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
8.6 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike ZoomX Pegasus Turbo Next Nature is a lightweight, tempo trainer with a firm but well-cushioned ride for runs up to a full marathon. This version of the Pegasus Turbo is firmer and not as...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
9.10 oz.
Drop
12 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Saucony Cohesion 15 has some serious "Dad Shoe" vibes. I was sent a boring grey color that has zero flash or flair. Pair that with a stiff, boring ride and I'd say this shoe has a very limited...” Read expert review
Elliott Dowling
Marathon Runner
Weight
7.40 oz.
Drop
6 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The New Balance FuelCell Rebel v3 is a lightweight daily trainer with a flexible forefoot. It has a super soft ride and can handle a wide range of paces. Version 3 has more outsole rubber for added...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
10.30 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“VERDICT: The 880 is a great classic trainer with a modernized ride that will work for tons of people for a ton of different reasons. ” Read expert review
Jim Coulson
Fast Road and Trail Runner. Career Firefighter.
Weight
8.20 oz.
Drop
5 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Hoka Mach 5 is a lightweight, smooth-riding trainer which can fill a number of roles in your running rotation. Version 5 has a softer, supercritical layer of midsole foam, an improved fit and a...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
7.60 oz.
Drop
6 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Adidas Adizero Adios Pro 3 is a long-distance specialist. Its highly cushioned midsole and its efficient, energy saving ride make it perfect for marathons and beyond. ” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
9.50 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike Zoom Fly 5 is a well-cushioned, carbon-plated training shoe suited to long, slow runs. It has excellent stability and a muted forward-tipping sensation during toe-offs. Version 5 has a more...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
11.30 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The New Balance Supercomp Trainer is one of the softest and most cushioned max-cushioned trainers on the market due to its jumbo 47 mm heel stack height. ” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
10.1 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The ASICS Gel Cumulus is a great choice if you are looking for a plush, versatile everyday trainer. It’s not made for speed sessions but does well for all other running workouts. You will get your...” Read expert review
Olivia Yoder
Ultrarunner, personal trainer and soccer coach.
Weight
9.00 oz.
Drop
12 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike Quest 4 is a durable, do it all shoe for someone looking to get into running and doesn't know what type of shoe they like. I found the shoe to work well during easy pace runs around 4-5...” Read expert review
Elliott Dowling
Marathon Runner