Top Running Shoes for 2016 from Top Running Shoes for 2016

Top Running Shoes for 2016

Top Running Shoes for 2016


Nobody argues the many health benefits of running. As more doctors prescribe aerobic physical activity, including for treating depression, an increasing number of people pick up the sport. Businesses are also adapting.

This is why the following list is broken down in various categories from best running shoes for wide feet and under-pronators, to top rated sneakers for trail running and triathlons.

The process of designing a shoe, according to Michael Thompson, Pearl Izumi’s Global Category Manager for Footwear, starts with the runner and his or her experience. “We always ask the question: What do we want the shoe to feel like when running?  Is it a fast and light running sensation or more structured and highly cushioned one? Once we get clear on the experience we want, we then look at macro trends outside the market and how they may influence the running space now and in the future.”

The sneakers below made the list based on rankings, tests, experts and user reviews on several sites specializing in running. Some of these include RunRepeat, where the ranking is updated daily, Runner’s World and Running Shoes Guru. Extra points were given to opinions by experts who have many years of experience. 

Saucony Hurricane ISO 2

Best For: Overall performance

The Hurricane ISO 2 is the perfect blend of durability and comfort. Your long runs just became longer because the new ISOFIT upper helps stabilize your foot and the level of pronation control is at a maximum. They come in a variety of different colors and also give you the option to choose between a regular shoe and wide shoe. 


Saucony Cohesion

Best for: Overall performance

More than 1,000 people gave Saucony Cohesion 5 stars on RunRepeat. It tops all 542 shoes on their list of best running shoes. Some experts call it “a great every day athletic shoe that can be worn in almost any environment.” Its new feature, the Grid system, is present in the midsole foam which acts as a cushion for the feet, providing underfoot comfort. The upper fabric is breathable and lightweight. Saucony Cohesion 9 has both the regular and wide types, so runners with different fit preferences can get theirs with ease.

Under Armour SpeedForm Apollo 2

Best For: Overall performance

Under Armour says that their innovative UA SpeedForm technology delivers zero distraction while running. They added foam into the heel of the shoe to provide a better lock down and a perforated upper with ultrasonic seal of breathability. Reviews say that they are “lightweight and comfortable,” and that they are a “great shoe for people standing for long periods of time.”


Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

Best For: Overall performance

Other than the fact you can actually design your own Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32, they offer incredible support for all of your fast runs. They contain mesh upper that provides ventilation and support, responsive cushioning in the heel and a crash rain underfoot that helps you make smooth transitions. A reviewer on says they are a “great reliable running sneaker.”


Mizuno Wave Enigma

Best for: Overall performance

The Enigma is a durable running shoe ideal for athletes running a lot of miles at a time. It has a heel-strike-oriented midsole, snug fit, good structure and thick tongue. This is considered a fast shoe. The Open Mesh upper unit offers high levels of ventilation for the foot. “It combines top-notch technology in cushion, durability and flexibility, which supports the natural flow of foot movements and combats forceful impacts, thus, creating a comfortable and safe experience for all types of runners,” one expert review says.

Asics Gel Kayano 22

Best For: Flat Feet

These sneakers are said to be one of the best for long distance runs. They are built with a seamless upper and re-engineered Heel-Clutching System for a more secure fit. ASICS explains that “mild and moderate over-pronators will love the updated ComforDry lasting and FluidRide midsole, allowing them to experience a more luxurious and longer run.”


Saucony Omni 14

Best For: Flat Feet

For those of you who suffer from running with flat feet, look no further than the Saucony Omni 14 shoe. It has plush cushioning, maximum stability and delivers excellent robust support. A reviewer on wrote that the size and width are both true to size. Bonus: You can select your shoe type – wide or regular.


Nike LunarGlide 6

Best For: Flat Feet/Overpronators

The Nike LunarGlide 6 contains a breathable foam upper support. It conforms naturally to the foot to make your running experience comfortable. The Dynamic Fit and Flywire technology provides a secure fit. They also have a rubber outsole that enhances traction and flexibility. Reviews on say “these shoes are very comfortable & great features,” “great, great product,” and “I only buy these shoes.”


