10 Best Running Shoes For Heavy Men in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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10 Best Running Shoes For Heavy Men in 2022

Running shoes for big guys have loads of cushion to keep the feet protected. And more importantly, they're built durable. 

Whether you're running on pavement or on the trails, these shoes can take a beating. 

Choosing from more than 500 running shoes for heavy men can be a lot. To help you, this list trims it down to the best of the best from different categories.

How we test running shoes

To keep everything as bias-free as possible, we buy all the shoes we examine with our own money. And to be objective, we have our own shoe testing lab for a more data-driven review. 

On top of these, we also: 

  • Run in each shoe for at least 30-50 miles
  • Cut them open to assess what's inside
  • Measure each part 
  • Calculate their CoreScore using thousands of expert and user reviews

Best running shoes for heavy men overall

Hoka One One Clifton 8
Hoka One One Clifton 8
£100
£100
£104
£109
Top pick

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 12,614 users
90 / 100 from 18 experts

Pros

  • Comfy, comfy comfy
  • Fits true to size
  • Smooth rockered ride
  • Great durability
  • Grippy outsole
  • Lightweight for a daily trainer
  • Great lockdown
  • Good value at $130 

Cons

  • Runs warm
  • Doesn’t love to go fast

Verdict

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! 

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Brooks Ghost 14
Brooks Ghost 14
£90
£130
£139
Also great

Corescore

93
Superb!
4.7 / 5 from 30,995 users
91 / 100 from 15 experts

Pros

  • All about comfort!
  • True to size
  • Lots of padding
  • Smooth ride
  • Really stable, even on light trails
  • Breathable
  • Great out of the box
  • Built for longevity (500 miles, easily)
  • Great grip 

Cons

  • Lacks breathability for hot summer days
  • Not the best for long distances

Verdict

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! 

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Best running shoes for heavy men with flat feet

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21
£73
£120
Top pick

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 66,326 users
91 / 100 from 18 experts

Pros

  • fits true to size
  • secure fit
  • great stability
  • gusseted tongue
  • soft but not mushy
  • superb durability
  • no lace bite

Cons

  • not for speedy runs
  • could be lighter

Verdict

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. 

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Asics Gel Kayano 28
Asics Gel Kayano 28
£78
£112
£124
£125
Also great

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 5,493 users
92 / 100 from 11 experts

Pros

  • Familiar Kayano fit
  • Roomier toebox
  • No lace bite
  • Added pep 
  • No medial post
  • Lost weight
  • Kayano durability

Cons

  • Heel slipping
  • Overly plush
  • Runs warm

Verdict

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. 

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Running shoes for heavy men with best cushioning

Nike ZoomX Invincible Run
Nike ZoomX Invincible Run
£165
Top pick

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 409 users
90 / 100 from 28 experts

Pros

  • Super-cushioned
  • Insanely fun and bouncy ride
  • Great grip
  • Impressive foot lockdown
  • Stretchy toebox
  • Good for wider feet
  • Not weighing you down
  • Really breathable

Cons

  • Unstable on uneven terrain
  • Really tall
  • Break-in period needed

Verdict

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.

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Saucony Triumph 19
Saucony Triumph 19
£109
£131
£131
£131
Also great

Corescore

88
Great!
4.3 / 5 from 831 users
89 / 100 from 14 experts

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Breathable
  • Grippy
  • True to size
  • Soft ride
  • Losing weight

Cons

  • Overly stretchy laces
  • Heel slip

Verdict

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!

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Best trail running shoes for heavy men

Brooks Cascadia 16
Brooks Cascadia 16
£102
£120
Top pick

Corescore

89
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 663 users
88 / 100 from 15 experts

Pros

  • Grippy outsole
  • Wide toe box
  • Great lockdown
  • True to size
  • Durable
  • Gaiter attachments
  • Rock plate
  • Aggressive
  • Lacing options

Cons

  • On the heavier side
  • A bit stiff
  • Runs warm

Verdict

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!

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Hoka One One Speedgoat 4
Hoka One One Speedgoat 4
£75
£85
£100
£100
Also great

Corescore

86
Great!
4.2 / 5 from 25,480 users
90 / 100 from 37 experts

Pros

  • Insane traction
  • Stable on technical terrain
  • Breathable upper
  • Hard-wearing outsole
  • Roomy forefoot

Cons

  • Lacks comfort

Verdict

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! 

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Best running shoes for heavy men for walking

Adidas Ultraboost 21
Adidas Ultraboost 21
£86
£90
£96
£105
Top pick

Corescore

89
Great!
4.6 / 5 from 27,318 users
85 / 100 from 26 experts

Pros

  • Sock-like fit
  • Fantastic peppy ride
  • Really durable
  • Heel stays put
  • Great midfoot lockdown
  • Good grip
  • Stretchy upper for wide feet
  • Fun daily trainer 

Cons

  • Loose on sharp turns & faster runs
  • Sweaty on hot summer days
  • Heavy

Verdict

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.

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Asics Gel Nimbus 23
Asics Gel Nimbus 23
£93
£97
£109
£109
Also great

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 19,404 users
89 / 100 from 26 experts

Pros

  • really comfortable
  • good lockdown
  • plush feel
  • soft yet lively ride
  • best for heel strikers
  • wide feet friendly
  • kayano feel
  • durable outsole
  • stable for a neutral shoe

Cons

  • lacks breathability
  • on the heavy side

Verdict

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. 

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What are the cheapest running shoes for heavy men in 2022?

  1. Nike Renew Ride 2 - from £39
  2. Asics Gel Venture 8 - from £40
  3. Adidas Fluidflow 2.0 - from £42
  4. Adidas Supernova - from £42
  5. Asics Gel Trabuco 9 - from £60
  6. Under Armour HOVR Infinite 3 - from £59
  7. Nike React Miler 2 - from £60
  8. New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro v6 - from £62
  9. Adidas Ultraboost DNA 1.0 - from £64
  10. Puma Hybrid Sky - from £68
  11. Asics Gel Quantum 180 5 - from £70
  12. Nike Pegasus Trail 3 - from £71
  13. Salomon Wildcross 2 - from £71
  14. Adidas Edge XT - from £73
  15. The North Face Vectiv Enduris - from £74

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Author
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.