The right running shoe can take your training to new heights.
It should be lightweight, provide traction for various terrain, and offer support, so you can go the distance in comfort and style.
Our Marathon Sports experts recently researched, tried, and tested the best running shoes for men for 2024. The result is this comprehensive guide, providing the foundation you need to choose the men’s running shoes that are best for you.
Factors to Consider When Shopping for Men’s Running Shoes
The perfect pair of running shoes for one person may not be quite right for somebody else. That’s because finding the right shoe relies on a variety of factors.
Running shoes are built differently for varying styles of running. Men’s running shoes for the track are different from those made for running long distances or trail running. It’s essential to consider the style of running you prefer and choose a shoe that suits it best.
Long-distance runners will likely find more comfort in shoes with a lot of cushioning that are easier on the joints. However, those focused on speed will likely want a lighter-weight, more responsive running shoe with a lower profile for form corrections and quicker steps.
Some runners prefer purchasing one comfortable and reliable running shoe that can perform at the gym and in other workout settings too. Many of the shoes listed below are suitable for long-distance runs, gym days, pickup football games, and various other physical activities in between.
Runners with knee problems or other former injuries may require extra support and shock absorption. More cushioning reduces the impact that travels from the foot up the leg and to the knee. That means less aching in joints and feet. On the opposite side, if you have a history of achilles pain you may opt for a higher heel-to-toe offset, helping lighten the load on your calf muscles but adding a little more to your knees.
Some runners may need wider shoes to ensure comfort and breathability for their wider feet. Many of the best men’s running shoes are available in varying widths to accommodate different runners. Our reviewers appreciate running shoes with wider toe boxes for superior breathability and fewer blisters or broken toenails.
Individuals with higher arches or flat feet may look for running shoes with more stability and other features to support their needs and help avoid injury. There are more factors to consider beyond foot shape, even runners with “normal” arches may look for shoe features like heel counters or medial posts. What’s important is finding a shoe that works best for your foot shape, gait cycle, and range of motion.
More Than Appearance
Aesthetics are the first features most shoppers notice when looking for the ideal pair of running shoes. However, we suggest you put appearance toward the end of your list of criteria.
Many runners make mistakes by choosing shoes because of how they look. Yes, our reviewers do appreciate a nice-looking running shoe, but they never recommend choosing a shoe that looks cool but doesn’t fit quite right.
It’s most important that you consider your need for stability, cushioning, any other fit requirements you have before assessing a running shoe’s look. Fortunately, there are a lot of high-quality running shoes available, and many of them are great looking.
The 15 Best Men’s Running Shoes for 2024
Our experts know what makes a great running shoe because they’re runners too. We hit the streets to put each shoe’s cushioning, stability, traction, and fit to the test. The following are the 15 shoes we found most impressive for everyday runners of various skill levels.
- Brooks Ghost 15
- HOKA Clifton 9
- Altra Torin 7
- Mizuno Wave Rider 27
- Asics Gel-Nimbus 25
- On Cloudgo
- Saucony Ride 16
- Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23
- Puma Velocity Nitro 2
- Asics Cumulus 24
- Adidas Ultraboost Light
- HOKA Arahi 6
- Mizuno Wave Sky 7
- Altra VIA Olympus
- New Balance 880 v13
Brooks Ghost 15
The Brooks Ghost tops our list of the best men’s running shoes for 2024 because it has proven itself for more than 15 years. The Ghost is a classic favorite from Brooks for its durability, comfort, and smooth ride.
The latest version of the Ghost, the Ghost 15, features Brooks’ new DNA Loft v2 midsole that feels like it molds to the runner’s foot. This year’s model is lighter and softer than the Ghost 14.
The Brooks Ghost 15 is a reliable and soft shoe for everyday runners.
Hoka Clifton 9
The HOKA brand is known for creating ultra-soft and cushiony running shoes. Our Marathon Sports reviewers praised the Hoka Clifton 9 for its pillow-like feel and bounce that remained comfortable and energetic for long-distance running.
The impact absorption in the HOKA Clifton 9 also makes it a good choice for runners and walkers with knee or joint pain. A wide toe box offers extra space for athletes with wide feet and those who prefer more breathability. Blisters and rubbing were non-issues among our testers.
The HOKA Clifton 9 is also incredibly lightweight for the amount of cushion it features. It weighs just 8.7 ounces.
Altra Torin 7
Versatile and packed with features, it’s easy to see why this Altra is a perennial favorite among runners, walkers, and other active individuals. This new model increases the stack height by 2 millimeters, a subtle but significant change that can significantly improve the wearer’s comfort. It’s part of the Balanced Cushioning platform, a zero-drop design that positions your heel and forefoot at the same height from the ground, improving form and alignment as you run. The support is provided by Altra EGO Max foam, a lightweight yet ideally cushioned material used in the midsole.
But lovers of Altra’s popular past Torins know the features don’t stop there. This popular shoe is designed with the signature FootShape fit that spreads your toes, paired with FootPod outsole technology to encourage natural foot movement.
Our reviewers were impressed with how the grid and grooves of Innerflex technology provide stability without sacrificing freedom of movement. Other recent improvements have included softer material for the tongue and an extended heel collar. Plus, the engineered mesh upper is not only stylish, but it’s also breathable, helping keep your feet comfortable and dry no matter how many miles you’re logging
Mizuno Wave Rider 27
Inspired by Mizuno’s work with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the Wave Rider 27 includes a unique “bio-based wave plate” known as the Mizuno Wave. This one-of-a-kind technology more evenly distributes the force of your footfalls to reduce the impact on your body while also improving stability.
At the same time, Mizuno Enerzy foam supports the midsole, providing both comfort and a responsive feel. These combine to make it a top choice for runners with joint pain or those recovering from injuries.
The Wave Rider 27 includes updates like a refined heel fitting for even more comfort. It’s also a top choice for runners looking for an ultradurable option that will stand up for many miles to come, thanks to the X10 carbon rubber outsole. Runners can also feel good about their impact on the planet, as the Wave Rider 27 is made from eco-friendly recycled materials.
Our reviewers appreciate the attractive, high-performance engineered mesh upper, tailored for breathability and comfort and lighter than previous models. It’s easy to see why it’s become a favorite among long-distance runners and casual exercisers alike.
Asics Gel-Nimbus 25
The Asics Gel-Nimbus 25 comes equipped with numerous upgrades from the esteemed 24. More cushioned and better than ever, the Gel-Nimbus 25 is an energetic shoe designed to help you run faster and more comfortably. The extra cushioning and support are also ideal for runners with prior injuries.
Innovative new features in the Gel-Nimbus 25 include the PureGEL technology, designed to make landings softer than ever. The FF BLAST PLUS ECO cushioning is what makes this shoe so soft, bouncy, and comfortable from the first mile to the last.
Our reviewers described the Gel-Nimbus 25 as a running shoe they didn’t want to take off. Thanks to the unrivaled comfort and extra cushion, these could easily transition into favorite shoes for other workouts or everyday wear.
The men’s Gel-Nimbus 25 weighs 10.3 ounces as a size 8.
Interested in this shoe? Explore our full Asics Gel-Nimbus 25 Review for a deeper breakdown.
The On Running Cloud Collection is all about the cushion, and the Cloudgo is one of our favorite models. This ultra-comfortable shoe provides the best of both worlds, with impressive CloudTec cushioning and superior energy return from the new TPU Speedboard. The result is a men’s running shoe that’s comfortable for long distances and encourages setting a faster pace.
On Running is a company that cares about the environment. The On Running Cloudgo is made from several recycled materials, including 85 to 90 percent recycled materials in the shoe’s polyester mesh.
Our reviewers felt the Cloudgo is a shoe that will motivate runners to hit the street more often. The CloudTec technology encourages a more energetic gait and a more comfortable run from start to finish. It also provides the support and impact control necessary for runners with joint pain or previous injuries.
Runners who want to improve their personal bests and set new goals will likely find themselves fans of the On Running Cloudgo. Amazingly, all that cushioning weighs in at just 8.99 ounces.
Saucony Ride 16
The Ride 16 is one of Saucony’s top everyday runners, and it was not changed much in 2023. The Ride 16 features soft RUN cushioning, a pillow-like sock liner, superior underfoot cushioning, and a FORMFIT design that feels like it was made just for your foot.
The Ride 16 features more foam at a lighter weight to keep runners feeling energetic and comfortable on short or long runs. It weighs just 8.8 ounces and contains recycled materials, so it’s lighter on the environment too.
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23
As one of the running world’s most trusted brands, Brooks is a go-to choice for many runners, and the Adrenaline GTS has earned its spot as one of the company’s most popular and long-running offerings. But the newest model continues to improve, with even lighter and softer DNA LOFT v2 foam in the midsole that’s just as responsive as ever.
Other performance features include GuideRails technology, a support system that guides your stride to reduce unnecessary movement, even when fatigued. This will also lower the impact on your feet, knees, and hips.
The engineered air mesh 3D fit print upper helps keep you comfortable and dry, but it’s as good for the planet as it is for your feet. It’s constructed from nearly 60% recycled materials, keeping more than 11 plastic bottles out of landfills.
Don’t let the roughly 10-ounce weight deter you – the performance, comfort, and style more than make up for the extra ounce or two. Whether you’re hitting the marathon course or strolling around the block, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23 is sure to keep you comfortable and at your best.
Puma Velocity Nitro 2
The Puma Velocity Nitro 2 was praised by our reviewers for its sleek appearance. It’s an everyday running shoe featuring improvements on the previous Puma Velocity Nitro.
