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
10.9 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Mizuno Wave Enigma 5 is an incredibly well cushioned shoe for a neutral, high mileage runner. Fit runs quite small, in length and width as well as volume.” Read expert review
Kelly Shelton
Running Expert
Weight
11.30 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Brooks Glycerin 13 continues its tradition of offering premium-cushioning and a smooth ride. The shoe is targeted for those neutral runners seeking plush cushioning which delivers a comfortable...” Read expert review
Travis Trampe
Running Expert
Weight
13.7 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The ASICS Cumulus 17 is the latest iteration of one of the most popular neutral lines on the market. It has upped the cushioning and has amazing grip. However, with cushioning comes weight, as at...” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
7.50 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The New Balance Vazee Pace is a lightweight trainer that pushes you along on your run. There is enough cushioning to get the job done, but no more.” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
9.40 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Saucony Ride 8 comes from a lineage of successful models and proves itself to still be a great durable trainer for neutral runners. It's not the lightest out there, but that won't matter when you...” Read expert review
Frank May
Fast Runner, Triathlete and Engineer
Weight
10.80 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 17 is targeted for runners seeking a premium, neutral daily trainer that offers an ample amount of cushioning while providing a stable and reliable ride.  With the new...” Read expert review
Travis Trampe
Running Expert
Weight
8.30 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Hoka One One Clifton 2, like its predecessor, is a fantastic shoe. It is an ultra-lightweight yet highly cushioned shoe that provides an amazingly comfortable ride.” Read expert review
Sean Felty
Long Distance Runner, Neutral Shoe Expert
Weight
14 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Wave Prophecy 4 is the pinnacle of Mizuno Wave plate engineering. The shoe brings the hallmark Mizuno firm ride to another level that nearly pushes the Wave Prophecy 4 from the neutral category...” Read expert review
Theo Clyatt
Running Expert
Weight
11.90 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Mizuno Wave Creation 16 may work for some heavier runners, but runners under 175 lbs are not going to feel any energy return due to the stiffness of the wave platform. This neutral trainer misses...” Read expert review
Thomas Caughlan
Ultrarunner and 10-Year Running Shoe Tester
Weight
9 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Wave Rider 18 returns to the stripped down feel of the twelfth version with a smooth ride and great cushioning for heel strikers looking for a durable but lightweight shoe.” Read expert review
Thomas Caughlan
Ultrarunner and 10-Year Running Shoe Tester