7 Best Speed Training Running Shoes in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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7 Best Speed Training Running Shoes in 2022

Speed is a huge part of running. Whether you’re running easy or fast, your running shoes should match your pace. 

For runners who want to set PBs, there’s no better option than dedicated speed trainers. 

There are more than 200 speed running shoes to choose from. But no worries, this list has trimmed it down to the ten best models. 

Because we believe that there’s no one shoe for all runners, we have selected top picks from five different categories.

How we test running shoes

Before they make it to the list, each tempo trainer goes through a myriad of tests in our own RunRepeat shoe testing facility. And to stay objective, we buy them with our own money. 

To step it up, we also: 

  • Run in them for at least 30 to 50 miles
  • Cut them open
  • Examine and measure their parts via different parameters
  • Calculate their Corescore based on thousands of expert and user reviews

Best speed training running shoes overall

Saucony Endorphin Speed 2
Saucony Endorphin Speed 2

Corescore

91
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 1,529 users
92 / 100 from 18 experts

Pros

  • Fun, peppy ride
  • Runs like a race shoe
  • Lightweight
  • Plenty breathable
  • Smooth rockered transitions
  • Great lockdown
  • 2 pairs of laces
  • One shoe Race, Tempo, Trainer
  • More flexible than other carbon-plated shoes
  • Reflective detail for night runs
  • Easy to put on (pull tab on the tongue and heel)

Cons

  • Learning curve needed for heel strikers or slower paces
  • Slipper on wet surfaces

Verdict

A speed trainer and a race day shoe? Take both in the Endorphin Speed 2. After pacing it through, this shoe proved itself a star in speed, responsiveness, and durability. It literally sent us flying through the blocks! Even better, it's unlike any speed-oriented shoes we've tested - it doesn't forgo comfort in favor of lightness and agility! 

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Speed training shoes with best cushioning

New Balance FuelCell Rebel v2
New Balance FuelCell Rebel v2

Corescore

91
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 951 users
92 / 100 from 20 experts

Pros

  • True to size
  • Fits wide feet well
  • Lightweight
  • Responsive and bouncy ride
  • Breathable upper
  • Great lockdown
  • Ultra-comfortable
  • Bargain at $130 (should be $160)

Cons

  • Slightly unstable when walking
  • No heel-loop
  • Stiffens in cold temperatures

Verdict

Even as a nitpicking expert, it was so hard for us to find a flaw from the Rebel v2 from New Balance! The usual case is that all-rounders are good at everything and great at nothing. But this shoe literally REBELS against that! It excelled at everything we paced it through - it's plush for easy recovery days and long runs, but exceptionally bouncy and peppy to pick up the pace in tempo sessions! 

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Best low/zero-drop speed training shoes

Saucony Kinvara 12
Saucony Kinvara 12

Corescore

89
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 6,315 users
87 / 100 from 21 experts

Pros

  • Perfect fit
  • Wide feet friendly
  • Balanced and reliable ride
  • Fantastic foot lockdown
  • Tongue stays put
  • Great laces
  • Insanely flexible
  • Removable insole
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Not for cold days
  • Non-durable outsole 

Verdict

Having tested Kinvaras of the past, we are happy to report that the Kinvara 12 continues to delight our feet as a lightweight daily trainer. So much so we even forgot we had shoes on! Like all other do-it-all shoes, it's good at everything and great at nothing (not a bad thing). For $110, it's a solid choice for a shoe that performs on slow runs, long-distance efforts, tempo sessions, and everything in between! 

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Best road speed training 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

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! Might feel weird while walking or jogging, but becomes a perfect fit when you really pick up the pace. It's made for speed, and it sticks to that!
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Best carbon-plated speed training shoes

Hoka One One Carbon X 2
Hoka One One Carbon X 2

Corescore

89
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 3,119 users
88 / 100 from 29 experts

Pros

  • Excellent ride
  • Comfortable footbed
  • Well-fitting
  • Great heel hold
  • Stable
  • Ventilated
  • Handy slip-on design

Cons

  • Weighty
  • Insufficient wet pavement grip
  • Not for wide-footed
  • Lacks ground feel

Verdict

If you want a carbon-plated shoe that's built to go long and fast, the Hoka Carbon X 2 is an excellent pick. With its speed-enhancing features, the shoe shines at moderate to uptempo paces. Ensuring efficient strides, conserving the runner's energy is what the Carbon X 2 does best.

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Best value speed training shoes

Brooks Launch 8
Brooks Launch 8

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 12,368 users
87 / 100 from 14 experts

Pros

  • Hugs your feet
  • No heel slipping
  • Breathable
  • Surprisingly flexible
  • Easy to slide into
  • Elf tab
  • Feels light and fast
  • Affordable speed trainer

Cons

  • Not for slick surfaces

Verdict

A shoe that literally launched us forward - the Brooks Launch 8! Easily, it's one of our best picks for speed training shoes that doesn't break the bank. For a budget shoe, it goes above and beyond in areas of lightness, speed, and durability - something most speedsters don't possess! If you already have an easy-day and race-day shoe, this will complete your rotation. And if you want a light daily running shoe, it can fit the bill too! 

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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.