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 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Ghost 14 is far from an exciting daily trainer but it's a dependable workhorse that has the perfect balance of long-distance cushioning and ride stability. It excels on long-distances and...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
9.1 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Puma Velocity Nitro is the best of their new line, and a versatile shoe that should compete with many more popular offerings. This is a shoe any neutral runner should consider.” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
9 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Under Armour Charged Assert 9 is a solid choice for a cross-training shoe. This shoe allows for them to be used for multi-purposes such as short jogs, walks, lifting sessions, and speed and...” Read expert review
Olivia Yoder
Ultrarunner, personal trainer and soccer coach.
Weight
10 oz.
Drop
4 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Saucony Axon is inspired by the Endorphin line, and hits a lot of those marks while staying at, or below $100. Saucony may have made one of the best budget trainer options out there.” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
9.7 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The ASICS Novablast 2 is a unique daily trainer in the ASICS lineup which is highly cushioned, energetic and makes every run feel efficient and fun. Its versatile ride character allows it to handle a...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
9.4 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Puma Deviate Nitro is Puma's response to the plated everyday runner, but it's not nearly as good as some of its competitors. That said, it's still a fun shoe, especially on long runs. ” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
8 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Hoka One One Mach 4 is a well-cushioned everyday trainer that likes to pick up the pace. Feeling almost like some of its plated cousins, the Mach 4 will check off most of the boxes.” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
8.9 oz.
Drop
5 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Hoka One One Clifton 8 is a multi-purpose daily trainer with a smooth and stable ride. Its rocker midsole eases you through transitions and saves you energy over long distances.  ...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
99 oz.
Drop
99 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“I thought Asics did a superb job on these. They are not going to be for everyone, but give them a chance and I promise you’ll enjoy your experience in them. The new rocker technology is...” Read expert review
Olivia Yoder
Ultrarunner, personal trainer and soccer coach.
Weight
10.2 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 is a very well-built daily trainer which is not as versatile as previous Pegasus models but is soft and cushioned enough for long distances.  ...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert