10 Best Road Running Shoes For Men in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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10 Best Road Running Shoes For Men in 2022

With tens of brands to choose from, getting the perfect pair of road running shoes for men can be a challenge. 

And if you don’t want to go through the lengthy process of trial-and-error, we’ve tested and selected the ten best men’s road running shoes.

Whether you’re competing, training, or a beginner, this list has got you covered. All the shoes you see here come from five different categories, accommodating all types of runners.

How we select the best road running shoes for men

Before earning a spot on this list, our selection of the greatest road running shoes for men goes through a tedious process. 

To keep everything bias-free, we: 

  • Buy each shoe with our own money
  • Wear test them for at least 30-50 miles
  • Cut them open in our shoe testing lab 
  • Measure each of their parts using our calipers, durometers, weighing scales, etc. 

And to see how they stack up against other running shoes, we calculate their CoreScore. Through multiple expert and user reviews, we generate a rating that goes from 0-100, determining how good or bad a shoe is. 

Best running shoes overall for men

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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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 Nike running shoes for men

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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Ah, the Nike Free Run… Calling this a running shoe is a stretch, but there’s still a vestige of folks out there in the minimalist fan group that likes the slipper-like feel of Nike’s long-running “Free” lineup. The 2021 update steers back toward a less bizarre-looking shoe than we saw in 2020 but continues with the ultralight and ultra-flexible design.
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Best neutral running shoes for men

Among all the shoes we've tested, nothing comes close to how the Saucony Endorphin Speed fits the bill as a speedster that can certainly go the distance! Whether it's a 10K, half marathon, or marathon, you can set PBs in this baby! If you're looking for an all-rounder that can both go fast and slow, this is NOT it. It's made for speed, and it sticks to that!
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If you want a shoe that screams comfort, we couldn't recommend the Brooks Ghost 13 enough! It's a neutral daily trainer that's padded so generously all throughout, it felt like a couch to our feet. It didn't make us run fast, but it made our feet stable and protected from all the pounding on the pavement - easily, this is our champion on long, easy-paced runs!
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Best Asics running shoes for men

Now, this is what we call fun! The Asics Novablast is really springy (trampoline-like) and comfortable, we'd take it anytime for our long-distance runs and tempo sessions. Where it runs to a problem is that the cushioned midsole renders the ride unstable. But in other news, it's a true and solid Asics when it comes to the durability department - it's built to last!
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Now on its 27th iteration, the Kayano is everything we expect from a premium stability shoe. It's sturdy, supportive, has got an incredibly plush comfort (surprising for a stability shoe)! If there's a hang-up to it, it's the shoe's hefty weight, which for us, is not something that should be penalized, given its top-tier performance.
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Best budget running shoes for men

At the entry level, there’s usually not a ton to review or write about, but the Nike Quest 4 fills a niche with a trendy-looking shoe at a bargain price. If you desire that Nike swoosh and have less than $80 in your pocket there aren’t many options, but surprisingly this stylish trainer fits the bill and isn’t all that bad!
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What are the cheapest men's road running shoes in 2022?

  1. Reebok Endless Road 2 - from $30
  2. Adidas Galaxy 5 - from $30
  3. Reebok Speed Breeze 2 - from $32
  4. Reebok Lite 2.0 - from $35
  5. Adidas EQ21 - from $35
  6. Saucony Cohesion 14 - from $35
  7. Asics Gel Excite 8 - from $36
  8. Adidas Pureboost 21 - from $38
  9. Adidas Edge Gameday - from $39
  10. Reebok Floatride Fuel Run - from $39
  11. Reebok Flashfilm 3.0 - from $39
  12. Adidas SL20.2 - from $39
  13. Reebok Floatride Run Fast 2 - from $40
  14. Asics Gel Torrance 2 - from $40
  15. Puma Speed Sutamina - from $40

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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.