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
7.20 oz.
Drop
5 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The ASICS Metaspeed Sky+ is still one of the top-tier marathon racers. It has a great combination of propulsion, cushioning, efficiency and stability. ” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
9.70 oz.
Drop
6 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The On Cloudmonster is classified as a max-cushioned trainer but it feels more like a versatile daily trainer. It has the ability to handle slow paces as well as faster paces due to its springy Cloud...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
12.60 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Solar Glide 5 is a daily trainer that is highly cushioned but a stiffer shoe with a smooth traditional ride for daily mileage training. It’s a nice versatile choice for the runner that also...” Read expert review
Jim Coulson
Fast Road and Trail Runner. Career Firefighter.
Weight
10.20 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit 3 is a neutral, max-cushioned trainer that feels like a stability trainer due to its stability features which includes arch support and a plastic heel clip. It’s...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
8.30 oz.
Drop
5 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Hoka Mach Supersonic is a speed trainer best suited to tempo runs and speed workouts. Its new ProFly+ midsole foam makes it firmer and easier to pick up the pace but also makes it less enjoyable...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
10.09 oz.
Drop
9 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“I really enjoyed using 100% eco-friendly shoe on my daily runs. ZR01 responds all my needs for recovery/easy runs and makes me feel positive for the sustainability movement.” Read expert review
Erinc Atilla
Half Marathon Specialist
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.