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
10.7 oz (M); 8.8 oz (W) oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Ghost 6 is a solid shoe that will not disappoint long-time Ghost wearers. It performs just as well on the roads as it does on the track, and has a soft, smooth ride, making it a great choice for...” Read expert review
Courtney Roy
Running Expert
Weight
9.6oz oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Pearl Izumi E: Motion N2 is a great option for neutral runners desiring a shoe with maximum comfort and cushioning in a simple package. The shoe sports an ergonomic design that will support a...” Read expert review
Peyton Hoyal
Running Expert
Weight
11.8 0Z. (Size 9) oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Glycerin 11 still remains a great highly cushioned shoe for neutral runners looking for a plush ride. Improvements to the sole and upper have helped improve to shoes smooth ride and fit. While...” Read expert review
Jim Coulson
Fast Road and Trail Runner. Career Firefighter.
Weight
11oz oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“Thirty years old and the Pegasus is still serving up reliable cushion for high mileage, everyday training” Read expert review
Daniel Cho
Running Expert
Weight
11.6 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“A great choice for runners looking for premium soft cushioning” Read expert review
Daniel Cho
Running Expert
Weight
11.4 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“A great everyday trainer that is versatile enough for races” Read expert review
Daniel Cho
Running Expert
Weight
10.2 oz (men's size 9) 9 oz (women's size 8) oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The New Balance MT1210 Leadville hits the mark as a shoe designed to run ultra distances and will surprise many runners with its lightweight protection.” Read expert review
Thomas Caughlan
Ultrarunner and 10-Year Running Shoe Tester
Weight
8.2 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Kinvara 4 is a great new version of a popular shoe, pairing familiarity with conservative design alterations.” Read expert review
Brian O'Connor
Running Expert
Weight
11 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“A good shoe for runners who are want cushion over performance” Read expert review
Daniel Cho
Running Expert
Weight
8.5 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“If you can afford to buy a pair of Nike Flyknit Lunar1+, you should try them. ” Read expert review
Ruggero Loda
Founder and Publisher, Running Shoes Guru