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Finding a running shoe that works for you can be a journey, but it’s one worth taking. Here are our picks of the best running shoes for men to help set you up for many successful miles.

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Don’t have access to a gym? Try going for a run. There’s no special equipment required — all you really need to start is a pair of good-quality running shoes (and, if you’re feeling it, a reliable fitness app to track your stats).

But, as many runners quickly learn, finding the best shoe for you can be a journey — especially after you’ve logged more miles and potentially developed nagging aches and pains. These pains could reveal the need for a more or less supportive shoe.

“A running shoe that does not fit correctly could cause injury to the feet and legs. Problems may arise weeks or months after wearing poorly fit running shoes.

“For example, nerve impingement, tendonitis, heel pain, stress fractures, and ankle sprains are commonly associated with choosing the wrong running shoes,” says Nelya Lobkova, DPM, a certified surgical podiatrist practicing at Step Up Footcare in New York.

Even if you know which sneakers you like best, it’s important to change them out regularly. Many experts suggest replacing running shoes every 300–500 miles, but that depends on many factors, including the shoe, your biomechanics, how and where you use your shoes, and even your size and weight.

Lobkova says that, in some cases, shoes can last up to 700 miles, but it’s important to keep an eye on wear and tear and to pay attention to signs that it’s time to get a new pair.

Kimberly Nguyen, DPM, a podiatry specialist and foot and ankle surgeon and the leading practitioner at Philly City Foot Doc, points to the following signs that it’s time to get new shoes:

  • pain in your ankles, hips, or knees that gets worse with running
  • new soreness or stiffness in your feet, especially after running
  • new blisters or hot spots, which can mean the shoes have changed shape and are rubbing into your skin
  • worn-down treads or a hard midsole in your shoes

According to Nguyen, the latter can negatively affect the natural stride of your feet and may indicate that the cushioning has worn out.

The following shoes are highly rated for quality, comfort, and affordability. We also considered the shoes’ appropriateness for running based on gait and foot type, providing options for those with overpronation, underpronation, and neutral gaits. If you’re not sure where you fall, we’ve included more on choosing a shoe based to foot strike toward the end of this article.

Many of the following shoes are made by brands that runners have trusted for years. In fact, some of these shoes have been around for decades. Other companies are newer to the game, but they bring some impressive new features to the market.

Remember, even the best-rated shoe might not be the right fit for you. If you have specific foot issues, such as flat feet, or other biomechanical considerations, you may want to visit a running store, where a professional can help you choose the best shoe. They can observe your running form and recommend a shoe style based on that intel.

Also be sure to make an appointment with a podiatrist if you have new or old injuries you need to address.

Pricing guide

The price for each pair of running shoes is indicated using these symbols:

  • $ = under $100
  • $$ = $100–$150
  • $$$ = over $150

Best overall

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37

  • Price: $$
  • Weight: 10.05 ounces (oz)
  • Drop: 10 millimeters (mm)
  • Best for: neutral foot strike

Key features: The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37 is a good all-around shoe if you’re looking to do a variety of workouts in your training. It’s lightweight and has ample forefoot cushioning.

Runners say this is a durable shoe that offers good energy return, or bounce, with each stride. And as far as distance goes, reviewers say the Pegasus is a great pick, whether you’re looking to race 1 mile or 26.2 miles.

As a bonus, the Pegasus comes in regular and extra-wide widths to accommodate a variety of foot shapes and sizes.

Considerations: A few reviewers note that the sizing may run a bit small, so you may want to order this shoe a half-size up from your normal size. Others say that the toe box is narrow and that these shoes aren’t comfortable if you like to run without socks.


  • very comfortable forefoot cushioning
  • breathable mesh top
  • available in regular and extra-wide


  • may run small, according to some reviews
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Best for cushioning


  • Price: $$$
  • Weight: 10.7 oz
  • Drop: 4 mm
  • Best for: neutral foot strike or underpronation

Key features: Need cushioning? This shoe delivers. The Bondi 7 offers a neutral ride with a full-EVA midsole.

Runners love HOKA shoes for their roomy toe boxes. This shoe also features a very comfortable, soft memory foam collar that shapes snugly to your Achilles tendon and helps reduce chafing.

Considerations: Not everyone will dig the super-cushioned look of these shoes. Beyond that, they’re priced on the higher end of the spectrum. Reviewers say the Bondi 7 is very comfortable but may lack the necessary support for walking long distances.


  • generally true to size
  • extra cushioning around the collar
  • lightweight and vegan


  • pricey for some budgets
  • may be uncomfortable for some due to extra cushioning
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Best for long distance running

Brooks Ghost 13 (Men’s)

  • Price: $$
  • Weight: 10.1 oz
  • Drop: 12 mm
  • Best for: neutral foot strike

Key features: If you’re looking for lightweight cushioning to carry you for miles upon miles, check out the Ghost by Brooks. These shoes are suitable for long distances on roads, treadmill running, and even cross-training days.

