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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
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
Nike Revolution 4 - Pair
The Nike Men’s Revolution 4 shoe is an entry level running shoe with entry level components that come together in a modern looking package for price conscious athletes who want the Nike logo. Although it’s not the smoothest running experience, it gets the job done and looks the part. Read full review »

Pros

  • Inexpensive for an entry level shoe
  • Durable outsole
  • Good for the gym

Cons

  • Prominent outsole pushes into foot bed
  • Heel counter weakens down over time
  • Upper starts to break apart near the toe bed
Nike Winflo 5 - Lateral Side
The Winflo 5 is a Nicely cushioned neutral trainer which is surprisingly lightweight. The Winflo 5 offers a few Nike’s running shoe technologies at an attractive price, making a smart choice for those wanting a reliable daily trainer that won’t break the bank. Read full review »

Pros

  • Great price to value.
  • Nicely cushioned with a sturdy grip that is suited for not only the road but mild to slightly moderate trails.
  • Nicely padded heel gives the shoe a decent transition making it suitable to longer runs.

Cons

  • Lacks the support of higher priced models.
  • Lockdown of the foot is lacking slightly making it not the best choice to faster paced running.
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.
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
Asics Gel Contend 4 - Lateral Side
The Asics Gel Contend 4 is a low-mileage running shoe intended for beginners who may use this shoe for running and other activities.

The Gel Contend 4 truly would only be comfortable for short distances as advertised but can be valuable to some as the shoe is very well made and durable considering the lower price point. Read full review »

Pros

  • Budget-Friendly Option
  • Durable
  • Well Constructed

Cons

  • Stiff
  • Uncomfortable over distance
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

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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