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    The 5 best men's trail running shoes, perfect for off-road jogs or mountain races
  • Trail running shoes support and protect your feet from the ever-changing terrain of off-road jogs.
  • Choosing the right pair depends on if you want to run fast, keep your feet dry, or plan to run on pavement and trails.
  • Our top pick, Salomon's Sense Ride 3, is a durable, neutral trail shoe that fits like a glove and has great traction.
  • Trail running is an amazing upgrade to road running if you're looking to log miles with better scenery and a more intense challenge to your body. You're often running uphill and your feet are constantly having to stabilize against imperfections in the trails like tree roots and rocks. This makes it so both your lungs and your muscles work much harder than a road run.

    But because your foot tackles more than just smooth pavement, your shoes have to do more than a typical runner would.

    You essentially want your trail running shoes to be akin to a hiking boot in that they'll protect your feet against rocks, mud, and roots while having enough grip to keep you from skidding on loose terrain. Yet, you also need them to be supported and lightweight like a road running shoe, enough to keep your legs moving fast and feet from absorbing too much shock with each step.

    Because there are so many more factors to consider, finding a great pair of trail running shoes can be harder than finding road runners. The right pair can take you on a gorgeous path through the woods and you'll have a running experience like no other. Pick the wrong ones, however, and you could be in for a rough ride.

    There's certainly plenty to consider and to help, I've field-tested a range of different trail shoes fit for a variety of running styles - and I've included my five favorites below. At the end of this guide, I've also provided some tips on how to shop for trail running shoes, as well as the testing methodology I used in deciding which pairs made the cut.

    Here are the best trail running shoes for men: Updated on 4/6/2021 by Rick Stella: Updated the sections on how we test trail running shoes and what to keep in mind while shopping, included links to relative Insider Reviews coverage, added more to the Altra Timp 2.0 review, and updated the pricing. The best overall Salomon sense rides trail runners


    The Salomon Sense Ride 3 has amazing traction on a variety of terrain, holds up on rough trails again and again, yet is still lightweight enough to keep you moving fast.

    Pros: Capable of handling a variety of terrain, outstanding protection and durability, very comfortable with a molded, glove-like fit, superb traction

    Cons: Heavier than I expected, unique lacing system takes some getting used to

    On one hand, this neutral, everyday trail trainer features some of the best protection and durability of all the shoes I tested. It handled everything I could throw at it during runs that took me over splintery logs, down wet embankments, and through a loose gravel field. After two months of testing the Sense Ride 3, they still looked as good as new and my feet were untouched. Insider's Health and Fitness Updates Editor Rachael Schultz adds she's been running in the women's Sense Ride 3 for two years now and they're still as reliable underfoot as the first wear.

    The shoes performed well on a variety of trails from steep technical inclines to pure slop (it was a rainy spring) with Salomon's Contragrip MA outsole offering superb traction. The outsole's diamond-shaped rubber lugs are long enough at 2mm for climbing muddy hills but not so aggressive that they slowed me down or clogged up with dirt afterward.

    The Sense Ride 3s were the most comfortable of the shoes I tested, with a smooth contoured fit that seemed to swaddle my feet. There's an internal sleeve in the shoe, which Salomon calls EndoFit, that's designed to hug the foot and provide comfort. It delivered as did the molded OrthoLite insole that offered added cushioning. 

    The Sense Ride 3's welded, stitch-free upper is deluxe, producing a glove-like feel with no hotspots. It's also a gorgeous-looking shoe, with a minimalist design that's not likely to go out of style.

    Salmon's patented Quicklace system took a little getting used to, however. Featuring thin but strong laces that you pull tight via a sliding button, Quicklace lets you fine-tune the fit to get just the right amount of lace pressure. While this is definitely a learning curve, it makes for quick adjustments if you need to loosen a bit mid-run. Also important to note is there is a hidden pocket on the tongue that you're supposed to tuck the dangling laces into, as outlined in a short video from Salomon. This may be a pain for some, but honestly, so is lacing a shoe period.

    The Sense Ride 3s were heavier than I expected, with my size 11.5 pair weighing in at over 12 ounces per shoe. Part of that is because of the thicker midsole compared to previous versions. The added weight is worth it though because Salomon's plush Optivibe foam offered great energy return and a smooth ride while the shoe's rock plate added another layer of protection. The shoe has a moderate 8mm drop, which suited most conditions well.

    Put plainly, the Sense Ride 3 is a great all-rounder on the trails.

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    Hoka One One

    Hoka One One's EVO Speedgoat is lightweight and made for going fast while still offering a thick midsole to float you over rough terrain.

    Pros: Light and fast, flashy design with a comfortable and durable fit, thick foam midsole for cushioning on terrain

    Cons: Some stability issues on rocky, technical trails; high-stack height reduces ground feel

    Hoka's popular Clifton series of road running shoes was named our best cushioned trainer for men, and the brand's EVO Speedgoat is a bit like a trail version of that highly-stacked shoe. 

    The entire Speedgoat line of trail shoes is named after legendary ultramarathoner Karl "Speedgoat" Meltzer who has more 100-mile race wins than any other runner. There are quite a few key features that make the EVOs, specifically, ideal for speeding down trails:

    For one, the EVO Speedgoat's upper is stitched with a lightweight but tough material called Matryx that blends stretchy Lycra with tough Kevlar for a durable, water-repellent shell. I loved putting on these shoes, too. Their bucket seat design and stretchy laces fit my feet (which suffer from some bunion issues) perfectly, with ample room in the toebox. 

    Because this is a Hoka shoe, the EVO's foam midsole is ample, to say the least. With a stack height of 32mm and a heel (31mm) to toe (27mm) drop of 4mm, these are tall, soft trail shoes designed with Hoka's slightly curved meta-rocker design. The extra cushioning provides a bigger buffer when running over bumpy terrain and I often felt like I was floating on a cloud in these shoes. There's almost no ground feel, however, which may not appeal to some runners. I didn't have an issue, except on more technical trails with large rocks, where I often worried I'd turn an ankle (but didn't, thankfully).

    What I liked most about the EVO Speedgoats is the speed they allow. Weighing around ten ounces, these were one of the lightest shoes I tested and, on less technical trails, I'd flat out fly. Even when I was cruising along, I never felt I'd lose my footing thanks to the Vibram MegaGrip outsole, which features 5mm multidirectional lugs. Traction was superb and because the outsole extends in the back, the EVO Speegoats held their own when running downhill with the rear foam flare providing added stability.

    As for the design, they feature a striking bright yellow and black colorway. The EVO Speedgoats are like the splashy sportscar of all the shoes I tested, but one built with the dependable all-wheel drive of a Subaru to help take you off the beaten path.

    The best hybrid Nike Pegasus


    The Nike Pegasus Trail 2 borrows design points from its beloved road-warrior brother, but is designed to get down and dirty, making it a unique hybrid shoe you'll be comfortable using on everything from asphalt to mud. 

    Pros: A great commuter shoe that can handle both pavement and dirt, Nike's React foam midsole provided ample cushioning, many highly functional and attractive design elements

    Cons: A very heavy shoe, steep heel to toe drop caused some stability issues, couldn't get a full locked-down fit

    The Nike Pegasus Trail 2, as its name suggests, is the trail version of the popular Nike Pegasus road shoe line. The main similarity between the Pegasus Trail 2 and the road Pegasus 37 is the large chunk of Nike's React foam, which forms the midsole of both models. React is a soft but responsive foam that I've liked on Nike's previous road shoes and it's a great match for the Trail 2's city-to-trail design. 

    On one of my first runs in this shoe, I ran roughly a mile on the roads to a local park and then sped off down a winding, tree-lined path for a few more miles on soft ground before returning to the pavement to head home. This might not seem like a big deal but if you've ever tried to bring a serious trail shoe on the road – or a road shoe on the trails, for that matter – it's not fun. The Trail 2 handled both surfaces well, though its mountain bike-inspired rubber outsole with 2mm lugs thrives in the dirt. 

    The Trail 2 has a stack height of 31mm in the heel and 21mm in the forefoot for a drop of 10mm. That significant drop did help generate forward momentum and I enjoyed being able to put the pedal to the metal with these shoes, particularly on lower-grade downhills. 

    As with other highly stacked trail shoes, I experienced some instability on steeper, more treacherous trails, particularly those lined with large rocks. This was particularly true when my legs were tired, which caused the shoes to feel wobbly. On the plus side, the generous amount of foam reduced the stress on my legs during longer runs. 

    I also liked the Pegasus Trail 2's functional design elements including a faux gaiter on the heel collar that prevented dirt and debris from getting inside the shoe. The tough but breathable engineered mesh on the Trail 2's upper was also a nice touch as was the water-repellent coating on the gusseted tongue and collar that prevented moisture from creeping in. 

    In terms of looks, the Pegasus Trail 2 is an eye-catching shoe. The pair I tested had a brash but appealing color scheme of pale yellow on the upper, neon green around the laces and heel counter, and teal on the neoprene tongue and collar. The shoe's forefoot includes two toe fangs, which are a pair of rubber nubs that add traction when running uphill and look plain fierce. 

