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BEST VALUE

BEST VALUE

BEST VALUE

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
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
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.

PREMIUM PICK

PREMIUM PICK

PREMIUM PICK

Nike Winflo 6

Nike Winflo 6
While slightly more expensive than other shoes in this list, the Winflo 6 packs technology and looks from Nike's expensive range in a sub $90 shoe.
While slightly more expensive than other shoes in this list, the Winflo 6 packs technology and looks from Nike's expensive range in a sub $90 shoe.
Frank May
Fast Runner, Triathlete and Engineer

FOR TREADMILL

FOR TREADMILL

FOR TREADMILL

Under Armour Micro G Pursuit

Under Armour Micro G Pursuit
Lightweight, snug and responsive - we love the fit of the Micro G Pursuit but the low cushioning makes it great for treadmill rather than the road.
Lightweight, snug and responsive - we love the fit of the Micro G Pursuit but the low cushioning makes it great for treadmill rather than the road.
Sarah Dean
5k Runner, Personal Trainer

BEST LOOKING

BEST LOOKING

BEST LOOKING

Nike Revolution 5

Nike Revolution 5
Here's a $50 Nike running shoe that looks like at least twice the price and performs great for 5k runs.
Here's a $50 Nike running shoe that looks like at least twice the price and performs great for 5k runs.
Sarah Dean
5k Runner, Personal Trainer

STABILITY

STABILITY

STABILITY

Asics GT 1000 9

Asics GT 1000 9
If you need serious stability at a fraction of the price, the GT 1000 is the best deal on a stability running shoe right now.
If you need serious stability at a fraction of the price, the GT 1000 is the best deal on a stability running shoe right now.
TJ Jones
Road and trail runner, stability shoes expert.

When looking for the best running shoes for men or 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

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. Read full review »

Pros

  • Fantastic value
  • Lighter than previous models
  • Good breathability
  • Range of widths and half sizes
  • Good grip on a variety of surfaces

Cons

  • Lack of technology in the shoe
  • Responsiveness lacks when picking up the pace
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
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
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. Read full review »

Pros

  • Inexpensive platform for Asics Gel technology
  • Reliable layout based on successful platform
  • AMPLIFOAM midsole better than regular EVA foam

Cons

  • Somewhat stiff ride
  • Not too different from previous model
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
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
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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