Best Shoes For Heel Strikers

Best Shoes For Heel Strikers

We rank the best running shoes on the market by their quality and performance according to experienced runners who heel-strike when they run.

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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These Rankings Are For Heel Strikers

The below rankings and LRC grades are calculated using data specific to heel strikers. Ratings and review counts will differ from shoes' overall numbers.

  1. 9.0 10 reviews
    Nike's workhorse trainer, reviewers like its looks and give it above average ratings on comfort and cushioning, but not durability.
    9.4 oz. (men's), 7.7 oz. (women's), neutral pronation, 33mm stack height
    $130 $77.97
    Nike 5 colors
  2. 8.9 3 reviews
    Lightweight all-around training shoe highly rated on comfort, cushioning, durability, and value.
    9.6 oz. (men's), 8.4 oz. (women's), neutral pronation, 35mm stack height
    $140 $109
    Running Warehouse 15 colors
    $140 $109.95
    Brooks 45 colors
    Holabird Sports 42 colors
    $140 $119.95
    Brooks 3 colors
    Holabird Sports 2 colors
    Brooks 3 colors
  3. 8.9 5 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
    Running Warehouse 29 colors
  4. 8.9 3 reviews
    9.9 oz. (men's), 8 oz. (women's), neutral pronation, 30mm stack height
    Running Warehouse 11 colors
    Holabird Sports 5 colors
  5. 8.9 3 reviews
    A popular HOKA shoe that gets great marks in fit, comfort, cushioning, and appearance with lower marks in durability.
    8 oz. (men's), 7 oz. (women's), neutral pronation, 30mm stack height
    $140 $97
  6. 8.9 3 reviews
    10.1 oz. (men's), 8.8 oz. (women's), neutral pronation, 37mm stack height
    Holabird Sports 1 color
  7. 8.9 6 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
    Running Warehouse 32 colors
  8. 8.9 6 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
  9. 8.9 5 reviews
    This shoe is well-rated and praised by reviewers for being a solid, all-around trainer. Sometimes on sale for under $100. Rated the #1 Saucony shoe as of Sept 2023.
    9.8 oz. (men's), 8.7 oz. (women's), neutral pronation, 39mm stack height
    $160 $99
  10. 8.9 3 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 29 colors
    Holabird Sports 23 colors
    $160 $109