July 2024

Men's Running Shoes: MetaRanking

This page highlights the aggregate summary of men's running shoes rankings posted by key online experts, as of July 2024.

Summary

On 16 Jul 2024, ReviewFinder team examined a total of 94 running shoes endorsements from 10 reputable publishers.

76 running shoes were endorsed in total, only 15 made it into this month's ranking. (ReviewFinder requires a minimum of 2 endorsements to be included)

As of 16 Jul 2024, Asics Novablast 4 takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed running shoes with 2 expert endorsements. 2 experts out of 2 recommended it as the '#1 running shoes' this month.

Brand breakdown
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Price breakdown
As can be seen in the chart below, lowest high-ranking men's running shoes start at $39.94 (Asics Gel-Venture 7) and go up to $225.61 (Nike InfinityRN 4). Median running shoes costs $124.90 (Salomon Sense Ride 4).
$39.94
$225.61

At a glance - July Ranking

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Rank Change Price Running Shoes
Men'sHealth
Fit and Well
Forbes
Runner's World
Best Products
Tom's Guide
Verywell Fit
Healthline
CNET
OutdoorGearLab
1
New * $140
Asics Novablast 4
1
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1
2
-1 $142
Hoka Clifton 9
3
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2
2
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3
+17 $170
Saucony Endorphin Speed 4
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9
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6
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2
4
+12 Check price
Nike Vaporfly 3
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5
5
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-
-
-
-
4
5
-2 Check price
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 40
The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 40 is a versatile and comfortable running shoe that offers responsive cushioning, support, durability, and style for runners of all levels.
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1
14
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6
-2 $140
Hoka One Bondi 7
The Hoka One Bondi 7 is a highly cushioned and supportive running shoe that is ideal for long distance running, recovery days, and for runners who need extra cushioning to absorb shock and reduce impact on their joints.
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2
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2
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7
New * $94
Puma Velocity Nitro 3
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-
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3
-
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3
8
New * $160
New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v12
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4
3
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9
-4 Check price
Saucony Guide 16
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2
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6
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17
-15 $104
Brooks Ghost 13
The Brooks Ghost 13 is a versatile and durable running shoe that provides a comfortable and stable ride for both beginners and seasoned runners.
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9
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3
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18
-3 Check price
Brooks Ghost 15
The Brooks Ghost 15 Running Shoes are a versatile and durable option for runners who prioritize comfort, breathability, and traction, suitable for all types of runs and made with 62 percent recycled materials.
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3
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11
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19
-2 $137
Brooks Glycerin 21
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6
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5
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20
-2 $140
Asics Gel-Cumulus 26
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8
4
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21
- $131
Brooks Glycerin 20
The Brooks Glycerin 20 is a highly cushioned and comfortable running shoe suitable for long-distance running, with a breathable air-mesh upper, redesigned outsole, and GuideRails technology for increased stability.
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5
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13
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22
- $140
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23
8
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10
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Running Shoes
#7 $94.50 Puma Velocity Nitro 3
#17 $103.97 Brooks Ghost 13
#21 $130.73 Brooks Glycerin 20
#19 $137.24 Brooks Glycerin 21
#1 $139.95 Asics Novablast 4
#6 $139.95 Hoka One Bondi 7
#20 $139.95 Asics Gel-Cumulus 26
#22 $139.95 Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23
#2 $141.95 Hoka Clifton 9
#8 $159.95 New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v12
#3 $169.95 Saucony Endorphin Speed 4

We ranked Asics Novablast 4 #1 in July 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best men's running shoes” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Asics Novablast 4 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Men'sHealth

Most Versatile Running Shoe

A LOT of cushioning
Great for easy miles
Reasonably priced

Lacks grip in wet conditions
Too heavy for speed work

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OutdoorGearLab

Best Overall Men's Running Shoe

Lots of fun, bouncy foam
Versatile
Plush and lightweight upper

Poor grip on slick/wet surfaces
Comfortable upper might run warm

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We ranked Hoka Clifton 9 #2 in July 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best men's running shoes” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Men'sHealth

Best Running Shoe for Daily Training

Great for casual and serious runners alike
Reasonable price
Balanced, responsive cushioning
Really durable
Tons of colors available

Speed runners might consider upgrading Hoka models

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Tom's Guide

Best men’s running shoes for beginners

Comfortable for runs of any length
Smooth, rockered ride
Versatile

Some might prefer higher drop shoe
Midsole foam is a little dull

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Verywell Fit

Best Women's Overall

Lightweight and flexible
Very versatile
Plush but responsive cushioning

Heel tab may be uncomfortable for some

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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 2024 ranking

We ranked Saucony Endorphin Speed 4 #3 in July 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best men's running shoes” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Runner's World

Most Versatile

Good arch support
Smoother ride than previous versions

Less suited for speed workouts

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Tom's Guide

Best men’s running shoes for versatility

Great for any kind of run
Nylon plate for extra propulsion
Smooth, rockered ride ft

Similar to Endorphin Speed 3
Not as fast as a carbon shoe

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OutdoorGearLab

Best Running Shoe for Uptempo Training

Excellent versatility
Great comfort and smooth cushioning
Fast and responsive ride
Snappy enough to be a race shoe for some runners

