November 2022

Men's Running Shoes: Meta Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Running Shoes rankings posted by key online experts, as of November 2022.

Summary

As of 11 Nov 2022, Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed running shoes with 4 expert endorsements. 2 experts out of 4 recommended it as the '#1 running shoes' this month. It is followed by Brooks Ghost 14 and Hoka One Bondi 7 , with 5 and 4 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - November 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Running Shoes
Men'sHealth
Tom's Guide
CNET
Runner's World
Verywell Fit
Best Products
Healthline
RunRepeat
Forbes
Fit and Well
1
+1 $140
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22
1
-
-
10
-
-
-
7
1
-
2
-1 $100
Brooks Ghost 14
9
-
1
-
7
-
-
5
5
-
3
- $140
Hoka One Bondi 7
3
-
-
-
3
2
2
-
-
-
4
- $104
Brooks Ghost 13
-
-
-
-
-
9
3
-
-
2
5
+2 Check price
Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2
-
7
-
5
-
-
-
2
-
-
6
-1 $145
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38
-
-
-
-
11
1
-
-
-
-
7
-1 $70
Saucony Kinvara 12
-
-
-
-
2
-
-
-
-
3
14
+1 Check price
Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next%
-
-
-
-
-
11
-
-
2
-
15
-1 $100
New Balance Fresh Foam 880v11
-
-
-
-
10
3
-
-
-
-
16
- $90
Asics Gel-Kayano 28
6
-
-
-
6
-
-
-
-
-
17
- $100
Brooks Adrenaline Gts 21
-
-
-
-
9
4
-
-
-
-
18
- Check price
NIKE ZoomX Invincible Run Flyknit 2
8
5
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
19
+1 $92
New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v11
-
-
-
-
14
-
-
-
6
-
20
+1 $75
Mizuno Wave Rider 25
16
-
-
-
-
-
6
-
-
-

We ranked Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 #1 in November 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Men's Running Shoes” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Men'sHealth

Best Daily Trainer for Flat Feet / Editor's Choice

Pros
Adequate support and cushioning
Offers a smooth ride

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Runner's World

Best Stability Shoe

Pros
Good arch support
Smoother ride than previous versions

Cons
Less suited for speed workouts

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RunRepeat

Most popular road running shoes for men

Pros
Fits true to size
Promising durability
Stability for all directions
Improved aesthetics
Phenomenal grip
A firmer, faster midsole
Consistent in all conditions
Reliable daily runner

Cons
Very heavy
High price point for stability aimed at beginners
Midsole is too hard for some

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Forbes

Best Running Shoes for Men Overall

Pros
Arch support and a patented “GuideRails system” mean everything from your feet to your ankles, knees and hips is secure.

Cons
The cushion might feel a little heavy for speed runners.

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We ranked Brooks Ghost 14 #2 in November 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Men's Running Shoes” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Brooks Ghost 14 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Men'sHealth

Best Trainers for High Arches

Pros
Wide variety of sizes
Super soft lining

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CNET

Best overall running shoes for men

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Verywell Fit

Best for Plantar Fasciitis

Pros
Durable
Extremely comfortable
Excellent cushioning
Good support and stability

Cons
Expensive
Limited color options in wide widths

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RunRepeat

Best neutral road running shoes for men

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

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Forbes

Best Road Running Shoes

Pros
Cushioned sole and shock-absorption made for outdoor runs.

Cons
Runs warm.

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Men's Running Shoes.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Men's Running Shoes, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for November 2022 ranking

We ranked Hoka One Bondi 7 #3 in November 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Men's Running Shoes” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Men'sHealth

Most Cushioned Running Shoe

Pros
Ample arch support
Fit is secure without clipping gait

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Verywell Fit

Best Cushioned

Pros
Soft and ultra-cushioning footbed
Good arch support
Excellent breathability
Wide range of sizes

Cons
Expensive
Some don’t like the thick heel

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Best Products

Best for Support

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Healthline

Best for cushioning

Pros
sizing generally fits to size
extra cushioning around the collar
lightweight and vegan

Cons
pricey for some budgets
some reviewers found the extra cushioning uncomfortable

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We ranked Brooks Ghost 13 #4 in November 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Men's Running Shoes” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Best Products

