Facts

Terrain

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.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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.

Price
$120
Weight
Men: 8.5oz
Women: 7.1oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 8mm
Women: 8mm

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.

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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 6.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • This shoe is very lightweight and responsive as mentioned in some reviews.
  • The cushioning of the Salomon Sonic Aero delivers a springy feel.
  • Many runners applauded the lightweight construction of the shoe.
  • The Sonic Aero has a very breathable upper.
  • The grip of the shoe is impressive as what it promises based on testers’ comments.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The shoe wears out too quickly than expected as mentioned in some comments.
  • Some mentioned that they develop blisters while running on this shoe.
  • Not true to size.

Bottom line

The Salomon Sonic Aero is a lightweight neutral running shoe ideal for road running. It is designed to help runners experience a smoother heel to toe transition and it has the right amount of traction and protection. This shoe is ideal for uptempo training and short distance runs.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 34 ratings

5 star
76%
4 star
12%
3 star
3%
2 star
6%
1 star
3%

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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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80 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 by 321 Sport • Flavia • Level 2 expert

    It provides very good ground contact and grip.

  • 78 / 100 by 321 Sport • Rado • Level 1 expert

    Provided tons of stability, but like Flavia, there are upper fit issues.

  • 81 / 100 by New England Running Company • New England Running Company • Level 4 expert

    The Sonic Aero is lightweight and on the firmer side, but certainly can take the longer miles.

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Updates to Salomon Sonic Aero

  • The Salomon Sonic Aero comes with an improved outsole unit. It features the 3D grip technology that delivers excellent grip while running on wet surfaces. This outsole compound also delivers added durability and enhanced ground contact for an improved running experience.
  • This shoe also features the Salomon EnergyCell+ technology that delivers reasonable amount of cushioning. It is lightweight and efficient shock absorption and energy return for a more responsive ride.
  • The upper of the shoe comes with the 3D stretch mesh. This is a notable feature of the shoe that delivers a lightweight and breathable coverage. It also stretched naturally to give an adaptive fit.

Salomon Sonic Aero size and fit

When it comes to sizing, the Sonic Aero fits large. Thus, you need to buy a half size smaller than the actual size. It has medium measurements in the heel, midfoot and forefoot, delivering a snug and comfortable fit. This shoe is available in standard running shoe width.


Outsole

The outsole of the Sonic Aero features the 3D Grip that delivers reliable grip on wet surfaces. It also enhances ground contact for an enhanced running performance. This outsole compound works well with the Salomon Wet Traction Contagrip that provides durable traction while running on the road and added grip on wet surfaces.


Midsole

The midsole of the shoe features the iconic Salomon EnergyCell+ cushioning system that provides lightweight cushioning for a long lasting rebound. Together with this lightweight foam material is the compressed EVA foam that runs in the entire midsole unit to deliver durable underfoot protection. The midsole of the shoe is designed to deliver a responsive ride.


Upper

The 3D open mesh comprises the upper of the Salomon Sonic Aero. It is designed to deliver a lightweight and breathable coverage. It is also flexible that adapts to the shape of the foot for an enhanced fit. The Sensifit overlays wrap the foot for a more closed and secure fit while the Endofit underlays provide excellent comfort and enhanced fit.