    The Trail 2's were the heaviest shoes I tested (over 12 ounces in size 11.5) and while I wasn't keen on that, a few of my fastest and most enjoyable runs were in them. These shoes perform extremely well both on and off the roads.

    The best lightweight Altra Timp 2.0


    If you want a zero-drop shoe to really feel the trail on your runs, the lightweight but well-cushioned Altra Timp 2.0 will keep you safe and moving fast.

    Pros: A sleek and fast zero drop shoe that felt natural to run in, significantly lighter than previous version, Quantic foam midsole provides excellent cushioning

    Cons: Narrower fit overall might not appeal to previous Timp fans, shoes require a fair amount of breaking in

    Altra's Timp line is a relatively new but beloved series of shoes, and to say that the 2.0 version has divided Timp devotees would be an understatement. The biggest change between Timp 2.0 and Timp 1.5 is the fit, which on the new version is tighter through the mid- and forefoot. In a word, these shoes feel snug. That's somewhat unusual for Altra since the company has a reputation for creating shoes with a wide toebox that lets you splay out your toes in a way that mimics barefoot walking. You can still do that with the Timp 2.0, but everywhere else feels narrower. 

    Altra trimmed the shoe down and shed some of its weight. In my size 11.5s, each Timp 2.0 weighed around 10 ounces, which is equal to the speedy Hoka EVO Speedgoats above. These felt even lighter than the Speedgoats though and, overall, I loved the sleek and fast 2.0, which would make a decent racing shoe. 

    They do require some breaking in, however. When I initially put them on, my troublesome right foot with its bunion issue, felt squeezed. After loosening the laces a bit and taking them on a few tempo runs, I was hooked.

    Most notably, this is a zero-drop shoe, which means both the heel and the forefoot are the same height off the ground. Despite that, the Timp 2.0 does has significant cushioning with a stack height of around 30mm. Altra uses its Quantic foam – a first for the Timp line – on the 2.0 and its plush but lightweight midsole felt fantastic even on bumpy trails.

    The Maxtrac outsole provided decent grip and while the rubber lugs are on the small size (2mm), Altra deploys them in its Trailclaw outlay, which positions them beneath your foot's metatarsals to provide better traction at toe-off. These weren't my favorite shoes for wet and muddy conditions, but they certainly held their own on just about everything else.

    Overall, I enjoyed the sensation of running in the Timp 2.0s. While zero-drop shoes aren't for everyone, they do provide an experience more akin to running barefoot. When I padded over rocks or went sideways on steep embankments, I never felt unstable. I could just run, which is what it's all about.

    The best waterproof Saucony Sneaker


    If the trails you plan to run are wet, muddy, and full of river crossings, the best shoe to go with is the Saucony Peregrine 10 GTX which has a Gore-Tex upper and has the best grip of all the models I tested.

    Pros: Gore-Tex upper keeps your feet dry even when crossing streams, excellent traction from an aggressive 6mm lug pattern on the outsole, low-to-the-ground profile provided excellent stability

    Cons: Snug fit caused me some heel pain after runs, bottom of shoe retains dirt, quite heavy

    The Saucony Peregrine 10 GTX is a low-to-the-ground shoe with a minimal heel (22mm) to forefoot (18mm) drop of 4mm. This is another shoe that helps you feel the trail, minus the jolts since they're well protected. I had no stability issues with the Peregrine 10 GTX and plowed through a variety of terrain in them with confidence, including ankle-deep muck, piles of slippery wet leaves, and a small stream.

    The one knock against Gore-Tex on any shoe is that it can cause a shoe's upper to feel stiff and confining. However, I had no such problem with the Peregrine 10 GTX, which fit my feet like a comfortable glove. The Gore-Tex upper was less supple than some of the other shoes I tested and didn't breathe as well – you'll definitely want to air these out after your runs – but I barely noticed it once I hit the trails. 

    What I did notice was the superior traction from Saucony's PWRTRAC outsole, which uses a sticky rubber compound and an aggressive, 6mm hexagonal lug pattern that kept me from slipping even on a rainy run through a field. On the downside, this is definitely not a shoe you'd want to use on the roads and the grippy outsole tended to retain some dirt after trail runs.

    The Peregrine 10 GTX is well-cushioned and there's a rock plate to protect your feet from sharp objects on the trail. Saucony's FORMFIT design with its reinforced upper cradled my feet snugly if a bit too tightly on my slightly longer right foot. In the past, I've had issues with stiff heel cups causing me pain in my right heel after runs and this was the case with the Peregrine 10 GTX. After doing some research, I noticed at least one other reviewer had the same problem with the Peregrine 10, so you might want to consider going up half a size if this is an issue for you.

    Other than that, my only other issue was weight. In size 11.5, the Peregrine 10 GTX tipped the scales at over 12 ounces, putting it amongst the heavier shoes I tested. When you consider what you're getting with this fully featured trail shoe, however, including the waterproof benefits of Gore-Tex, those extra few ounces are worth it. 

    A note on fit

    The main difference between a men's and a women's running shoe regards the exact shape of the foot. Men's feet are often wider, and their heels tend to be a little bigger, thus the design of a running shoe needs to accommodate for this.

    A variation in body mass also impacts the shape of the midsole, and the difference in Q-angles (the angle of incidence between a person's knee cap and their quad muscle) means cushioning needs will vary, as well.

    However, just because these shoes carry the "men's" label, anyone can (and should) wear any piece of gear that fits them best, above all. 

    How to shop for trail running shoes

    There are many things to look for in trail shoes but the first question you should ask yourself is, where do you plan on using them? If your runs are on a combination of roads and trails, you'll want a hybrid shoe that won't slow you down on concrete while giving you enough grip on dirt to prevent you from slipping.

    If you see yourself regularly running on wet, muddy trails, you'll want shoes with longer rubber lugs on their outsoles for better traction. You may even consider getting waterproof shoes fortified with Gore-Tex if you plan on running in the rain or if your trails have any shallow streams to cross. 

    If your local trails are rocky or you favor moving fast through difficult terrain, you may want a shoe with a reinforced toe cap to prevent sharp objects, such as sticks or branches, from piercing the front of your shoe. Also handy are shoes with rock plates, which are slabs of plastic or carbon fiber sandwiched between the midsole and the outsole of the shoe that shield your foot when running over jagged rocks.

    Other features are more of a matter of taste: Do you want your trail shoes to have a pronounced drop? This means that the midsole is tilted forward with the heel higher than the toe portion of the shoe. Some runners feel having a heel-to-toe drop of 10 millimeters or more helps their running form by propelling them forward while the added rear foam protects their heels on bumpy trails. 

    Other runners, however, prefer zero-drop shoes where the heel and ball of your foot are the same height off the ground. Shoes without drops are typically better for more technical trails and less likely to cause you to turn your ankle on steep, uneven terrain. Some runners even say zero drop shoes help them feel the trail better. 

    How we test trail running shoes

    Each trail running shoe in this guide went through a series of on-foot and on-trail tests to see how they across these four categories: Fit and comfort, performance, versatility, and value. Specifically, here's how each category factored into what pairs of trail running shoes ultimately made this guide:

    Fit and comfort: Though fit and comfort could be two separate categories, it was easy to lump the two together while testing for this guide. The right pair of trail running shoes should fit snugly across your foot while still leaving a small amount of space between the end of the shoe and your toes. If the shoe fits in this way, you're likely to also enjoy as much comfort as possible — which is vital for longer runs over uneven and rocky terrain.  

    Performance: First and foremost, a trail running shoe should be designed for the trail (however vague the word "trail" might actually be). This means that a shoe built for rocky terrain should have lugs designed to absorb and grip jagged rocks. If it's a pair meant for mud or other slick surfaces, the grip on the bottom should allow you to avoid taking a spill. And since they're all running shoes at their core, they should function as a proper runner, too.

    Versatility: There may not be a jack-of-all-trades-type trail running shoe that's built to handle it all, but some do come extremely close. When testing for this, we wanted to see how well the shoes held up transitioning from pavement to trail, or when it went from mud to dirt to sand. We also judged how well the waterproof designation held up not just in rain but when fully submerged, as well. 

    Value: Value is essentially the combination of the previous three categories, along with the runner's sticker price. Proper trail running shoes aren't often inexpensive but investing in the right pair means you'll spend less over time (as opposed to buying a budget pair more often and ultimately spending more money). 

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  • A new pair of running shoes makes any run, long or short, more comfortable and safer on your joints.
  • The best running shoes support your natural foot shape and landing pattern, and should last several hundred miles.
  • Our top pick, New Balance's 1080v10, is the best all-around shoe for both marathon and casual runners alike.
  • If you're looking for female-specific sizing, read our guide to the best running shoes for women.
  • If you're looking for an easy way to get some fresh air, spend more time out of the house, or incorporate more movement into your home-centric life these days, jogging and running are super accessible ways to support both your mental and physical health at once.

    And shoes specifically designed for running are crucial: When you pound the pavement, you're sending impact forces through your foot and up through your legs. Part of what determines how your muscles and joints absorb this is your biomechanics, but the other part is your shoe construction. Many runners even have a natural propensity for the foot to roll inward or outward when they jog.

