Charged Bandit 2
The Under Armour Charged Bandit 2 is a must-have pair of running shoes for marathoners and heavy runners. If you’re looking for a pair that can bear the brunt of a daily workout regime, you have found the perfect item. These running shoes are very versatile and worth every dollar you spend on buying them. However, you should be careful when you’re running in the rain – these shoes don’t have as good of a grip as they should.
Under Armour Speedform Gemini 2
The Under Armour Speedform Gemini 2 is one of the most widely-bought running shoes that offer runners additional support, stability, and cushioning. It is perfect for daily training as well as running on the road.