Reviews say this shoe is comfortable for people of all ages and offers good arch support. Plus, it’s light enough that many people say they can wear it on speedwalking days and long run days alike.

Considerations: Many users have found that the fit is a little small and narrow, so you may need to size up. Others say the durability could be better and that the nylon tends to break down after only a couple of months of frequent use.


  • positive reviews for comfort and arch support from older adults
  • versatile shoe for running and walking
  • trusted, high quality brand with many loyal users


  • may run small, so consider buying a half-size up
  • may be slippery on wet surfaces
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Best for stability

Asics Gel-Kayano 27

  • Price: $
  • Weight: 11.1 oz
  • Drop: 10 mm
  • Best for: overpronation

Key features: If you’re an overpronator (your foot rolls inward when you step), you may want to try a stability shoe like the Gel-Kayano 27. The external heel counter works to stabilize your ankles and help prevent you from rolling your feet inward as easily while you run.

This shoe also offers a firm midsole and arch support for flat feet. In fact, the manufacturer explains that the combination of materials in the midsole can help reduce the risk of bunions.

Reviewers say this shoe is suitable for a variety of runners and offers lightweight cushioning for comfort.

Considerations: A few longtime Kayano fans say this latest version may have less cushioning than previous ones. Other runners share that the fit has changed (smaller and narrower), so you may need to order a size up from your usual size.


  • external heel counter for additional ankle support
  • good arch support for flat feet
  • breathable mesh top
  • wide variety of colors and designs


  • may run narrow for some users
  • may be uncomfortable for those with underpronation, due to the heel counter
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Best for wide feet

New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v10

  • Price: $$
  • Weight: 9.9 oz
  • Drop: 8 mm
  • Best for: neutral foot strike

Key features: New Balance offers two widths beyond standard with the Fresh Foam 1080v10: wide and extra-wide. The foam insole has comfortable cushioning that gives you a neutral ride.

The “hypoknit” upper comes in a wide variety of colors and makes this shoe fit with a socklike softness. One reviewer says these trainers are super comfortable even on his “yeti feet.”

Considerations: Not all runners love this shoe. Several reviewers say they don’t feel like their foot sits deep enough within the shoe, making it less comfortable than previous versions. A few others note that their toes rub on the inside and that, even though the shoes are wide, the midsole is still a bit tight.


  • narrow, wide, and extra-wide styles available
  • very breathable top
  • incredibly lightweight at less than 10 oz


  • tight midsole even in wider widths, according to some reviews
  • may wear down on uneven pavement
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Best for high arches

Mizuno Wave Rider 25

  • Price: $–$$
  • Weight: 9.6 oz
  • Drop: 12 mm
  • Best for: neutral foot strike or underpronation

Key features: The Mizuno Wave Rider is a longtime favorite with people who underpronate and have high arches. This new version features a shock-reducing midsole and Mizuno’s special “waveknit” upper that is flexible and breathable and fits snugly around your foot.

Reviewers say this is a great shoe for running all distances. Others share that the knit upper allows their feet to breathe well, which is especially helpful on longer runs and for keeping the shoes free from odors.

Considerations: Several reviewers mention sizing issues, noting that this shoe is either too big or too small for their size. Another mentions that if you’re a longtime wearer of the Wave Rider, this version may not feel as comfortable as previous versions.


  • breathable “waveknit” design
  • lightweight at less than 10 oz
  • good arch support


  • may not be as comfortable as past models
  • sizing may be difficult for some users
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Best for trails

ASICS Gel-Venture 7

  • Price: $
  • Weight: 10.7 oz
  • Drop: 10 mm
  • Best for: neutral foot strike

Key features: A best-seller with more than 3,000 positive reviews, the Gel-Venture by ASICS offers runners support when and where they need it with its resilient EVA midsole.

This shoe boasts sturdy construction for durability in all sorts of conditions, both on roads and off. Its heel counter helps keep your foot moving in a natural line of motion for the most efficient stride.

Reviewers like the Venture’s overall fit and support, even for everyday activities beyond trail running. And a few people say it’s a solid choice for runners in larger bodies or those with wide feet (the shoes come in an x-wide width).

Considerations: Reviewers say that this shoe runs on the small side, so you may want to size up. A few longtime wearers of this model share that version 7 isn’t as durable as previous versions.


