The Best Running Shoes for Men

We like Adidas Adizero Boston 10 best for road running and Altra Lone Peak 6 for trails.

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Many runners find their ideal pair of shoes and develop loyalty to that model over the subsequent years. But finding the right pair of shoes doesn’t have to be daunting, especially once you narrow your options by focusing on how you run, where you like to run, and how much you’re willing to pay.

Some shoes—like the Adidas Adizero Boston 10, our top pick for the road, and the Altra Lone Peak 6 for trail running—will provide out-of-the-box comfort and handle almost all running styles. Others focus on key features like stability or cushion to amp the comfort levels and accommodate for different running strides or issues like over- or underpronation. Race-specific shoes, meanwhile, employ the latest trend of integrating carbon-fiber plates that amp forward propulsion for mile after mile, while more casual shoes can easily double as a walking/lifestyle option for days when you skip the run. 

These are the best running shoes for men.

Best Overall Road

Adidas Men's Adizero Boston 10

Adidas Men's Adizero Boston 10

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Why We Love It: Durable, lightweight construction and reliable traction will have you ready for any road.

What to Consider: Despite the shoe’s availability in seven colors, they all boast white midsoles, which may not please some runners.

Named in honor of the city that hosts one of the world’s most popular, high-profile marathons, the Adizero Boston 10 from Adidas provides enough versatility to handle a casual run or a long training outing. Anatomically designed “Energyrods” provide solid spring-back and stiffness while cutting down on the ounces, and a combo of foam and EVA in the midsole offers solid cushioning and durability. Traction is secure thanks to the Continental Rubber Outsole, which grips admirably on uneven surfaces and tracks reliably on wet pavement. Lightweight mesh uppers amp the breathability and further lighten the overall package, and a modest 8.5-millimeter drop provides a bit of additional forward momentum without overdoing it.

Price at time of publish: $95

Sizes: Full and half sizes 7-13 | Weight per shoe: 10 ounces

Best Overall Trail

Altra Men's Lone Peak 6

Altra Men's Lone Peak 6


Why We Love It: Equipped for any type of terrain, the Lone Peak 6 has ample internal room up front and a more secure fit up top, as well as an integrated gaiter trap.

What to Consider: Zero-drop construction means that traditional heel-toe strikers may take a while to adjust to a mid-strike; the wider toe box can lead to more stress points on the fabric uppers.

The founder of Altra started making running shoes by literally tearing apart existing models and remodeling them in his family toaster oven—and the Lone Peak 6 is the natural evolution of that experimental approach to making footwear. This all-new trail runner retains Altra’s two key features: a zero drop platform that aligns with a supportive mid-stride running style and a wider-than-average toe box, which lets the toes splay out for added balance. Altra EGO foam has been added to the midsole, making the shoe both responsive and soft, and the Maxtrac outsole really bites into all surfaces without weighing down the shoes. They also assured a more secure fit with a new upper construction and a customized lacing system that helps you dial the shoe to best-match your preferred running style. A modest stack height of 25 millimeters provides ample protection from rocks and roots along with cushioning to blunt hard impacts.

Price at time of publish: $140

Sizes: Half and full sizes 7-13, full sizes 14-16 | Weight per shoe: 10.6 ounces

Best Road-to-Trail

Scarpa Men's Golden Gate ATR

Scarpa Men's Golden Gate ATR


Why We Love It: The Golden Gate ATR provides a one-quiver solution for all types of running.

What to Consider: Scarpa indicates that the fit is “precise,” so you may want to size up for a more comfortable fit.

For runners who often transition from smooth pavement to uneven singletrack or fire roads, the Scarpa Golden Gate ATR provides a one-shoe solution for your next outing. The shoe is designed for medium to long runs, with a high-performance rubber outsole that has 4-millimeter lugs to provide grip on wet, slick surfaces on the trail or pavement, a height that won’t feel like overkill on the road. A proprietary construction system wraps the breathable upper around the foot with an integrated collar and tongue to make them easy to get on and off. Rebounding insoles improves the energy output with easy forward stride, with a 4-millimeter drop and a max stack height of 28 millimeters.

