7 Best Cushioned Running Shoes For Men in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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7 Best Cushioned Running Shoes For Men in 2022

Well-cushioned running shoes offer great benefits for runners – absorbing ground impact, providing a soft, bouncy ride and comfortable experience for much longer runs.

Whether you’re looking for that cushy, perfect pair for recovery runs, early morning jogs or working long hours on your feet, there are tons of options (1400+) to choose from across multiple brands when it comes to men’s cushioned running shoes.

Whatever specific training or racing requirements you have in mind, we can help find that just-perfect running shoe for you. We are constantly testing and reviewing various models for different categories, in our independent shoe lab and our rigid on- and off-road wear tests.

How we test running shoes

Our goal at RunRepeat is to provide our audience with the most recent updates and honest reviews on the best-cushioned running shoes for men in the market. With over 1400 models in our large collection, we have handpicked our best picks in five categories, using the following approach:

  • We use our own money to buy each pair of running shoes on this list. This will keep us free from bias and avoid brand loyalty.
  • We bring all the models to our lab and cut them into pieces.
  • We measure 30+ various parameters of the shoe, dissecting its cushioning technology, ventilation, midsole and outsole construction, and many more.
  • We have testers go for short and high-mileage runs, in various running environments and conditions, logging at least 30-40 miles per shoe.
  • We also consider various opinions from shoe experts and regular people who have tried a particular brand of shoe.

Finally, we use our proprietary CoreScore system to calculate all the comparable data and provide us with the final ratings, ranging from 0-to 100. This automatically gives us our best selections for your browsing convenience.

Best men's cushioned 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 cushioned running shoes for men

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!
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Best trail cushioned running shoes for men

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 cushioned running shoes for men

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 cushioned running shoes for men

Asics Noosa Tri 13
Asics Noosa Tri 13

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.7 / 5 from 7,207 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 cushioned running shoes for men

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 men's cushioned running shoes in 2022?

  1. Reebok Flashfilm 3.0 - from $28
  2. Reebok Lite Plus 3 - from $36
  3. Adidas Runfalcon 2.0 TR - from $36
  4. Adidas SL20.2 - from $37
  5. Asics Trail Scout 2 - from $37
  6. Reebok Energylux 3 - from $37
  7. Reebok Energen Plus - from $39
  8. Adidas SL20.3 - from $39
  9. Under Armour HOVR Infinite 3 - from $40
  10. Adidas EQ21 - from $40
  11. Asics Jolt 3 - from $40
  12. Asics Versablast - from $40
  13. Asics Gel Scram 6 - from $40
  14. Saucony Cohesion 14 - from $40
  15. Under Armour Charged Vantage - 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.