7 Best Cheap Running Shoes, 100+ Shoes Tested in 2023
Running can be cheap. Especially if you’re not chasing records or racing competitively. A cheap pair of running shoes might perfectly accompany you on your occasional runs along with casual walks and running errands.
We define running shoes as cheap if they cost less than $100.
Having put over 100 budget-friendly pairs through the wringer, we came up with the top picks in five different categories. Depending on what you find the most important in your running shoes, there are options that highlight style, cushioning, durability, or a little bit of everything.
How we test running shoes
Cheap doesn’t always mean bad.
Our team of experienced shoe fanatics has reviewed over 350 cheap running shoes to help you find the best deal. Our shoe testers and an independent RunRepeat lab scrutinize every new release, seeking out the underdogs among budget-friendly models. Here is our process:
- We do multiple test runs in each pair, averaging 30-50 miles per shoe.
- Measure 30+ different parameters in our lab, including flexibility, softness, breathability, etc. We even cut shoes into pieces to evaluate each component.
- All shoes are purchased with our own funds to avoid bias.
- Our system incorporates over 2.5 million ratings from shoe experts and regular users to keep the scores comprehensive.
As a result, every shoe gets a CoreScore, which reflects its performance across the board. It is a number from 0 to 100 which allows us to pick out the best running shoes under $100.