20 best narrow forefoot running shoes

Based on reviews from 98 experts and 8,145 users. Learn how our rankings work. Updated May 2020.

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  • Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

    Terrain
  • Distance
  • Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

    Arch support
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  • Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

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  • Foot condition
  • The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

    Heel to toe drop
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  • Low stock

    Footwear with few offers from online retailers and sold out in most sizes.

    Discontinued

    Shoes that have been taken out of production but are still sold by most online shops.

    New

    Shoes that just came out and have not received sufficient feedback from the buyers.

    Lightweight

    Shoes designed for competition, weigh less than 250g. They are fast but they offer less cushioning and support.

    Low drop

    Low drop shoes usually have a heel-to-toe drop of 1mm - 4mm. They feel very flat to most runners and ideal for midfoot strikers.

    Zero Drop

    Running shoes with 0mm heel-to-toe drop. Did not have to mean zero cushioning. They feel extremely flat, ideal for forefoot or midfoot strikers.

    Waterproof

    Shoes with superior waterproofing elements, ideal for long-distance and muddy paths.

    Water repellent

    Running shoes with some degree of water protection, usually they dry quickly.

    Maximalist

    These are bulky-looking shoes with large amount of cushioning and are widely used in long-distance running. Overpronators can also benefit from a maximalist running shoe because they also offer enhanced support or stability.

    Minimalist

    Extremely lightweight shoes with minimal to no arch support. The minimal cushioning offers flexibility and greater ground contact.

    Triathlon

    Lightweight shoes with lots of flexibility and comfort. Most Triathlon shoe also have drainage system to keep the shoe from retaining water.

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    • Good to know

      Daily running shoes weigh not less than 250g. These are cushioned shoes designed for daily training. Go-to shoes with great comfort. -Shoes for competition usually weigh between 115g and 220g. Lighter shoes are faster, making them ideal for races, quick-paced runs, and interval training.

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    1. Nike Epic React Flyknit 2 - Black
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      Nike Epic React Flyknit 2 - Black
      Nike Epic React Flyknit 2 - Black
      Nike Epic React Flyknit 2 - Vast Grey / Vast Grey / Blue Lagoon / Sail
      Nike Epic React Flyknit 2 - Black
      Nike Epic React Flyknit 2 - Gold
      $150 $85 Save 43%
    2. Under Armour HOVR Sonic 2 - Blue
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      Under Armour HOVR Sonic 2 - Blue
      Under Armour HOVR Sonic 2 - White
      Under Armour HOVR Sonic 2 - schwarz
      Under Armour HOVR Sonic 2 - Grey
      Under Armour HOVR Sonic 2 - Dust
      $100 $48 Save 52%
    3. Adidas SL20 - Black
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      Adidas SL20 - Black
      Adidas SL20 - Black
      Adidas SL20 - Coral/ Grey/ Black
      Adidas SL20 - Bleu Ciel Blanc Rouge Solaire
      Adidas SL20 - Indigo/ White/ Grey
      $120 $60 Save 50%
    4. Adidas Adizero Adios 4 - Red
    5. Altra Viho - Dark Slate/Lime
      $100 $75 Save 25%
    6. Asics Novablast - Black
    7. Nike Odyssey React Shield 2 - Black
    8. Asics GT 1000 9 - Electric Blue Black
    9. Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6 - Black
    10. Mizuno Wave Inspire 16 Waveknit - Highrise-glacier Grey
    11. Brooks Cascadia 14 GTX - Black / Grey / Blue
    12. Salomon Sonic 3 Balance - Blue
    13. New Balance 890 v8 - Red
    14. Asics Gel Kayano 26 Platinum - Piedmont Grey Silver
    15. Skechers GOmeb Speed 6 Hyper - skechers-gomeb-speed-6-hyper-75ea
    16. La Sportiva Helios 3.0 - Bleu
    17. Arc'teryx Norvan LD 2 GTX - Green
    18. Newton Distance 9 - Yellow
    19. Salomon Sense Pro 4 - Black
      $140 $98 Save 30%
    20. Merrell MTL Skyfire - Black

    15 best narrow forefoot running shoes

    1. Under Armour HOVR Sonic 2
    2. Adidas Adizero Adios 4
    3. New Balance 890 v8
    4. Nike Epic React Flyknit 2
    5. Altra Viho
    6. Asics Novablast
    7. Asics GT 1000 9
    8. Mizuno Wave Inspire 16 Waveknit
    9. Salomon Sonic 3 Balance
    10. Skechers GOmeb Speed 6 Hyper
    11. Nike Odyssey React Shield 2
    12. Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6
    13. Adidas SL20
    14. Asics Gel Kayano 26 Platinum
    15. Brooks Cascadia 14 GTX
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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.

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