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
10.2 oz.
Drop
9 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Brooks Glycerin 19 is a medium-soft, max-cushioned trainer with a superb, comfortable, plush upper that’s best suited to easy-paced runs.  ...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
9.6 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nimbus Lite is a great trainer with a versatile fit and smooth enjoyable ride. If you have been looking to get back into an ASICS shoe or are a long time fan looking for a change then the Nimbus...” Read expert review
Jim Coulson
Fast Road and Trail Runner. Career Firefighter.
Weight
9.8 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike ZoomX Invincible Run is an enigma. It's a big advancement for max-cushioned trainers and there is nothing on the market which is as soft or bouncy.  ...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
9.3 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The New Balance 1080v11 is yet another great cushioned offering by the American brand. With plenty of cushion for long runs, it's still peppy for the moments you want to pick up the pace.” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
9 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Brooks Launch is a solid lightweight everyday trainer with incredible versatility and great price point.” Read expert review
Jim Coulson
Fast Road and Trail Runner. Career Firefighter.
Weight
8.7 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Roadblast is a superb and lightweight new running shoe from Asics. Responsive Flytefoam in the midsole, and a comfortable gender specific upper keep feet airy and fast on short to mid distance...” Read expert review
Sarah Dean
5k Runner, Personal Trainer
Weight
12 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Adidas Ultraboost 21 is a heavy, firm but cushioned trainer with a durable outsole and smooth ride transitions.   ...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
9 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike Renew Run 2 is an entry level, mid price range running shoe that delivers on comfort and cushioning, but is let down over longer distances by its weight and lack of responsiveness.” Read expert review
Sarah Dean
5k Runner, Personal Trainer
Weight
9.9 oz.
Drop
9 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit 2 is a versatile max-cushioned daily trainer which excels at easy-paced daily training and long runs. It has been updated with a new upper which improves foot...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
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