    All this is to say, the shoe you wear while running makes a world of difference. No matter your run style, wearing a shoe capable of providing enough stability helps better protect your tendons and joints, while also making running more comfortable.

    If you're looking for a new pair of running shoes but aren't sure where to look, I'm here to help. To find the best, I road-tested the latest releases from brands like New Balance, Nike, and Hoke One One, and not only wanted to judge their comfort or fit, but how well they performed over a variety of run lengths and use cases - including more than 200 miles of running through New York City's Central Park alone.

    At the end of this guide, I've shared a detailed look at my testing methodology, as well as some tips on how to shop for a running shoe. I've also included a brief rundown of the different design changes running shoes have gone through in recent years.

    Here are the best men's running shoes: Updated on 4/1/2021 by Rick Stella: Updated the sections on how we test running shoes and how to shop for them, added more to the slide on the changes in running shoe design, checked the availability of each recommended running shoe, and updated the pricing. The best overall new balance Fresh Foam X 1080 v10

    New Balance

    The New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v10 is the best do-everything running shoe and our favorite men's runner overall.

    Pros: A great all-around daily trainer, Fresh Foam X provides cushioning and bounce, comfortable fit thanks to a soft Hypoknit upper

    Cons: Runners with wide feet might feel tightness in the mid-section, some lace pressure

    New Balance significantly re-designed the 1080v10 from the previous model and it shows. When I took my pair out of the box, I was immediately drawn to its slightly curved, rockered design and the white midsole of Fresh Foam X, New Balance's soft but bouncy new foam.

    The shoes' redesign extends to the upper, which is a snug yet pliable material New Balance calls Hypoknit. Sliding your feet into the 1080v10s is smooth and easy thanks to a unique heel cup (dubbed the Ultra Heel) which curves away from your Achilles to prevent rubbing. The shoes initially felt loose but they're balanced by a sock-like fit of the upper. I didn't notice any slippage in the heel when I first ran in them, either. 

    There's a lot of attention to detail on the 1080v10s. For instance, the small, scooped-out indentions on the foam are designed to cut down on weight while adding flex. Weighing in at just under 10 ounces, with a heel to toe drop of 8mm, the shoes are just right as a neutral daily trainer. I mixed up a few short fast runs and longer, slower runs with the 1080v10s during my testing and they did well on both.

    The sole of the 1080v10s is comprised of six asymmetrical sets of rubber lugs in varying sizes, which were great for gripping wet pavement during wet-weather runs. The footbed was extremely comfortable and the shoes fit nicely, though runners with wider feet might feel some tightness in the mid-section. I also experienced a bit of lace pressure on the tops of my feet, but it wasn't intense.

    The best cushioned Hoka Clifton 6

    Hoka One One

    The Clifton 6 from Hoka One One goes heavy on the cushion to deliver just the right amount of bounce, especially after you break them in. 

    Pros: Thick foam means more cushioning for your legs, surprisingly lightweight, comfortable fit 

    Cons: Foam requires some breaking in, so-so grip on wet surfaces

    It's easy to see why we've picked the Hoka One One Clifton 6 as the best cushioned running shoe. Take one look at the thick stack of foam cushioning on the outsole, and you know you're in for a smooth ride. 

    While previous versions of this iconic shoe received mixed reviews for having foam that's either too hard or too soft, Hoka gets it just right on the Clifton 6. After taking them on a long run right out of the box, the foamy outsoles had some spring to them but they weren't too bouncy. They felt soft but it didn't seem like I was running with pillows strapped to my feet. 

    They do require some breaking in, as the ride got better the more I ran in them. By my fourth run, I was cruising smoothly along. 

    Hoka One One redesigned the overall fit on these as well to deliver a much-improved feel. The upper is a stretchy, breathable mesh that wraps securely around your foot with plenty of room in the toe box. I also liked the padded heel collar that's notched in the back to fit your Achilles. 

    The laces are minimal but that prevents them from putting pressure on the top of your foot when tied tight. It also cuts down on the overall weight which, despite their bulky look, tip the scales at just nine ounces. As with previous Hokas, the Clifton 6 has a slightly rockered design to propel you forward. The heel to toe drop is 5mm, which adds to the forward momentum when you run.

    To cut down on weight, the Clifton 6's sole features reinforced rubber only on specific segments of the forefoot and heel. I didn't feel these were the most stable shoes I tested, particularly when running on slick pavement but I also didn't feel like I was out of control. The reduction in weight, however, was much appreciated. 

    Cushioning is king on the Clifton 6 but not at the expense of speed. In fact, some of my fastest runs were with these shoes, which pleasantly surprised me. Meanwhile, the reduced impact from the plush foam meant my legs were happy, too.

    The best for race training Nike Zoom Fly 3


    The Zoom Fly 3 is the less expensive, more versatile little brother to Nike's elite Vaporfly racing shoes, and a great option for both training and going for a PR on race day.

    Pros: Full-length carbon fiber plate in the midsole adds pep to your step, new Vaporweave upper repels moisture while letting your feet breath, internal bootie fits your foot comfortably, soft React foam offers good energy return

    Cons: Carbon fiber plates in midsoles aren't for everyone (try on first), slightly heavier than previous model, long shoelaces flop around

    Out of the box, Nike's Zoom Fly 3 shoes look fast and sleek. I'd even go so far as to say that the neon green pair I tested looked a little audacious. Put them on your feet and they feel a combination of all three. 

    Like its pricey Vaporfly kin, the Zoom Fly 3s have a carbon fiber plate embedded in the midsole and how you feel about that will probably determine how you feel about these shoes. Personally, I love carbon fiber plates because of the added pep they give to my step, almost like I'm jumping on mini trampolines propelling me forward. Some find the sensation slightly unstable, so try these on first and test them on a treadmill (if you can) before you buy.

    Nike included a new upper on the Zoom Fly 3s which is a parachute-like material called Vaporweave. It's designed to repel moisture while also letting your feet stay ventilated and breathe. 

    While I liked the form-fitting Flyknit upper in previous Zoom Flys, they tended to get soggy on humid days and soaked through when it rained. Vaporwave doesn't offer the same snug fit as Flyknit but my feet stayed dry in the Zoom Fly 3s, even during sloppy winter weather. I also liked the neoprene bootie in the heel cup, which eliminates the need for a tongue, letting your feet slide comfortably into the shoe.

    The midsole is comprised of Nike's React foam, which is denser and heavier than ZoomX (which is what the Vaporflys use) but offered a soft yet responsive rebound during runs of varying speeds. The React foam and carbon fiber plate combo really shined at faster paces, letting me speed up quickly without feeling like I was burning off excessive energy. 

    Overall, Nike's made significant improvements on the Zoom Fly 3, including more rubber on the sole's forefoot to provide added traction in wet weather. Whether you're training for a race or actually running one, this shoe is a winner.

    The best long distance Glideride_closeup1


    The Asics GlideRide promises a new design in running shoes that gets you to run more efficiently. In many ways, the GlideRide delivers, making it our favorite shoe for long runs.

    Pros: Pronounced rocker shape with curved Guidesole technology helps you generate consistently efficient strides with less wasted energy, layered foam midsole provides a well-cushioned ride while reducing stress on the ankles, lightweight multi-directional mesh upper fits like a glove

    Cons: Aggressive arch support could be a problem for those with flatter feet (try these on a treadmill before you buy), heavy shoe overall, better for recovery runs than racing

    The GlideRide has such a pronounced, rocker shape, it's actually difficult to walk normally in them. These shoes are, quite simply, designed for running and once you start to build up some momentum in them, the curved shape helps roll you along.

    The rocking chair-like design is created through a complex foam layering system, with a curved sheet of soft Flytefoam sandwiching a rigid foam plate that Asics calls the Guidesole. Tucked in the rear of the shoe is a thin wafer of Gel, which has become an Asics trademark. The result is stable cushioning in both the heel and the forefoot, which takes stress off your ankles as you swing your leg forward to take another stride.

    In real-world testing, I found the Asics GlideRide allowed me to generate consistently efficient strides. I was able to waste much less energy while running and felt less tired. Long runs were a breeze, too. I could just keep going and going. 

    At just over 10 ounces, the shoes were heavier than I like. Part of this has to do with some of the plush, protective materials used in the heel collar of the shoe, which made them feel comfy but also a bit clunky. There's aggressive arch support in the shoes, as well, which can cause trouble for runners with flatter feet. 

    On the other hand, the new lightweight multi-directional mesh of the upper fit like a glove, and there was plenty of room in the toebox. The base of the shoe has a generous amount of reinforced rubber in an oval pattern for a great grip. With all its materials and heavily engineered midsole, the GlideRide isn't a stripped-down racing shoe but it is perfect for recovery runs. 

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    The Adidas UltraBoost 20 isn't only the most comfortable running shoe we tested, it's also the most stylish, making it great for both training and running around town.

