10 Best Running Shoes For Heel Strike in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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10 Best Running Shoes For Heel Strike in 2022

Choosing the right running shoe for heel strikers can be quite tricky. It’s not just a question of which model has less or more cushion. It’s a combination of many things like drop, rearfoot support, angles, and more. 

The good news is you don’t have to go through all those. Here, you’ll find the ten best running shoes for heel strikers from five different categories. 

How we test running shoes

To test their quality, we put all the running models on this list in a series of tests in our lab. To avoid brand loyalty, we purchase them with our own money. And we only give our feedback once we hit the 30 to 50-mile mark. 

This helps us assess the shoe’s strength and performance better. It doesn’t stop there, we also: 

  • Slice them open to see what’s inside
  • Measure every aspect of each shoe in various parameters
  • Generate their CoreScore for you to see how they stack up against other running shoes

 

Best running shoes for heel strike overall

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38
£77
£82
£88
£90
Top pick

Corescore

86
Great!
4.3 / 5 from 2,515 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
£90
£130
£141
Also great

Corescore

93
Superb!
4.7 / 5 from 34,349 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 trainers for heel strikers

Saucony Ride 14
Saucony Ride 14
£84
£88
£94
£113
Top pick

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 1,899 users
91 / 100 from 15 experts

Pros

  • Durable 
  • Breathable
  • Soft, luxurious feel
  • True to size
  • No break-in
  • Wide feet friendly
  • Do-it-all trainer

Cons

  • A bit stiff underfoot
  • Could be more responsive

Verdict

The Saucony Ride 14 is a daily trainer that impressed us with its utilitarian and consistent ride. It stays nice and stable from short to long-distance runs, giving us that peace of mind to run with confidence from start to finish! It's neither too soft nor too firm and can handle just about any type of run - from daily runs, recovery days, and even tempo paces. 

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Asics Gel Cumulus 23
Asics Gel Cumulus 23
£57
£84
£86
£99
Also great

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 6,939 users
89 / 100 from 10 experts

Pros

  • Comfortable 
  • Lightweight for a daily trainer
  • True to size
  • Do-it-all shoe
  • Budget-minded at $120
  • Smooth ride
  • No break-in period
  • Durable
  • Decent grip

Cons

  • Not super efficient
  • Runs a bit warm
  • Stiffens up in the cold

Verdict

Nearing its 24th iteration, Gel Cumulus sure did something right. And we couldn't disagree. The Asics Gel Cumulus 23 is here yet again to prove that it's the most value-oriented neutral trainer out there. It's a one-shoe-fits-all kind of running shoe. It's comfortable for jogs, daily runs, and even for your first race day in 5K or marathon! 

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Best running shoes for heel strikers with flat feet

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

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 66,593 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
£81
£100
£109
£124
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 value shoes for heel strikers

Reebok Floatride Energy 3
Reebok Floatride Energy 3
£87
Top pick

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 1,016 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 6,552 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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Best trail running shoe for heel strikers

Salomon Sense Ride 4
Salomon Sense Ride 4
£66
£75
£83
Top pick

Corescore

86
Great!
4.3 / 5 from 851 users
88 / 100 from 8 experts

Pros

  • Fits wider feet
  • Energy-efficient ride
  • Great lacing system
  • Doesn’t weigh you down
  • No heel slip
  • Insane grip
  • Really durable

Cons

  • Runs ½ size longer
  • Needs breaking in

Verdict

For us, the Salomon Sense Ride 4 is a surefire winner in the trail running scene! It's a beast that has INSANE grip, loads of underfoot protection, and a fun, lively ride. Now, that's a combo you don't get every day from a dedicated trail shoe! It can eat up anything you throw at it, for sure, but where it shines is during steep climbs, telling you so much of its ground-digging traction! 

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Saucony Peregrine 11
Saucony Peregrine 11
£80
£83
£104
£104
Also great

Corescore

88
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 2,544 users
85 / 100 from 18 experts

Pros

  • Outstanding grip
  • Perfect foot lockdown
  • Great for mud, ice, rocks 
  • Durable as a tank

Cons

  • For narrow feet only
  • Not breathable
  • Heavy

Verdict

A beast in all our trail runs, the Saucony Peregrine 11 was more than confidence-inspiring! It's a tank that mutes out all the harshness of the trails while eating up everything you throw at it! From slick mud, snow, dry, and rocky stream crossings, this shoe just bites hard and deep into the ground. It's also built to run fast, and we got exactly that in the Peregrine! 

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What are the cheapest running shoes for heel strike in 2022?

  1. Adidas Runfalcon 2.0 - from £23
  2. Under Armour Charged Rogue 2.5 - from £33
  3. Asics Jolt 3 - from £36
  4. Asics Patriot 12 - from £39
  5. Asics Trail Scout 2 - from £39
  6. Nike Renew Ride 2 - from £40
  7. Asics Gel Venture 8 - from £40
  8. Asics Gel Contend 7 - from £40
  9. Under Armour Charged Vantage - from £41
  10. Under Armour Charged Assert 9 - from £41
  11. Salomon Predict Soc - from £44
  12. Adidas SL20.2 - from £45
  13. New Balance Nitrel V4 - from £45
  14. Adidas EQ21 - from £45
  15. Asics Gel Excite 9 - from £45

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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.