The Best Running Shoes To Buy of 2019

It is important to understand what kind of running shoes you want to get: lightweight, cushioning, support, plus a comfortable fit. Of course, the most important part of any shoe is your experience within a hundred kilometers. And it shall be highly resistant while you wear them all the time during this journey.

In order to help you find the best next pair of running shoes, we have checked hundreds of different models, the following is the entire content of our latest purchase guide.

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The Best Neutral / Cushioning Running Shoes

The neutral / cushioning category is one of the main series in the world of running shoes. If you have never bought running shoes before, try this section as a start.

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Brooks Ghost 11 Cushion Running Shoes

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• Terrain: Road Arch Support: Neutral Use: Daily Running Weight: Men: 309g / Women: 269g Heel to toe drop: Men: 12mm / Women: 12mm Forefoot Height: 17mm Heel Height: 29mm Width: Narrow, Normal, Wide 

Verdict: • Suitable for any runner and any distance • Unbelievable grip power • Very sensitive when accelerating • Very comfortable• porous fabric is not suitable for running in the rain

Ghost 11 is a very sturdy, minimalist neutral running shoe for all kinds of scenes. Compared to Ghost 9, there is now an improved seamless upper that gives touch of soft cushioning and traction even on a wet surface. The most notable difference is the rubber caps in the front and rear that are brought up higher. The GTX 10 seems to have had this already. This makes them more trail-worthy. This is a traditional neutral running shoe with a midsole height difference of about 12 mm and a weight of about 310 g / 11 oz, but the actual feel is lighter. It performs very well during daily running, and even with high-intensity exercise, you will feel very vocal.

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Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 Cushion Running Shoes

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• Terrain: Road Arch Support: Neutral Use: Daily Running Weight: Men: 286g / Women: 255g Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm / Women: 10mm Forefoot Height: 19mm Heel Height: 29mm Width: Normal, Wide 

Verdict: • Flywire smart lock protects your feet • Outsole has good rubber coverage • Durable, reliable, not prone to error• Sole is easy to get on small stones • Some people may feel harder than previous versions

Pegasus is one of the oldest running shoe collections on the market and continues to improve every year. With a wide range of comfort, runners of all shapes and sizes will be satisfied. It is full of aesthetic that they look like the moccasin-like shape (a much smaller portion of the shoe is kept by shoelaces). Like its predecessors, they are durable and wear well. The price is very reasonable for the technology applied. Whether it’s a beginner or an experienced runner, this shoe is perfect and has good reliability in long-distance running. Also, you can wear it to run a marathon.

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Asics Dynaflyte 3 Cushion Running Shoes

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• Terrain: Road Arch Support: Neutral Use: Daily Running Weight: Men: 257g / Women: 215g Heel to toe drop: Men: 8mm / Women: 8mm Forefoot Height: 18mm Heel Height: 20mm Width: Normal 

Verdict: • Versatile casual design • Cheaper and lighter than the old • Comfortable heel• The elasticity is not strong enough due to the cushioning function. • The foam near the forefoot is not as comfortable as the heel.

DynaFlyte is the latest high-quality cushioning neutral shoe from the Asics family. It is also the first model of Asics which uses FlyteFoam technology. It feels very dreamy both in appearance and on the feet. The toe box is roomier than the previous Dynaflyte, and the heel is supportive but not too rigid. In addition, it is similar to Saucony Ride and, although more expensive, it is extremely durable and can be used for daily training or long distance races.

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Mizuno Wave Sky 2 Cushion Running Shoes

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• Terrain: Road Arch Support: Neutral Use: Daily Running Weight: Men: 335g / Women: 285g Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm / Women: 10mm Forefoot Height: 21mm Heel Height: 31mm Width: Normal

Verdict: • Nice responsive, excellent cushioning, well-constructed upper. • Perfect for long and short runs and walks. • Nice flexibility and very comfortable • Not having enough lugs. As a result, the right amount of traction needed on various surfaces is not provided.• The sock liner is a little heavy.

Wave Sky 2 is the top cushioning running shoe which replaced the Enigma series. Same price of 150 dollars of Enigma. Technically, Wave Sky doesn’t have the full palm Wave configuration as Enigma. It uses CLOUD Wave instead of Enigma’s PARALLEL Wave. Moreover, the CLOUD Wave has one more slope than the Rider 20/21; it greatly enhances the feeling of the foot. Mizuno’s launch of Wave Sky is also to change the stiffness of the past. The new softness of Wave Sky brings great confidence to compete with Asics Nimbus, Brooks Glycerin and Nike Air Zoom Vomero.