The unique midsole features standard EVA with a nitrogen infusion, creating a cushioned feel that’s also agile. It’s softer, more comfortable, and more form-fitting than the original version. More aggressive PUMAGRIP traction allows the shoe to adapt better to varying terrain and weather conditions.
The Puma Velocity Nitro 2 provides all the cushion and stability avid runners desire without appearing bulky. Our reviewers appreciated the slim appearance, reflective accents, and optional highly visible colorways. It’s truly a men’s running shoe made for everyday wear.
Asics Cumulus 25
The Asics Cumulus is better than ever for 2024. The new Cumulus 25 features a bouncy, cloud-like FlyteFoam Blast midsole that provides impact protection and a livelier feel.
The Cumulus formerly featured plastic support bridges that added substantially to the shoe’s weight. The new, innovative foam in this version eliminated the bridges, creating a drastically lighter shoe.
One aspect that does remain the same is the shoe’s unrivaled reliability. The Asics Cumulus 25 now weighs 9.38 ounces (as opposed to 9.7 ounces previously) and is an ideal option for daily runners.
Adidas Ultraboost Light
The Adidas Ultraboost Light is all about cushioning. It’s Adidas’ lightest Ultraboost running shoe, but that doesn’t mean it lacks features. The Light BOOST midsole is the star of the show, providing energetic cushioning for fast take-offs and a comfortable ride mile after mile.
The Adidas Ultraboost Light is made from some recycled materials and has a 10 percent lower carbon footprint than before. It’s a responsive, comfortable, and ultra-cushiony running that men can feel good about wearing.
HOKA Arahi 6
Our Marathon Sports reviewers named the HOKA Arahi 6 to our list of the best running shoes for men for its comfort, reliability, and lightweight design.
The J-Frame midsole stabilizer and maximum compression-molded foam cushioning are impressive for the shoe’s 9.3-ounce weight. This stabilizing running shoe received the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) seal of approval for promoting foot health. It’s one of our top picks for runners who overpronate or have flat feet.
Mizuno Wave Sky 7
Another top choice for men’s running shoes from Mizuno is the Wave Sky 7, which offers some of the brand’s more innovative designs and features. It all starts with a unique two-layer midsole. The Mizuno Enerzy Core foam sits directly below your foot, offering the softest and most supportive surface. It rests on top of a different formulation of Enerzy foam that provides durability and extra responsiveness.
Like other top Mizuno models, our reviewers rave about the Mizuno Wave plate, which efficiently disperses the impact across the shoe, increasing stability and reducing the strain on your joints and feet. This new model also adds 2 millimeters to the stack height for additional comfort, as well as 2 millimeters more width for stability. Heavier runners or others who need extra support will particularly appreciate this combination of features.
The Wave Sky 7 comes with a stretch-woven upper (made from recycled materials) that adaptively fits your foot, allowing flexibility where you need it and providing support for proper form. Meantime, a lightweight and durable X10 carbon rubber outsole ensures you’ll put many miles on them before they show the slightest sign of wear.
Altra VIA Olympus 2
The Altra VIA Olympus 2 is one of the most cushioned running shoes for men on our list. It’s made for logging a lot of miles and remaining comfortable from start to finish. The cushion comes from the Altra EGO MAX midsole, which is the tallest midsole cushioning the company has ever released. Altra uses their Balanced Cushioning technology to position the heel and forefoot an equal distance from the ground, encouraging optimal alignment.
Our reviewers described the feel of the VIA Olympus as luxurious and plush. The Original FootShape Fit provides a personalized feel, while the unique rocker from heel to toe encourages fast take-offs and a cloud-like ride. This is the ultimate daily running shoe for anyone who appreciates maximum cushioning and impact protection.
New Balance 880 v13
New Balance is a household name in sport’s shoes and apparel. For more than a century, New Balance has been designing and manufacturing reliable, comfortable, and performance-driven running shoes. The 880 v13 is an all-around running shoe that’s supportive and comfortable for everything from long-distance runs to dog walks.
The underfoot features Fresh Foam X cushioning for superior comfort and impact control. The synthetic/mesh upper creates a fit that provides more support while remaining light and breathable.
The 880 v13 features New Balance’s NDurance rubber outsole for traction and reliability in all weather conditions and varied terrain. Like most New Balance models, the 880 v13 is an attractive shoe that runners can feel confident wearing to the gym and around town too.
For an even more supportive experience try the New Balance 860 v13.
Find The Best Men’s Running Shoes for You
At Marathon Sports, we take running seriously. We know that the right running shoe can help you achieve your goals, whether you want to log more miles, reach fitness milestones, or achieve a personal best. However, the right running shoe for another person may not be the best for you.
All the trainers listed above are ones our experts believe will be suitable for most men. When shopping online, we encourage you to consider your running style, foot shape, price range, and previous injuries when choosing the best running shoes for you. Or swing by your local Marathon Sports to try before you buy!