10 Best Speed Training Running Shoes in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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10 Best Speed Training Running Shoes in 2022

Speed is a huge part of running. Whether you’re running easy or fast, your running shoes should match your pace. 

For runners who want to set PBs, there’s no better option than dedicated speed trainers. 

There are more than 200 speed running shoes to choose from. But no worries, this list has trimmed it down to the ten best models. 

Because we believe that there’s no one shoe for all runners, we have selected top picks from five different categories.

How we test running shoes

Before they make it to the list, each tempo trainer goes through a myriad of tests in our own RunRepeat shoe testing facility. And to stay objective, we buy them with our own money. 

To step it up, we also: 

  • Run in them for at least 30 to 50 miles
  • Cut them open
  • Examine and measure their parts via different parameters
  • Calculate their Corescore based on thousands of expert and user reviews

Best speed training running shoes overall

Saucony Endorphin Speed 2
Saucony Endorphin Speed 2
£120
£121
£152
£156
Top pick

Corescore

91
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 948 users
93 / 100 from 18 experts

Pros

  • Fun, peppy ride
  • Runs like a race shoe
  • Lightweight
  • Plenty breathable
  • Smooth rockered transitions
  • Great lockdown
  • 2 pairs of laces
  • One shoe Race, Tempo, Trainer
  • More flexible than other carbon-plated shoes
  • Reflective detail for night runs
  • Easy to put on (pull tab on the tongue and heel)

Cons

  • Learning curve needed for heel strikers or slower paces
  • Slipper on wet surfaces

Verdict

A speed trainer and a race day shoe? Take both in the Endorphin Speed 2. After pacing it through, this shoe proved itself a star in speed, responsiveness, and durability. It literally sent us flying through the blocks! Even better, it's unlike any speed-oriented shoes we've tested - it doesn't forgo comfort in favor of lightness and agility! 

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Brooks Hyperion Tempo
Brooks Hyperion Tempo
£125
£141
Also great

Corescore

89
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 6,301 users
90 / 100 from 32 experts

Pros

  • Very light
  • Fast shoe
  • Responsive ride
  • Secure fit
  • Breathable

Cons

  • Stretchy laces
  • Narrow toebox

Verdict

Easily, the Brooks Hyperion Tempo is a speed training shoe we'd HIGHLY recommend to those who want to run fast! This shoe is everything we could ask for in a speedster - it's light, supportive, and very responsive. It literally pushed us forward! What's even surprising is that it's a comfortable shoe too. Even better, after logging 60 miles, the shoe still looks pristine! 

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Speed training shoes with best cushioning

New Balance FuelCell Rebel v2
New Balance FuelCell Rebel v2
£119
£121
£121
£121
Top pick

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.4 / 5 from 771 users
92 / 100 from 20 experts

Pros

  • True to size
  • Fits wide feet well
  • Lightweight
  • Responsive and bouncy ride
  • Breathable upper
  • Great lockdown
  • Ultra-comfortable
  • Bargain at $130 (should be $160)

Cons

  • Slightly unstable when walking
  • No heel-loop
  • Stiffens in cold temperatures

Verdict

Even as a nitpicking expert, it was so hard for us to find a flaw from the Rebel v2 from New Balance! The usual case is that all-rounders are good at everything and great at nothing. But this shoe literally REBELS against that! It excelled at everything we paced it through - it's plush for easy recovery days and long runs, but exceptionally bouncy and peppy to pick up the pace in tempo sessions! 

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Asics Novablast 2
Asics Novablast 2
£89
£131
£131
£131
Also great

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 2,365 users
91 / 100 from 16 experts

Pros

  • Fits like a glove
  • Stable
  • Springy, responsive ride
  • Superb breathability  
  • Durable
  • Great right out of the box
  • Very soft and comfortable
  • Accomodates wider forefeet
  • Perfect for long or recovery runs
  • Reflective elements for night runs

Cons

  • Really tall
  • Untrusting grip

Verdict

Built around comfort, our feet were right at home in the Asics Novablast 2! It's springy and soft (as in everywhere!) - much like a spa day treat in long, easy miles. And with all that plushness, you might think this is a shoe that wears easily. Good news! It DOESN'T. It's built to eat up miles (300-500 miles), and we can confirm this! 

