7 Best Purple Running Shoes in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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7 Best Purple Running Shoes in 2022

Running is more than just putting one foot in front of the other. It’s a mindset – a way of life. One good run in a day brings more energy to one’s life. Even donning on your favorite purple running shoe speaks your lifestyle – your way of thinking.

As one of the most popular colors out there, purple running shoes offer runners a wide variety of options across different brands from Adidas, Nike, and Altra, to On Cloud, Saucony, and Hoka One One. Choosing the perfect model can be pretty daunting.

To help you with that, we’ve rounded up 200+ of the best purple running shoes available in the market. We put them to the test and selected our top picks for your quick reference.

How we test running shoes

To make the list of our highly recommended models, we put each shoe through our meticulous testing process inside our RunRepeat shoe lab and out there on the road and on rugged terrains. Our team of wear-testers, lab technicians, and editors work together to come up with 100% No-BS reviews.

We strictly follow our methodology:

  • We only test all the purple running shoes that we’ve bought with our own money. This is to avoid brand loyalty and bias.
  • We perform mechanical tests in the lab, which involves cutting the shoes into pieces, and analyzing 30+ parameters, from cushioning, shock absorption, and flexibility, to upper breathability, stability, and many more.
  • Our testers clock up at least 30-50 miles of running on paved flat roads, muddy paths, and other training conditions.
  • We collate more info from other reliable shoe experts and regular users.

To get the final rankings, we utilize our proprietary CoreScore system to calculate all the accumulated data above. Each model is then given an overall score ranging from 0 to 100.

Best purple running shoes overall

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!
See our full review and facts

Best purple road 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 purple trail running shoes

Salomon Wildcross
Salomon Wildcross

Corescore

91
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 967 users
91 / 100 from 9 experts

Pros

  • Perfect for technical terrain
  • Extraordinary grip
  • Comfy fit with toe space
  • Lightweight
  • Springy ride

Cons

  • Not for long distances
  • Difficult to adjust laces

Verdict

If you are in search of a trail shoe that's going to make you feel surefooted in a variety of conditions, the Salomon Wildcross could be just right. With its extraordinary grip, you will stay confident on soft and muddy terrains, steep grassy and forest tracks. It is also light for a trail shoe and will serve best for shorter distances and faster runs.
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Best purple Nike running shoes

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 purple Asics running shoes

Asics GT 2000 10
Asics GT 2000 10

Corescore

91
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 1,603 users
91 / 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.
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Best value purple running shoes

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

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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What are the cheapest purple running shoes in 2022?

  1. Asics Gel Venture 8 - from $43
  2. Puma UltraRide - from $51
  3. Merrell Rubato - from $65
  4. Adidas Adizero Adios 6 - from $61
  5. Asics GT 1000 10 - from $79
  6. New Balance Fresh Foam 880 v11 - from $100
  7. Adidas Ultraboost 22 - from $97
  8. Hoka One One Rincon 3 - from $125
  9. Asics GT 2000 10 - from $118
  10. Salomon Ultra Glide - from $140
  11. Hoka One One Bondi 7 - from $160
  12. On Cloudmonster - from $170
  13. Salomon S-Lab Ultra 3 - from $180
  14. New Balance FuelCell RC Elite v2 - from $230

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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.