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 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Saucony Triumph ISO is indeed a triumph. It is awell cushioned shoe with an excellent fit for a neutral runner looking for a comfortable ride during long runs. While the price tag is high, it is...” Read expert review
Kelly Shelton
Running Expert
Weight
9.7 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Brooks Launch 2 is a solid neutral trainer that brings a few new changes to an already very well-liked shoe. This shoe breathes well and feels at home during hard workouts.” Read expert review
Frank May
Fast Runner, Triathlete and Engineer
Weight
10.5 oz (men's size 9) 9.2 oz (women's size 8) oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Trail uses a new foam technology to produce excellent cushioning in a lightweight package. ” Read expert review
Thomas Caughlan
Ultrarunner and 10-Year Running Shoe Tester
Weight
9.6 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“Ready and responsive, the Nike Air Zoom Elite prepare you for fast and cushioned training. Flywire technology, asymmetrical lacing, and an inner mesh gives you a snug fit.” Read expert review
Frank May
Fast Runner, Triathlete and Engineer
Weight
8.9 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Hoka One One Huaka is a lightweight cushioned cushioned trail/road shoe that provides the runner with an ample amount of cushion without sacrificing stability or responsiveness. The shoe does...” Read expert review
Sean Felty
Long Distance Runner, Neutral Shoe Expert
Weight
10.9 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Brooks Glycerin 12 is a neutral daily trainer that is lighter than expected and built around the concept of delivering an ultra-cushioned running experience. The shoe offers runners a solid daily...” Read expert review
Travis Trampe
Running Expert
Weight
10.3 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Brooks Ghost is a neutral, lightweight daily trainer that combines a smooth, quick transition throughout the entire foot strike with a well cushioned sole that is built for higher mileage when...” Read expert review
Travis Trampe
Running Expert
Weight
10.9 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Mizuno Wave Enigma 4 is an incredibly well cushioned shoe for a neutral runner looking for a plush ride. While the price tag is high, it is well worth it for a high mileage or heavier runner.” Read expert review
Kelly Shelton
Running Expert
Weight
9.8 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Skechers GoRun Extreme is a maximally cushioned neutral trainer suitable for a variety of running surfaces. Featuring a water-repellant upper for wet weather conditions, the Extreme is a great...” Read expert review
Peyton Hoyal
Running Expert
Weight
9.3 oz oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Ride 7 is the best version of this model yet. Reduced weight coupled with more plush cushioning makes this shoe a must try for any runner looking for a neutral cushioning shoe to log big miles in.” Read expert review
Thomas Caughlan
Ultrarunner and 10-Year Running Shoe Tester