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
13.50 oz.
Drop
4 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Hoka One One Mafete 4 is a maximal trail shoe for runners requiring additional medial support that many other maximal cushioned shoes fail to provide.  With an excellent locked upper...” Read expert review
Thomas Caughlan
Ultrarunner and 10-Year Running Shoe Tester
Weight
13 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The ASICS GEL-Quantum 360’s debut as a neutral daily running shoe was greatly anticipated.  The shoe is all about “cushioning” and comfort with a full-length GEL midsole which provided...” Read expert review
Travis Trampe
Running Expert
Weight
10 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Skechers GOrun Strada is supremely cushioned, yet responsive enough to function as a go-to shoe for everything from long runs to tempos to recovery runs.” Read expert review
Taylor Gupton
Cross-country and track coach
Weight
11 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The New Balance 880v5 is a daily, high-mileage trainer that has ample cushioning for all kinds of runs.” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
10.3 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Brooks Ghost is a daily neutral trainer that takes a pounding instead of your feet. Although a little pricey, the fit and cushioning is top notch.” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
11.30 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike Air Zoom Vomero 10 is targeted for those runners who are seeking a premium, neutral, daily trainer that can handle the demands of higher mileage while providing ample cushioning.   ” Read expert review
Travis Trampe
Running Expert
Weight
7.40 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Newton Aha brings the brand’s hallmark design features to the mainstream in a very accessible package.  Neutral runners will enjoy the ergonomic outsole design and lightweight...” Read expert review
Peyton Hoyal
Running Expert
Weight
11.60 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Stinson 3 is an Ultra-sized maximum cushioning running shoe that provides a soft and stable ride. Long runs and recovery runs are where the shoe reaches its full potential.” Read expert review
Sean Felty
Long Distance Runner, Neutral Shoe Expert
Weight
oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“While suited well for daily road running, the elevated platform of the Road N3 may not be appropriate for technical terrain.  However, this model does fill a popular niche quite well in...” Read expert review
Peyton Hoyal
Running Expert
Weight
11.5 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“Nicely cushioned maximal road shoe for a very reasonable price. These are a great buy for runners that have never tried a maximal shoe and are looking to explore.” Read expert review
Jim Coulson
Fast Road and Trail Runner. Career Firefighter.