Latest entry in the Asics family, the Novablast provides a bouncy experience at a very light weight.
5k, 10k and Half Marathon Expert
Cushioned running shoes are all those running shoes who put one thing above the others: shock absorption, leading to more comfort over long mileage.
Although most running shoes provide some degree of cushioning, the shoes we selected for this guide are the ones that have TONS of cushioning and provide a plush, comfortable run over any kind of mileage.
We will divide this list in two parts: "traditional" cushioned running shoes and "maximal" cushioned running shoes.
Best Cushioned Running Shoes - Traditional
This category includes the best traditionally cushioned running shoes from most brands.
“The Ghost is one of the most cushioned running shoes in the mid-price range. We praise this shoe year after year for the comfortable ride. ”
Whether you’re a beginner just starting out or a seasoned marathon runner looking for a dependable trainer to eat up training miles, the Brooks Ghost 13 is a reliable option. It’s an incredibly well-balanced trainer best suited to everyday easy-paced runs.
Fresh Foam X provides a plush, but stable ride for high mileage.
A sock-like knit upper keeps the foot locked down without feeling restricted.
Responsive and somewhat firm cushioning, combined with a rocker shape, allows for faster paces.
Relatively lightweight for the amount of protection compared to other max cushioned models.
“Fresh Foam is the collection of New Balance shoes that provide maximum cushion. The 1080 is a staple in NB's lineup, providing soft landing without being, or feeling, heavy. ”
The 1080v10 will work for any type of runner, beginner, enthusiast, or high mileage runners. The neutral design and responsive cushioning should work for most runners, but will be especially appreciated by high mileage runners looking for a a shoe for their easy days and long runs.
Versatile consistent cushion for long runs, tempos and intervals.
Durable midsole and outsole capable of withstanding many miles.
Comfortable lightweight upper.
“Usually the Nike Pegasus is a shoe that is more reactive than plush. But this version (2020) has switched to React foam - Nike's softest - and it resulted in a shoe that is soft and comfortable, but that can also pick up the pace when needed. ”
The Pegasus 37 is a wonderfully Versatile shoe cushioned enough for beginners and has a snappy ride for picking up the pace. This is a do it all kind of shoe that works for any runner.
“Latest entry in the Asics family, the Novablast provides a bouncy experience at a very light weight. ”
The ASICS NOVABLAST is for anyone who is looking to experience running comfort. ASICS has hit a home run with the new FlyteFoam. FlyteFoam provides not only a responsive feel to the NOVABLAST but it felt like I was running on a mini padded trampoline due to the fact that there is bounce while...
“Hoka One One is the brand that put maximal running shoes on the map. Most of their shoes can be included in this category, but we decided to have the Rincon to champion them all because of its incredible versatility. ”
The Hoka Rincon 2 is a great option for many runners and types of runs. It will please those who want a firmer, lightweight maximal shoe that can handle tempo runs to recovery runs. The Rincon can also be used for long weekend runs and on marathon race day.
“One of the staples of the maximal category, the Triumph is a seriously cushioned and comfortable running shoe! ”
If you're a runner looking for a durable workhorse which specialises in slow-paced, long-distance workouts, the Triumph 18 is the shoe for you. The Triumph 18 manages to have a plush ride without feeling mushy and has the bounciest ride of all the max-cushioned trainers.
“The Glycerin is the "premium" version of the Brooks Ghost. If the Ghost is already among some of the most cushioned shoes out there, you can imagine how cushioned the Glycerin is. This 18th edition dials all the details and presents the best version yet. ”
This shoe is made for any neutral runner looking to get some cushion for your runs. Great shoe for beginners or heavier runners.