New Balance W1340v2

Best For: Stability/Overpronation

If you are looking for a shoe with increased stability look no further than the New Balance W1340v2. These shoes were built for the overpronator who requires reinforced stability and cushioning. They have a breathable mesh upper and ABZORB® forfoot cushioning for shock absorption. They are lightweight, flexible and have a Ndurance® rubber outsole compound for maximum durability.


Mizuno Wave Inspire

Best For: Stability

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 running shoe was specifically designed for runners who need extra support. They contain breathable mesh, internal straps, stretch laces and a rubber forefoot for durability, distribution and extra cushioning. A review on reads: “fit great, comfort always great and pricing really great too.”


Adidas Supernova Sequence Boost 8

Best For: Stability

These comfortable, lightweight, all-terrain shoes are perfect for both your road and trail runs. They are designed to keep your feet insulated and warm on muddy trails and they contain a breathable climaheat™ insulation and a Continental™ Rubber outsole.


Asics Gel Foundation 12

Best for: Wide feet

The Asics Gel Foundation 12 is the most popular shoe for people with wide feet, according to Jens Jakob Andersen, a runner and also founder of The combination of light weight and comfort is why, he adds. The ComforDry Sockliner provides additional cushioning while reducing moisture. The DuoMax Support System and the Guidance Trusstic System provide extra stability. Runners use the shoe for both long and short runs.

New Balance Minimus

Best for: Wide feet

“The Minimus Trail Zero is beyond lightweight, exceptionally wide, fantastically flexible with great ground feel,” one expert review says. New Balance, in general, is a popular brand among people who need running shoes for wider feet, Andersen adds. They have shoes with many different width variations. Many athletes appreciate the multipurpose of the Minimus Trail v3 as it runs very well on trails and roads.

Vasque Pendulum II

Best for: Wide feet

The Vasque Pendulum II is preferred for its secure locked-in midfoot, according to Outside Online. There is enough inside, even if you’re wearing thick socks. The midsize lugs make muck runs a breeze. It’s best to be worn during runs in the winter. These are versatile running shoes that are good for various terrains.

Altra One

Best for: Wide feet

“Altra are part famous for their wide forefoot,” Andersen says. The mid-sole unit of Altra One brings responsive cushioning, flexibility, and a balanced platform that’s partially made from recycled materials, according to RunRepeat. These sneakers are best for tempo running and racing. Users and experts also like them because they are light, comfortable and perfect for low-impact running.

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Best For: Narrow Feet

The Mizuno Wave Rider 17 features a new Dynamotion upper fit; it uses soft mesh to optimize breathability and comfort. They are perfect for individuals with narrow feet as they have an anatomical lacing system that secures your foot to the platform. A review on says: “This is my 2nd pair! I love them and won’t ever run in anything but mizunos!!!!”


Adidas Ultra Boost Shoes

Best For: Narrow Feet/Neutral Runner

Rain or shine, put on your Adidas Ultra Boost Shoes. They offer heel stability and midfoot support, while their Continental Rubber outsole provides a grip for all-weather conditions. Reviews on say that they are the “most comfortable shoes of all time,” and “best running shoe on the market.”


Hoka One One Huaka

Best for: Trail running

One of the best things about the Hoka One One Huaka, other than its light weight and cushioning, is its design. “I took these shoes on a 24 mile road run. They performed flawlessly in basically all areas. They were comfortable the whole time, provided a smooth ride and the cushioning felt great,” one review, similar to many others, read. The shoes have better durability and an exceptional outsole grip. The three-layer welded support frame is designed to offer protection between the foot and the upper on any trail.  

The North Face Ultra MT

Best for: Trail Running

The North Face Ultra MT has been ranked high by testers from Outside Online for technical running. “This shoe has the DNA of a mountain goat. With five-millimeter lugs for bite in loose turf, a sticky Vibram outsole, and an exceptionally secure fit, the Ultra MT was born to motor over gnarly trails.” The heel is firm and thick enough. The forefoot is thin, fast, and responsive on various terrains.

