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
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
Weight
7.8 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon V3 has been updated with a new upper, midsole and outsole configuration and is now closer to a proper daily trainer with softer cushioning and a more stable...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
10 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike Air Zoom Winflo 7 gives runners an affordable, trusted, specialist running shoe with high cushioning for long runs and daily training.” Read expert review
Sarah Dean
5k Runner, Personal Trainer
Weight
8.9 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike Tempo Next% is supposed to be the replacement for the Pegasus Turbo 2 and a training companion for the Alphafly Next%.  ...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
10.7 oz.
Drop
4 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Bondi 7 is supposed to be a max-cushioned, long-distance trainer but it rides more like a daily trainer.  ...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
9.9 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Saucony Ride 13 expands the well-received line of Ride shoes, bringing a few changes to the previous model to come in an updated upper, redesigned fit, and adjusted outsole. ” Read expert review
Frank May
Fast Runner, Triathlete and Engineer