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Best low/zero-drop speed training shoes

Saucony Kinvara 12
Saucony Kinvara 12
£83
£85
£85
£109
Top pick

Corescore

89
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 4,699 users
87 / 100 from 22 experts

Pros

  • Perfect fit
  • Wide feet friendly
  • Balanced and reliable ride
  • Fantastic foot lockdown
  • Tongue stays put
  • Great laces
  • Insanely flexible
  • Removable insole
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Not for cold days
  • Non-durable outsole 

Verdict

Having tested Kinvaras of the past, we are happy to report that the Kinvara 12 continues to delight our feet as a lightweight daily trainer. So much so we even forgot we had shoes on! Like all other do-it-all shoes, it's good at everything and great at nothing (not a bad thing). For $110, it's a solid choice for a shoe that performs on slow runs, long-distance efforts, tempo sessions, and everything in between! 

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Altra Rivera
Altra Rivera
£77
£81
£91
£91
Also great

Corescore

86
Great!
4.3 / 5 from 1,387 users
89 / 100 from 16 experts

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • Responsive
  • Stable
  • Versatile grip
  • More fit than other Altras
  • Durable

Cons

  • Laces become untied
  • Heel slippage

Verdict

If you want one shoe for everything - daily runs and occasional races - the Altra Rivera is what we'd suggest. It's cushioned, stable, and responsive enough to get you through the paces! And to test its claims to versatility, we hit both the road and trail (single-tracks), and it did awesome! The only issues we had with this shoe were the heel slips and the laces coming undone. 

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Best carbon-plated speed training shoes

Hoka One One Carbon X 2
Hoka One One Carbon X 2
£110
£113
£144
Top pick

Corescore

89
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 3,018 users
88 / 100 from 30 experts

Pros

  • Excellent ride
  • Comfortable footbed
  • Well-fitting
  • Great heel hold
  • Stable
  • Ventilated
  • Handy slip-on design

Cons

  • Weighty
  • Insufficient wet pavement grip
  • Not for wide-footed
  • Lacks ground feel

Verdict

If you want a carbon-plated shoe that's built to go long and fast, the Hoka Carbon X 2 is an excellent pick. With its speed-enhancing features, the shoe shines at moderate to uptempo paces. Ensuring efficient strides, conserving the runner's energy is what the Carbon X 2 does best.

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Asics Magic Speed
Asics Magic Speed
£102
£102
£102
£109
Also great

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 301 users
90 / 100 from 13 experts

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Affordable at $150
  • Fast and nimble
  • Smooth transitions
  • Peppy toe-off
  • Minimally padded
  • Breathable
  • Great grip

Cons

  • Fits narrow
  • Not built for comfort

Verdict

If you're new to the world of carbon-plated running shoes, you should give the Asics Magic Speed some serious thought. It's plated tempo-day speedster that we see as a training complement to the MetaSpeed Sky. But if you want a full-on racing shoe, this can fit the bill too! Its ride is just so efficient and peppy, you don't have to put much effort into it to go fast. 

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Best value speed training shoes

Brooks Launch 8
Brooks Launch 8
£61
Top pick

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 10,788 users
87 / 100 from 14 experts

Pros

  • Hugs your feet
  • No heel slipping
  • Breathable
  • Surprisingly flexible
  • Easy to slide into
  • Elf tab
  • Feels light and fast
  • Affordable speed trainer

Cons

  • Not for slick surfaces

Verdict

A shoe that literally launched us forward - the Brooks Launch 8! Easily, it's one of our best picks for speed training shoes that doesn't break the bank. For a budget shoe, it goes above and beyond in areas of lightness, speed, and durability - something most speedsters don't possess! If you already have an easy-day and race-day shoe, this will complete your rotation. And if you want a light daily running shoe, it can fit the bill 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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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.