Price at time of publish: $149

Sizes: European full sizes 40-41, full and half sizes 42-47 | Weight per shoe: 10.6 ounces

Best Budget

Brooks Men's Revel 5

Brooks Men's Revel 5


Why We Love It: It has many of the comfort and performance features pricier shoes have despite its lower cost.

What to Consider: It’s built to be springy for an energizing ride, but some may want more speed or cushioning.

An updated Fit Knit construction in the Brooks Revel 5 provides a secure, comfortable, and breathable fit while layering in a touch of style often missing from road running shoes. A lightweight BioMoGo DNA midsole cushion works with the brand’s Green Rubber outsole to provide a springy, supportive feel, while an updated arrow-point pattern on the outsole was designed to make fast heel-to-toe transitions. This cuts down on ground contact to assure stride is quick and efficient.

Price at time of publish: $100

Sizes: Half and full sizes 8-13 | Weight per shoe: 8.8 ounces

Best Cushioning

Hoka Men's Rincon 3

Hoka Men's Rincon 3


Why We Love It: The Rincon 3 delivers the perfect degree of cushioning to soften impacts without slowing you down.

What to Consider: If you favor a plush feel over a more responsive, performant shoe, this may not be for you.

Hoka are largely responsible for the high-stack, maximalist running shoes that now dominate a good portion of the market, and the Rincon 3 continues to demonstrate the values of all the extra cushioning. Built with the brand’s signature lightweight, compression-molded EVA midsole, it provides solid protection and plush comfort without sapping speed thanks to a responsive toe-off that works with a profile built to increase forward propulsion. Vented mesh uppers fit snugly and breathe well, and a neutral stability structure uses a symmetrical bed that keeps unnecessary bells and whistles on the factory floor. And despite all that cushioning, the heel-to-toe drop is a modest 5 millimeters.

Price at time of publish: $125

Sizes: Full and half sizes 7-13, full sizes 13-16 | Weight per shoe: 7.7 ounces

Best for Wide Feet

On Men's Cloudrunner

On Men's Cloudrunner


Why We Love It: Designed specifically for wide feet, the aptly named Cloudrunner provides instant plush comfort and support.

What to Consider: It’s not ideal for longer runs or races.

Available specifically for wide feet, the Cloudrunner uses ultralight foam cushioning to provide a super-soft landing with a wider bottom unit, and a cradle-shaped construction provides support with every element of your foot fall. Engineered mesh uppers reinforce that supportive comfort and provide ample ventilation to keep you cool. A modest 9-millimeter heel-to-toe drop adds a touch of forward propulsion on medium-length runs, and the use of recycled material in the heel, tongue, collar and sock lining, and laces add a nice touch of sustainability.

Price at time of publish: $140

Sizes: Half and full sizes 7-13, full size 14 | Weight per shoe: 10.58 ounces

Best Arch Support

Asics Men's Gel-Kayano 28

Asics Men's Gel-Kayano 28


Why We Love It: With engineered mesh uppers, the Gel-Kayano 28 provides nearly unparalleled support for those who suffer from weak arches.

What to Consider: Underpronating runners may want a shoe more specific to their situation.

The stability-focused Asics Gel-Kayano 28 provides a balanced ride with the max level of cushion in Asics’ line to improve comfort, support the arches, and help overpronation. A low-profile external heel counter cradles your feet with improved rear-foot support, and the cushioning at the midsole provides a smooth feel with every step. That comfort is further reinforced with the new Gel technology that softens the landing without sapping speed.

Price at time of publish: $160

Sizes: Full and half sizes 7-13, full sizes 1-16 | Weight per pair: 10.9 ounces

Best for Trail Racing

The North Face Men’s Flight Vectiv

The North Face Men’s Flight VECTIV


Why We Love It: The 3.5-millimeter lugs grip on all sorts of terrain, which improves the way you run.

What to Consider: They may not be as comfy for those with wider feet.