  • a buyer favorite with more than 3,000 five-star reviews on Amazon
  • durable design for long-term use
  • great for hiking or off-pavement running


  • may not last as long as previous Gel-Venture models, according to some reviews
  • may not be ideal for colder weather since breathable mesh doesn’t retain much heat
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Best budget

Saucony Cohesion 13

  • Price: $
  • Weight: 10 oz
  • Drop: 12 mm
  • Best for: neutral foot strike

Key features: Just starting out with this running thing? You don’t need to break the bank to get a reliable pair of running shoes. The Cohesion 13 is a no-frills shoe that offers enough cushioning and support to handle running shorter distances.

It also happens to be one of the lightest shoes on this list, at just over 9 oz. Reviewers say the shoe fits true to size and is a great value for the comfort it provides. It also comes in a trail version for those who prefer to run on trails.

Considerations: Some runners say this shoe is rather firm and doesn’t provide much responsiveness or spring in your step. One reviewer says the heel area is stiff and tends to rub around the ankle.


  • affordable price that will fit most budgets
  • generally true to size
  • durable rubber sole for long-term use


  • not as flexible as some other running shoe soles
  • may be too tight for wider feet
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Knowing your foot strike can help you determine which running shoe style is best for you. It can be hard to determine your foot strike on your own, so if you have a specialty running store near you, ask for a gait analysis and proper fitting.

But if you don’t live near a store that does this type of analysis, you can try to replicate the test at home. Run toward a mirror or take a video of yourself running from the ground level (a video taken from behind might be most helpful).

Observe how your foot strikes the ground, the direction of your ankle, and whether there is more weight on your inner or outer foot when it hits the ground. You’re looking for how much inward or outward rotation you have at the ankle and foot every time your foot hits the ground.

  • A neutral stride involves a slight inward rotation, or pronation, with each step, but this pronation isn’t excessive.
  • Overpronation means your ankle and foot roll inward excessively, flattening your arch.
  • Underpronation (or supination) means your foot doesn’t move with a slight inward rotation, as expected, and instead leaves you to bear most of the weight on the outside of your foot as you press off the ground. In some cases, there’s even a slight outward rotation.

You may also want to check your foot type (whether you have a flat, neutral, or high arch).

“The way to determine foot type at home is by stepping into baby powder and walking across a piece of dark construction paper. The bottom of your foot will have a thin outline on a higher arch, whereas a wider footprint suggests a flat foot type,” says Lobkova. Those with flatter feet may be more inclined toward overpronation.

Based on what you learn about your gait and foot type, there are a few things to keep in mind when picking a running shoe:

  • If you experience overpronation, you’ll want a running shoe in the stability category. This provides more support and control through the midsole to help prevent overpronation. Extra-stable shoes with “motion control” may be advisable depending on the overpronation level.
  • If you experience underpronation (or supination), you’ll want a running shoe that offers neutral support with extra cushioning to help take some pressure off each foot strike.
  • If you have a neutral foot strike, you’ll want running shoes that offer neutral support. These are more flexible than stability or motion-control shoes and allow your foot to move naturally.

Running shoes can seem like quite an investment. If you take care of them, they should last many months and keep you running comfortably and confidently. Still, you can take some steps to care for your shoes and ensure that you get your money’s worth.

Save them for only the run

Your shoes will last roughly the same number of miles whether you’re actually running those miles or logging miles while running errands. To get the absolute most time out of your running shoes, it’s important to use them just for your runs.

Not only does this keep you from racking up the miles as you stroll through the grocery store, but Nguyen adds that it allows the shoes to take a break. By giving your shoes more time off between runs, you’re giving the internal foam time to decompress and return to its original shape.

The same goes for other athletic activities you might enjoy. For example, cross-training that requires a lot of side-to-side motion may wear out the soles unevenly and make your running shoes wear down more quickly.

Unlace them every time

You should take some extra time when putting your shoes on and taking them off. Forcing your feet into and out of the shoes may affect how they fit in your heel.

Over time, your shoes may stretch out or even lose their shape. This can make them uncomfortable or cause rub spots and blisters.

Rotate pairs

And if you run often or log high mileage, you might consider getting a second pair of running shoes so you can alternate wears. This way, if the cushioning is compressed on one run, it will have time to rebound before the next.

Rotating shoes keeps them drier and, well, less smelly inside. You can also keep your trainers sparkling clean by washing them the right way.