    Pros: Your feet will feel like they're being swaddled, collaboration with International Space Station (ISS) Lab produced a stylish, futuristic look, Boost foam still provides runners with excellent energy return

    Cons: Quite heavy for a running shoe, Primeknit fabric makes feet feel hot

    The UltraBoost 20 was created in partnership between Adidas and the International Space Station (ISS) Lab and the collaboration shows. The midsole features Adidas' familiar Boost foam, which looks like pellets of Styrofoam melded together. Boost, as mentioned, is a pioneering foam renowned for its bouncy, energy return.

    What's new in the UltraBoost 20 is the iridescent shine of the foam, which on the pair I tested gave off a purply blue glow, depending on how the light was hitting them. The tongue features an ISS Lab insignia and the shoes, overall, have a space-age look to them. Adidas even says they'll eventually be used by astronauts on the ISS. 

    Runners will appreciate the UltraBoost 20's upper, which is made from Adidas' Primeknit fabric, a comfortably stretchy material that offers a luxurious sock-like fit. Adidas has added stitched fibers around the outside forefoot to give the upper more stability, too. I also didn't feel like my feet were sloshing around in them as I've often experienced with Primeknit shoes in the past.

    The heel cup has a plush padded collar that felt particularly soft around my Achilles. Meanwhile, a plastic, trapezoid-shaped counter on the exterior of the heel helps prevent slippage. In short, the UltraBoost 20s made my feet feel like they were being swaddled and the lockdown, overall, was excellent.

    At over 11 ounces, the UltraBoost 20s are the heaviest shoes in this guide. At first, they felt it, too. MY runs in these heavier-than-average shoes would always start off slow and plodding but would eventually pick up speed the further I ran. Much of that has to do with the powers of the Boost foam, which really do help you bounce along at a fairly good clip. 

    A history of running shoe design

    Not long ago, every running shoe was a variation on mostly the same design: A mesh upper with a thin slab of foam sandwiched in the middle and a rubber sole glued to the bottom. That changed in 2012 when Nike introduced its innovative Flyknit threading technology, which produced a form-fitting but breathable upper for its running shoes. 

    Adidas upped the ante years later with Boost, a supremely bouncy foam the company pumped into the midsole of its shoes to give them added energy return. Before Adidas introduced Boost, there was Hoka One One, a brand devoted to making highly cushioned running shoes with oversized foam outsoles since 2009. 

    Nike's even released upgrades over its own original designs and recently introduced an even lighter and more responsive foam called ZoomX. Though controversial, ZoomX propelled elite and amateur runners alike to a number of race victories. The most impressive was Kenyan elite runner, Eliud Kipchoge, who ran the first sub-two-hour marathon in history. On his feet were a pair of Nike shoes with ZoomX and a springy carbon fiber plate embedded in the midsole.

    But what does this all mean to the average runner looking for a new pair of shoes? The good news is much of this high-end racing shoe tech trickles down into regular running shoes. And while these innovations won't necessarily make you run as fast as Kipchoge, they should help you become a better runner more quickly. 

    How to shop for a running shoe

    Generally, you should look to replace your old shoes every 300 to 500 miles. If you run 20 miles per week, that's every four to six months. 

    If you're shopping for a new shoe for the first time or looking to branch out from your go-to pair, there are a few key factors to consider when shopping for a pair of running shoes. The below certainly play into comfort, which in turn influences how likely you are to stick with the sport or hobby. But moreover, some aspects below are important to reduce your chance of injury, which can certainly happen with the wrong shoe underfoot.

    Most standard running shoes have enough cushioning to support the average person's foot, knee, and hips from the shock that goes through your lower limbs with every step. Cushion thickness usually differs at your heel, midfoot, and forefoot. However, some people prefer more cushioning (usually if you have a history of injuries) or less (like with a minimalist shoe).

    Heel-Toe Drop
    The drop of a shoe is the difference in height between the heel and the ball of your foot. This affects how force is distributed when your foot comes into contact with the pavement. Experts disagree on how exactly drop affects injury rates, but generally, you want a shoe that feels comfortable throughout an entire stride (touchdown, rolled through to push off).

    How your foot strikes the ground is individual. The easiest way to tell is to go to a running shoe store to get fitted for a shoe, where they'll have you run on a treadmill and record your foot's movements, which can then be seen when the video slows down. But you can also look at a well-used pair of walking shoes and see if the inside edge or outside edge is more worn down.

    When you land and roll through to push off, many people's feet will roll inward so there's more pressure along the inside edge (called over-pronating). This also causes your arches to collapse. Others, their foot will roll slightly outward so they're putting more pressure along the outside edge (under-pronating). Meanwhile, some people naturally land evenly.

    If you over- or under-pronate and wear a neutral shoe, the repeated pressure in the wrong spot and how it affects your arches can domino to all sorts of aches and pains, even contributing to full-blown injuries. Companies now build shoes with a variety of technology like wedges and dual-density foams to bolster the side of your foot that your strike favors. This helps your foot then strike more neutrally. 

    Fit can refer to a lot of aspects of the foot, but the three biggest variables for most runners are toe box, heel, and arches. If you know you have a wide toe box or a wide heel, you'll want to look for a model that specifically offers more room in this area to avoid hot spots and make your runs more comfortable.

    It sounds silly that a sub-10-ounce shoe would ever be considered "heavy," but when you're seven miles in, every ounce truly matters for how like lead your legs feel. If you're just getting into running, you likely won't notice weight much. Heavier isn't bad — in fact, some of our favorite running shoes could be considered on the heavier side.

    Weight is determined by cushioning and materials used, so usually a heavier shoe is also quite supportive. For this reason, we'd advise weight be one of the last considerations for most runners. But if you're looking to PR a race or get into longer distances, you'll do well to look for a lighter shoe to shave fatigue off your legs where you can (like the Zoom Fly 3).

    How we test running shoes

    Each pair of running shoes featured in this guide went through an extensive testing process consisting of a variety of run distances and terrain. This included progressively longer runs through New York City's Central Park where I started at three miles and worked my way up to five- and eight-mile runs.

    The next phase of testing concentrated on longer distances. For these, I extended the runs to a half-marathon length (13.1 miles) and ran at slow yet steady paces. The idea was to assess stability, foot fatigue, and overall comfort multiple hours into a run.

    Finally, I concluded the tests by running shorter 5Ks at a faster race pace while also including hill work, interval sprints, and run repeats to see how each pair handled rolling terrain. All told, each shoe endured roughly 40 to 50 miles of testing, along with a special focus toward what they're designed to excel at (i.e. more race-pace runs in Nike's Zoom Fly 3 and several long runs in the Asics GlideRide).