The North Face focused on reinventing the purpose of a race-worthy trail-running shoe with their Flight Vectiv, and the results are promising, especially when navigating technical terrain over long distances: impact is reduced and the construction generates forward momentum. One of the latest to employ carbon fiber, the shoe has a 3D plate underfoot to help with forward momentum and multi-directional stability, while the aggressive midsole rocker keeps pushing you ahead. Dual-density rebound foam in the midsole provides comfort and protection, and the 3D-molded heel counter creates a precise fit. It also nails the little details essential in a race-specific shoe, including a responsive TPE footbed, a reinforced toe cap, and an upper made of Kevlar and polyamide for added midfoot stability.

Price at time of publish: $199

Sizes: Full and half sizes 7-13, full size 14 | Weight per pair: 10.05 ounces

Best for Road Racing

Nike Men's ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2

Nike Men's ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2


Why We Love It: The ZoomX Vaporfly Next% uses all of the highest-tech features available at Nike to deliver what may be arguably the fastest road runner ever made. 

What to Consider: It’s considerably more expensive than most running shoes.

Nike boasts that the ZoomX Vaporfly Next% is the fastest shoe they’ve ever made—and it’s easy to see why they make that claim. The shoe comes with a full-length carbon fiber plate under foot, which provides a propulsive sensation to keep you moving fast, as well as a ZoomX foam at the forefoot for optimal energy return. The uppers, meanwhile, are made of the all-new VaporWeave: a water-resistant, breathable material that’s super strong and incredibly light. Flexible grooves lining the outsole provide traction in a variety of weather conditions, and a little bit of padding on the tongue helps reduce lace pressure. It’s a nice detail that works with the lace loops, which are integrated directly into the uppers without an arch band, helping to shave the ounces.

Price at time of publish: $250

Sizes: Half and full sizes 6-13, full sizes 14-15 | Weight per pair: 6.6 ounces

Best for Underpronators

Brooks Men's Ghost 14

Brooks Men's Ghost 14


Why We Love It: The Ghost 14 is comfortable right out of the box, and a mix of high-end cushioning materials and other tech adjust your steps to handle underpronating.

What to Consider: The 12-millimeter heel-to-toe drop is a bit taller than other models, which benefits heel-toe strikers but not midsole strikes.

The popular Brooks Ghost 14 uses a recently updated midsole that’s now composed of 100 percent DNA Loft cushioning that helps adjust for underpronation and delivers a plush feel without seeming squishy. A segmented Crash Pad improves the flow from heel to toe, and a stretchy upper adjusts to the contours of your feet. The Ghost 14 is also Brooks’ first entirely carbon-neutral shoe, with reduced manufacturing waste, a minimum of 30 percent recycled materials in the uppers, and carbon offsets.

Price at time of publish: $140

Sizes: Full and half sizes 7-13, full sizes 14-15 | Weight per pair: 10.1 ounces

Best for Overpronators

New Balance Men’s 1540v3

New Balance 1540v3


Why We Love It: Built specifically to address overpronation, the shoe provides stability and cushion, and performs well even while running distances of 5K and beyond.

What to Consider: It’s one of the heavier shoes in New Balance’s line.

Stability is key when handling overpronation, and the 1540v3 from New Balance delivers that in spades thanks to two layers of performance foam that provide solid support and a soft rebound. The midsole boasts special technology to provide control over the movement of your heel, and the outsole provides enough tread for a solid grip on wet surfaces without overdoing the lug height.

Price at time of publish: $170

Sizes: Full and half sizes 7-13, full sizes 14-16 | Weight per pair: 14.9 ounces

Tips for Buying Running Shoes

Consider the material

In general, modern runners break out into a handful of categories. Neutral running shoes distribute the weight evenly across the center of the shoe and typically work best for runners with high arches. They are nimble and fast, and provide a great “feel” between your feet and the running surface. Stability shoes help with people who suffer from over- or underpronation, and use various materials and technologies to auto-correct your foot strikes to hit more neutrally. And cushioned shoes are ideal for runners who strike hard with their heel, suffer from foot soreness, or have very high arches. As its name implies, these shoes increase the foam height in the midsole to create a more plush ride.