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The Best Support / Stable Running Shoes

In the past few years, although the role of stable running shoes has been verified, there are still a large number of runners who need extra support, and we are ones of them!

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Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 Support Running Shoes

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• Terrain: Road Arch Support: Motion Control Use: Daily Running Weight: Men: 312g / Women: 272g Heel to toe drop: Men: 12mm / Women: 12mm Width: Normal, Wide

Verdict: • Lightweight shoes with plenty of support • Well-designed upper • Available in a variety of colors• Light weight and high drop seem to be a bit conflicting

The Adrenaline GTS is the main support model from Brooks and has excellent performance during running, even when running fast. In our stability test, this sports shoe is significantly better than other models, and the biggest advantage is that it provides a lot of support without making you feel cumbersome and heavy.

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Asics GT-2000 7 Support Running Shoes

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• Terrain: Road Arch Support: Stability Use: Daily Running Weight: Men: 303g / Women: 246g Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm / Women: 10mm Forefoot Height: 12mm Heel Height: 22mm Width: Normal, Wide

Verdict: • Stable, V-sensitive cushioning performance • Lighter and more breathable than the old one y Specially improved lacing system • Very reliable heel• The feeling of cushioning is not soft enough

Another common model is the Asics GT-2000, the latest version updates the upper. This pair has a new modern look, as well as a specially improved lacing system. The GT series is traditional support running shoe that doesn’t over-boot, making you feel safe and comfortable. In addition, this shoe is very reliable and you can wear it for hundreds of kilometers.

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New Balance 1260 V7 Support Running Shoes

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• Terrain: Road Arch Support: Stability Use: Daily Running Weight: Men: 334g / Women: 282g Heel to toe drop: Men: 8mm / Women: 8mm Forefoot Height: 19mm Heel Height: 27mm Width: Narrow, Normal, Wide

Verdict: • Good cushioning and stability • Low height difference for fast running without sacrificing comfort • Impressive reflective detail• Shoes are a bit bulky • Price is a bit expensive

The 1260 is a classic New Balance support running shoe. Surprisingly, the height difference is lower than conventional shoes. With good stability and a soft cushion of 8 mm high difference, this running shoe is ideal for everyday training or for long hours of running. The stability of the shoes is excellent. This model will not spare any effort to protect you.

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Mizuno Wave Rider 22 Support Running Shoes

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• Terrain: Road Arch Support: Neutral Use: Daily Running Weight: Men: 283g / Women: 241g Heel to toe drop: Men: 12mm / Women: 12mm Forefoot Height: 20mm Heel Height: 32mm Width: Normal, Wide

Verdict: • The colors and design were visually appealing. • The underfoot cushioning system is very comfortable. • The general durability of the components is dependable. • Outstanding grip capability of the outsole • Half-a-size or a full size smaller than the standard sizing expectations. • The overlays on the upper tended to press into the fabric

As the longest life series of Mizuno, the Rider series has always been loved by many runners with its comfortable touch and excellent performance. Especially since the rider 20, after upgrading to the CLOUD Wave, the feeling of the outsole has improved even better. Compared with the previous generation, the upper is mainly changed from Triple Zone fabric to the engineering mesh. And the midsole is still the standard combo of U4IC U4ICX.

At present, the price of wave rider 21 is relatively moderate, but the more cost-effective one should be rider 20. In addition to the difference in the upper, rider 21 is almost a replica of rider 20. Hence, the purchase of rider 20 has become a very cost-effective option. Mizuno has launched the first generation of Rider as retroversion, named Mizuno Wave Rider 1 OG. Its aesthetics is very outstanding.

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The Best Advanced Shock-Absorbing Running Shoes

After the rise of minimalism in 2009 and the collapse of a few years ago, some new brands (such as Hoka One One) brought a new concept of sports. For running shoes with very low height difference, if we go in the opposite direction and then try some super shock-absorbing models, what kind of situation will it be?

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Hoka One One Bondi 6 Shock-Absorbing Running Shoes

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• Terrain: Road Arch Support: Neutral Use: Daily Running Low Drop Weight: Men: 309g / Women: 242g Heel to toe drop: Men: 4mm / Women: 4mm Forefoot Height: 32mm Heel Height: 36mm Width: Normal, Wide

Verdict: • Soft cushioning • Good stability • Smooth feeling• The upper is easy to wear and the upper is easy to break. • The tongue is stiff.

The Bondi 5 is a rugged, advanced cushioning shoe and the most cushioned version of the Hoka One One. With a comfortable upper and a smooth sole, Bondi S will satisfy you whether you are used to advanced cushioning shoes or just want to change your feelings. This incredible design gives the shoe a smooth, tapered structure at the heel and toe, which feels comfortable no matter what foot you have.

