10 Best Neutral Cushioned Running Shoes in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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10 Best Neutral Cushioned Running Shoes in 2022

If you are looking for the best neutral cushioned running shoes, you are much in luck. All the leading brands in the running shoe market make exceptional, well-cushioned neutral shoes as part of their lineups.

For runners with a neutral stance (the foot is not overly pronated or supinated) and normal-size arches, having a performance-enhancing shoe combined with great cushioning allows them to put in big mileage with more comfort and better race results.

With over 1,000 models in this category, we have handpicked and reviewed 100+ of them to pick out the most outstanding for our list. Whether you’ve just started running or are unsure of which shoe best suits your needs, this is a good place to start.

How we test running shoes

At RunRepeat, our goal is to provide you with recent updates and comprehensive reviews on the best neutral cushioned running shoes out there. With our shoe lab and wear tests, we put each pair of shoes to the wringer to pick out the best among the best.

Here’s exactly how we approach it:

  • We buy each pair of shoes on this list with our own money to keep us unbiased.
  • We bring the shoes to our independent lab for much closer inspection. We do this by cutting them into pieces and measuring over 30 parameters, from cushioning, breathability, durability, and many more.
  • Our testers put in at least 30 to 50 miles on average to see how each pair actually performs in a variety of conditions.
  • We gather more comparable data from shoe experts and regular runners who have tried the shoes.

At the end of the entire process, we input all the aggregated data into our CoreScore system, which assigns each model a final rating ranging from 0 to 100. Our best picks make it to this list.

Best neutral cushioned running shoes overall

Brooks Ghost 14
Brooks Ghost 14
£106
£112
£131
Top pick

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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Brooks Glycerin 20
Brooks Glycerin 20
£140
£151
Also great

Corescore

88
Great!
5.0 / 5 from 5 users
92 / 100 from 2 experts

Pros

  • Plush cushion
  • Awesome step-in feel
  • Responsive ride
  • Breathable during hot days
  • Tank-like build
  • Weighs less than it looks
  • Great-value choice
  • Comfortable fit
  • Grippy even on wet road and gravel

Cons

  • Laces don't stay tied
  • Blocky ride

Verdict

"The hype is real." This is how runners find the Glycerin 20 from Brooks. They even hail it as the best Glycerin to date. With its luxe comfort and a touch of pop, it's a fun and lively workhorse that works perfectly for recovery days and long miles on the road. Overall, the Brooks Glycerin 20 is a tried-and-true daily trainer that's a cozy and reliable pick for both beginners and seasoned road runners.
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Best neutral road cushioned running shoes

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38
£77
£78
£82
£83
Top pick

Corescore

86
Great!
4.3 / 5 from 2,368 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. It can do slow days, tempo sessions, and even gym workouts. If you want a fun ride, take the Pegasus 38!
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Brooks Revel 5
Brooks Revel 5
£86
Also great

Corescore

86
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 6,231 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 neutral trail cushioned running shoes

Salomon XT-6
Salomon XT-6
£156
£172
Top pick

Corescore

85
Great!
4.7 / 5 from 6 users
97 / 100 from 1 experts

Pros

  • Fit true to size
  • Superb responsiveness
  • Quicklace system is a breeze
  • Zero Heel-slip
  • Amazing grip
  • Breathable
  • Super stable ride
  • Great protection
  • Stylish
  • Durable

Cons

  • Quite heavy as some trail shoes go
  • Stiff in colder conditions

Verdict

The Salomon XT-6 has been a hugely popular shoe for nearly a decade both for its looks and its ability to take you anyway on a trail. With heaps of protection, insane grip, and a responsive, speedy ride the XT-6 is still a relevant trail shoe to help you explore the less beaten trails. It’s a shoe that’s sure to leave you confident traversing steep gradients, or comfy at the end of a long hike.
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Altra Lone Peak 5.0
Altra Lone Peak 5.0
£106
£77
Also great

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 5,179 users
89 / 100 from 19 experts

Pros

  • Great for wide feet
  • Superb grip (rocks, mud, ice, snow) 
  • Stiff and durable 
  • Sheds mud easily
  • Great water drainage
  • Balanced and stable ride
  • Removable Ortholite insole
  • Great for road-to-trail transitions
  • Extremely breathable
  • Rock plate for technical terrain
  • Gaiter-friendly
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • No ground feel
  • Too cold for winter days

Verdict

The Altra Lone Peak 5.0 is a trail shoe that will make you run with confidence! It's sturdy underfoot, supportive, and it's got the right blend of comfort and responsiveness. Throw in any terrain, and this shoe will bite its way through them!
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Best value neutral cushioned running shoes

Nike Free Run 5.0
Nike Free Run 5.0
£91
£101
Top pick

Corescore

83
Good!
4.3 / 5 from 12,271 users
86 / 100 from 1 experts

Pros

  • Insane lightness
  • Glove-like fit
  • Heel loop
  • Easy lacing system
  • Super breathable 
  • True to size
  • Comfotable as an everyday slipper
  • Extremely flexible

Cons

  • Short runs only
  • Lack of proper outsole
  • Insole not removable

Verdict

Ah, the Nike Free Run… Calling this a running shoe is a stretch, but there’s still a vestige of folks out there in the minimalist fan group that likes the slipper-like feel of Nike’s long-running “Free” lineup. The 2021 update steers back toward a less bizarre-looking shoe than we saw in 2020 but continues with the ultralight and ultra-flexible design.
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Nike Revolution 6
Nike Revolution 6
Also great

Corescore

77
Decent!
4.1 / 5 from 519 users
72 / 100 from 2 experts

Pros

  • Fits true to size
  • Peppy midsole
  • Budget-friendly
  • Good amount of flexibility
  • Consistent performance in any condition
  • Great as leisurewear

Cons

  • Runs narrow
  • Poor lacing
  • Lacks grip

Verdict

The Nike Revolution 6 is a really popular running shoe that feels more and more like a sneaker the more we try it out. With an exciting feeling midsole, the Revolution 6 is ready for some short, fun adventures, but may not be your best bet for serious running.
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What are the cheapest neutral cushioned 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. Asics Jolt 3 - from £29
  6. Adidas Galaxy 5 - from £30
  7. Reebok Energen Plus - from £32
  8. Under Armour Charged Rogue 2.5 - from £33
  9. Adidas Fluidstreet - from £35
  10. Adidas Racer TR21 - from £36
  11. Adidas Runfalcon 2.0 TR - from £37
  12. Asics Patriot 12 - from £39
  13. Asics Trail Scout 2 - from £39
  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.