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
7.8 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Saucony Endorphin Speed is perhaps the best overall shoe in which I've ran for the website. This shoe is fast, cushioned, designed to log miles and to be able to log long runs.  I found...” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
10 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike Downshifter 10 stands out from Nike’s running shoe line up due to it’s low cost list price and premium design.  Throughout testing it performed well as a lightweight, cushioned,...” Read expert review
Sarah Dean
5k Runner, Personal Trainer
Weight
10.1 oz.
Drop
12 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Brooks Ghost 13 is a comfortable neutral daily trainer with stable and smooth ride transitions. Its strength is its plush upper which has been updated with Air Mesh for an even more breathable and...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
9 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Reebok Forever Floatride Energy 2 is a lightweight speed trainer that offers great return on the investment. It is a solid choice for the budget-conscious runner.” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
8.5 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Phantom Run 2 is a superb, everyday, neutral trainer and can hold its own against the best staple daily trainers on the market. Even though it looks like a casual shoe, the Phantom Run 2 is a...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
10 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Saucony Cohesion 13 is a great, budget friendly running shoe that ticks all the boxes for runners who want to protect their feet and enjoy a comfortable ride for their first 5km or 10km run. ” Read expert review
Sarah Dean
5k Runner, Personal Trainer
Weight
10.2 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Brooks Glycerin is a high cushion daily trainer that is made for any neutral runner. With very few drawbacks, the Glycerins deliver pretty much a complete package.” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
11 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The New Balance 860 V10 belongs in the toolbox of a runner needing some stability in their running. It is versatile, light and comfortable giving the runner a responsive ride. Perfect for long runs...” Read expert review
Jon Ober
Serial Marathoner and Stability Running Shoe Expert
Weight
9.4 oz.
Drop
4 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The New Balance Fresh Foam More v2 is super plush runner that offers a lot of features you want in a daily and high-mileage trainer. The ride is soft and quick.” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
8.4 oz.
Drop
4 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The New Balance 890 got a complete makeover for its 8th birthday. The lightweight mid-distance shoe now features a full-length FuelCell midsole and expanded blown-rubber coverage on the outsold for...” Read expert review
Taylor Gupton
Cross-country and track coach

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