Know how they should fit

You want the shoe to fit securely from heel to toe, especially at the top few lacing points so that your shoe responds intuitively when you change directions (rather than feeling like you’re swimming in them because they’re too loose). The folks at Fleet Feet—one of the country’s leading running specialty retailers—suggest that you should be able to “keep a thumb’s width of space between the end of your toes and tip of your shoe.” And Golden Harper, founder of Altra (a leading shoe-maker) goes further, suggesting that you could even size up from your normal shoe size, provided the top part of the runner is secure. You also want to be sure that your feet align properly with the midsole; if they don’t, you may need a wider shoe.

Think about cushioning

Barefoot running and ultra-minimalist shoes do have some fans, but the bulk of runners will want a bit of cushioning to help lessen the impact on your feet with each strike, as well as protect the soles of your feet from sharp terrain. But you may not need a lot of cushioning—especially if you’re attracted to neutral runners that provide some foam but also add more feel under foot. “The leg is basically a two-foot spring,” Harper says, explaining his point of view for neutral runners. “No padding in a shoe is going to work better than our own body in terms of impact. But cushioning isn’t the devil. It’s still scientifically supported and helps protect against the rocks and obstacles on a trail.” But if you suffer from plantar fasciitis or want a more plush feel, look for shoes with a stack height of at least 30 millimeters. Shoes with more cushioning may affect the overall feel when you make contact with the ground, and also may add more weight.

Go for stability

All running shoes provide some sort of stability to help you navigate uneven terrain and also adjust off-kilter foot strikes to be more neutral. But those who have over- or underpronation should focus on shoes labeled “stability” because they’re engineered to avoid the pitfalls of a misstep.

Consider your priorities

First, focus on what type of terrain—road or trail—you prefer to run on. Road shoes vary widely, but all will offer assured grip on pavement and hard-pack paths, as well as slick, wet surfaces. Trail runners amp the traction by integrating lugs into the outsole to provide greater grip on loose soil, mud, sand, and other features. Naturally, the type of trails vary greatly, and the industry is in lock-step with those variables “You can find trails in all shapes and sizes,” advises Fleet Feet, “from flat gravel paths to technically mountain terrain.” So if you are aiming for a particular environment, make sure the shoes are capable of handling those conditions. And as for weatherproofing, most runners consider something like Gore-Tex or other waterproof/breathable laminates to be overkill unless you’re running through deep snow or lots of puddles in the winter. In other words, they might block out rain, but often don’t breathe well enough; instead consider a good pair of merino wool running socks, which will keep your feet warm even when wet.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How often should I replace my running shoes?

    The experts at REI advise that you replace your running shoes every 300 to 500 miles. Minimalist shoes wear out faster due to the thinner midsoles, and heavier runners will wear out the midsole faster than lighter people. Also be sure to regularly check that there’s no visible damage on the shoe, especially at the uppers—a small hole can quickly grow into a large tear that’ll impact the fit and function of the shoe.

  • Are running shoes good for walking?

    Yes, running shoes typically have the same overall architecture and key features found in walking shoes, and they allow you to increase your speed as you gain confidence in the shoes without having to upgrade from a walking-specific shoe to a pair of runners.

  • How do I break in running shoes?

    Most running shoes provide out-of-the-box comfort, but it’s always a good idea to start off testing a pair of running shoes by walking a few miles. This will help dial the overall fit, and let you identify any instances where things aren’t snug, or where hotspots may occur. Then ease into a shorter-than-average run to assure that they perform as desired when moving at a faster pace.

Why Trust Travel + Leisure

Nathan Borchelt has been rating, reviewing, and testing outdoor and travel gear for decades — and has spent much of that time on runs, both on the trails and the road. Stability, traction, and comfort ranked as the highest point of consideration because those features dictate the overall performance of a pair of running shoes, but other considerations (breathability, the durability of the materials, fit, and price) were also taken into account. When possible, test runs were performed in variable conditions, and both professional reviews and comments from verified customers were also consulted.

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