Cushioning Running Shoes Reviews

Cushioned running shoes make up one of the largest segments of the running shoe market. Most cushioned shoes fall somewhere in the middle of the spectrum of available options: more cushioning than minimal models, but without major support or corrective elements. Meant for runners that have little to no pronation, cushioned running shoes provide protection and shock absorption with little to no additional support for strong pronators or issues like exceptionally high or low arches.

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Weight
11 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Asics Gel Nimbus 23 is a stable, every day trainer with a squishy underfoot feel that shines during easy paces.   Version 23 has been updated with a filled-in arch area and a sleeved...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
99 oz.
Drop
4 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Dynablast is a good lightweight trainer that offers a classic ride. Despite some fit issues its comfortable cushioning and durability make it a great choice for daily runs” Read expert review
Jim Coulson
Fast Road and Trail Runner. Career Firefighter.
Weight
10.2 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike Air Zoom Vomero 15 is a major update and a vast improvement over the Vomero 14. The plush upper makes its comeback on the Vomero 15 and its ride is noticeably more cushioned than the previous...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
9.9 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Kayano Lite, a premier stability trainer, is a different take on the tried and true ASICS Kayano line. It delivers all that a Kayano does but in a bouncier, lighter and more eco-friendly version.” Read expert review
TJ Jones
Road and trail runner, stability shoes expert.
Weight
8 oz.
Drop
8.5 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Adidas Adizero Adios Pro is the flagship Adidas racing shoe and is a serious competitor to the Vaporfly and Alphafly Next%.  ...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
99 oz.
Drop
5 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Hoka One One Rincon 2 offers the same speedy but light shoe that its predecessor did but with minor upgrades.   The Rincons are a relatively novel concept for Hoka, giving runners an...” Read expert review
Henry Howard
Ultra runner and certified running coach.
Weight
7.7 oz.
Drop
6 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Skechers MaxRoad 4+ is a highly cushioned long-distance trainer which can also be used for fast runs because of its super light weight.   ...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
10.4 oz.
Drop
4 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Saucony Endorphin Shift is the high-cushion, daily trainer from the Endorphin line. It's a perfect compliment with the Speed, and gives tons of cushion for long runs or recovery runs.” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
9.9 oz.
Drop
12 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Wave Rider 24 is a high quality versatile daily trainer made for the neutral runner. The use of new ENERZY foam helps put the shoe back on the map by improving softness and providing a lively and...” Read expert review
Jim Coulson
Fast Road and Trail Runner. Career Firefighter.
Weight
10.2 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike Air Zoom Structure 23 shares nothing in common with its predecessor except for its name. It has a brand new plusher upper and midsole with a durable outsole which results in a much softer and...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert

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