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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saucony axon 3
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
Weight
9 oz.
Drop
9 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The adidas Duramo 10 is a refreshingly reasonable running shoe that protects the foot, brings light stability with its forefoot bevel, stiff upper, and firm midsole—but one that bends under...” Read expert review
Kristin Lassen
Experienced Runner and Stability Shoe Expert
Weight
11 oz.
Drop
6 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Skechers GO RUN MaxRoad 6 is a versatile max-cushioned trainer with a prominent rocker and a very attractive price tag. It can handle most runs from recovery/easy pace to some limited uptempo...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
8.8 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Puma Velocity Nitro 2 is an exceptional, versatile daily trainer. With a responsive ride and comfortable fit, it is a nearly perfect package. A great daily trainer that can handle a number of...” Read expert review
Jon Ober
Serial Marathoner and Stability Running Shoe Expert
Weight
9.4 oz.
Drop
6.5 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Adidas Adizero Boston 12 is a shoe which feels more like a daily trainer than a speed trainer. It has an updated midsole which is softer than the previous versions and it has more flexible...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
9 oz.
Drop
6 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The On Cloudflow 3.0 is a solid daily trainer that performs well across many platforms. This new version has many improvements that help this shoe shine. It's a firm and very durable shoe that will...” Read expert review
Olivia Yoder
Ultrarunner, personal trainer and soccer coach.
Weight
10.7 oz.
Drop
9 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Puma Magnify Nitro is a highly cushioned shoe that can be an all-around shoe for most runners. While it’s not the softest or most plush shoe in the max cushion category, it makes up for all of...” Read expert review
Larry Lam
Runner with decades of experience
Weight
10.4 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The ON Cloudtratus is a cushioned road shoe that allows for ample comfort while training for a 5k to marathon distance. ” Read expert review
Olivia Yoder
Ultrarunner, personal trainer and soccer coach.
Weight
7.7 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Salomon Aero Volt is a great all around daily trainer. It is so comfortable and light weight that you can utilize this shoe in so many paces without any discomfort.” Read expert review
Paul Soriano
Shoe Obsessed Runner