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When looking for the best running shoes for men of for women, you'll find many options at or above $100.

You don't have to spend that much to have a good running shoe, though!

We purchased and tested some of the most popular affordable running shoes from the major brands - and here is the ones we recommend.

Best Cheap Running Shoes

Saucony Cohesion 12 - Lateral Side
The Saucony Cohesion 12 is a daily trainer that can log a lot of miles despite a low price tag. The shoe feels sturdy and holds up to some miles. Read full review »

Pros

  • Plenty of cushion
  • Upper has good support
  • Easy shoe in which to log the miles
  • Incredible value for price

Cons

  • Lacks responsiveness
  • Forefoot slightly narrow
  • Outsole lacked grip on wet/slick surfaces
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. Read full review »

Pros

  • Low Price
  • Stylish Minimalist Design
  • Good for gym workouts and classes

Cons

  • Weak heel counter
  • Thin upper means feet get wet very easily
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. Read full review »

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • Price

Cons

  • Design finish
  • Upper durability
Nike Winflo 6 - Lateral Side
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. Read full review »

Pros

  • Upgraded upper previous model
  • Sleeker outsole
  • Heat formed overlays

Cons

  • Budget materials wear out quickly
  • Premium look doesn't fit the feel
New Balance FuelCore Coast v4 - Pair
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. Read full review »

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Soft
  • Responsive
  • Affordable
  • Adequate toe box

Cons

  • Runs one size large
  • Difficult to tighten lacing for a snug fit
  • Smooth outsole is slippery on wet surfaces
Asics Gel Flux 5 - Pair
The Asics Gel-Flux 5 brings a total redesign to the Gel-Flux series, including the signature GEL rearfoot cushioning system and guidance systems in the midsole.

The shoe competes as a daily trainer in the affordable price point category. Read full review »

Pros

  • Style and material upgrades
  • Solid fit with no hot spots

Cons

  • Odd material choices on sidewall
Reebok Ahary Runner - Pair
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. Read full review »

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Secure ankle fit (with lock lacing)
  • Heel counter guides proper pronation (counters excess horizontal motion)
  • Cost effective for a new or low mileage runner

Cons

  • Midfoot and arch lack support
  • Sockliner indents early on
  • Sparse padding around ankle, edge cut into one ankle when wearing low socks
Adidas Duramo 9 - Lateral Side
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. Read full review »

Pros

  • Light weight at 10 ounces and comfortable
  • Ample cushioning from heel to forefoot.
  • 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.

Cons

  • The eyelets are made out of sharp plastic that scraped and cut my fingers when tightening the laces.
  • The eyelets did not keep the shoe laced tight.
  • The collar on the shoe was larger than normal which caused discomfort on runs.

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.

It’s always a good idea to look for the review of that running shoe before buying it, and to check the review of the new model to see what is changing.

Best of luck in your shoe selection and remember we are here to help!

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