Merrell All Out Peak

Best for: Trail Running

Most of the people trying the Merrell All Out Peak gave it 5 stars. It’s best for neutral pronators and normal training. Actually, the most negative review is still a positive one: “The Peak easily handles: mud, icy snow, wet wooden bridges, and slick pavement, while providing tremendous rock protection.” The running shoe features mesh and synthetic upper, reflective details, a removable footbed, breathable mesh lining, and TrailProtect™ pad for extra sole protection.

Altra Lone Peak 2.5

Best for: Trail running

The Lone Peak has been updated. What’s new is the redesigned upper, better lacing system, upper durability, and slightly firmer midsole so you can run better along challenging and unpredictable trails. As one reviewer wrote: “I picked this shoe up a couple of weeks ago, looking to find a shoe that was minimal in terms of heel to toe drop, but still provided adequate cushioning.[…] I did 2 easy hour-long runs in them first, then did a 5-hour run on really rocky terrain. I had no issues with them at all. They provided great protection.” The bottom line is that this shoe is comfortable for any terrain and has a good combination of cushion and ground-to-foot contact.

Brooks PureGrit 4

Best for: Trail running

The Brooks PureGrit 4 has a low heel-toe drop and a flexible midsole so you can be as agile as possible on a technically difficult terrain. The cushioning is just enough to protect you. These running shoes are ideal for short to medium and fast routes, according to reviews. People like them because they are comfortable, have good traction and are pretty light. “Love the way the shoe doesn't interfere with your natural way to run,” one person wrote.

Pearl Izumi Trail N3

Best For: Trail Running

Consider Pearl Izumi Trail N3 shoes for your next trail run. They provide a dynamic offset-shaped midsole that is biochemically trail tuned for all-day comfort and they do incredibly well on technical terrain. They also have a new multi-directional Carbon Rubber outsole for abrasion resistance and incredible traction.


Nike Free RN Motion Flyknit

Best For: Road Running

Experience natural movement and enhanced range of motion on your next road run with the Nike Free RN Motion Flyknit shoes. According to Nike, “Nike Flyknit technology was inspired by feedback from runners seeking a shoe with the snug (and virtually unnoticed) fit of a sock.” These shoes have enhanced cushioning and stretchy polyester yarn for a flexible fit.


Adidas Adistar Boost ESM

Best For: Road Running

This is one of the best running shoes Adidas offers. They have a techfit™ that provides lightweight and flexible support, a TORSION® SYSTEM that delivers lightweight arch support and an outsole with high-wear durability. Reviews say they are breathable, comfortable, cushions impact and lightweight.


Pearl Izumi Road N 3

Best For: Road Running

The Road N3 is a highly cushioned neutral shoe that feels soft in the heel but lively in the forefoot. It provides you with the ultimate road running comfort. They have 3-D Seamless Print Upper Technology for lightweight structure, and a combination of blown rubber and carbon rubber for abrasion resistance and cushioning.


Asics Gel Quantum 360

Best For: Road Running

For the ultimate comfort on your long road runs you may want to consider the Asics Gel Quantum 360 shoes. They have a rearfoot and forefoot gel cushioning system and a trusstic system that helps to reduce the weight of the sole. A review on says: “The shoe looked great right out of the box. This is my second pair and I love this shoe.”


Brooks Glycerin

Best for: Under-pronators

“I can now run in a shoe which has a great deal of cushion underfoot, amazing fit but works with my midfoot strike really well – winner!” one expert review says. Others say Brooks Glycerin cover all running needs, whether you are training or in a race. The great support, superior cushioning, good shock absorbency and comfort earned the Glycerin extra points with reviewers. "Brooks are usually at the top of the list for best motion control shoes," according to Running and Fitness CoachMatt Wilpers.

