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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Weight
8.50 oz.
Drop
5 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Hoka Carbon X 3 is a wallet-friendly, stable and smooth-riding super shoe. It has a full-length carbon plate but it doesn’t have the explosive propulsion of some of the other super shoes. ” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
10.70 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Triumph 19 is a great daily work horse. This moderately cushioned daily trainer is soft but not overly plush making it suited for higher mileages at slower paces. The PWRRUN cushioning is also...” Read expert review
Jim Coulson
Fast Road and Trail Runner. Career Firefighter.
Weight
10.00 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike Revolution 6 is a budget-friendly trainer that is a fantastic pick for individuals looking to get back into the sport or who are new to it. It offers all-over comfort with a flexible ride. ” Read expert review
Olivia Yoder
Ultrarunner, personal trainer and soccer coach.
Weight
10.00 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike Winflo 8 is a budget-friendly shoe that doesn’t offer a whole lot of versatility but for the price, it’s a solid choice. I would recommend this shoe to someone who is just getting into...” Read expert review
Olivia Yoder
Ultrarunner, personal trainer and soccer coach.
Weight
8.70 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Saucony Ride 15 is an excellent, well-rounded daily trainer with a very stable ride which is one of the lightest mid-range daily trainers. ” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
10.80 oz.
Drop
4 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The New Balance Fresh Foam More v3 is a maximal trainer that can log the miles and will last a good while. Although the price is high, they may just be worth it. ” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
9.20 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The ASICS Gel-Nimbus Lite 3 is a lightweight, max-cushioned trainer for relaxed runs. It has a smooth, stable ride and is both softer and more flexible than most of the max-cushioned trainers on the...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
10.2 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The ASICS Gel-Nimbus 24 is a super soft max cushioned trainer with a versatile ride. It has an onslaught of new updates, the biggest one being the addition of FF Blast+ foam in its midsole. ” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
11.80 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Adidas Ultraboost 22 is a max-cushioned, heavy-duty trainer for easy and recovery runs. It has a stable ride and is one of the most comfortable running shoes on the market albeit very expensive. ” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
10.60 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 Shield is a daily trainer which is perfect for keeping your feet dry and warm in damp conditions. ” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert