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
9.20 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The ASICS Gel-Nimbus Lite 3 is a lightweight, max-cushioned trainer for relaxed runs. It has a smooth, stable ride and is both softer and more flexible than most of the max-cushioned trainers on the...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
10.2 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The ASICS Gel-Nimbus 24 is a super soft max cushioned trainer with a versatile ride. It has an onslaught of new updates, the biggest one being the addition of FF Blast+ foam in its midsole. ” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
11.80 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Adidas Ultraboost 22 is a max-cushioned, heavy-duty trainer for easy and recovery runs. It has a stable ride and is one of the most comfortable running shoes on the market albeit very expensive. ” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
10.60 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 Shield is a daily trainer which is perfect for keeping your feet dry and warm in damp conditions. ” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
11.20 oz.
Drop
6 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The adidas Adistar is a maximalist daily trainer built for slow, easy runs. It has a firm ride with stable heel landings and a medium drop. ” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
9.20 oz.
Drop
4 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Air Zoom Alphafly Next Nature is a fast and natural-feeling super shoe which has exceptional versatility but comes with a hefty price tag. ” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
10.00 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike Downshifter 11 is a great, people pleaser, of a running shoe. It’s comfortable, lightweight and at an attractive price; one of my favourite budget running shoes out there at the moment. ” Read expert review
Sarah Dean
5k Runner, Personal Trainer
Weight
9.60 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike Zoom Fly 4 is the training version of the Vaporfly Next% 2 and it delivers a similar forward-tipping sensation with every toe-off. It has a higher level of durability but it doesn't feel as...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
10.60 oz.
Drop
5.5 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Hoka One One Bondi X is a super premium, max-cushioned trainer with a carbon plate in its midsole that makes it feel snappy. ” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
8.40 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike Air Zoom Rival Fly 3 is an old school, lightweight tempo trainer with a flexible forefoot and a natural ride. It's best suited to short, speed workouts but it can also handle long distances. ” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert