Whether it's a long-distance or recovery shoe you're after, we couldn't recommend the Clifton 8 enough! It's a literal couch to the foot, keeping it cozy and stable. The ride is also buttery smooth, you will roll through seamlessly. And with all the cushion it gives, it's not at all heavy (a shocker really). Overall, the Clifton is a literal bag of treats that comes at a moderate price!
The Ghost 14 from Brooks really fits the bill as the shoe for all runners. It's a workhorse that's comfy enough for easy days, responsive for tempo sessions, and is heavy-duty to handle light trails. Overall, a no-fuss daily trainer that will work for all your runs!
Thanks for making our daily runs nice and stable, Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21! The upper hugged our feet well, and the midsole is balanced - it's neither mushy nor too rigid. It just kept our motions in check, preventing any excessive movements. It's certainly not a light shoe, but having tested its precursors, we can say that Brooks is heading in the right direction! Apart from support, what stood out to us also is its tank-like durability.
Still staying true to its Kayano roots, we found the Kayano 28 retaining its hallmark on stability and support while seeing some updates to amp up comfort and flexibility. And with better flex, the shoe was just overall fun! Although designed as a daily trainer, we found it fitting as a standalone shoe that you can take out of the closet during race day and on long, slow miles.
Now, this is what we call FUN! The Nike ZoomX Invincible Run literally made us feel like each step was made of springs. It's NOT going to pace you, but it will make your runs lively and effortless! If you want a premium daily trainer that's going to work best on long, easy days on the road, we tell you, this is THE best of its kind.
When comfort is the top priority look no further than the Saucony Triumph 19. This plush, luxurious shoe is built for enjoyable cruiser runs, long runs, and recovery days thanks to its padded upper and insanely soft landing midsole. This year’s Triumph gets a few big updates too, both losing a ton of weight and becoming nice and breathable. Your legs and feet will thank you the next time you lace up the Triumph 19!
Brooks updates their venerable trail crusher in this 16 version of the Cascadia. If you demand stout grip, a stable platform, and bright colors take a look at the Cascadia 16. It’s true to size, durable as hell, and packed with features like a ballistic rock plate, lace loop, and enough upper lacing eyelets to ensure a custom fit. These aggressive kicks are ready for adventure!
A trail shoe we'd take during ultras. the Hoka Speedgoat 4 just bit through all the super technical terrain we put through! Even better, it made our strides surefooted with its intense focus on stability. We tell you, this shoe is a tank! It's going to swallow all the harsh elements with ease. It's not Hoka soft, but for the protection it brings, at $145, it's worth all the money spent!
Now in its 21st iteration, the Adidas Ultraboost may have wowed us with its style and durability, but it's becoming more and more like a lifestyle shoe than a running shoe. But its strength is what makes it a standout - it can literally swallow miles and miles of pounding on the pavement. It may not be the fastest, lightest shoe, but if you want loads of pop, it's THE shoe.
A shoe that gave our feet all the impact dampening they could ask for - the Asics Gel Nimbus 23! It runs smooth and stable, and above all, it keeps the feet free from pain from every pound on the pavement. It's a neutral daily trainer we'd recommend any day for those who want comfort in all their runs. But be warned, with all the protection and cush you get, a sacrifice on lightness is made.
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.