Best Cushioned Running Shoes

Best Cushioned Running Shoes

We rank the running shoes with the best cushioning on the market according to thousands of experienced runners.

Our rankings reflect the fair and accurate judgments of real runners by applying data science to thousands of verified shoe reviews. Our reviews are collected from the most knowledgeable and experienced runners in the world.

Click through to each shoe page below to view a full set of ratings, pros, cons, and written reviews for each shoe.

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  1. 9.7 68 reviews
    The GEL-Nimbus 25 unbelievably ranks #1 in both comfort and cushioning as of September 2023, and gets praised for its durability.
    10.2 oz. (men's), 9 oz. (women's), neutral pronation, 42mm stack height
    $160 $119
  2. 9.7 50 reviews
    A responsive trainer with Nike's famous ZoomX foam gets amazing marks for cushioning but some complaints on comfort.
    10.9 oz. (men's), 9.1 oz. (women's), neutral pronation, 40mm stack height
    $180 $125.97
    Nike 3 colors
    $180 $132.97
    Nike 2 colors
    $180 $153.97
    Nike 2 colors
    $179
    Running Warehouse 10 colors
    $180
    Nike 8 colors
    $190
    Nike 1 color
  3. 9.6 34 reviews
    Marketed as a long-distance trainer with maximum cushioning, this shoe receives strong overall marks and specific praise for its cushioning and comfort.
    11.1 oz. (men's), 10.1 oz. (women's), neutral pronation, 43mm stack height
    $165 $131
    $164
    Running Warehouse 29 colors
  4. 9.6 37 reviews
    The #1 ranked trainer as of Sept 2023, praised for its cushioning, comfort, energy return, and its high performance when running short or long, slow or fast.
    8.4 oz. (men's), 8.4 oz. (women's), neutral pronation, 45mm stack height
    $199
    $199.95
    Holabird Sports 3 colors
  5. 9.5 41 reviews
    Pulls off the trifecta of being a super comfortable, cushioned, and durable trainer.
    10.6 oz. (men's), 8.9 oz. (women's), neutral pronation, 38mm stack height
    $160 $99.95
    Brooks 27 colors
    Holabird Sports 23 colors
    $160 $109
  6. 9.4 89 reviews
    Combining comfort and cushioning in a lightweight shoe, the Clifton 9 is reviewers’ favorite in the popular Clifton line.
    10 oz. (men's), 9 oz. (women's), neutral pronation, 40mm stack height
    $144
    Running Warehouse 32 colors
    $159
  7. 9.3 11 reviews
    10 oz. (men's), 9 oz. (women's), 38mm stack height
    $149
    $149.95
    Zappos 14 colors
  8. 9.3 65 reviews
    The ASICS Novablast 3 is a popular all-around trainer that gets gets great marks in cushioning and value. Cam Levins and Deena Kastor both use this shoe for easy runs.
    8.7 oz. (men's), 7.7 oz. (women's), neutral pronation, 41mm stack height
    $140 $99
  9. 9.3 44 reviews
    9.7 oz. (men's), 7.8 oz. (women's), neutral pronation, 40mm stack height
    $176 $125.64
    Zappos 1 color
    $176 $151.25
    Zappos 1 color
    $179
    $179.95
    Holabird Sports 2 colors
    Zappos 1 color
    $179.99
    Zappos 1 color
  10. 9.3 27 reviews
    A highly rated Saucony trainer, this shoe gets great marks in comfort and cushioning but reviewers prefer the Triumph 20.
    9.8 oz. (men's), 8.8 oz. (women's), 39mm stack height
    $160 $129
    Running Warehouse 16 colors
    $160 $134