7 Best Green Running Shoes, 100+ Shoes Tested in 2022

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7 Best Green Running Shoes, 100+ Shoes Tested in 2022

Green signifies life and growth. For people living a life in the fast lane, green means go. Choosing green running shoes for runners represents their personal fitness goals of growth, sustainability, and performance.

Whatever your goals are when it comes to fitness, we can help you find the right running companion that represents your values and active lifestyle. We’ve rounded up 170 (as of this writing) green running shoes available in the market. We’ve thoroughly tested them and selected our best picks for your quick perusal.

From Brooks Ghost, Saucony Endorphin, and Asics Gel, to Altra Lone Peak, Nike Wildhorse, and Adidas Ultraboost, you have plenty of great options to choose from depending on your activity and running preferences.

How we test running shoes

Before ranking all the shoes on this list, we put them through the painstaking testing process. We work with wear-testers, shoe lab technicians, and editors to provide you with comprehensive 100% honest reviews. Our entire approach specifically includes the following:

  • We only review all the green running shoes that we buy from our own pocket. We do this due to our commitment to our policy on transparency and freedom from any bias.
  • We carry out a whole gamut of mechanical tests inside the RunRepeat testing lab. We slice the shoes into pieces and examine 30+ parameters such as the shoe’s upper durability, breathability, cushioning system, shock absorption, and flexibility, among many others.
  • Our wear-testers clock up 30-50 miles of running on each pair, and report to us their impressions and overall feedback.
  • We gather more comparable data from other shoe specialists and regular users.

We then get the final rankings of all the shoes using our proprietary CoreScore system. It calculates all the collected data and assigns each model an overall score that ranges from 0 to 100.

Best green running shoes overall

Brooks Ghost 14
Brooks Ghost 14

CoreScore

93
Superb!
4.7 / 5 from 41,623 users
92 / 100 from 18 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!
Brooks Ghost 14 full review

Best green road running shoes

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

CoreScore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 322 users
90 / 100 from 18 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.
Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% 2 full review

Best green trail running shoes

Inov-8 Terraultra G 270
Inov-8 Terraultra G 270

CoreScore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 669 users
90 / 100 from 32 experts

Pros

  • Flexible upper
  • Very comfortable
  • Secure lockdown
  • Gusseted tongue
  • Outstanding grip
  • Breathable

Cons

  • Not for wide feet

Verdict

Overall, it’s a better version of the last model, which I liked. This is a great mountain running shoe that I’ll be taking up to altitude over and over! Thank you for Inov-8 for improving the G260 and its few flaws.
Inov-8 Terraultra G 270 full review

Best green Nike running shoes

Nike ZoomX Invincible Run
Nike ZoomX Invincible Run

CoreScore

89
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 444 users
90 / 100 from 28 experts

Pros

  • Super-cushioned
  • Insanely fun and bouncy ride
  • Great grip
  • Impressive foot lockdown
  • Stretchy toebox
  • Good for wider feet
  • Not weighing you down
  • Really breathable

Cons

  • Unstable on uneven terrain
  • Really tall
  • Break-in period needed

Verdict

Now, this is what we call FUN! The Nike ZoomX Invincible Run literally made us feel like each step was made of springs. It's NOT going to pace you, but it will make your runs lively and effortless! If you want a premium daily trainer that's going to work best on long, easy days on the road, we tell you, this is THE best of its kind.
Nike ZoomX Invincible Run full review

Best green Asics running shoes

Asics GT 2000 10
Asics GT 2000 10

CoreScore

91
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 1,833 users
92 / 100 from 7 experts

Pros

  • Lightweight stability shoe
  • Responsive ride
  • Comfortable
  • Wide toe box
  • Good lockdown
  • Durable outsole
  • Price

Cons

  • Overly padded tongue
  • Thick ankle collar
  • Runs warm
  • Feels a touch long

Verdict

Asics updates their long-running, budget stability shoe and finally moves away from the plastic post design. This shoe is an ideal daily trainer for runners looking to get into the sport that pronate or have flat feet and want a product that’s comfortable, consistent, and lighter on the wallet than competing shoes.
Asics GT 2000 10 full review

Best value green running shoes

Mizuno Wave Rider 25
Mizuno Wave Rider 25

CoreScore

91
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 3,262 users
92 / 100 from 12 experts

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • Breathable
  • Stable for pronators
  • Grippy
  • Durable

Cons

  • Too much drop
  • Tall heel
  • Heel slip

Verdict

Mizuno aims at lighter and peppier with the Wave Rider 25. This daily trainer is flexible, comfortable, and perfect for the heel strikers out there that need a ton of foam in the heel to softly dampen impact. The shoe is breathable, and light on the environment with its recycled mesh upper. It’s a great entry point into running shoes for the beginner runner but ultimately falls short for those looking for something a bit more high-performance.
Mizuno Wave Rider 25 full review
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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.