7 Best Comfortable Running Shoes in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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7 Best Comfortable Running Shoes in 2022

When it comes to running shoes, comfort is king. Whether you’re a high mileage, daily runner, or a weekend warrior, we all want that running shoe that delivers great comfort while running.

Whatever your running preferences or racing requirements, there are hundreds of “comfortable” models out there from various brands choosing the right one can be confusing and time-consuming.

To guide you in your search for the most comfortable running shoes, we’ve handpicked the models that deliver that “aahhh, this-is-it” sensation. Each pair of shoes we recommend on this list was ranked on overall value, road or trail performance, budget-friendliness, and most popular options.

These top picks also earned high scores based on our rigorous testing in three areas such as overall fit, cushioning, and, yes, comfort.

How we test running shoes

With years of running under our belts and numerous hours of testing thousands of running shoes, we can definitely say that we know a lot about comfortable running shoes. In this list, we’ve highlighted the models based on the following selection process:

  • We buy all the shoes with our own money to avoid bias and brand loyalty.
  • We cut each shoe to pieces in our lab. We weigh and measure 30+ parameters of its essential parts, from cushioning, breathability, stability, and many more.
  • Our testers log at least 30 to 40 miles of running on each pair in various training and racing conditions.
  • We collect more information from other shoe experts and regular runners. We add them to our comparable data in a summary format.

The final rating on each shoe is reflected in our proprietary CoreScore system. Ranging from 0 to 100, you will see how each model is ranked among other 800+ comfortable running shoes in our portfolio. Our best picks are shown on this list.

Best comfortable running shoes overall

Altra Lone Peak 6
Altra Lone Peak 6

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 832 users
93 / 100 from 7 experts

Pros

  • Fits true to size
  • Excellent all-round grip
  • Highly durable
  • Great ground feel
  • Feels like it makes you run better
  • Great pull tab
  • Gaiter compatible
  • Brilliant lacing
  • Roomy toe box
  • Fully gusseted tongue

Cons

  • Stain magnet
  • Not enough cushioning for some

Verdict

Whether you’re a dedicated zero-drop runner, just dipping your toe into it for the first time, or like to spice up your rotation with something new, the Altra Lone Peak 6 is a solid workhorse of a trail running shoe. The Altra Lone Peak 6 is a genuinely excellent all-rounder.
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Best road comfortable running shoes

Brooks Ghost 14
Brooks Ghost 14

Corescore

93
Superb!
4.7 / 5 from 38,433 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!
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Best trail comfortable running shoes

Brooks Catamount
Brooks Catamount

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 24,580 users
92 / 100 from 23 experts

Pros

  • Excellent midsole material
  • Good blend of speed and grip
  • Lightweight
  • Breathability
  • Surprisingly good support
  • Cushioning

Cons

  • Poor choice of color
  • Sizing issue
  • Not enough reflectivity

Verdict

The Brooks Catamount is a trail beater that we're confident choose for anything off-road, in training, racing, and even ultramarathons! It's got loads of protection and it's got a multi-terrain grip too! But where this shoe really astounded us in the midsole. It's a bag of treats filled with comfort and responsiveness - something you don't always get from most trail shoes!
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Best Nike comfortable running shoes

Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% 2
Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% 2

Corescore

91
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 320 users
89 / 100 from 16 experts

Pros

  • Insanely lightweight
  • Very breathable 
  • Bouncy
  • Responsive 
  • FAST
  • No break-in period needed
  • Good grip on dry surfaces

Cons

  • Not ideal for wide feet
  • Unstable
  • Forefoot strikers only

Verdict

The Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% 2 is probably one of the fastest shoes on the market, but it has some problems that I think the majority of runners will agree with. It’s unstable, a bit too narrow still, looks ridiculous and hits the pocket book hard. If your job is to run fast, or you’re a sponsored athlete I think these shoes may be the tool to help you win, but for the average joe who wants to drop 2 minutes off their 5K time, it may be too much tech in a shoe designed for the 1% club.
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Best Asics comfortable running shoes

Asics Noosa Tri 13
Asics Noosa Tri 13

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.7 / 5 from 7,041 users
87 / 100 from 10 experts

Pros

  • Very comfortable
  • Perfect fit
  • Do-it-ALL shoe
  • Lightweight
  • Springy ride
  • Spacious toebox
  • Secure lockdown
  • Good ground contact
  • Durable
  • Great straight out of the box

Cons

  • Not for wet surfaces
  • Bold design is not for everyone

Verdict

A triathlon shoe, the Asics Noosa Tri 13 is a standalone that made our road runs fun and fast! It's comfortable enough for long days, it's agile for the speedier runs or races, and is equally perfect for short-distance efforts. Although very cushioned, we never felt any dragging. And like a true Asics, this shoe is built to last!
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Best value comfortable running shoes

Hoka One One Mach 4
Hoka One One Mach 4

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 8,554 users
94 / 100 from 28 experts

Pros

  • Glove-like fit
  • Perfect lockdown
  • Has an elf tab
  • Lightweight
  • Balanced 
  • Superb comfort
  • Extremely stable
  • Large reflective elements

Cons

  • Stiff for an everyday trainer
  • Not a tempo shoe either
  • Break-in period needed

Verdict

The Hoka Mach 4 is what we consider a do-it-all daily running shoe that shines in medium to medium/fast days. It's touted as a fast shoe, but we didn't find it speed-inspiring. It's light and nimble, but not mushy, making it a shoe that's comfortable enough for daily runs and capable when the pace is pushed. What's surprising is that this Hoka doesn't skimp on padding, but it's one of our ultralight shoes!
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What are the cheapest comfortable running shoes in 2022?

  1. Reebok Flashfilm 3.0 - from $30
  2. Reebok Lite Plus 3 - from $30
  3. Adidas Runfalcon 2.0 TR - from $37
  4. Reebok Energylux 3 - from $37
  5. Asics Trail Scout 2 - from $37
  6. Adidas SL20.3 - from $39
  7. Adidas EQ21 - from $40
  8. Asics Versablast - from $40
  9. Asics Gel Scram 6 - from $40
  10. Saucony Cohesion 14 - from $40
  11. Under Armour Charged Vantage - from $40
  12. Adidas Racer TR21 - from $40
  13. Adidas Lite Racer BYD 2.0 - from $42
  14. New Balance Nitrel V4 - from $42
  15. Adidas SL20.2 - from $43

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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.