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Nike Air Zoom Vomero 14 Shock Absorbing Running Shoes

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• Terrain: Road Arch Support: Neutral Use: Daily Running Weight: Men: 281g / Women: 244g Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm / Women: 10mm Forefoot Height: 12mm Heel Height: 22mm 

Verdict: • Quality insole • good comfort • Flymesh Materials and Flywire Technology • versatile; it can be worn during road and trail running activities. • Very Sensitive• Toe shape not very satisfying. expensive.

The soft midsole, comfortable upper, and a solid wear experience all make the Air Zoom Vomero 14 stand out. This running shoe is definitely the main force of high-mileage daily training. Although it looks heavy, it can hardly be felt when running. Compared to other competitors in their class, these shoes offer excellent responsiveness and grip, making them easy to use as multi-purpose sneakers for training and competition, especially for those who are biased towards lightweight insoles.

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Brooks Glycerin 17 Shock Absorbing Running Shoes

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• Terrain: Road Arch Support: Neutral Use: Daily Running Weight: Men: 300g / Women: 261g Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm / Women: 10mm Forefoot Height: 22mm Heel Height: 32mm Width: Normal, Wide

Verdict: The underfoot cushioning system of the Brooks Glycerin 17 was considered to be efficient at providing comfort throughout the running session. • Quality materials • Good breathability OrthoLite® sockliner • Comfortable running experience. in-shoe fit. The foot-shaped platform and the well-adjusted build. ground control and steadiness  

This is Brooks’ latest upgrade to the outstanding running shoes. Glycerin is the best cushioning series they produce. The internal structure can withstand long distances while providing a soft and comfortable running experience. We are happy to see some minor improvements to the new version, which makes it even better than the old one.

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The Best Lightweight Neutral Cushioning Running Shoes

Although the minimalist running shoes are quickly moving away from us, just like the speed of the year, they have changed the design concept of running shoes. Runners now expect each shoe to be lighter and enjoy a lower height difference.

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Nike Zoom Fly SP Lightweight Cushion Running Shoes

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• Terrain: Road Arch Support: Neutral Use: Competition Weight: Men: 248g Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm Width: Normal

Verdict: • New sole material and efficient speed training • Full rubber under the forefoot • Simple and effective upper design • Suitable lacing system• The Lunarlon midsole was very responsive. the translucent upper was lighter than the Flyknit material. category is special, the only comparable model is Zoom Vaporfly 4%

Nike Zoom Fly is amazing for Zoom Vaporfly 4% (but it’s hard to get a sister model, under the weight of 10mm and 238g (8.4oz), it might be the best speed training or long-distance running model in the price range. These shoes are loved by sports enthusiasts. Some even claim them to be the best marathon running shoes of all time.

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Hoka One One Clifton 5 Lightweight Cushion Running Shoes

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• Terrain: Road Arch Support: Neutral Use: Daily Running Maximalist Weight: Men: 266g / Women: 215g Heel to toe drop: Men: 5mm / Women: 5mm Forefoot Height: 25mm Heel Height: 30mm Width: Normal, Wide

Verdict: the soft cushioning.  The color schemes. sufficient support throughout the day. The breathable fabrics • Very good elasticity • Comfortable upper • Increased durability• Slight weight gain. the softness of the midsole prevented it from giving a snappy forefoot lift.
the silhouette was uncomfortably narrow. unresponsiveness.

For the Clifton collection, this running shoe brings the first major update to the midsole material. We have been worried that increasing material density will cause potential problems, but this concern quickly disappeared when we first wore shoes.

In fact, the elasticity created by this soft midsole was a good shock, which was indeed a substantial improvement over the old version. No matter where you step on it, you move forward comfortably. In addition to its powerful versatility, it has enough cushioning under the lightweight.

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Saucony Kinvara 10 Lightweight Cushion Running Shoes

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• Terrain: Road Arch Support: Neutral Use: Competition Low Drop Weight: Men: 221g / Women: 190g Heel to toe drop: Men: 4mm / Women: 4mm Forefoot Height: 19mm Heel Height: 23mm Width: Normal

Verdict: • Lightweight • Very soft, comfortable and sensitive• the cushioning system. vibrant color schemes and the modern design. the cover system and the underfoot platform were form-accommodating. The midsole unit was springy yet stable. laces are weaker. heavier than they anticipated.

