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
9.8 oz (men's size 9) oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“While Nike made some changes in the upper, the Zoom Elite +6 remains an excellent shoe for neutral/ over pronators looking for firm cushioning.” Read expert review
Thomas Caughlan
Ultrarunner and 10-Year Running Shoe Tester
Weight
13.1 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“Mizuno’s ultra-premium neutral shoe offers plenty of protection for even mild over pronators and provides a deceptively fluid, quick ride. However, the Wave Prophecy 2’s steep price tag makes for...” Read expert review
Theo Clyatt
Running Expert
Weight
9 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“KSwiss is obviously showing signs of improvment in their running shoes, and this second release of the Blade Light Run is evidence of that. This shoe definitely has room for improvement, but is not...” Read expert review
Jim Coulson
Fast Road and Trail Runner. Career Firefighter.
Weight
9.98 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Brooks Pure Grit 2 is one of the best trail running shoes I have ever tried.” Read expert review
Mark Melnykowycz
Running Expert
Weight
10.19 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“Excellent fitting, well-cushioned trail shoe” Read expert review
Mark Melnykowycz
Running Expert
Weight
9 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“New Balance absolutely nailed it with the third version of this shoe which is sure to please a variety of runners from the fleet footed to the recreational jogger.” Read expert review
Thomas Caughlan
Ultrarunner and 10-Year Running Shoe Tester
Weight
10 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“Mizuno put a lot of cushioning into a lightweight package with the updated Wave Rider” Read expert review
Thomas Caughlan
Ultrarunner and 10-Year Running Shoe Tester
Weight
11.9 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The right shoe for the right runner” Read expert review
Daniel Cho
Running Expert
Weight
8.5 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“ON’s CloudTec technology offers up a uniquely different ride that is smooth and responsive. The Cloudsurfer is a unique one of a kind high mileage neutral trainer with excellent impact reduction.” Read expert review
Jim Coulson
Fast Road and Trail Runner. Career Firefighter.
Weight
11.14 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“A well-cushioned shoe for trail and mountains” Read expert review
Mark Melnykowycz
Running Expert