516 best neutral competition running shoes

Based on reviews from 3,030 experts and 256,965 users. Learn how our rankings work. Updated May 2020.

  • Gender Size
  • Brand
  • Road

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


    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.

  • 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
  • CoreScore
  • Daily running

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


    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.

  • 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
  • Price
  • Pronation
  • Type
  • Low stock

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


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


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


    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.


    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.


    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.


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


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

  • Strike Pattern
  • Color
  • Fit
  • Number of reviews
  • Arch Type
  • Technology
  • Waterproofing
  • Discount
  • Material
  • Season
    • 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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    3. Skechers GOrun Razor 3 Hyper  - Red
    4. On Cloud - Black
    5. Merrell Agility Synthesis Flex - Lime Punch
    6. New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Pursuit - Blue / Blue
    7. Altra Superior 4.0 - Black
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    11. Nike Free RN Flyknit 2018 - White/Black
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    13. On Cloudflow - Black Asphalt
    14. Hoka One One Mach 2 - Multi
    15. Nike Flex Experience RN 8 - Black
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    15 best neutral competition running shoes

    1. Merrell Agility Synthesis Flex
    2. Skechers GOrun Razor 3 Hyper
    3. Altra Superior 4.0
    4. Nike Free RN Flyknit 2018
    5. Asics Gel Quantum 90
    6. On Cloudflow
    7. Nike Free RN 2018
    8. Saucony Kinvara 10
    9. On Cloud
    10. Hoka One One Mach 2
    11. Nike Epic React Flyknit 2
    12. New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Pursuit
    13. Altra Escalante 2.0
    14. Nike Flex Experience RN 8
    15. Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2
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