7 Best Running Shoes For Men in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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7 Best Running Shoes For Men in 2022

There are thousands of running shoes designed for men, and picking one can be quite a struggle. We want to make your selection process a lot easier and thus, have gathered the ten best running shoes for men we’ve tried ourselves. 

They all come from five different categories, and we’ve chosen two top picks for each, catering to all types of runners.

How we test running shoes

As testament to how dedicated we are in finding the GOATs among all running shoes for men, we’ve invested in our own shoe testing lab. We also buy the shoes we examine with our own money to avoid brand loyalty. 

Before we decide on anything, we also strictly follow these: 

  • Log a minimum of 30-50 miles in each running shoe to assess performance and durability
  • Slice them into bits to assess what’s inside
  • Gather data on breathability, flexibility, softness, etc through our calipers, durometers, scales, and custom-made smoke machine
  • Generate their CoreScore via expert and user feedback to see how they fare against other running shoes for men

Best running shoes overall for men

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38

Corescore

86
Great!
4.3 / 5 from 2,994 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

Out of the 200 Nike models on our roster, the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 remains our personal favorite. It’s not just a workhorse. It’s THE workhorse. 

Whether you’re aiming to have a comfortable ride for your slow runs, some pep for your uptempo sessions, and protection during high mileages, the Peg can do the job. 

And good news for all men, it’s not your typical narrow-fitting Nike. It’s now more accommodating, allowing unrestrained foot motions.

Because it perfects the blend of softness and pop, you won’t feel its weight dragging you down. If anything, the ride is fast and enjoyable, you’ll want to run more miles! 

And the magic behind all this of course is the combination of the shoe’s plush foam (18% softer than the average foam in our lab test) and the Zoom Air pockets. Every step you take, there’s enough cushion and loads of energy return. 

At $120, the Nike Pegasus 38 is more than worth it. It can be your go-to for everything, and on top of that, it’s a durable shoe. Its outsole is 11% firmer than standard soles, we’re expecting it to last 400-500 miles.

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Best road 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 running shoes for men

Salomon Sense Ride 4
Salomon Sense Ride 4

Corescore

86
Great!
4.3 / 5 from 1,137 users
87 / 100 from 7 experts

Pros

  • Fits wider feet
  • Energy-efficient ride
  • Great lacing system
  • Doesn’t weigh you down
  • No heel slip
  • Insane grip
  • Really durable

Cons

  • Runs ½ size longer
  • Needs breaking in

Verdict

It was quick and fun. Even the unfriendliest trails were made easy by the Salomon Sense Ride 4. 

Wow, this shoe blew our minds. Typically, trail shoes are dense. And to be quite frank, boring. But not the Sense Ride. It doesn’t cut corners on responsiveness, owing it all to its 31.7% more rigid foam. Seriously, we were blazing through the trails in this bad boy! 

Definitely don’t pass on this if you’re looking for a certified trail bruiser. With its outsole (81.5HC tough), rocks and roots will have a hard time gashing it. 

And what’s great about it is that it never hurts our feet. Yes it’s built rugged, but it definitely gave our feet all the protection we could ask for. 

Taking everything up a notch is the shoe’s outsole. It clung like claws on loose, rocky, and hard-packed terrain. Not once did we lose our step in it. 

At 10.5 oz, the Salomon Sense Ride 4 is heavy on paper. And it tips our scales. But because of the pop and lively ride it delivers, it feels nimble and the weight doesn’t load up on the feet.

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Best men's running shoes for overpronation

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 70,269 users
91 / 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

With nearly 300 stability shoes in our arsenal, nothing beats the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21. It puts a dent on support shoe stereotypes, giving runners a fresh take on stability models.

Simply, it’s not your typical rigid support running shoe. Its stability elements are only there when your knees and feet veer too far from their natural range of motions. 

They stay in the back seat until needed. So, neutral runners in need of extra support can also enjoy the Adrenaline GTS 21. 

Complementing the midsole is the snug-fitting upper. It locked our feet so well, they never slipped nor slid around. 

And if you’re looking for a shoe that can last miles on the road, it can meet the bill. True to its Brooks roots, it kills it in the durability arena. Expect to get 400-500 miles before putting it down in your closet. 

