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
11.1 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Mizuno Wave Rider 15 is a great tribute to the line with great cushioning technology and a very smooth ride. ” Read expert review
Thomas Caughlan
Ultrarunner and 10-Year Running Shoe Tester
Weight
10 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“Overall a fantastic trainer/racer for the neutral runner that wants a pure road running shoe that's extremely flexible, lightweight yet cushioned enough to put in some serious mileage.” Read expert review
Andy Farnworth
Running Expert
Weight
10.5 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“While I was very favourably impressed by the Cloudsurfer and ON's new technology, I believe the price tag is too high.” Read expert review
Ruggero Loda
Founder and Publisher, Running Shoes Guru
Weight
11.9 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“While the Kinsei 4’s may be a great choice for runners who don’t mind spending a bit more on their shoes, they just aren’t the ideal shoes for me. They’ll stay in my rotation for short runs...” Read expert review
Courtney Roy
Running Expert
Weight
11.6 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“A very solid and plush neutral trainer. Minimal changes from last year's model and Brooks DNA cushioning provides a responsive but not too soft feel. ” Read expert review
Thomas Caughlan
Ultrarunner and 10-Year Running Shoe Tester
Weight
11.2 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“It's been around for 28 years and doesn't feel old at all. Nike renews its flagship cushioning workhorse shoe with luxury details such as Flywire and delivers a shoe that can withstand serious...” Read expert review
Ruggero Loda
Founder and Publisher, Running Shoes Guru
Weight
11.3 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“I fell hard for the Ghost 4 right away—I loved their smooth ride, bouncy feel, and lighter construction. They held up throughout marathon training, and the marathon itself - never once dragging me...” Read expert review
Courtney Roy
Running Expert
Weight
10.3 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“Asics is definitely moving in the right direction by taking their excellent cushioning technology and putting it in a stripped down and more flexible shoe. ” Read expert review
Thomas Caughlan
Ultrarunner and 10-Year Running Shoe Tester
Weight
11.8 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“A runner can't go wrong with Asics stalwart neutral cushioning shoe, and this shoe changes little from year to year. A durable high mileage shoe, the Cumulus will accomodate many types of feet with...” Read expert review
Thomas Caughlan
Ultrarunner and 10-Year Running Shoe Tester
Weight
12 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“No-nonsense and plenty of comfort. The Vomero is so cushy and soft it's a pleasure even to just walk around in them. ” Read expert review
Ruggero Loda
Founder and Publisher, Running Shoes Guru

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