The Kinvara 8 looks basically similar, retaining the latter’s major improvements in the outsole, upper and midsole. The new version also has two key updates to take it to a higher level: a wider shoe space and a softer forefoot. Undoubtedly, this version conforms to the cult of Kinvara.

Since the EverRun sole covers the entire length of the shoe, this update makes us feel that the light and luxurious journey of the early styles has begun to return. For all types of neutral runners, it offers lightweight, high-performance comfort.

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The Best Lightweight Support Running Shoes

As one of the most important categories, supportive running shoes have been around for a long time, and new lightweight models are added every year.

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Adidas Adizero Tempo 9 Lightweight Support Running Shoes

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• Terrain: Road Arch Support: Stability Use: Daily Running Weight: Men: 269g / Women: 241g Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm / Women: 10mm Forefoot Height: 16mm Heel Height: 26mm Width: Normal

Verdict: • Lightweight stability • bouncy performance and comfortable nature. Streamlined design •  Rugged, responsive, good breathability, • Comfortable wear experience affordable. breathable• The upper is not fit enough

Adidas Adizero Tempo 9 will be your next pair of PB running shoes. It’s lightweight, quick and responsive, giving you the right amount of support. This model is perfect for hard training and competition. For those runners who need to resist the excessive internal twist, it also provides just the right amount of stability.

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Saucony Liberty ISO Lightweight Support Running Shoes

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• Terrain: Road Arch Support: Stability Use: Daily Running Low Drop Weight: Men: 275g / Women: 248g Heel to toe drop: Men: 4mm / Women: 4mm Forefoot Height: 18mm Heel Height: 22mm Width: Normal

Verdict: • Just the right supportive and responsive • perfect fit. lightweight. the upper construction was excellent. Unique upper • Durable sole• Expensive. a bit narrow in the midfoot

This is a brand new product that is stable as the widely successful Saucony Freedom ISO.It has a very high stability and fast feeling. Although the Liberty ISO is already excellent enough, the upper is more outstanding and comfortable.

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Mizuno Wave Catalyst 2 Lightweight Support Running Shoes

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• Terrain: Road Arch Support: Neutral Use: Daily Running Weight: Men: 280g / Women: 220g Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm / Women: 10mm Forefoot Height: 16mm Heel Height: 26mm Width: Normal

Verdict: • suitably lightweight. • The toe box accommodated natural toe-splay. • The collar and heel of the upper secured the food well and prevented slipping • efficient for mid-distance running. • prevent feet from feeling tired or sore throughout the day. • forefoot section of the upper felt a bit narrow

Wave Catalyst has released before Wave Shadow and can be a support version of it. For support function, it equips with FAN SHAPE WAVE. In addition, the midsole of the Wave Shadow is in jagged shape, while the shape of the Wave Catalyst 2 is more irregular.

Compared to the previous generation, the main appearance difference is the upper, large-eyed mesh is on the outside of the upper, with bolder style. The U4ic midsole has also upgraded and covered with the entire palm. Other aspects are consistent with the previous generation, including the highly acclaimed FAN SHAPE sheet and the DynamotionFit system. The X10 outsole is non-slip and wear resistant.

Wave Catalyst’s first generation has won the “Runner’s World” best first show award. The lightweight support is also relatively rare in other running shoe segments. Moreover, the price is very cost-effective.

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The Best Trail Training Running Shoes

Training running is a fairly general term for training for various terrains, slopes and mileage. The shoes listed below can provide a good testimony for all your footprints.

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Asics Gel Venture 6 Trail Running Shoes

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• Terrain: Trail Arch Support: Neutral Use: Daily Running Weight: Men: 318g / Women: 225g Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm / Women: 10mm Forefoot Height: 10mm Heel Height: 20mm Width: Normal

Verdict: • very comfortable throughout their long runs • Good support effect of daily run. • Very good grip for walking, hiking, running • the extra reinforcement on the shoe’s sides • Affordable Price for entry-level runners

The Asics Gel Venture 6 has been redesigned, from the upper to the outsole. The improved design and trail-specific outsole are meant to conquer rugged terrain with confidence. The mesh upper design has been enhanced for more breathability. It ensures the instant drying and cooling of the foot when subjected to the presence of sweat or unfavorable climatic conditions, thereby maintaining a dry and cool running environment for the user inside the shoe. While the midsole uses the same materials as the shoe’s earlier version, Asics has redesigned it to accommodate heightened cushioning and a better energy return. The ASICS High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR) is still present in the outsole of the Gel Venture 6, but the lugs were modified to survive uphill and downhill runs. Overall, it is a versatile running shoe with all the qualities a runner would expect in a pair of agreeable trail running shoes.