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    2021 Virtual Irish Road Rover 5K
    Portland, ME – March 1-18, 2021
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    Place Di Name Bib Ag S Team City St Time Pace
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    1 1 WILLIAM LONES 170 28 M NORTH YARMOUTH ME 19:01 6:08
    2 2 SAM HAMILTON 196 26 M Tyler Technologies PORTLAND ME 19:10 6:11
    3 1 TONY MYATT 232 34 M PORTLAND ME 21:29 6:55
    4 1 MORGAN MCKEOWN 198 23 F Team Tiki LYMAN ME 23:06 7:27
    6 2 DYLAN LIM 217 32 M French Toast PORTLAND ME 24:25 7:52
    7 1 DANIEL HANSON 113 47 M SOUTH PARIS ME 24:26 7:52
    8 2 JJ REALI 186 41 M Tyler Technologies CUMBERLAND CENTER ME 24:35 7:55
    9 3 STEVE DOINIDIS 184 37 M Tyler Technologies APTOS CA 25:00 8:03
    10 1 ERIN BERNARD 205 36 F SOUTH PORTLAND ME 25:02 8:04
    11 4 GREGORY BERNARD 209 38 M S PORTLAND ME 25:03 8:04
    12 1 DENIS DUBOIS 212 70 M Maine Track Club LEWISTON ME 25:23 8:11
    13 2 AMY LILLY 152 43 F BATH ME 25:36 8:15
    14 1 LISA LARRABEE 110 52 F BELGRADE ME 26:17 8:28
    15 1 BOB MACKINNON 147 66 M YARMOUTH ME 26:18 8:28
    16 5 DAVID BERG 188 38 M Tyler Technologies NORTH YARMOUTH ME 26:24 8:30
    17 6 GRANT JEWETT 180 38 M Tyler Technologies AUBURN ME 26:30 8:32
    18 2 MARIA CARDINAL 189 32 F Tyler Technologies SACO ME 27:44 8:56
    19 3 DANNY BENNETT 126 49 M SOUTH PORTLAND ME 27:49 8:58
    20 2 MEGAN SUFFEL 201 28 F VHB SOUTH PORTLAND ME 28:25 9:09
    21 3 ANIA CHANDLER 200 28 F VHB SOUTH PORTLAND ME 28:26 9:09
    22 2 LYNN MITTLER 134 50 F BALLWIN MO 28:32 9:12
    23 7 CORY DAVIS 210 33 M ORONO ME 28:53 9:18
    24 3 AMBER ROSSI 157 35 F WEST BALDWIN ME 29:10 9:24
    25 1 JULIA HANSON 112 14 F SOUTH PARIS ME 29:10 9:24
    26 4 DOMINIC LEO 216 45 M PORTLAND ME 29:18 9:26
    27 4 MARGARET JACKSON 128 36 F DUBLIN 29:47 9:36
    28 5 LEAH STURM 202 39 F VHB GORHAM ME 29:56 9:39
    29 1 SUE DUBOIS 213 68 F Maine Track Club LEWISTON ME 29:57 9:39
    30 6 CASSIE BURROWS 159 37 F BATH ME 29:59 9:40
    31 1 KEVIN PATTERSHALL 191 54 M Tyler Technologies SANFORD ME 30:09 9:43
    32 2 ERIC LIND 139 59 M AUGUSTA ME 30:18 9:46
    33 3 KRISTIN TERRELL 125 52 F LEXINGTON MA 30:39 9:52
    34 2 MAC DOW 118 66 M HOLLIS CENTER ME 30:51 9:56
    35 2 MARILYN GUGLIUCCI 115 66 F KENNEBUNK ME 30:56 9:58
    36 3 PATRICIA JACKSON 129 61 F MOUNT VERNON ME 31:05 10:01
    37 7 ELICIA TILSLEY 154 35 F GREENWOOD ME 31:12 10:03
    38 3 MAGAN HANSON 114 41 F SOUTH PARIS ME 31:18 10:05
    39 3 LAWRENCE FRANCESKI 122 60 M WATERTOWN MA 31:25 10:07
    40 4 CHRISTINE MALLAR 145 51 F SCARBOROUGH ME 31:29 10:09
    41 5 ANDY MALLAR 146 49 M SCARBOROUGH ME 31:30 10:09
    42 8 MIKE MELHORNE 181 32 M Tyler Technologies SOUTH PORTLAND ME 32:05 10:20
    43 4 SAMANTHA LYNCH 218 29 F French Toast PORTLAND ME 32:09 10:21
    44 8 LIZ DIFIORE 222 34 F LITTLETON MA 32:57 10:37
    45 4 MOLLY MURPHY-GIBBONS 119 47 F DENMARK ME 33:25 10:46
    46 9 STACIE LORD 163 37 F SACO ME 33:28 10:47
    47 5 JENNIFER DOYLE 164 44 F TOPSHAM ME 33:29 10:47
    48 5 LISA ANDERSON 127 53 F SEBAGO ME 33:30 10:47
    49 3 JONATHAN DUDLEY 203 56 M FALMOUTH ME 33:33 10:48
    50 4 CARMEN LAURITSEN-KEEGAN 234 63 F WELLS ME 33:37 10:50

    51 1 SAMUEL THOMPSON 220 10 M HANOVER ME 35:00 11:16
    52 6 KERRY MCBRIDE 121 52 F SACO ME 35:06 11:18
    53 7 KIMBERLY LOZEAU 120 58 F SACO ME 35:07 11:18
    54 2 DON ZILLMAN 168 76 M SANTA FE NM 35:10 11:20
    55 8 JANET FAHEY 158 52 F EAST WALPOLE MA 35:34 11:27
    56 6 CHARLOTTE CLOUTIER 161 46 F SOUTH PARIS ME 36:07 11:38
    57 9 JULIE CARR 155 57 F BETHEL ME 36:22 11:43
    58 10 ABBY QUINTAL 176 35 F Tyler Technologies PORTLAND ME 36:42 11:49
    59 11 MARY CRONIN 182 36 F Tyler Technologies BRUNSWICK ME 36:51 11:52
    60 3 KENNETH WHITE 131 70 M BEVERLY MA 37:18 12:01
    61 4 KYLE TILSLEY 153 52 M GREENWOOD ME 37:19 12:01
    62 4 HARRY WHITE 149 78 M SCARBOROUGH ME 37:29 12:04
    63 5 KAYLA LARRIVEE 185 29 F Tyler Technologies LEWISTON ME 38:00 12:14
    65 1 ABBY HANSON 111 16 F SOUTH PARIS ME 38:18 12:20
    66 7 MAUREEN CURRAN 117 48 F PORTLAND ME 38:40 12:27
    67 10 SANDRA LIND 138 54 F AUGUSTA ME 39:01 12:34
    68 6 SETH THOMPSON 197 45 M HANOVER ME 39:09 12:37
    69 2 GABRIELLE THOMPSON 221 14 F HANOVER ME 39:10 12:37
    70 1 PENNY ARMSTRONG 107 75 F SOUTH PORTLAND ME 40:00 12:53
    71 12 CAITLIN HOPKINS 144 32 F PORTLAND ME 40:01 12:53
    72 6 EDWARD CURRAN 106 72 M METHUEN MA 40:09 12:56
    73 5 DANIEL MCKEOWN 199 54 M Team Tiki LYMAN ME 40:32 13:03
    75 11 DEBRA ROBBINS 211 59 F PORTLAND ME 43:00 13:51
    76 5 KATY DRISCOLL 151 61 F EAST THETFORD VT 43:02 13:52
    77 8 KATE ASHMAN 165 41 F CAPE ELIZABETH ME 43:20 13:57
    78 9 JACKIE SNIADECKI 238 44 F STRONG ME 43:23 13:58
    79 13 EMILY SULLIVAN 175 33 F Tyler Technologies SACO ME 43:27 14:00
    80 6 SUSAN HEMOND 132 61 F CUMBERLAND FORESI ME 44:00 14:10
    81 7 JEAN WILSON 148 61 F FALMOUTH ME 44:01 14:10
    82 7 JOSHUA BUCK 236 45 M 45:43 14:43
    83 4 BOB SCARPELLI 214 66 M OLD ORCHARD BEACH ME 46:30 14:59
    84 8 PAUL STEVENS 226 83 M CAPE ELIZABETH ME 46:41 15:02
    85 10 JENNIFER BUCK 237 48 F 47:01 15:08
    86 5 MIKE SMITH 109 67 M POWNAL ME 47:30 15:18
    87 8 JOHN SNIADECKI 239 44 M STRONG ME 47:34 15:19
    88 12 STACY CARLIN 123 57 F WATERTOWN MA 48:00 15:27
    89 6 PAUL LONES 171 64 M PORTLAND ME 48:22 15:35
    92 14 JENNIFER GRAHAM 167 37 F LISBON FALLS ME 49:55 16:04
    93 8 DEBBIE MEGNA 133 61 F FALMOUTH ME 52:00 16:45
    94 13 ROSANNE GRIFFIN 194 57 F Tyler Technologies NORTH YARMOUTH ME 1:01:00 19:39
    95 9 REBECCA TRACY 156 66 F RAYMOND ME 1:02:56 20:16
    96 10 BILLY MORGAN 160 76 M NEW ENGLAND 65 PLUS KENNEBUNK ME 1:02:56 20:16
    97 14 SUSAN SMITH 108 59 F POWNAL ME 1:06:00 21:15
    98 9 DYLAN GALLAGHER 227 32 M PORTLAND ME 1:17:50 25:04

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    ********** FEMALE OVERALL WINNERS ***********
    ********** MALE OVERALL WINNERS ***********
    MALE AGE GROUP: 1 – 10
    FEMALE AGE GROUP: 1 – 10
    MALE AGE GROUP: 11 – 14
    FEMALE AGE GROUP: 11 – 14
    MALE AGE GROUP: 15 – 19
    FEMALE AGE GROUP: 15 – 19
    1 63 ABBY HANSON 16 SOUTH PARIS ME 38:18
    MALE AGE GROUP: 20 – 24
    FEMALE AGE GROUP: 20 – 24
    MALE AGE GROUP: 25 – 29
    FEMALE AGE GROUP: 25 – 29
    MALE AGE GROUP: 30 – 34
    1 6 DYLAN LIM 32 PORTLAND ME 24:25
    2 23 CORY DAVIS 33 ORONO ME 28:53
    FEMALE AGE GROUP: 30 – 34
    1 18 MARIA CARDINAL 32 SACO ME 27:44
    3 76 EMILY SULLIVAN 33 SACO ME 43:27

    MALE AGE GROUP: 35 – 39
    1 9 STEVE DOINIDIS 37 APTOS CA 25:00
    FEMALE AGE GROUP: 35 – 39
    3 28 LEAH STURM 39 GORHAM ME 29:56
    MALE AGE GROUP: 40 – 44
    2 84 JOHN SNIADECKI 44 STRONG ME 47:34
    FEMALE AGE GROUP: 40 – 44
    1 13 AMY LILLY 43 BATH ME 25:36

