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
9 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Pegasus 37 is a reliable daily trainer that can do it all. The switch React foam has quite possibly created the best version yet. ” Read expert review
Jim Coulson
Fast Road and Trail Runner. Career Firefighter.
Weight
9.9 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The New Balance 880v10 is a versatile trainer that hits almost all of its marks. From the regular run to the long distance, this shoe can cover it all. ” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
9.2 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The ASICS Cumulus 22 is a running shoe that offer good support and good comfort. I liked them.  They were not flashy but that does not mean that they were not a reliable shoe. Will they be my go...” Read expert review
Jeremy White
5k, 10k and Half Marathon Expert
Weight
9.7 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Gel-Nimbus Lite line of shoes from Asics takes the tried and true comfort of their regular Gel-Nimbus shoes and somehow manages to reduce the weight to the level of a shoe that some could even...” Read expert review
Frank May
Fast Runner, Triathlete and Engineer
Weight
8.4 oz.
Drop
4 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Skechers GOrun MaxRoad 4 Hyper is a maximum cushioned road shoe which isn't fully realized.  Skechers has taken a potentially excellent midsole material in their hyperburst and...” Read expert review
Thomas Caughlan
Ultrarunner and 10-Year Running Shoe Tester
Weight
9 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike React Miler is a completely new running shoe release designed to give a highly cushioned ride on your longer runs. If you're looking to go for miles on the road, this is an exciting shoe!” Read expert review
Sarah Dean
5k Runner, Personal Trainer
Weight
10 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Asics GEL-Excite 7 follows in the footsteps of the previous successful six shoes on the Excite line created to bring value and comfort. The use of GEL cushioning with AMPLIFOAM ensures a...” Read expert review
Frank May
Fast Runner, Triathlete and Engineer
Weight
11.6 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“Brooks did well in making the Dyad 11 NOT look like a shoe for flat footed runners. It is a very comfortable shoe both for running and for walking/standing up. ” Read expert review
Ruggero Loda
Founder and Publisher, Running Shoes Guru
Weight
9.5 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The ASICS NOVABLAST is a lightweight/maximal (I think this is an oxymoron) road running shoe that offers a comfortable ride that is noticed mile after mile.  I plugged away chunks of miles...” Read expert review
Jeremy White
5k, 10k and Half Marathon Expert
Weight
10 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike React Infinity Run provides the best cushioning platform on the market with a natural feeling stability due its wider shape.  Nike uses more React foam than ever to create a soft...” Read expert review
Thomas Caughlan
Ultrarunner and 10-Year Running Shoe Tester

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