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Hoka One Speed Instinct 2 Trail Running Shoes

 

• Terrain: Trail Arch Support: Neutral Use: Daily Running Weight: Men: 280g / Women: 220g Heel to toe drop: Men: 3mm / Women: 3mm Low Drop Forefoot Height: 22mm Heel Height: 25mm Width: Normal

Verdict: • Lightweight, with plenty of insoles on the heel, midfoot and front palm • Good cushioning effect of daily run. • Very good grip.• The shoe cabinet is not tight enough. • The visual aesthetics is alright.

If you are looking for an entry product for training running, Speed Instinct 2 will be a great option. This running shoe is comfortable enough that you can easily run on the sidewalk. It is also strong enough to take you through some rugged trails. With features such as light weight, very low sole thickness and a stable midsole, this model can be the first running shoe you should get.

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Altra Lone Peak 4.0 Trail Running Shoes

• Terrain: Trail Arch Support: Neutral Use: Daily Running Weight: Men: 289g / Women: 241g Heel to toe drop: Men: 0mm / Women: 0mm Low Drop Forefoot Height: 25mm Heel Height: 25mm Width: Normal

Verdict: • Can achieve natural toe tilt in long distance races and super marathons • Lightweight, flexible, durable • Good elasticity• The shoelace is directly in front of the west bone and may cause discomfort. • The upper feels excessively slim, which limits its breathability in warm weather.

Lone Peak has achieved incredible success, and 3.0 / 3.5 added an extra layer of improvements. These replaced 3.5’s which had a good deal more cushion, and don’t cause foot pain, ever. Good arch support, but not too much. The height of the shoe design can maximize the expansion of the outsole. This is a recommended pair for all runners, especially for super runners who can strive more than 80 km. And there’re also Waterproof version for versatility and Mid-RSM ankle boot version if you want stronger support for your ankles

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New Balance Vazee Summit V2 Trail Running Shoes

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• Terrain: Trail Arch Support: Neutral Use: Daily Running Weight: Men: 265g / Women: 213g Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm / Women: 10mm Forefoot Height: 17mm Heel Height: 27mm Width: Normal, Wide

Verdict: • Lightweight, stable, fast • maximum breathability. The outsole was durable and reliable. Can accelerate quickly • Very comfortable • Not ideal for very technical places. • Some people think that shoes are too narrow.

This is a soft, stylish and fast training running shoe that allows you to adapt more quickly to a variety of terrains – thanks to the speed power protection of Vazees. In fact, in all training running shoes, Vazee SummitThe V2 offers the best combination of speed power and traction.

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The Most Affordable Running Shoes

Our recommendation is to buy an older version of running shoes (you can easily find a 40% discount). Some affordable running shoes are actually quite good.

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Saucony Cohesion 12 Running Shoes

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• Terrain: Road Arch Support: Neutral Use: Daily Running Weight: Men: 264g / Women: 218g Heel to toe drop: Men: 12mm / Women: 12mm Forefoot Height: 17mm Heel Height: 29mm Width: Normal, Wide

Cohesion continues to maintain an attractive tradition of value. It’s a versatile model for everyday use, and if you’re looking for a good budget option, it’s a great choice.

This simple running shoe looks good, without the bells and screams and the latest Saucony techs such as ISO uppers, EverRun midsole, etc. Still, it provides good comfort and good cushioning.

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New Balance Fuelcore Coast V4 Running Shoes

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• Terrain: Road Arch Support: Neutral Use: Competition Weight: Men: 204g / Women: 174g Heel to toe drop: Men: 8mm / Women: 8mm Width: Normal, Wide

This is the entry model for the FuelCore series. This model is very affordable, has a good structure and a height difference of 8 mm, which is suitable for some faster and shorter training. The midsole is made of ACTEVA (one of New Balance’s lightest rubber compounds), very lightweight. The fabric is mesh and very stretchy. You can see all of your toes stretch through the fabric when you move around. The sole is also a little on the spongy side, probably for comfort. If you are a fast-moving sports enthusiast, then it definitely can be considered.

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Asics Gel Contend 5 Running Shoes

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• Terrain: Road Arch Support: Neutral Use: Daily Running Weight: Men: 291g / Women: 230g Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm / Women: 10mm Forefoot Height: 12mm Heel Height: 22mm Width: Normal, Wide

Asics Gel Contend is an affordable running sneaker with good cushioning properties, which makes it slightly heavier than other similar models, but the overall performance is still very good.

This shoe is a classic, sturdy fit and stylish, offering incredible value at an affordable price. If you’re looking for a solid and reliable running shoe for everyday training, it’s worth considering.



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