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
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
Weight
9.6 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nimbus Lite is a great trainer with a versatile fit and smooth enjoyable ride. If you have been looking to get back into an ASICS shoe or are a long time fan looking for a change then the Nimbus...” Read expert review
Jim Coulson
Fast Road and Trail Runner. Career Firefighter.
Weight
9.8 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike ZoomX Invincible Run is an enigma. It's a big advancement for max-cushioned trainers and there is nothing on the market which is as soft or bouncy.  ...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
9.3 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The New Balance 1080v11 is yet another great cushioned offering by the American brand. With plenty of cushion for long runs, it's still peppy for the moments you want to pick up the pace.” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
9 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Brooks Launch is a solid lightweight everyday trainer with incredible versatility and great price point.” Read expert review
Jim Coulson
Fast Road and Trail Runner. Career Firefighter.