7 Best Brown Running Shoes in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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7 Best Brown Running Shoes in 2022

Donning on a pair of brown running shoes exudes elegance and style. It’s also a great choice for rainy days on the road or off the trails and muddy paths.

If you’re looking for a stylish brown running kick that delivers high performance and comfort, you’re in for a treat. From Asics Novablast, Brooks Ghost, and Nike, to Adidas Pureboost, Salomon, and other popular brands, we’ve rounded up and reviewed 40+ of the best brown running shoes out there.

We put each one of them in the stringiest shoe testing process and selected our top picks in different categories for your convenience. From the best overall value to the most popular model in the market, check out our fantastic selections below.

How we test running shoes

To make the final cut, we put all the models through a whole gamut of mechanical tests and real-world wear testing on paved roads, rugged terrains, and dirt paths. We’ve spent hours inside the RunRepeat shoe testing lab analyzing each model, and collected extensive feedback from our running specialists.

Observing our 100% No-BS Policy, we rigorously follow these steps:

  • We only test all brown running shoes that we’ve purchased with our own money.
  • We closely examine each model at the lab by cutting it into pieces and analyzing its 30+ parameters, including the shoe’s energy return, stability, midsole softness, outsole durability, and many others.
  • Our wear-testers clock up 30 to 50 miles of running on each model in various running environments and conditions.
  • We collate some more data from other shoe experts and regular users who have tried the shoes.

Finally, we calculate the overall ratings of all the brown running shoes in the database using the CoreScore system. After inputting all comparable data above, the CoreScore will make computation and assign each model a final score ranging from 0 to 100. Our top picks are highlighted on this page.

Best brown running shoes overall

Brooks Ghost 14
Brooks Ghost 14

Corescore

93
Superb!
4.7 / 5 from 37,630 users
91 / 100 from 15 experts

Pros

  • All about comfort!
  • True to size
  • Lots of padding
  • Smooth ride
  • Really stable, even on light trails
  • Breathable
  • Great out of the box
  • Built for longevity (500 miles, easily)
  • Great grip 

Cons

  • Lacks breathability for hot summer days
  • Not the best for long distances

Verdict

The Ghost 14 from Brooks really fits the bill as the shoe for all runners. It's a workhorse that's comfy enough for easy days, responsive for tempo sessions, and is heavy-duty to handle light trails. Overall, a no-fuss daily trainer that will work for all your runs!
See our full review and facts

Best brown road running shoes

Saucony Triumph 18
Saucony Triumph 18

Corescore

91
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 6,698 users
90 / 100 from 13 experts

Pros

  • Durable
  • Great foot lock
  • Super plush
  • True to size
  • Stable
  • Smooth ride
  • Reflective elements
  • Good traction

Cons

  • Not versatile
  • Heavy
  • Lacks breathability

Verdict

It's not our pick for a standout model among daily trainers, but this shoe really made us swoon over in its comfort! The Triumph 18 from Saucony is a cruiser that can do little of everything. From easy paces (it excels at this!) to tempo runs and fartleks, it can manage. It's a heavy shoe, but it's all for the cause of durability and pronounced plushness.
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Best brown trail running shoes

Altra Lone Peak 5.0
Altra Lone Peak 5.0

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.7 / 5 from 6,247 users
89 / 100 from 19 experts

Pros

  • Great for wide feet
  • Superb grip (rocks, mud, ice, snow) 
  • Stiff and durable 
  • Sheds mud easily
  • Great water drainage
  • Balanced and stable ride
  • Removable Ortholite insole
  • Great for road-to-trail transitions
  • Extremely breathable
  • Rock plate for technical terrain
  • Gaiter-friendly
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • No ground feel
  • Too cold for winter days

Verdict

The Altra Lone Peak 5.0 is a trail shoe that will make you run with confidence! It's sturdy underfoot, supportive, and it's got the right blend of comfort and responsiveness. Throw in any terrain, and this shoe will bite its way through them!
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Best brown Nike running shoes

Nike Pegasus Trail 2 GTX
Nike Pegasus Trail 2 GTX

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 306 users
89 / 100 from 8 experts

Pros

  • Outstanding waterproofness 
  • Great for road-to-trail transitions
  • Lively ride
  • Feels lighter than it is
  • Good grip
  • Perfect for autumn and winter
  • Runs true to size
  • Undeniably durable

Cons

  • Not breathable
  • Semi-gaiter lets snow in
  • Bulky

Verdict

The Nike Pegasus Trail 2 GTX is a trail shoe that REALLY impressed us. It kept our feet dry all throughout the wet conditions we ran! It's made for training runs so don't expect anything fast. Instead, expect a superbly bouncy and comfortable shoe that will mute out all the rocks and roots underfoot. Even better, in areas of grip and durability, this shoe will wow you!
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Best brown Asics running shoes

Asics Novablast 2
Asics Novablast 2

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 2,850 users
91 / 100 from 16 experts

Pros

  • Fits like a glove
  • Stable
  • Springy, responsive ride
  • Superb breathability  
  • Durable
  • Great right out of the box
  • Very soft and comfortable
  • Accomodates wider forefeet
  • Perfect for long or recovery runs
  • Reflective elements for night runs

Cons

  • Really tall
  • Untrusting grip

Verdict

Built around comfort, our feet were right at home in the Asics Novablast 2! It's springy and soft (as in everywhere!) - much like a spa day treat in long, easy miles. And with all that plushness, you might think this is a shoe that wears easily. Good news! It DOESN'T. It's built to eat up miles (300-500 miles), and we can confirm this!
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Best value brown running shoes

New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro v6
New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro v6

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 3,290 users
91 / 100 from 7 experts

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Super plush
  • Protective underfoot
  • Amazing lockdown
  • Easy to put on (heel loop!)
  • True to size
  • Heel rudder
  • Looks amazing
  • Value at $135

Cons

  • Heavy 
  • Runs warm
  • Could be grippier

Verdict

A heavy-duty trail beast, the Balance Fresh Foam Hierro v6 has proved to us it's more than capable of taking a beating from harsh elements! It crushes everything underfoot and will last plenty of miles. After putting it to the test, we found that it works best as a road-to-trail transition shoe and a light to moderate dedicated trail shoe.
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What are the cheapest brown running shoes in 2022?

  1. Adidas Duramo 10 - from $49
  2. Merrell Trail Glove 6 - from $100
  3. Nike Pegasus Trail 3 GTX - from $110
  4. Asics Novablast 2 - from $130
  5. Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39 - from $130
  6. Adidas Ultraboost 5.0 DNA - from $102

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Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.