Nike Zoom Vomero 4

Best for: Under-pronators

The Zoom Vomero 4 is Nike’s top shoe for the cushioning category and therefore, is aimed at Neutral to Under-pronators (supinators), according to Running Shoes Guru. The sole unit is the same as in the previous version of the model, which was well received and got consistently positive feedback of being one of the best cushioned rides. Comfort and lightweight, especially for athletes who go for long runs, was also ranked highly.

Brooks Addiction

Best For: Severe Overpronation

This shoe provides the ultimate comfort and stability for all of you individuals with severe over pronation. They are great for road running and individuals with flat arches. They also contain a Heel Segmented Crash Pad for smooth landings. Bonus: Choose your width – Normal, Narrow, Wide, Extra Wide.


Skechers GOrun Forza

Best For: Severe Overpronation

If you are looking for a stabilizing running shoe, look no further than Skechers GOrun Forza. They were the winner of the Competitor Magazines’s ‘Best Debut’ Spring 2016 award. This shoe has a lightweight mesh, reflective detail for safety on your night runs, and toe, heel and side synthetic detailing for added stability.


Asics Gel Fortify

Best For: Severe Overpronation

If you find that when you run your foot is severely rolling inwards, it may be wise to consider the Asics Gel Fortify running shoe. A review on says: “Very pleased with each pair of Asics that I've worn. Btw. The Fortify is shoe of promise or faith. The solid sole is beautifully and boldly designed and engineered. The insert works in creating an initial luxurious comfort followed by a certain stable road and shock absorption. Splendid!”


Salomon Speedcross CS 3

Best for: Waterproof

The Salomon Speedcross CS 3 ranked the top rated waterproof sneakers, according to Andersen. Most runners mentioned that the third version of the model offered great underfoot comfort. The waterproof upper also comes with an anti-debris mesh. “The best winter and trail racing shoe available. Buy it if: You want to be fast on wet, dry or snowy trails,” one expert’s review says.

Brooks Adrenaline ASR GTX 12

Best for: Waterproof

The pros of the Brooks Adrenaline ASR GTX 12 are comfort, cushion impact, support and good traction on problematic terrain thanks to the rugged outsole. The GORE-TEX waterproof membrane was added in the upper for breathable and secure coverage. The sneakers are meant for people with flat or medium arch. They are recommended for trail running. This is a “steady, versatile workhorse for nasty conditions,” according to OutsideOnline.

Saucony Excursion TR 9

Best for: Waterproof

Saucony Excursion TR 9 is in the Top 5 of the best waterproof running shoes, according to Andersen. Experts recommended it for runners or walkers seeking warm, waterproof shoes with a good grip, in a lightweight but protective and very durable design. More than 500 people gave the sneakers 5 stars.

Altra Lone Peak Neoshell

Best for: Waterproof

What reviewers like the most about the Lone Peak is its upper, a highly breathable Polartec Neoshell waterproof barrier. Snow or rain won’t be soaking your feet. Some people also like the minimalist ride. The sneakers feature a Heel Claw upper construction, which offers a snug fit and better structural support. Many were impressed by the shoe’s natural foot design, which encourages the natural positioning of the foot when running or staying idle, according to RunRepeat.

Asics Gel Noosa Tri 11

Best for: Triathlons

The seamless upper design of Asics Gel Noosa Tri 11 helps runners get a sock-like fit that is comfortable, even if they are not wearing socks. The perforated Sock Liner, adds more underfoot cushioning that’s breathable, which is a plus. People mostly use it for normal training. The Solyte mid-sole, combined with a bevy of stability mechanics that are meant to balance the stance of the foot when idle and running, rounds out a robust underfoot platform, according to RunRepeat.

Zoot Ultra TT 7.0

Best for triathlons:

Many runners liked the durable construction of the Zoot Ultra TT 7.0. No other racing shoe has won more triathlon podiums than the Ultra TT, according to its site. The pros of the shoe, as per users’ reviews, include comfort, sturdiness, easy to use, multifunctional and design. Some say it’s a great fit even without socks.

