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
9.7 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Saucony Triumph 20 is a long-distance, everyday running shoe. It offers premium features that surely won’t disappoint. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a pair of these babies.” Read expert review
Olivia Yoder
Ultrarunner, personal trainer and soccer coach.
Weight
9.2 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Puma Deviate Nitro Elite 2 is a soft-riding, plated training shoe which can be used for everything from easy runs to uptempo runs, to races. It has a high level of cushioning, decent stability and...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
10 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike Renew Ride 3 would fail to find a spot in any serious runners rotation. It has a heavy, unforgiving ride with little toe off pop. It took a lot of energy go get this shoe moving. ” Read expert review
Elliott Dowling
Marathon Runner
Weight
8.4 oz.
Drop
6 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Skechers GO RUN Ride 10 is a really versatile, lightweight daily trainer with no major weaknesses. It has a very soft but responsive midsole that makes it suitable for everything from recovery...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
10.3 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The New Balance 1080 v12 is a long-distance trainer designed for any runner wanting to log big miles. It works for almost every workout. However, the redesign falls flat on performance.” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
9.6 oz.
Drop
4 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Saucony Axon 2 is simple, it's well designed, and simply it works. No extra frills for the heck of it, it's simply one of the best trainers on the market, and for half the price of the others even...” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
7.2 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Saucony Endorphin Pro 3 is a versatile racing shoe with copious amounts of cushioning and good stability. While it can handle everything from easy runs to fast workouts, it doesn’t have the...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
9.10 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The New Balance Roav v2 is a shoe designed for designed for daily life, quick/short runs, and hitting the gym. It is good at all of its purposes, but not great at any single one of them. ” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
8.9 oz.
Drop
9 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The ASICS Novablast 3 is a polished daily trainer which is best suited to relaxed, easy runs. Its midsole has been upgraded to FF Blast+ foam so it loses a bunch of weight and gains some extra...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
8.10 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Saucony Endorphin Speed 3 is a multipurpose trainer/racer which can fill many roles in your rotation. Its nylon plate doesn't provide the propulsion that carbon racers have but it's still a very...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert