10 Best Daily Running Shoes in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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10 Best Daily Running Shoes in 2022

For days where you like to take it easy, you can rely on daily running shoes to keep your feet pampered from lace-up to the last mile. 

With more than a thousand daily trainers on the market, we’re here to help you. 

We have tested and selected the finest models, trimming it down to the ten best. And because there’s no such thing as “one size fits all” in running shoes, we’ve chosen our top picks from different categories. 

How we test running shoes

We like to keep everything transparent and fuff-free; hence, our rigorous testing process. 

To gather and compare data, we have created our own shoe testing lab. We also buy all the shoes we examine with our own money to avoid brand loyalty. 

On top of this, we also: 

  • Clock up at least 30-50 miles of wear testing in each shoe
  • Slice them open
  • See and examine their parts
  • Calculate their Corescore 

The shoe’s Corescore is a rating that goes from 0-100 that’s based on thousands of expert and user reviews. It tells you how bad or good a shoe fares against other shoes.

Best daily running shoes overall

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38
£77
£78
£82
£85
Top pick

Corescore

86
Great!
4.3 / 5 from 2,306 users
88 / 100 from 21 experts

Pros

  • Wider than Pegasus 37
  • Very stable ride
  • Peppy toe-off
  • Hugs your feet 
  • Padded upper
  • Very durable (400-500miles)
  • Grippy even on dirt roads
  • Legit workhorse
  • Doubles as a gym shoe
  • A joy to run in

Cons

  • Runs warm
  • Above-average weight

Verdict

If there's one thing we can't take away from the Pegasus 38, it's that it's the GOAT of all workhorse shoes in our arsenal! It oozes with plushness, stability, and pop, doing it all from slow days, tempo sessions, and gym workouts even. If you want to run with fun, take the Pegasus any day! 

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Brooks Ghost 14
Brooks Ghost 14
£112
£112
£131
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 daily running shoes for flat feet

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21
£89
£121
£124
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
£96
£112
£125
£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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Best max-cushioned daily running shoes

Hoka One One Bondi 7
Hoka One One Bondi 7
£105
£111
£111
£130
Top pick

Corescore

89
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 119,159 users
86 / 100 from 20 experts

Pros

  • Next-level comfort 
  • Great lockdown 
  • Molds to the feet
  • Breathable
  • Stable
  • Awesome for heel strikers
  • Great grip on roads & light trails
  • True to size
  • 3 widths for men
  • 2 widths for women

Cons

  • Feels big & heavy  
  • Pricey

Verdict

After putting it to the test, we can confidently say that the Hoka Bondi 7 screams comfort! It's highly cushioned and soft, we just couldn't get enough of it in long-distance recovery runs. It runs as smooth as a butter! And if there was a heaven for the feet, this is it right here. If there's a downside, it's that all its plushness comes at the expense of durability. 

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Saucony Triumph 19
Saucony Triumph 19
£109
£131
£131
£132
Also great

Corescore

88
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 811 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 daily running shoes for all day wear

Adidas Ultraboost 21
Adidas Ultraboost 21
£96
£96
£97
£106
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
£98
£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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Best value daily running shoes

Reebok Floatride Energy 3
Reebok Floatride Energy 3
£88
Top pick

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 975 users
92 / 100 from 16 experts

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Responsive
  • Peppy ride
  • Heel tab
  • Lugged outsole
  • Durable
  • Price

Cons

  • Feels a touch long
  • Runs a bit warm

Verdict

The Floatride Energy 3 is a neutral trainer from Reebok with a lightweight design and a lightweight price tag. It’s got an aggressive full-length outsole for runs on varied terrain and is surprisingly comfortable for a budget shoe. Don’t be scared off by the price, this affordable little bundle performs well! They look pretty cool too!

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Brooks Revel 5
Brooks Revel 5
£86
Also great

Corescore

86
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 6,199 users
89 / 100 from 4 experts

Pros

  • True to size
  • Fits like a dream
  • Accommodating stretchy upper
  • Efficient transitions
  • Surprisingly peppy
  • Laces stay tied tightly
  • Low to the ground
  • Durable construction
  • Great deal
  • Do-it-all shoe
  • Impressive weight
  • Breathable

Cons

  • Not for long runs
  • No reflective details

Verdict

An affordable trainer that's got the makings of advanced running shoes? Hello, Brooks Revel 5! It's a smooth and lively jack-of-all-trades that will keep your feet comfy and bouncing. It can push the pace, eat up half-marathon distances, and breeze through your daily runs!

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What are the cheapest daily running shoes in 2022?

  1. Nike Revolution 6 - from £22
  2. Adidas Duramo 10 - from £25
  3. Reebok Lite Plus 3 - from £26
  4. Adidas Questar Flow NXT - from £28
  5. Adidas Runfalcon 2.0 - from £28
  6. Asics Jolt 3 - from £29
  7. Adidas Galaxy 5 - from £30
  8. Reebok Energen Plus - from £32
  9. Under Armour Charged Rogue 2.5 - from £33
  10. Adidas Fluidstreet - from £35
  11. Adidas Racer TR21 - from £36
  12. Adidas Runfalcon 2.0 TR - from £37
  13. Asics Patriot 12 - from £38
  14. Asics Gel Contend 7 - from £39
  15. Nike Renew Ride 2 - from £40

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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.