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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brooks launch 10
Weight
8.3 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Brooks Launch 10 is a versatile daily trainer that is light enough for even those speed workouts. And at an affordable price of $110 USD it comes at a bargain. ” Read expert review
Paul Soriano
Shoe Obsessed Runner
Weight
9.87 oz.
Drop
0 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Altra Torin 7 is a quality road shoe that can do a little bit of everything. It’s light enough to go fast for a 5k race or hard track workout while also having ample cushioning to hold up...” Read expert review
Denny Krahe
Running Coach and Podcast Host.
Weight
9.7 oz.
Drop
6 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The New Balance SuperComp Trainer v2 is an excellent, versatile maximalist trainer which delivers a plush, energetic ride. It’s capable of recovery, easy, long runs and uptempo workouts but it feels...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
7.5 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Brooks Hyperion Max is a lightweight trainer that can handle many different types of up-tempo runs. While the shoe felt great during many tempo and long runs, it never felt fast enough for those...” Read expert review
Larry Lam
Runner with decades of experience
Weight
10 oz.
Drop
6 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Skechers GOrun Ride11 is an affordable daily trainer that has a very nice plush ride while still being responsive at faster paces. The sole of the shoe introduces their new midsole, HYPERBURST...” Read expert review
Paul Soriano
Shoe Obsessed Runner
Weight
11.2 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike ReactX InfinityRN 4 is a trainer which is well-cushioned and stable but lacks the fun factor. Its brand new ReactX midsole doesn’t deliver much energy return and it’s only suited to...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
9.4 oz.
Drop
5 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Hoka Mach X is an excellent new speed trainer which has a versatile ride. It shares more in common with the Rocket X 2 than the Mach 5 because it has a soft, energetic ride as a result of the...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
10.2 oz.
Drop
5 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The On Cloud Cloudswift 3 is a firm, smooth riding road shoe that can do a bit of everything. It incorporates a modern knit upper that looks good in casual settings as well. You can look good on your...” Read expert review
Jeremy Yoder
Trail and road running expert.
Weight
8.5 oz.
Drop
4 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Saucony Axon 3 is the perfect case of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" for shoes. The Axon 2 was nearly perfect and, for the Axon 3, Saucony didn't change the good parts; they only improved the...” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
9.9 oz.
Drop
12 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Mizuno Wave Rider 27 is a great choice for a daily trainer that can handle most types of runs except for speed work. It fits comfortably, has a smooth ride, and feels lightweight with enough...” Read expert review
Larry Lam
Runner with decades of experience