Newton Distance V

Best for: Triathlons

Newton Distance ranked high for triathlon competitions because of its light weight construction, comfort and support, which are crucial during long runs. The improved seamless upper construction enhances ventilation. The new ice lugs and full flex zone accommodates the splay of the foot. The worst review on RunRepeat says: “It is a great purchase because these shoes will give you the best and most comfortable of running experiences.”

Zoot Ultra Kane 3.0

Best for: Triathlons

Experts say the Zoot Ultra Kane 3 is responsive and agile, making it ideal for long-distance running such as half and full marathons. Some people wear them every day in addition to running with them. The shoe uses the Z-Bound technology that aims to rebound the runner’s energy in order to reduce foot fatigue and stress, according to RunRepeat. Many gave positive feedbacks on the overall construction, lightweight, comfort and design.

Asics Gel Nimbus 18

Best for: Athleisure

Athleisure is a fairly new type of running, basically meaning to run while looking as fashionable as possible, according to Andersen. The newest update of the Gel-Nimbus, which ranked No. 1 in this category, offers great fit and comfort due to the flexible mesh upper. A newly-designed heel counter is used to prevent any heel slippage. Runners also love it for its durability and arch support.

Nike Lunaracer 3

Best for: Athleisure

Nike Lunaracer’s runscore on RunRepeat is 91 out of 100. Most users gave it 5 stars because of the combination of lightweight and “unbelievable cushioning.” Reflective materials are found on the shoe for better reflectivity in low lighting, which is always a plus. According to some testers, the sneakers can handle all kinds of distances without causing problems.

Nike LunarGlide 7

Best for: Athleisure

The bottom lines of the reviews about the seventh version of the LunarGlide series is that runners and casual shoe enthusiasts like it for its cool design, comfortable upper, and efficient underfoot platform. People with mild over-pronation of the foot also like to wear it for everyday physical activities. The strong outsole offers protection, stability and flexibility.

Nike Free Run Distance

Best for: Neutral pronators

The Nike Free Run Distance is the first in the Free line intended to be a daily trainer suitable for longer runs, according to Runner’s World. Testers say the sneakers are extremely flexible, as per reviews on RunRepeat. The outsole hexagons are larger than on other Frees and arranged to provide more lateral stability. They are used for normal training by runners who are looking for a very light and versatile shoe.

Mizuno Wave Hitogami

Best for: Neutral pronators

Mizuno has made the best running shoes rankings of RunRepeat as well as Runner’s World for being light but stable. People have tested the Hitogami 3 for all kinds of distances, including ultra-long runs. They like it for road runs and competitions. The design, relatively affordable price of about $100, durability and just enough cushioning make the Hitogami one of the most popular racing shoes.

Salomon Sonic Pro's

Best for: Short-distance run

“I like the Sonic Pro's because they are light yet have a decent amount of support for my short-distance runs,” Wilpers says. The Salomon Sonic Pro was also rated as some of the best by Runners’ World. The low-profile, neutral, dual-density midsole has a responsive ride with just a touch of cushioning, according to the site. The stretchy upper fits snugly with a pull-cord lacing system.

Salomon X-Mission 3's

Best for: Long-distance runs

“I need the cushion for longer runs and while I usually run on a bunch of different surfaces, I spend most of my time on trails as it feels better on my legs,” Wilpers says. “These shoes have excellent grip no matter what surface I go on.” Sensifit with quicklace and sensiflex provide a snug, comfortable fit for agility in varying terrain.

Inov-8 X-Talon 212

Best for: Minimalist

The Inov-8 X-Talon 212 ranked highest in the minimalist category because reviews say it is very flexible, fast, versatile, and has a firm grip. The Synthetic mesh in the upper, combined with a Met Cradle webbing, secures the foot well while maintaining a well-ventilated interior environment. Its coating is water repellant, keeping your feet dry on wet surfaces.

Merrell Trail Glove

Best For: Minimalist

If you are looking for a shoe with a glove-like fit, the Merrell Trail Glove 3 is perfect for you. It has a mesh and synthetic TPU upper, breathable mesh lining, reflective details for increased visibility on your night runs and a TrailProtect™ pad that offers under foot protection.