    MALE AGE GROUP: 45 – 49
    3 26 DOMINIC LEO 45 PORTLAND ME 29:18
    FEMALE AGE GROUP: 45 – 49
    MALE AGE GROUP: 50 – 54
    3 72 DANIEL MCKEOWN 54 LYMAN ME 40:32
    FEMALE AGE GROUP: 50 – 54
    2 22 LYNN MITTLER 50 BALLWIN MO 28:32
    MALE AGE GROUP: 55 – 59
    1 32 ERIC LIND 59 AUGUSTA ME 30:18
    FEMALE AGE GROUP: 55 – 59
    1 52 KIMBERLY LOZEAU 58 SACO ME 35:07
    2 56 JULIE CARR 57 BETHEL ME 36:22
    MALE AGE GROUP: 60 – 64
    2 86 PAUL LONES 64 PORTLAND ME 48:22
    FEMALE AGE GROUP: 60 – 64
    MALE AGE GROUP: 65 – 69
    2 34 MAC DOW 66 HOLLIS CENTER ME 30:51
    FEMALE AGE GROUP: 65 – 69
    1 29 SUE DUBOIS 68 LEWISTON ME 29:57
    3 92 REBECCA TRACY 66 RAYMOND ME 1:02:56
    MALE AGE GROUP: 70 – 74
    1 12 DENIS DUBOIS 70 LEWISTON ME 25:23
    2 59 KENNETH WHITE 70 BEVERLY MA 37:18
    3 69 EDWARD CURRAN 72 METHUEN MA 40:09
    FEMALE AGE GROUP: 70 – 74
    MALE AGE GROUP: 75 – 79
    2 93 BILLY MORGAN 76 KENNEBUNK ME 1:02:56
    53 DON ZILLMAN 76 SANTA FE NM 35:10
    FEMALE AGE GROUP: 75 – 79
    MALE AGE GROUP: 80 – 99

    FEMALE AGE GROUP: 80 – 99

    Corporate Team Results
    1. Tyler Technologies
    19:10 24:35 25:00 26:24 ( 26:30) ( 27:44) ( 30:09)
    = 1:35:09

    Club Team Results
    38:08 41:02 48:44 49:26 (1:02:56) = 2:57:20

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  • You can score ample cushioning, support for long mileage, or just the basics for the occasional jog at an affordable price.
  • Some of the best athletic brands like New Balance, Hoka, and Brooks have great runners at $100 to $130.
  • Our top pick, the Hoka One One Rincon, is cushioned, durable, and great for short jogs or multi-hour runs alike.
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    I've been running for more than 20 years and, in that time, I've tried just about every type of shoe on the market on every type of run, from marathons, to weekend trail runs, to around-the-block sprints.

    Along with Brian Metzler, author of Kicksology, a comprehensive look at the history and science behind running shoes, and Mike Fronsoe, owner of the Fleet Feet specialty running store in Monroe, LA, we've put in thousands of miles on running shoes and have zeroed in on what pairs are worth the splurge - and which are great at a savings.

    It's common to come across running shoes at $250 that promise - and, honestly, do deliver - faster times. For the average runner, however, that's more shoe than you'd ever want or need. Thankfully, the market offers its fair share of affordable options, too.

    "There are plenty of good, mid-range shoes in the $110 and under market," Metzler told Insider. "The challenge is there's a lot of marketing that goes into selling shoes and that jacks the prices up."

    To help narrow down the growing selection of cheap running shoes, I highlighted a few of our favorites that I've enjoyed running in and that takes Metzler's and Fronsoe's advice to heart. At the end of this guide, I've also included some additional information on how to shop for cheap running shoes, as well as the testing methodology I used.

    From brands like Hoka One One and Skechers to Brooks and New Balance, these shoes keep you running comfortably while also staying kind to your wallet.

    Here are the best cheap running shoes:

    Updated on 3/12/2021 by Rick Stella: Updated the sections on how to shop for cheap running shoes and the testing methodology used

    Best cheap running shoe overall Hoka One One Rincon

    Hoka One One

    This is a shoe that works for almost any type of runner, including those looking for some speed, anyone who enjoys added cushion, and just about everyone in between.

    Pros: Lightweight (only 6.3 ounces in the women's model), cushy ride

    Cons: With the differential between the heel and toe stack at only five millimeters, it can take some time to adjust to the shoe if you're used to a bigger offset — expect a couple of weeks of sore calf muscles

    Runner's World voted the Rincon an "editor's choice" for a speed shoe in its Fall 2019 Shoe Guide — and with good reason. The shoe delivers what is typically hard to produce: a combination of heavy-duty cushioning and a feather-light weight. 

    I must confess that when HOKA first came on the running scene some 11 years ago, I was a skeptic. The first iterations of their shoes were big and bulky, and I thought I could never run in something with that much cushion. But there was plenty of buzz around the shoes and I finally decided to give the brand a go a few years ago. I've since tried out several of its models and settled on the Rincon as my favorite for the road.

    I've put a couple hundred miles on mine and you'd barely notice the wear. I've worn them for a variety of distances, from a six miler around the neighborhood on up to longer weekend runs in the range of 13 miles. It's a responsive shoe that carries me comfortably on any type of pavement. For $115, it delivers performance and longevity.

    Best-selling cheap running shoe Brooks 12 shoe


    Fleet Feet, Mike Fronsoe, says this is the number-one selling shoe in his store and remains a fan favorite, 12 versions in.

    Pros: 13 different color combinations to choose from, tried-and-true design

    Cons:  Pushes the limits of affordability at $130

    Runners hate when their favorite shoe receives an update that changes the feel or ride they've come to love. That's why the Brooks Ghost stays as a perpetual best-seller in many running shoe specialty stores — it's always stayed true to its roots. 

    It's also an all-around crowd-pleaser that's not too cushy, not too heavy, not too anything. It's designed with the neutral runner in mind and works well no matter your running goal. The shoe is known for its soft ride and it's even able to last up to 400-plus miles.

    Best dirt-cheap running shoe Skechers Go Run fast


    Long known for its street style, Skechers made a push into the running space several years ago and its budget runner is an impressive shoe that has marathon-quality style in its DNA.

    Pros: You can't do any better on price than this shoe

    Cons: Durability could be an issue if you're looking for a long-haul shoe

    Even Olympic marathoner and winner of the Boston Marathon, Meb Keflezighi, runs in a Skechers model, so the brand must be onto something, right? Coming in at just $65, the GOrun Fast Quake is our most affordable shoe.

    The Fast Quake is a lightweight trainer and features the brand's 5Gen cushioning and cooling "goga mat" insole. Skechers bills this as moisture-wicking and high rebound, to deliver energy return with every step. 

    I've run in an older version of this model and liked its flexible sole and lightweight feel. The men's version weighs in at 7.8 ounces, and I can say the fit is comfortable and true to size. The shoe might not go the distance through heavy mileage, but it will get you through a couple of weekly training runs and should hold up for a few months.

    Best bang for your buck New Balance Fresh Foam 880

    New Balance

    The New Balance 880 is the number two seller in Fronsoe's store with him adding that, "you can use this shoe for just about anything. It's firm enough to take to the gym but cushioned enough to run in it on roads."

    Pros: A shoe that has something for just about everyone

    Cons: The 880 has a wider toe box than some of its comparable models, so for runners with narrow feet, it may not be the ideal fit

    I've been a New Balance fan for years and can confirm that the 880 delivers on an all-around basis. I've taken them on roads, black-top paths, and even on softer surfaces like a mulch-covered trail and they responded well each time. It's in its ninth iteration and one of the things I appreciate is that the tweaks New Balance tends to make are smaller, less noticeable ones, so I know I can return to the brands' shoes over and over again and know exactly what I'm getting. 

    The 880 retails with a price tag of about $125, so it's not the cheapest of our choices but one that still checks most boxes. It features plenty of cushioning, a responsive ride, a mid-level weight at 9 ounces, and a mid-range heel to toe drop at about 10 millimeters. In short, it's the average joe of running shoes and will likely work for most runners. 

    Best high-cushion cheap running shoe Hoka One One Clifton

    Hoka One One

    Hoka One One's Clifton offers premium cushion, a snug, comfortable fit, and can last for hundreds of miles — and it's the shoe many runners think of when mentioning the brand.

    Pros: All the cushion HOKA is known for with an embroidered upper that provides a snug fit to prevent feet from slipping.

    Cons: The stack height of the sole, which is quite big, can be off-putting to some runners, reducing the sense of ground feel. 

    Hoka is one of the most beloved brands in the running shoe community. It truly has an option for everyone that delivers on the price — enough so that the brand has made the cut for testing on our best women's running shoes and best men's, best winter running shoes, and best trail runners for women and for men. (So literally every running shoe guide we have.)

    That high praise is largely for its trademark cushioning, and the sixth iteration of the Clifton seems to have found the perfect amount to satisfy most fans of its shoes.

    Going back to my dislike for overly cushioned shoes, the Clifton surprised me with its performance. I've put in a couple of hundred miles in my pair and find that the soft landing remains, as does the responsiveness I appreciate. 

    At $129, it hits the upper end of the affordability range but if you have any kind of knee or joint pains, are training for a race or just logging high mileage, or generally like more cushioning, this pair is 100% worth the money.

    How to shop for cheap running shoes

    Before you dive in on price alone, you'd be wise to visit a specialty running shoe store to try before you buy.

    "I get a lot of customers who buy a shoe online, find it doesn't work for them, and then come in to get fitted," Fronsoe said. "Much comes down to how a shoe feels on your foot."

