Our team tests 120+ running shoes for at least 50 miles. These are the best affordable running shoes in 2020.
Updated: June 8th, 2020
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Saucony Cohesion 12
Saucony Cohesion 12
While it might not shine on any particular aspect, the Cohesion is one of the cheapest running shoe on the market while performing like expensive ones
“The Saucony Cohesion 13 is a great, budget friendly running shoe that ticks all the boxes for runners who want to protect their feet and enjoy a comfortable ride for their first 5km or 10km run.
The Cohesion 13 is a simple, entry level neutral running shoe for runners looking for their first pair of running shoes, or to replace another pair of trust Saucony’s. For runners looking to keep costs down but get a shoe that they can trust to do the job, mile after mile, the Cohesion 13 is...
“The Nike Revolution 5 is a good all-round shoe that looks good and will see you well through shorter, dry weather runs and a variety of indoor gym classes and workouts.”
The Nike Revolution 5 is designed for fair weather road running as well as indoor workouts. It's designed for beginner runners who may not be 100% certain on the specifics of the activity that they'll use it for and want a shoe that is a good all-rounder.
“The Under Armour Micro G pursuit is a good, well priced, comfortable running shoe that you could happily wear all day. For longer distance runs over uneven terrain, a more stable running shoe would provide better support.”
The Under Armour Micro G pursuit suits runners who prefer training in a gym, or flat road running, and are looking for a neutral ride and a running shoe that can be worn before, during and after exercise.
“The Nike Winflo 6 is a well cushioned daily trainer that comes with notable upgrades when compared to its predecessor. The newer styling blends in with the more elite Nike shoes, but features a price for the budget conscious.”
This shoe is for low to moderate mileage runners who want the newest of Nike available at a low price point. Those with a neutral gait and interest in moderate cushioning will enjoy the shoe the most.
“The Asics GEL-Excite 7 follows in the footsteps of the previous successful six shoes on the Excite line created to bring value and comfort. The use of GEL cushioning with AMPLIFOAM ensures a comfortable fit for most.”
Newer runners and low mileage runners looking for a stable and well tested shoe should consider the GEL-Excite 7s. Most of the shoes by Asics stick close to their winning formula, so risk-averse runners looking for something reliable will enjoy this shoe which sacrifices the newest tech for...
“The fourth version of the New Balance Fuelcore Coast features a low-profile, lightweight design that makes it an ideal entry-level trainer for daily use. This budget-friendly, stylish shoe easily transitions from a workout to casual streetwear.”
New runners with a neutral foot-strike that are running low to medium weekly mileage (up to 40 miles per week). The New Balance Fuelcore Coast also provides an attractive alternative for fans of the Nike Free Flyknit series who are looking for a more affordable and durable option.
“The Ahary Runner from Reebok offers the structure and cushion of a very basic running shoe: not a lot but enough to get you started for low cost. The medium fit accommodates various foot shapes with the cap around the heel adequately countering excess heel movement, yet it lacks the padding needed for optimal fit in extensive training.”
This is a great shoe for new runners to test out the roads or treadmill in (because let's be real; you don’t love it enough for frigid blasts and extensive outdoor running gear—yet ;) ). It's a basic trainer suitable for run-walk plans or the low-mileage runner with an efficient stride.
Heel and mid-sole cushioning rebounds nicely to provide ample cushion on back to back running days
Cost effective for the runner who wants shoes but doesn’t want to drop a lot of cash.
“The Adidas Duramo 9 is a neutral running shoe that offers some great cushioning but misses the mark on becoming anything more than a midgrade running shoe.”
The Adidas Duramo 9 is a shoe that is aimed at those runners who are just getting into the sport. The Adidas Duramo 9 is a decent shoe for those who want to test the waters of running without dropping a lot of cash on expensive running shoes.
Buying last year’s premium shoes is also an option
Each year, brands introduce new versions of a shoe and retailers have one or two months to get rid of the remaining inventory.
This means that you’ll be able to get last year version of a premium shoe for up to half the regular retail price. This means a $120 running shoe can easily be purchased for $60-70, if you have patience and look around.
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