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
8.7 oz.
Drop
5 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Hoka Clifton 9 is a narrow-fitting maximalist daily trainer with a Meta-Rocker midsole for energy-saving transitions. It has a highly cushioned ride which is on the soft side and it’s best...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
7.2 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Brooks Hyperion Tempo is a fantastic running shoe. I thoroughly enjoyed wearing them for tempo and daily training sessions. I loved the fresh upper and midsole Brooks has brought to the table. If...” Read expert review
Olivia Yoder
Ultrarunner, personal trainer and soccer coach.
Weight
10.2 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“ASICS Gel-Nimbus 25 is a maximalist, highly cushioned trainer with a gentle rocker. It’s not the softest max-cushioned trainer on the market nor is it the most energetic but it’s still a supremely...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
11.2 oz.
Drop
9 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike ZoomX Invincible Run Flyknit 3 is a super soft, max-cushioned trainer with more bounce and energy return than any other max-cushioned trainer on the market. ” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
8.4 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The ASICS Superblast is a versatile, maximalist trainer without a carbon plate. It's a pricey option for those wanting a racer but who don't like carbon plates or for those wanting a speed trainer but...” Read expert review
Brandon Law
Marathon Runner and Shoe Expert
Weight
9 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Mizuno Wave Rider 26 is a good neutral running shoe. It’s not a shoe that will catch your eye but it will get the job done. Did I love the shoe? No. Did I get from point A to point B with...” Read expert review
Olivia Yoder
Ultrarunner, personal trainer and soccer coach.
Weight
8.5 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The adidas Adizero SL brings the quality build, comfortable fit, and light ride of other Adizero models to this highly cushioned mid to long distance shoe. This model packs a big bang for its buck...” Read expert review
Kristin Lassen
Fast Runner and Stability Shoe Expert
Weight
9.1 oz.
Drop
6 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The New Balance Fresh Foam X Tempo v2 is a shoe that can do pretty much anything on the roads. Short and fast? Check. Long and easy? Yep. Daily trainer? Absolutely. One pair of shoes that can do...” Read expert review
Denny Krahe
Running Coach and Podcast Host.
Weight
10 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Nike Winflo 9 is an all-around shoe that can wear many hats and wears them well. I love the stylish look they have to them and also can be worn all day for various activities. ” Read expert review
Olivia Yoder
Ultrarunner, personal trainer and soccer coach.
Weight
10.8 oz.
Drop
4 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Bondi 8 is a cushy daily trainer that performs well on easy days and even better for recovery sessions. The Wider base and extended heel help runners glide through the gait cycle with stability...” Read expert review
Jim Coulson
Fast Road and Trail Runner. Career Firefighter.