    Use your time in a shoe store to try a variety of shoes and figure out what works for you in the price range you're after. Once you know, you can then make it more affordable in a variety of ways. Some stores, like Fronsoe's Fleet Feet location, have frequent buyer programs offering credit after a certain value of purchases. You can also look for sale tables that feature last year's versions of shoes — most brands update shoe models about every nine months, which means a past version then moves to a discounted price. 

    Finally, you can find decent mid-range models online and at big-box stores like Dick's Sporting Goods. According to Metzler, these stores don't carry the marquee models but they do have pairs that are functional, and that you can put some miles in.

    How I tested cheap running shoes

    Each pair of running shoes featured in this guide went through a testing process that included everything from sprint work on a track and leisure park runs to longer multi-hour training sessions and race-pace 5ks. When testing, I judged the shoes across these five categories: fit, comfort, performance, versatility, and value. Here's how each factored into what shoes were ultimately selected:

    Fit: Just because you're saving a few dollars on a cheaper shoe, doesn't mean it shouldn't still fit correctly — and running in an ill-fitting shoe is an easy way to wear yourself out quicker (or to just be mentally finished with your run before you hit your mile goal). Fit encompasses everything from how the shoe feels when it's first put on, if there are any unnecessary pressure points, and its underfoot feel. 

    Comfort: Comfort is sort of an extension of fit but goes beyond just how the shoe feels on your foot — it also means looking at how comfortable the shoe stays during a variety of runs. Much of this also comes down to personal preference as some runners prefer highly cushioned shoes from brands like Hoka One One while others like to run on less cushion. The same goes for neutral runners vs. stability shoes. 

    Performance: If a running shoe doesn't perform how you want it, you'll not feel incredibly motivated to keep running with them. This covers everything from stability underfoot and durability to its responsiveness and design. 

    Versatility: Though I tried each shoe in a variety of environments, they're not all made to be a jack-of-all-trades style shoe. Some, however, did do well on several surfaces, adding to their versatility as an everyday runner. If it's a budget shoe you're after, it'd be great to find one that works just as well on a treadmill as it does on the road.

    Value: Value is more than just the final sticker price. For this, I wanted to see if spending less on a pair of shoes was ultimately worth it long-term — since spending less money more often is equal to (if not more than) spending a lot of money once. Thankfully, there are plenty of impressive running shoes that don't break the bank. 


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  • Running socks manage moisture and provide cushioning to prevent blisters and hot spots on long runs.
  • A quality sock is made of sweat-wicking materials, has targeted cushioning, and lasts through dozens of washes.
  • Our top pick, the Rockay Accelerate Running Socks, is durable, comfortable, and wicks moisture.
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    Running doesn't require much equipment. While fancy gear might make runs more enjoyable, some would argue all you need is a quality pair of runners. However, there's another key piece that shouldn't be forgotten: a reliable pair of running socks.

    These two pieces of running apparel work in tandem to keep your feet happy from heel to toe and as most runners know, happy feet make for a much more enjoyable run. You may think any old pair of socks might do but we strongly encourage you to try out a pair of running-specific socks instead.

    We all tend to have strong opinions on which brands are best but it's important to note what works for one runner may not work for another. That's why we tried a variety of options perfect for a variety of runners. At the end of this guide, we lay out what to look for in a pair of quality running socks and how we tested here:

    Updated on 3/8/2021 by Rachael Schultz: We're currently speaking to a running coach and running shoe store owner for advice, and testing additional offerings from Balega, Smartwool, Swiftwick, and Conrad to provide a large update to this buying guide. Check back soon for updates.

    Best running socks overall Rockay socks


    The Rockay Accelerate running socks are comfortable, moisture-wicking, and made from durable, high-quality materials with a focus on sustainability.

    Pros: Comfortable, durable, moisture-wicking, made from thoughtfully sourced materials, provide support where you need it most

    Cons: Expensive

    Socks were the first product to be released from the Danish running company, Rockay, and after testing a pair of its Accelerate, I was immediately impressed. They're incredibly comfortable thanks to a blend of organic merino wool, polyamide, and elastane, and I appreciated the seamless construction. Its focus on using eco-friendly methods and materials is a nice touch, too. 

    The blend of materials allows for impressive moisture-wicking capabilities to help prevent blisters. My first test run was on an unseasonably warm day but my feet never felt overheated and stayed dry throughout the run. 

    Durability-wise, these socks wash incredibly well. As with most of my running gear, I try to hang dry everything since heat can damage the synthetic materials often used in athletic clothing. However, there were a few times these socks slipped their way into the dryer and I was pleased to find that their performance was unaffected. If you do have any issues, these socks are guaranteed for life, so you can receive another pair, no questions asked.

    Another positive of these socks is the support they offer. They have just the right amount of compression in the arch of the foot, providing a snug fit without being uncomfortable. This fit also prevents them from slipping around in your running shoes, so any rubbing that might cause blisters can be avoided.

    The Rockay Accelerate socks are available in multiple colors and range in sizes from extra-small to extra-large. A sizing chart is available to help you find the best fit, too. I felt that they ran just a tad bit smaller than true to size. Keep in mind that these will have a snug fit around the foot because of the compression arch, making them feel smaller than normal socks. While these are on the more expensive end, you're paying for quality and for socks that will last.

    Best for durability darn tough socks

    Darn Tough

    The Darn Tough Tab No Show Light Cushion socks are durable, have a seamless toe for added comfort, and are a merino wool/nylon blend which wicks away sweat to keep your feet dry.

    Pros: Durable, no seams for added comfort, wool and synthetic blend to wick away sweat, resist odor, all-weather appropriate

    Cons: Not many colors to choose from, can be expensive

    If you run your socks into the ground — or, more accurately, until they're covered in holes and falling apart at the seams — it's worth investing in a pair from Darn Tough for its lifetime warranty. True to its name, these durable running socks will last through countless jogs and arduous trail run. But Darn Tough's warranty policy says if you don't find its socks to be the most comfortable, best-fitting pair you've owned, or if they come apart for any reason other than being chewed by dogs, burned around the campfire, or one being lost to the laundry monster, you can ship back your faulty pair and receive credit for a new pair. 

    You probably won't need to use that great policy, though. All of its socks are thoughtfully designed to withstand some of the toughest sports, and it shows in the attention to detail given to the Tab No Show Light Cushion running socks. It's a wordy name but these socks live up to it. The no-show style is subtle and the tab provides extra cushion where your running shoe meets the back of your ankle to prevent chafing.

    Another winning feature? These socks are seamless, so your toes won't be subjected to any uncomfortable rubbing.

    As far as material goes, you won't find any cotton here. These Darn Tough socks feature merino wool blended with nylon and lycra spandex. You may think wool is only reserved for cold weather running but not in this case. These are all-weather socks that wick away moisture to keep your feet dry and blister-free. Wool also helps resist odor, so even after a sweaty run, you'll be far less likely to offend anyone when you take off your runners.

    These Darn Tough socks are available in both Men's and Women's styles and come in Small, Medium, and Large sizes that correspond with your shoe size.

    Best for all-around comfort running socks


    The Balega Hidden Comfort No Show running socks have a seamless design crafted with synthetic materials and elastane throughout to make for a better fit and prevent blisters.

    Pros: Synthetic materials keep feet dry, mesh construction for added breathability, heel tab to help prevent slippage, seamless design, multiple colors to choose from

    Cons: Some reviewers reported slippage, they don't have targeted cushioning

    Even if you've been running for a relatively short amount of time, Balega is likely a brand name you've heard. I own a few pairs of these socks myself and can confidently say these are some of the most comfortable socks I've ever worn.

    They've seen their fair share of runs but they've also been through trips to the grocery store, as well as some intense Netflix binge sessions on the couch. In other words, they're so comfortable you'll probably find yourself wearing them even when you aren't running.

    Each pair is carefully crafted to help runners perform at their best. The seamless design of the Hidden Comfort running socks reduces the friction that causes blisters. They have a reinforced heel and toe for increased durability and the top of the sock is constructed with mesh construction for extra breathability and comfort.

    These are no-show socks with a heel tab at the opening that makes them easy to slip on. It also reduces chafing and prevents them from slipping down into your shoes. The elastane provides added stretch and comfort, too.

    These socks come in sizes ranging from small to extra large. It's important to size correctly so you get the best fit and minimal slippage. There is also a fun variety of colors to choose from if you like to add a little flair to your running kit.

    Best for cold weather running socks


    The Smartwool PhD Run Cold Weather Mid Crew socks are designed for cold weather running, with a longer length for extra warmth and a wool blend that keeps your feet toasty and dry.

    Pros: Wool and synthetic blend keeps feet dry and blister-free, mid-crew length for extra warmth, 200 needle construction for warmth and cushioning without the bulk

    Cons: Not many color choices, expensive

    If you live in a location where winters bring cold and snow, yet you don't call it quits on your running routine, you need a pair of running socks specially designed to keep your feet warm. Smartwool is known for a wide range of specialized socks and its line of cold weather running regularly receives positive reviews from runners who often brave the cold. 