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21 is plain and simple. It’s a no-frills stability trainer that will keep your strides surefooted and steady. And if you’re suffering from overpronation, this will help prevent or alleviate the pain.

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Best men's running shoes for race

Asics MetaSpeed Sky
Asics MetaSpeed Sky

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.4 / 5 from 77 users
94 / 100 from 16 experts

Pros

  • Bouncy and responsive
  • Fast
  • Fantastic grip
  • Ultra breathable 
  • Stable even at slower speeds
  • Ultra-lightweight
  • Perfect fit
  • Superb foot lockdown
  • Fits wider feet

Cons

  • Not so durable
  • Expensive
  • Not for cold weather
  • No heel tab

Verdict

We’re not saying this lightly, the Asics MetaSpeed Sky is king among all carbon-plated racing shoes. It’s the closest we got to running like one of the elites. 

Of course, the mastermind behind its explosive ride is its carbon plate and insanely responsive foam. Upon lace up down to our first step, it was ready to launch us forward. When it was time to pace it, we found ourselves zooming through the blocks without even putting in much effort. 

If you’re aiming to set PBs, the MetaSpeed Sky is your best friend. 

When we ran through sharp turns, the upper was there to keep our feet supported and locked in place. It’s snug from the heel to the midfoot, you don’t have to worry about missteps. 

Marathoners, don’t fret. It’s unlike other racing flats. It’s roomy up front, there’s enough space for the feet to swell. 

Lightweight? This IS the definition of lightweight. It’s only 6.7 oz, and it’s by far, the lightest racer we’ve ever laced up. 

In our flex test, the MetaSpeed Sky aced it. It’s 22.5HA stiff, which means it's got a great blend of support and bounce. You’ll be more than confident to bolt through the streets. 

Even better, it remains stable during slow runs, which is a first for a race-day shoe on our roster. 

The Asics MetaSpeed Sky is more than ready to beat the competition. Asics designed it so well, we couldn’t even find one thing that we don’t like about it.

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Best value running shoes for men

Brooks Revel 5
Brooks Revel 5

Corescore

87
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 7,382 users
91 / 100 from 3 experts

Pros

  • True to size
  • Fits like a dream
  • Accommodating stretchy upper
  • Efficient transitions
  • Surprisingly peppy
  • Laces stay tied tightly
  • Low to the ground
  • Durable construction
  • Great deal
  • Do-it-all shoe
  • Impressive weight
  • Breathable

Cons

  • Not for long runs
  • No reflective details

Verdict

If you want a fun shoe that doesn’t dig deep into the pockets, our best recommendation is the Brooks Revel 5. 

Peppy performance aside, it’s a great-value shoe for its do-it-all qualities. It’s very cozy during easy runs. Lively and light during fast sessions. And a helluva protective shoe during long stretches. It eats up all the impact, our feet and legs feel fresh afterwards. 

Of all the daily trainers we’ve tried, this is among the lightest. At 8.7 oz, it’s barely noticeable. We never had issues with dragging.

For a budget shoe, the Brooks Revel packs a lot in the sturdiness department. Its outsole is solid at 79 HC (vs. the 79.2HC average in our lab tests). And when we put it through the wringer, it proved itself extremely durable. It remained free from any wear and tear. 

Ultimately the Brooks Revel 5 is a superb wallet-friendly trainer that will prove quality performance doesn’t always have to be expensive.

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What are the cheapest men's running shoes in 2022?

  1. Reebok Flashfilm 3.0 - from $28
  2. Adidas Questar - from $33
  3. Reebok Lite Plus 3 - from $36
  4. Adidas Runfalcon 2.0 TR - from $36
  5. Adidas SL20.2 - from $37
  6. Asics Trail Scout 2 - from $37
  7. Reebok Energylux 3 - from $37
  8. Reebok Energen Plus - from $39
  9. Adidas SL20.3 - from $39
  10. Adidas Runfalcon 2.0 - from $39
  11. Under Armour HOVR Infinite 3 - from $40
  12. Adidas EQ21 - from $40
  13. Asics Jolt 3 - from $40
  14. Asics Versablast - from $40
  15. Asics Gel Scram 6 - 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.