Here’s how:

  • Air them out: Shoes will smell fresher longer if you air them out often. After a run, remove the sock liners and let them dry outdoors, if possible. Shoes already stinky? Try sprinkling some baking soda under the liners to keep bacteria at bay. Too late? You can always replace the liners with a fresh pair.
  • Spot-treat: Don’t run dirty shoes through your washing machine. Instead, spot-treat them using mild soap and water. A toothbrush or another soft brush can help you get into the crevices. You can also remove the laces to wash separately or replace them entirely.
  • Use dish soap: Midsoles or outsoles get the most exposure to the outdoor elements. Still, resist the urge to put your shoes in the washing machine. You can wash these areas using dish soap and a toothbrush or another brush.
  • Avoid the dryer: Air-dry shoes instead of putting them in the dryer. High heat can damage the glue that holds the shoes together and can even shrink some types of uppers.

If you’re still not sure which pair strikes your fancy, you might try making a list of the features you need, the ones you want, and any others that would be nice to have.

For example:

  • If you’re a trail runner, look for a trail shoe with a firm, grippy outsole for added stability and protection from slipping.
  • If you like running long distances, you may need more cushioning or room in the toe box for swelling feet.
  • If you like to race short distance, you’ll likely need something lightweight and responsive.

Once you get a better idea of what you’re looking for, consider connecting with a running-specific store in your area.

The people who work at running stores have a wealth of knowledge about how individual shoes fit and perform. They may even have an indoor track or treadmill and let you try out shoes before you buy them.

You may want to consider the following factors when choosing a shoe:

  • Sole thickness: In general, a thick sole tends to mean a shoe has more cushioning. You may want added cushioning if you plan to run many miles at a time. A thinner sole or a “barefoot” shoe, on the other hand, is intended for more natural or minimal running.
  • Shoe weight: Shoes with more cushioning or stability features may be heavier, but that’s not always the case. Still, if you’re looking for a racing shoe, you may want to choose one that is lightweight so you won’t waste energy when trying to shave seconds off your PR.
  • Materials: Depending on the time of year, the climate you live in, and your intended use, you may want to choose shoes made from different materials. Some are made with mesh that breathes well in hot weather. Others may be waterproof for trails or knit for a socklike fit.
  • Tread: You’ll want a nubby sole to use on trails or uneven surfaces where you need more grip. If you’re running on paved roads, a flatter tread will do just fine.
  • Offset: The heel-to-toe drop measurement is another thing you may notice listed under a shoe’s features. This refers to how high the heel is compared with the toe. If you tend to strike the ground with your heel and roll onto your toe, choose shoes with a larger offset. If you have a more “natural” foot strike, look for a smaller offset or even a zero-drop shoe.

How long do running shoes last?

How often you wear them and how intensive your athletic routine is will factor into how many months you can make a pair of shoes last. Generally, a quality pair of running shoes should last 250–500 miles before they start to wear out.

How do I know when to replace my running shoes?

Running shoes offer comfortable support to your feet and ankles, help distribute your weight during a run, and reduce friction to minimize the chance of blisters forming. If your shoes stop providing you the proper support that you need while running, it’s definitely time to replace them.

If you’re noticing that the soles are wearing down unevenly, causing your ankles to roll, or you start experiencing pain or developing blisters, it may be time to find a new pair of shoes.

However, if your shoes are relatively new and you’re experiencing pain, consider trying a different shoe size, since a shoe that is too big or too small can certainly cause pain during and after a run.

How can I properly break in my running shoes?

There are a lot of things you can do to break in a new pair of running shoes, such as wearing thicker socks or bending and stretching the shoes at their flex points, but nothing can really beat just taking a walk in them. Walking in your new shoes allows them to bend and flex with your feet and gradually adjust to the specific shape of your feet.

If your shoes fit properly, this shouldn’t take too long at all — just a few days. Shoes that don’t fit well will take much longer to break in and, in the long run, you’re probably better off returning them for a pair that fits better.

If you want to break in your shoes while running, it isn’t recommended that you go on a long run right away. Try shorter runs until the shoes are properly broken in. When you don’t break in a pair of shoes, the risk of foot pain and blisters is much higher.

What is the difference between men’s and women’s running shoes?

Men’s and women’s feet are typically shaped differently, and shoe manufacturers design their shoes based on the general structure of men’s and women’s feet.

“The biggest difference between men’s and women’s shoe size boils down to foot structure. Men’s feet are normally wider from the heel to toe compared to women’s, which are narrower in the heel and wider on the forefoot,” Nguyen explains.

While men’s shoes are generally more suitable for men’s feet and vice versa, there are exceptions. Lobkova points out that women with larger or wider feet may benefit from shopping for men’s shoes to have a broader range of options to choose from.

No matter which shoe you choose, make sure to buy from a store that has a good return policy.

While shoes may feel great right out of the box, running a few miles in them is another matter. And even if you’ve run in the same model of shoes for years, the fit can change with different versions.

It may take some time to find the running shoe that works for you, but it’s well worth the effort. In the end, the best shoe should be comfortable and keep you motivated to move your body mile after mile.