    Read more: The best winter running shoes

    These socks are mid-crew height, perfect for wearing under your running tights for added warmth, and preventing the cold ankles that often result from wearing no-show socks. It may sound silly but when it comes to running in the cold, every bit of skin coverage makes a difference.

    These Smartwool socks are made of 55% merino wool for warmth, nylon for breathability, and elastane for flexibility for stretch. They'll wick away moisture to help keep your feet dry and free of blisters. If you're afraid that warmth equates to added bulk, you won't have to worry in this case. The 200 needle construction allows for high-density cushioning while keeping these socks lightweight.

    Smartwool designed the PhD cold weather socks in both men's and women's styles for a better fit and they come in small, medium, and large sizes. Unfortunately, you won't have many colors to choose from but in this case, comfort and warmth will likely be more important than style as you brave those chilly weather conditions.

    Best on a budget saucony socks


    The six-pack of Saucony Performance No-Show socks gives you the most value for your money and keeps your feet dry and comfortable.

    Pros: Affordable, synthetic fabric to keep feet dry and blister-free, heel tab to prevent slippage, arch compression for added support, comes in multiple colors

    Cons: Can't be bought in single pairs, non-specific sizing

    You've likely heard of Saucony, a brand known for its well-made running shoes. However, like many running shoe brands, Saucony also makes athletic socks geared towards runners. If you've just splurged on a new pair of running shoes and want to save some bucks, or you simply don't want to spend a lot on socks, these are a great option.

    For less than $20, you can get six pairs of socks, and having more socks means you'll be less likely to run out before having to do laundry. These socks come in plenty of fun color combinations and are available in both men's and women's styles. Unlike most others on this list, these don't come in multiple sizes but men's will fit an 8-12 shoe size and women's will fit a 5-10 shoe size.

    A heel tab helps prevent slippage and arch compression provides extra support. You won't find any cotton here, either, with all synthetic materials for sweat-wicking and comfort, and mesh construction for added breathability. These are all features found in a more expensive running sock, for a fraction of the price.

    As a more lightweight sock, these aren't recommended for winter running but otherwise, they'll do just fine at the gym, on the road, or on the trails.

    If you are looking for just one pair to try, you'll be out of luck as these only come in six-packs. However, for such an affordable price, it's worth it to try them for yourself.

    Best for preventing blisters toe socks


    With a place for each toe, a breathable mesh upper, and sweat-wicking materials, the Injinji 2.0 Lightweight No-Show toe socks are a great option if you're prone to blisters.

    Pros: Individual toe coverage helps prevent blisters, Synthetic fabric to keep feet dry and comfortable, mesh upper for breathability, heel tab to help prevent slippage, come in multiple colors

    Cons: Can be tricky to put on, some reviewers couldn't get used to the individual toe style

    These toe socks may look a little odd but as they say, you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. Having a place for each individual toe prevents them from rubbing together — one of the main causes of blisters.

    Injinji is a California-based company, with its roots in wanting to develop a seamless sock that allowed for more natural foot movement and toe splay. From this, the patented five-toe sock was born.

    In addition to preventing any skin-to-skin friction that causes blisters, the Injinji 2.0 is made from synthetic materials to wick away sweat and keep feet dry and comfortable. A mesh top also allows for more breathability. If you prefer the minimalist style of running toe shoes like Vibram's FiveFingers shoes, these socks also make a great liner for additional comfort. These socks perform just as well in traditional running shoes, too.

    The Injinji 2.0 is a unisex sock but it comes in four sizes: small, medium, large, and extra-large. Sizing is important here since these conform to every contour of your foot — toes included. 

    While they may not be for everyone, if you've been in a standoff with stubborn reoccurring blisters, these socks may be just what you need.

    Best for compression Aspire Socks


    If you experience muscle soreness or shin splints after your runs, Swiftwick's Aspire Twelve compressions socks help reduce the pain.

    Pros: Promote blood flow and help reduce muscle soreness, olefin wicks sweat to keep your feet dry

    Cons: Expensive, hard to put on 

    Swiftwick is a mainstay in the compression sock industry and its Aspire Twelve knee-high socks are perfect for the runner looking for more than just muscle relief, but shin relief as well. Made of 43% nylon, 11% spandex, and 46% olefin, not only do they offer supreme compression and a snug fit, but they wick sweat away, as well. This is especially useful for hot and humid summer runs.

    Running in these socks provides response lower leg support thanks to its minimal cushioning. They also function well to help recover after a long run or whenever you feel the muscles in your legs start to tighten up and feel sore. 

    It's worth pointing out that these socks (as well as many similar compressions socks) aren't always the easiest to put on. We recommend reaching into the sock and pulling out the heel before putting your foot in and pulling the rest of the sock on. They're made to be really snug on your lower leg, so this isn't something that just needs to be broken in either. 

    Aside from getting them on, the Aspire Twelve's perform well work wonders to help with sore muscles. They're a bit expensive at $30 per pair but most compression socks of this quality are hardly cheap. -- Rick Stella

    Best for fun ankle patterns Zensah


    With a range of fun patterns to choose from, the Zensah Limited Edition Mini Crew-Length running socks allow you to show off your personal style without sacrificing high-quality performance.

    Pros: Tons of fun patterns and colors to choose from, comfortable, light compression for added support, moisture-wicking material to help prevent blisters

    Cons: On the expensive side

    Just because you're decked out in running gear doesn't mean you can't make a statement. If you want to stand out from the pack, a crazy pair of running socks is the perfect way to do so, and the Zensah Limited Edition running socks rise to the occasion. Don't be fooled by the limited edition in the name. Whether you want to show some holiday spirit, or share your love for donuts, there are tons of fun prints, patterns, and colors to choose from.

    These socks look fun but when it comes to performance and comfort, things get serious. Zensah is a brand known for tight-fitting compression products but even if you aren't looking for compression, their snug fit keeps them from sliding down during your runs. They also have a seamless toe and a lightly cushioned sole for added comfort, and they're anatomically designed with a specific left foot and right foot fit.

    The nylon, spandex, and polyester blend allow for breathability and help these socks dry quickly, protecting your feet from any blisters. Silver ions in the material help keep any odors at bay.

    The mini crew height of these Zensah running heights makes them just tall enough to show off your chosen design, without having them take over your entire calf. They're available in small, medium, and large sizes that correspond to your shoe size.

    How we test

    Each pair of running socks featured in this guide went through a series of on-foot tests to see how well they compared across these four categories: Fit and comfort, features, durability, and value. Specifically, here's how each category factored into what socks ultimately made this guide and what sub-categories we chose to spotlight: 

    • Fit and comfort: Though fit and comfort could be two different categories, they're very closely related when it comes to running socks. You ideally want your running socks to fit snug enough to not rub inside your shoe (even if they get wet and want to start sliding around). This is as true for no-show socks as it is for both ankle- and shin-high options, too. The more comfortable and well-fitting a running sock is, the more enjoyable your running should be. 
    • Features: Using the term "features" to describe the makeup of a running sock may seem odd but different brands do include a variety of unique traits that make them more well-suited for different types of runners (and their needs). For instance, a brand like Swiftwick specializes in compression while Injinji's socks are geared toward reducing the development of blisters. 
    • Durability: No matter if you're a casual running or you're training for a marathon, your running socks will take a beating — and having to deal with holes forming or a sock tearing at its seams can be especially frustrating as you prepare for a run. Though we didn't push each pair to its absolute end, we did go on enough runs wearing each featured pair to get a reasonable idea of how long they'd last.
    • Value: Value is the combination of each category above, as well as how a running sock's actual stick price factors into its worth. We do think that it's more beneficial to spend a little more on a premium product that's designed to last than to opt for a poorly-made budget option and have to spend that reduced cost more often. 
    How to shop for running socks

    Since there are so many options, it's tricky to wade through what's available. Luckily we've done the legwork for you, rounding up a group of socks outfit with the features you need most.

    Before we get into our favorites, we've outlined what to pay attention to so your feet can meet their best match.

    • Material: One of the most important things to consider is material. Synthetic materials like polyester, acrylic, and nylon are your best bet because they help wick away moisture and prevent blisters. A wool blend can also be a good choice to keep your feet warm and dry — especially if you're running in the winter. You'll want to avoid anything that's 100% cotton as it will only hold in moisture, making for very sweaty and uncomfortable feet.
    • Cushioning: The cushioning and the thickness you desire in your running socks is a matter of personal choice, and luckily there are all types to choose from. Plenty of running socks are also designed to provide cushioning in places that are more likely to develop blisters.
    • Height: The height of your running socks can be a matter of personal style, but it can also serve a more useful purpose. Maybe you're tired of chafing the backs of your ankles. Or maybe you've noticed that mid-calf ankle socks have roared back into style, rejoining us from the 1980s. Either way, it's enough reason to try out a pair of crew length running socks. On the other hand, if you prefer a subtler look, no show or quarter-length socks are also available. 
    • Specialized Features: Aside from the basics, there are also socks designed to meet running specific needs and issues. Compression socks are a good option if you want to improve blood flow through your legs and ankles, or you want additional arch support. If you're especially prone to blisters, some runners swear by toe socks.
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