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
99 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The ASICS Gel Cumulus 23 continues the Cumulus tradition of being a versatile, neutral daily trainer that you can rely on for hundreds of kilometres.  ...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
9.9 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Under Armour Assert 8 is a budget friendly training shoe. It’s not built for long distances or heavy wear and tear. Cross-Trainer is the category I think of when talking about this shoe.” Read expert review
Olivia Yoder
Ultrarunner, personal trainer and soccer coach.
Weight
9 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The New Balance Fresh Foam Roav is a great shoe for on-the-go individuals. The stylish design is perfect for going from the gym or grabbing a coffee with friends.  I would recommend this...” Read expert review
Olivia Yoder
Ultrarunner, personal trainer and soccer coach.
Weight
8 oz.
Drop
5 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Topo Athletic Cyclone is a responsive shoe that wants to zoom. However, it was too firm for me to feel comfortable on long runs.” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
99 oz.
Drop
12 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Asics Gel Contend 7 are a fantastic find for a budget friendly running shoe. They go above expectations and you get more than you're actually paying for.” Read expert review
Olivia Yoder
Ultrarunner, personal trainer and soccer coach.
Weight
10 oz.
Drop
12 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Women's Saucony Cohesion 14 shoes were surprisingly nicer than anticipated. They didn't offer a lot of bells and whistles but got the job done.  I would incorporated these into my weekly...” Read expert review
Olivia Yoder
Ultrarunner, personal trainer and soccer coach.
Weight
7.5 oz.
Drop
4 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The 12th iteration of the Saucony Kinvara doesn’t deviate in any major ways from the Kinvara lineage: it’s still a supremely reliable, lightweight and responsive shoe that can handle long...” Read expert review
Taylor Gupton
Cross-country and track coach
Weight
99 oz.
Drop
4 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Altra Rivera meets the needs of a cushioned trainer that can pick up and go. These shoes are fun, and ready to rock straight out of the box.” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
8.5 oz.
Drop
5 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The ASICS EvoRide 2 is a speedy daily trainer with a distinct forefoot rocker that’s best suited to steady paces or faster.  It represents excellent value because you get the feel of a...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
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