In 2023, there will be more running shoes on the market than ever before. From durable stabilizing models designed for over-pronators, to ultra-cushioned models for runners who want a plush ride, to record-breaking carbon fiber marathon shoes that are fast enough for even the most avid speed demons, the determination, which one to choose can be difficult. Finding the best pair of running shoes is both a personal quest, and Hypebeast has compiled a short list of the most popular everyday off-road racers to help you choose your best pair. Lace up your boots, hit the pavement and let’s get started!
Brooks Ghost 15
The 15th generation of Brooks’ best-loved Ghost is touted by the brand as “smooth, balanced and better than ever.” Updated with the new DNA Loft v2 midsole, the cushioning has been formulated with the optimal balance of rubber, air and foam that feels soft yet firm on the feet. Featuring upgraded breathable mesh uppers, the Ghost 15 offers improved breathability, while a soft midsole and segmented Crash Pad help smooth the transition from landing to toe-off. Complete with high arch support and cushioning, the Ghost 15 is an excellent everyday running shoe for beginners and seasoned marathon runners alike.
Where to buy: Brooks
Nike ZoomX Invincible 3
Integrated with ZoomX foam for maximum levels of underfoot comfort and shock absorption, the ZoomX Invincible 3 may be Nike’s most cushioned running shoe yet. Resilient and soft, it is able to return 80% of the energy from a runner’s stride to relieve muscle tension, while gently propelling the wearer forward with a subtle rocking mechanism. Comparing the latest Zoomx Invincible with previous versions, the exposed heel counter now has better stability and movement control, and also looks sleeker overall. For those looking for a pair of highly cushioned shoes for easy walking and quiet recovery runs,
Where to buy: Nike
One of the best cushioned running shoes on this list, On Running’s Cloudmonster lives up to its name with its ‘monster’ outsole for maximum rebound and energy return. ON’s CloudTec is designed for soft landings, which combined with the rocker shape can empower runners with forward momentum and strong starts. At 9.7 ounces, the Cloudmonster leans more on the lightweight side for stackable cushioned shoes. With an easy step-in, cushioned footbed and comfortable upper, the Cloudmonster is also durable and heat-resistant for long-distance runs and intense training sessions.
Where to buy: on the run
ASICS GEL-Kayano 29
ASICS describes the GEL-Kayano 29 as a shoe that provides “stable and energized running” for people who overpronate. At 29 models, it continues to innovate, so its previous plastic plates have been replaced with firm LITETRUSS™ foam for stability, updated FF BLAST™ PLUS cushioning, and overall improved breathability for a smoother transition from midfoot to toe. Stability comes with light weight: the GEL-Kayano 29 weighs in at around 10.5 ounces, while its women’s counterpart tops out at 9.5 ounces. While not the most suitable for speed training, these running shoes will suffice for everyday jogging and long distance runs.
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HOKA Clifton 9
The ninth version of HOKA’s award-winning Clifton is now taller and 0.2 ounces lighter than previous models. Due to the extra height, the HOKA Clifton 9 is much better suited for road and stable long-distance running. It’s dressed in a highly breathable knit upper that wraps tightly around the foot, along with a padded and semi-gusset tongue to minimize chafing and chafing. As the fit relies more on the narrow side, HOKA offers the Clifton 9 in a standard width as well as a wide fit to suit different foot shapes.
Where to buy: HOKA
Saucony Triumph 20
Saucony’s Triumph 20 is the brand’s most popular neutral running shoe to date. The lightweight yet highly responsive PWRRUN+ cushioning is paired with an improved geometry that gives your feet a “cloud-like” feel during everyday jogs and long distance runs. In addition, the Triumph 20 also features an all-new upper and lacing construction that molds to the foot like a glove with a non-slip all-round softness. Featuring a 10mm heel-to-toe drop, the stack height is up to 27mm, offering powerful acceleration for running at all times while reducing pressure and strain on the Achilles tendon.
Where to buy: Saucony
adidas Ultraboost Light
Also known as the Ultraboost 23, these running shoes debut the new BOOST cushioning system and are touted as the lightest model in the range to date as they weigh 30% less than their predecessors. Flexible with plenty of responsive bounce, the Ultraboost Light incorporates the LEP (Linear Energy Push) propulsion system, highlighted as being built into the midsole, while the orange sections of the outsole enhance a firm, stable stride. The shoes have a regular fit and a one-piece Primeknit+ textile upper that wraps securely around the foot and does not slip during everyday runs.
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New Balance fresh foam X 1080v12
Described by New Balance as the ultimate and most versatile running shoe, the Fresh Foam X 1080v12 is recommended for those who prefer a slightly more cushioned sole. It features a rocker silhouette that encourages easy forward rolling, while the 34mm stack height absorbs most bumps from the road. Crafted with a comfortable and breathable second-skin fit, the shoe has a streamlined silhouette with a Hypoknit upper that’s paired with a not-so-plush but still lightly padded tongue. The slightly heavier Fresh Foam X 1080v12 weighs in at around 10.3 ounces, but is built to withstand long-distance runs, recovery runs, and easy daily mileage. It’s also great for wide feet with a sizing that runs large along with regular and wide fit options available.
Where to buy: A new balance
ALTRA Escalante 3
The highly anticipated update to the classic ALTRA road bike maintains the Escalante’s signature zero drop and rounded shoebox design. In terms of fit, the Escalante 3 may feel a bit stiffer compared to previous silhouettes. However, with built-in Balanced Cushioning™ and Altra EGO™ foam, the shoe strikes an overall balance between responsiveness and comfort. A subtle but handy update to the Escalante 2.5 is the newly added top eyehole, which seems unimportant at first glance but has proven to be rather useful for runners who opt for marathon loops for added foot security, which is especially useful for narrow feet too. The tongue also has a more cushioned design, while the updated outsole adds durability. As a whole, the Escalante 3 is undoubtedly a versatile pair of running shoes that is equally at home in the field as it is in the gym or during everyday activities.
Where to buy: Altra
Solomon Aero Glide
While Salomon is better known for its trail running shoes, due to the brand’s first official approach to creating lightweight, everyday road runners, the Aero Glide is actually quite a worthy pair to be included on this list. It is built with maximum cushioning in the form of a high midsole where Energy Foam keeps your feet soft with enough shock absorption. Dressed in the brand’s signature rocker geometry with a softly padded tongue and SensiFit™ upper, the Aero Glide delivers a smooth, confident ride and fast transition that keeps users moving. Despite its chunky 37.4mm heel, the shoe isn’t clunky at all – it weighs just under 9 ounces, making it a great pair of versatile everyday running shoes.
Where to buy: salmon
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