Expensive for a daily trainer

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We ranked Nike Vaporfly 3 #4 in July 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best men's running shoes” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Forbes

Best Racing Running Shoes For Men

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Runner's World

Best For Road Racing

More stable than the Vaporfly 2
Extremely high energy return

Upper lacks flexibility

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OutdoorGearLab

Best for Race Day

Speedy
Foam is responsive
Lightweight

Traction on wet surfaces is subpar
Lateral stability is lacking

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We ranked Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 40 #5 in July 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best men's running shoes” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 40 as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 21 Jul 2023)
The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 40 is a versatile and comfortable running shoe that offers responsive cushioning, support, durability, and style for runners of all levels.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

Best men's running shoes overall

An affordable, everyday running shoe
Tweaked fit
Cushioned and comfortable

Not all that different from the Pegasus 39

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Verywell Fit

Best for Treadmill Running

Responsive
Sleek and comfortable
Very versatile

Limited color options in wide sizes
Not as breathable as other options

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We ranked Hoka One Bondi 7 #6 in July 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best men's running shoes” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 19 May 2023)
The Hoka One Bondi 7 is a highly cushioned and supportive running shoe that is ideal for long distance running, recovery days, and for runners who need extra cushioning to absorb shock and reduce impact on their joints.
Critic endorsements:
Best Products

Best for Support

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Healthline

Best for cushioning

generally true to size
extra cushioning around the collar
lightweight and vegan

pricey for some budgets
may be uncomfortable for some due to extra cushioning

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We ranked Puma Velocity Nitro 3 #7 in July 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best men's running shoes” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

Best value men’s running shoes

Great value
Versatile ride
Excellent grip

Similar to Velocity Nitro 2

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OutdoorGearLab

Best Bang for Your Buck

Light and responsive foam
Affordable
Best-in-class traction
Versatile

Higher weight
Narrow toebox

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We ranked New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v12 #8 in July 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best men's running shoes” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

Best New Balance men's running shoes

Soft and comfortable ride
Padded upper
Light for a well-cushioned shoe

Not particularly versatile
Not as stable as others

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Verywell Fit

Best for Wide Feet

Plush, comfortable cushioning
Stable base
Stretchy upper

May be too thin for very cold weather

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We ranked Saucony Guide 16 #9 in July 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best men's running shoes” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Forbes

Best Men's Running Shoes For Long Runs

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Verywell Fit

Best for Overpronation

Comfortable and responsive
Very supportive
Soft and lightweight

Regular width may be too narrow for some

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We ranked Brooks Ghost 13 #10 in July 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best men's running shoes” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 19 May 2023)
The Brooks Ghost 13 is a versatile and durable running shoe that provides a comfortable and stable ride for both beginners and seasoned runners.
Critic endorsements:
Best Products

Best for Beginners

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Healthline

Best for long distance running

positive reviews for comfort and arch support from older adults
versatile shoe for running and walking
trusted, high quality brand with many loyal users

may run small, so consider buying a half-size up
may be slippery on wet surfaces

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We ranked Brooks Ghost 15 #11 in July 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best men's running shoes” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 19 May 2023)
The Brooks Ghost 15 Running Shoes are a versatile and durable option for runners who prioritize comfort, breathability, and traction, suitable for all types of runs and made with 62 percent recycled materials.
Critic endorsements:
Fit and Well

Best men's running shoe for beginners

Durable
Good grip
Protects the body well

Not much different to Ghost 14
Less versatile than others

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Verywell Fit

Best Cushioned

Excellent cushioning
Good arch support
Very versatile

Heavier than previous version

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We ranked Brooks Glycerin 21 #12 in July 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best men's running shoes” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Forbes

Best Men's Running Shoes For Wide Feet

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Tom's Guide

Best men’s running shoes for marathon training

Very comfortable for long runs
Lightweight cushioning
Durable outsole

Not as soft as some cushioned shoes
Upper can feel hot

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We ranked Asics Gel-Cumulus 26 #13 in July 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best men's running shoes” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Forbes

Best Neutral Running Shoes For Men

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Runner's World

Bsst Update

Instant comfort
Lightweight construction

Moderate energy return

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We ranked Brooks Glycerin 20 #14 in July 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best men's running shoes” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 19 May 2023)
The Brooks Glycerin 20 is a highly cushioned and comfortable running shoe suitable for long-distance running, with a breathable air-mesh upper, redesigned outsole, and GuideRails technology for increased stability.
Critic endorsements:
Fit and Well

The best premium men's running shoe

Incredibly comfortable
Supportive and bouncy midsole
Good grip

More expensive than others
Not the lightest or fastest

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Verywell Fit

Best Stability

Excellent stability for flat feet and overpronators
Very versatile
APMA Seal of Approval

Limited color options for narrow and wide sizes
Too much stability for neutral runners

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We ranked Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23 #15 in July 2024 because:

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

Best Running Shoe for Flat Feet

Adequate support and cushioning
Smooth ride
Durable

Not ideal for high arches

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Runner's World

Best stability Shoe

Good arch support
Lighter than the Adrenaline GTS 22

Less suited for speed workouts

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