Best for Beginners

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Healthline

Best for long distance running

Pros
senior users praise comfort and arch support
versatile shoe for running and walking
many users feel loyal to the brand and trust the quality

Cons
sizing may run small so consider buying 1/2 size up
may be slippery on wet surfaces

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Fit and Well

The best budget running shoes for men

Pros
Soft, smooth and comfortable
The Brooks Ghost range is tried and trusted
Great design with plenty of support and a breathable upper

Cons
Not the quickest shoe
Can lead to overpronation

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We ranked Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2 #5 in November 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Men's Running Shoes” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best race day shoe

Pros
Incredible energy return
Lightweight and comfortable for race day

Cons
An investment

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Runner's World

Best Marathon Racer

Pros
Wider, more comfortable forefoot fit than first version
Extremely high energy return

Cons
Expensive

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RunRepeat

Best Nike road running shoes for men

Pros
Insanely lightweight
Very breathable
Bouncy
Responsive
FAST
No break-in period needed
Good grip on dry surfaces

Cons
Not ideal for wide feet
Unstable
Forefoot strikers only

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We ranked Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 #6 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Men's Running Shoes” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Verywell Fit

Best for Supination

Pros
Very responsive
Excellent flexibility
Lightweight cushioning
Wide toebox

Cons
Color fades when washed
Some say tongue is too big

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Best Products

Best Overall

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We ranked Saucony Kinvara 12 #7 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Men's Running Shoes” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Verywell Fit

Best Budget

Pros
Affordable
Lightweight
Versatile
Durable

Cons
Some runners prefer more cushioning
Limited color choices in wide

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Fit and Well

Best lightweight running shoes for men

Pros
Very lightweight
Excellent energy conversion
Surprisingly durable

Cons
Firm feel on the roads takes some getting used to

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We ranked Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next% #8 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Men's Running Shoes” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Best Products

Best for Racing

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Forbes

Best Nike Running Shoes For Men

Pros
Responsive design helps keep energy up during long runs.

Cons
Lightweight fit and feel isn’t especially padded for runners who need extra support.

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We ranked New Balance Fresh Foam 880v11 #9 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Men's Running Shoes” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Verywell Fit

Best for Narrow Feet

Pros
Excellent cushioning
Come in several widths and sizes
Durable
Lightweight but supportive

Cons
May require breaking in
Run a bit small

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Best Products

Most Versatile

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We ranked Asics Gel-Kayano 28 #10 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Men's Running Shoes” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Men'sHealth

Most Versatile Trainer

Pros
New heel construction provides ample cushioning
Optimal shock absorption and arch support

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Verywell Fit

Best for Flat Feet

Pros
Excellent for flat feet
Durable
Supportive and stable
Comfy and responsive

Cons
Cushioning too much for some
May be too narrow for some

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We ranked Brooks Adrenaline Gts 21 #11 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Men's Running Shoes” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Verywell Fit

Best for Overpronation

Pros
Good shock absorption
Durable
Supportive and stable
Excellent traction

Cons
Expensive
Limited color options in narrow and wide widths

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Best Products

Best for Overpronators

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We ranked NIKE ZoomX Invincible Run Flyknit 2 #12 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Men's Running Shoes” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Men'sHealth

Best for Long Distance

Pros
Extremely responsive midsole
Ergonomic shape makes for smooth heel-to-toe transitions

Cons
Major sizing can sell out fast

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Tom's Guide

Best men’s running shoe for recovery runs

Pros
Extremely cushioned and comfortable
Brilliant for long training runs
Super plush running shoe
More ZoomX foam than the past version

Cons
Outsole can be slippy

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We ranked New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v11 #13 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Men's Running Shoes” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Verywell Fit

Best for Wide Feet

Pros
Come in several different widths
Lightweight but well-cushioned
Stylish
Very comfortable

Cons
Expensive
Not as durable as previous versions

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Forbes

Best Cushioned Running Shoes

Pros
Ultra-cushioning throughout to make any runner comfortable.

Cons
A snug fit in the heel might rub some runners the wrong way.

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We ranked Mizuno Wave Rider 25 #14 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Men's Running Shoes” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Men'sHealth

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Healthline

Best for high arches

Pros
“waveknit” design is very breathable
lightweight shoe that’s under 10 ounces
good arch support

Cons
may not be as comfortable as past models
correct sizing may be difficult for some users

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