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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Drop
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Category
Cushioning
“In its newest version, the Wave Inspire 10 continues to be lightweight and offers plenty of stability for those that need it. The shoe provides quick, smooth transition whether doing shorter speed...” Read expert review
Travis Trampe
Running Expert
Weight
oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Pearl Izumi EM Road H3 is another great shoe in the E:Motion line which provides stability and cushioning to those who pronate with a very light-weight feel. The new sole design from Pearl Izumi...” Read expert review
Travis Trampe
Running Expert
Weight
8.4 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“Sporting its newest upgrades the PureFlow 3 has become a sleeker and better fitting shoe. It remains the softest shoe in the Pure Project collection and a great long run shoe or daily trainer. The...” Read expert review
Jim Coulson
Fast Road and Trail Runner. Career Firefighter.
Weight
8.1 oz (men's size 9) 7.1 oz (women's size 8) oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“I thought that the 890 series could not be improved up; I was wrong. The 890V4 is a lighter version of one of the best neutral cushioning shoes on the market, and the improved fit will appeal to a...” Read expert review
Thomas Caughlan
Ultrarunner and 10-Year Running Shoe Tester
Weight
8.1 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Pearl Izumi E: Motion N1 is a great go-to shoe for a variety of runners. For those who are used to Pearl Izumi’s more traditional options, the N1 will be a pleasant surprise given their blending...” Read expert review
Peyton Hoyal
Running Expert
Weight
8.5 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Adidas Energy Boost is a great shoe if you’re looking for a light shoe to get a bit of bounce in your run while still having the stability you need for longer distances.” Read expert review
Scarlet Neath
Running Expert
Weight
9.8oz Women; 10.7oz Men oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Adidas Adistar Boost is a good mid-weight option for neutral runners who enjoy a soft, but very responsive ride. The shoe is firm and supportive enough for mild over-pronators.” Read expert review
Sameera
Running Expert
Weight
11 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Enigma 3 is a shoe that is experiencing an identity crisis--a shoe with a neutral label but with the inherent stability of a motion control trainer ” Read expert review
Daniel Cho
Running Expert
Weight
oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The newest Cloudrunner is the best one to date. It's stronger than the last one and the realignment of the ringlets in conjunction with the Speedboard make this a very fast shoe for endurance runners....” Read expert review
Christian Langenegger
Running Expert
Weight
11.3 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The 880v3 is a light weight shoe with a 12mm drop from heel to toe. The shoe encourages a fluid forward roll. It is wearable on dirt but has an excellent performance on pavement in terms of returned...” Read expert review
Taylor Gupton
Cross-country and track coach