7 Best Daily Running Shoes in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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7 Best Daily Running Shoes in 2022

For days where you like to take it easy, you can rely on daily running shoes to keep your feet pampered from lace-up to the last mile. 

With more than a thousand daily trainers on the market, we’re here to help you. 

We have tested and selected the finest models, trimming it down to the ten best. And because there’s no such thing as “one size fits all” in running shoes, we’ve chosen our top picks from different categories. 

How we test running shoes

We like to keep everything transparent and fuff-free; hence, our rigorous testing process. 

To gather and compare data, we have created our own shoe testing lab. We also buy all the shoes we examine with our own money to avoid brand loyalty. 

On top of this, we also: 

  • Clock up at least 30-50 miles of wear testing in each shoe
  • Slice them open
  • See and examine their parts
  • Calculate their Corescore 

The shoe’s Corescore is a rating that goes from 0-100 that’s based on thousands of expert and user reviews. It tells you how bad or good a shoe fares against other shoes.

Best daily running shoes overall

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38

Corescore

86
Great!
4.3 / 5 from 2,724 users
88 / 100 from 21 experts

Pros

  • Wider than Pegasus 37
  • Very stable ride
  • Peppy toe-off
  • Hugs your feet 
  • Padded upper
  • Very durable (400-500miles)
  • Grippy even on dirt roads
  • Legit workhorse
  • Doubles as a gym shoe
  • A joy to run in

Cons

  • Runs warm
  • Above-average weight

Verdict

If there's one thing we can't take away from the Pegasus 38, it's that it's the GOAT of all workhorse shoes in our arsenal! It oozes with plushness, stability, and pop, doing it all from slow days, tempo sessions, and gym workouts even. If you want to run with fun, take the Pegasus any day! 

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Best daily running shoes for flat feet

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 70,269 users
90 / 100 from 18 experts

Pros

  • fits true to size
  • secure fit
  • great stability
  • gusseted tongue
  • soft but not mushy
  • superb durability
  • no lace bite

Cons

  • not for speedy runs
  • could be lighter

Verdict

Thanks for making our daily runs nice and stable, Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21! The upper hugged our feet well, and the midsole is balanced - it's neither mushy nor too rigid. It just kept our motions in check, preventing any excessive movements. It's certainly not a light shoe, but having tested its precursors, we can say that Brooks is heading in the right direction! Apart from support, what stood out to us also is its tank-like durability. 

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Best max-cushioned daily running shoes

Hoka One One Bondi 7
Hoka One One Bondi 7

Corescore

89
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 125,699 users
87 / 100 from 19 experts

Pros

  • Next-level comfort 
  • Great lockdown 
  • Molds to the feet
  • Breathable
  • Stable
  • Awesome for heel strikers
  • Great grip on roads & light trails
  • True to size
  • 3 widths for men
  • 2 widths for women

Cons

  • Feels big & heavy  
  • Pricey

Verdict

After putting it to the test, we can confidently say that the Hoka Bondi 7 screams comfort! It's highly cushioned and soft, we just couldn't get enough of it in long-distance recovery runs. It runs as smooth as a butter! And if there was a heaven for the feet, this is it right here. If there's a downside, it's that all its plushness comes at the expense of durability. 

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Best road daily 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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Best daily running shoes for all day wear

Adidas Ultraboost 21
Adidas Ultraboost 21

Corescore

89
Great!
4.6 / 5 from 27,942 users
85 / 100 from 26 experts

Pros

  • Sock-like fit
  • Fantastic peppy ride
  • Really durable
  • Heel stays put
  • Great midfoot lockdown
  • Good grip
  • Stretchy upper for wide feet
  • Fun daily trainer 

Cons

  • Loose on sharp turns & faster runs
  • Sweaty on hot summer days
  • Heavy

Verdict

Now in its 21st iteration, the Adidas Ultraboost may have wowed us with its style and durability, but it's becoming more and more like a lifestyle shoe than a running shoe. But its strength is what makes it a standout - it can literally swallow miles and miles of pounding on the pavement. It may not be the fastest, lightest shoe, but if you want loads of pop, it's THE shoe.

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Best value daily running shoes

Reebok Floatride Energy 3
Reebok Floatride Energy 3

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 1,086 users
92 / 100 from 16 experts

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Responsive
  • Peppy ride
  • Heel tab
  • Lugged outsole
  • Durable
  • Price

Cons

  • Feels a touch long
  • Runs a bit warm

Verdict

The Floatride Energy 3 is a neutral trainer from Reebok with a lightweight design and a lightweight price tag. It’s got an aggressive full-length outsole for runs on varied terrain and is surprisingly comfortable for a budget shoe. Don’t be scared off by the price, this affordable little bundle performs well! They look pretty cool too!

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What are the cheapest daily running shoes in 2022?

  1. Reebok Flashfilm 3.0 - from $35
  2. Adidas Pureboost 21 - from $35
  3. Reebok Lite Plus 3 - from $35
  4. Adidas Runfalcon 2.0 - from $35
  5. Reebok Lite 3 - from $36
  6. Reebok Energylux 3 - from $37
  7. Reebok Energen Plus - from $38
  8. Adidas Runfalcon 2.0 TR - from $39
  9. Adidas Duramo 10 - from $39
  10. Reebok Floatride Fuel Run - from $39
  11. Adidas SL20.3 - from $40
  12. Adidas EQ21 - from $40
  13. Saucony Cohesion 14 - from $40
  14. Under Armour Charged Vantage - from $40
  15. Adidas Racer TR21 - from $40

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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.