July 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 July 2022.

Summary

As of 28 Jul 2022, Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed running shoes with 3 expert endorsements. 2 experts out of 3 recommended it as the '#1 running shoes' this month. It is followed by Brooks Ghost 14 and Hoka One Bondi 7 , with 4 and 4 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - July 2022 Ranking

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Rank Price Running Shoes
Runner's World
Forbes
Tom's Guide
Fit and Well
CNET
Verywell Fit
Best Products
RunRepeat
Men'sHealth
Healthline
1
$140
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22
10
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
1
-
2
$100
Brooks Ghost 14
-
5
-
-
1
6
-
7
-
-
3
$185
Hoka One Bondi 7
-
-
-
-
-
3
2
-
3
2
4
$107
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38
-
-
-
-
-
10
1
2
-
-
5
$229
Brooks Ghost 13
-
-
-
2
-
-
9
-
8
3
6
$100
Brooks Adrenaline Gts 21
-
-
-
-
-
8
4
1
-
-
7
$109
Brooks Glycerin 19
-
-
-
-
-
1
-
4
-
-
8
$49
Saucony Kinvara 12
-
-
-
5
-
2
-
-
-
-
9
$116
Asics Gel-Kayano 28
-
-
-
-
-
5
-
-
2
-
14
$100
New Balance Fresh Foam 880v11
-
-
-
-
-
9
3
-
-
-
15
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Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next%
-
2
-
-
-
-
11
-
-
-
16
$140
Saucony Endorphin Speed 2
4
-
-
-
5
-
-
-
-
-
17
$130
Adidas Ultraboost 21
-
-
-
6
-
-
5
-
-
-
18
$92
Mizuno Wave Rider 25
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
12
6
19
$140
New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v11
-
6
-
-
-
13
-
-
-
-

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

  • 3 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:
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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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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Men'sHealth

Best Daily Trainer for Flat Feet

Pros
Adequate support and cushioning
Offers a smooth ride

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

  • 4 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:
Forbes

Best Road Running Shoes

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

Cons
Runs warm.

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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

Most popular 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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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 July 2022 ranking

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

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

Most Cushioned Running Shoe

Pros
Ample arch support
Fit is secure without clipping gait

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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 Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 #4 in July 2022 because:

  • 3 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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RunRepeat

Best Nike running shoes for men

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

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We ranked Brooks Ghost 13 #5 in July 2022 because:

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

The best budget running shoes for men

Pros
Great support
Breathable upper
A trusted brand

Cons
Not the quickest shoe

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Best Products

Best for Beginners

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Men'sHealth

Best Trainers for High Arches

Pros
Wide variety of sizes
Super soft lining

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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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We ranked Brooks Adrenaline Gts 21 #6 in July 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Men's Running Shoes” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Brooks Adrenaline Gts 21 as #1.
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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RunRepeat

Best running shoes overall for men

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

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We ranked Brooks Glycerin 19 #7 in July 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Men's Running Shoes” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Brooks Glycerin 19 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Verywell Fit

Best Overall

Pros
Durable
Excellent cushioning
Flexible
Good for neutral runners

Cons
Expensive
Medium width has narrow toebox

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RunRepeat

Best stability road running shoes for men

Pros
True to size
Good cushioning
Breathable
Smooth transition
Durable

Cons
Not very versatile
Slight heel slipping

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We ranked Saucony Kinvara 12 #8 in July 2022 because:

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

Best lightweight running shoe for men

Pros
Incredibly lightweight
Perfect combination of cushion and responsiveness

Cons
Not that durable

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Verywell Fit

Best Budget

Pros
Affordable
Lightweight
Versatile
Durable

Cons
Some runners prefer more cushioning
Limited color choices in wide

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We ranked Asics Gel-Kayano 28 #9 in July 2022 because:

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

Most Versatile Trainer

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

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We ranked New Balance Fresh Foam 880v11 #10 in July 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 Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next% #11 in July 2022 because:

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

Best for Racing

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We ranked Saucony Endorphin Speed 2 #12 in July 2022 because:

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

Versatile, Fast and Affordable

Pros
PEBA-based foam is soft and bouncy
Nylon plate encourages quick turnover
Excels at training and racing speeds

Cons
Snugger racer-style fit felt slightly short to some testers

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CNET

Best long-distance running shoes for men

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We ranked Adidas Ultraboost 21 #13 in July 2022 because:

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

The best men's running shoes for comfort

Pros
Recycled materials in construction
Supreme cushioning
Incredible energy return

Cons
Built for comfort, not for speed

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Best Products

Best for Fashion-Forward Runners

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We ranked Mizuno Wave Rider 25 #14 in July 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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We ranked New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v11 #15 in July 2022 because:

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