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
10.4 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“Puma delivers its first cushioned trainer to the Faas line. The shoe has a nice plush midsole that offers up a natural ride, but issues with the upper may have runners giving the shoe second...” Read expert review
Jim Coulson
Fast Road and Trail Runner. Career Firefighter.
Weight
oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Enigma takes a step forward, but Mizuno still has some kinks to work out” Read expert review
Daniel Cho
Running Expert
Weight
10.7 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Ghost 5 will definitely remain my go-to shoe for training and longer races. I love the extended crash pad and the smooth ride, all in a relatively light package. ” Read expert review
Courtney Roy
Running Expert
Weight
7.7 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Saucony Kinvara 3 provides a great run with support where it’s needed and light material throughout. A great shoe for various workouts on nearly any terrain.” Read expert review
Brian O'Connor
Running Expert
Weight
10 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike Pegasus 29 is another great iteration of Nike’s franchise trainer, great for everyday training and racing” Read expert review
Daniel Cho
Running Expert
Weight
11.2 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“Nike gives its premium neutral trainer a revamped upper. But the Vomero’s new found firmness may not appeal to those who come to expect a soft, pillowy feel from this line. ” Read expert review
Daniel Cho
Running Expert
Weight
10.9 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“Karhu took their Fulcrum technology to the lab and came back with a running shoe that feels a bit too high. ” Read expert review
Thomas Caughlan
Ultrarunner and 10-Year Running Shoe Tester
Weight
11.9 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Blade Max Glide is a little heavy and stiff for my taste, but it is definitely a great option for runners that like a more cushioned shoe. ” Read expert review
Courtney Roy
Running Expert
Weight
9.0 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“-New Balance updates the popular 890 with a lower drop and stack height but many runners are complaining of the shallow toe box. Overall a great shoe for neutral or mild overpronators who are looking...” Read expert review
Thomas Caughlan
Ultrarunner and 10-Year Running Shoe Tester
Weight
10.6 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The New Balance 1080v2 will definitely stay in my rotation as my go-to long run shoes. I loved their more natural feel, and I barely noticed them on the run. They were cushioned enough to keep my feet...” Read expert review
Courtney Roy
Running Expert