• Terrain


    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.

  • 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 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.

  • Use

    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.

  • Price
  • 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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 24mm
    Women: 24mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 16mm
    Women: 16mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
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We spent 6.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The Salomon Sonic Aero is very lightweight and responsive as mentioned in some reviews.
  • The cushioning of the running shoe delivers a springy feel.
  • Many runners applauded the lightweight design 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 rubber outsole of the shoe wears out too quickly than expected as mentioned in some comments.
  • Some mentioned that they develop blisters while running on this shoe.
  • According to some reviews, the Salomon Sonic Aero runs one size smaller than the usual sizing.

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. While some people have some issues with the sizing, others are very satisfied with the shoe's lightweight structure, responsive cushioning and breathable upper. 


Expert Reviews

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80 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 | 321 Sport

    It provides very good ground contact and grip.

  • 78 / 100 | 321 Sport

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

  • 81 / 100 | New England Running Company

    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 a 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.


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.


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.


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.