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
9.70 oz.
Drop
9 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike Invincible Run Flyknit 2 is the max-cushioned trainer with the softest and bounciest ride on the market. Its ZoomX midsole has remarkable energy return and cushioning which makes it great for...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
8.20 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Brooks Launch 9 will tick most of your boxes as a good all round running shoe. If you’re looking for a light, comfortable and responsive ride this could be a great shoe for you to try this year.” Read expert review
Sarah Dean
5k Runner, Personal Trainer
Weight
9.35 oz.
Drop
5 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The ASICS GlideRide 3 is a max-cushioned, luxurious neutral trainer which excels at long, slow runs. It has deep cushioning and a rocker which provides a gentle “forward tipping” sensation with...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
7.2 oz.
Drop
4 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Saucony Kinvara 13 is a fantastic choice for a super lightweight daily trainer. It's a minimalist shoe that is built for speed. With an upgraded upper that is flawless, Saucony nails it with this...” Read expert review
Olivia Yoder
Ultrarunner, personal trainer and soccer coach.
Weight
9.20 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39 is a comfortable, mid-range daily trainer designed to be durable. It doesn’t have an exciting or lively ride but it’s great bang for your buck and very stable. ” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
8.40 oz.
Drop
6 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Skechers Go Run Ride 9 is a remarkably lightweight and versatile mid-cushioned road running shoe. While surprisingly well-tuned for logging road miles and recovery runs, the Go Run Ride 9 would...” Read expert review
Katherine Takai
Long Distance Runner, former Sprinter.
Weight
8.50 oz.
Drop
5 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Hoka Carbon X 3 is a wallet-friendly, stable and smooth-riding super shoe. It has a full-length carbon plate but it doesn’t have the explosive propulsion of some of the other super shoes. ” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
10.70 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Triumph 19 is a great daily work horse. This moderately cushioned daily trainer is soft but not overly plush making it suited for higher mileages at slower paces. The PWRRUN cushioning is also...” Read expert review
Jim Coulson
Fast Road and Trail Runner. Career Firefighter.
Weight
10.00 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike Revolution 6 is a budget-friendly trainer that is a fantastic pick for individuals looking to get back into the sport or who are new to it. It offers all-over comfort with a flexible ride. ” Read expert review
Olivia Yoder
Ultrarunner, personal trainer and soccer coach.
Weight
10.00 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike Winflo 8 is a budget-friendly shoe that doesn’t offer a whole lot of versatility but for the price, it’s a solid choice. I would recommend this shoe to someone who is just getting into...” Read expert review
Olivia Yoder
Ultrarunner, personal trainer and soccer coach.