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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asics dynablast 4 -white bg
Weight
9.3 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Dynablast is a marvelous everyday shoe. The lightweight feel and additional midsole foam give the Dynablast a mildly lively ride that is uniform and classic. With a reasonable price tag this shoe...” Read expert review
Jim Coulson
Fast Road and Trail Runner. Career Firefighter.
Weight
10.4 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Saucony Triumph Run For Good is a fantastic long offering that is moving the business in the right direction with sustainable materials. Soft, bouncy and well designed, it’s a joy in which to...” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
10.7 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Asics Gel-Nimbus 26 is a cushioned daily trainer that is an everyday shoe for most runners of all abilities. It has great outsole grip, soft enough cushion, and a stable, responsive ride. ” Read expert review
Larry Lam
Runner with decades of experience
Weight
10 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike Revolution 7 is a budget friendly shoe with a comfortable fit and sleek design. It is ideal for those new to running, looking for a pair of gym shoes, or even something to wear casual. ” Read expert review
Jon Ober
Serial Marathoner and Stability Running Shoe Expert
Weight
10 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Brooks Glycerin 21 is a good max-cushioned trainer with a supportive, deeply cushioned ride that's best suited to slow running. It doesn't have a very lively ride but it feels luxurious and has...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
11.7 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The UA HOVR Machina 3 Clone is a solid daily trainer. They might not wow you in any particular area but they can do a little bit of everything.” Read expert review
Jeremy Yoder
Trail and road running expert.
Weight
11.5 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Under Armour HOVR Mega 3 is a highly cushioned daily trainer that I wouldn’t recommend for long distances like it’s marketed for. It’s pretty clunky. I haven’t truly disliked a running...” Read expert review
Olivia Yoder
Ultrarunner, personal trainer and soccer coach.
Weight
11.4 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Altra VIA Olympus 2 is a daily trainer that provides the stability, stack height, and outsole durability for a shoe that can rack up a lot of those easy/recovery miles. The midsole uses an updated...” Read expert review
Paul Soriano
Shoe Obsessed Runner
Weight
10.5 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“ASICS Gel-Pulse 14 is an attractive medium-profile shoe with a comfortable fit and neutral support yet average feel underfoot. The biggest strength comes in durability for a heel strike with a gel...” Read expert review
Kristin Lassen
Experienced Runner and Stability Shoe Expert
Weight
9.8 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Adidas Supernova Rise is a superb all-round daily trainer. It features support rods which stiffen its forefoot, giving it a mild rockered ride with efficient transitions. It also has a brand new...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert