Best Treadmill Running Shoes of 2024

The treadmill is a useful piece of equipment for both avid runners and beginners.

It makes workouts possible in inclement weather and can help control workouts.

Running on a treadmill is different than running on asphalt or trails, and runners who train on one regularly can benefit by having a specific pair of shoes for running indoors. Running on a treadmill means you don’t encounter obstacles, uneven terrain, or curves. That typically means less worrying about large treads and traction because you won’t encounter slippery or bumpy terrain.

Our reviewers laced up countless pairs of running shoes and headed to the gym (or their home treadmills) to test them out. This review of the best treadmill running shoes includes the 10 shoes they agreed reign supreme for indoor running.

Our Review Process

We started this process by researching the top running shoes on the market and deciphering which would likely be best for treadmill workouts. Our reviewers laced up dozens of shoes over months of treadmill training to see which ones offered the best fit, performance, and durability.

They performed various workouts, from sprints to long-distance runs, incline runs, and more, to determine which shoes are best for those who avidly or occasionally run on treadmills.

Why Do You Need Separate Shoes for the Treadmill?

If you run in a popular daily trainer, you may not need a separate pair of running shoes for your treadmill. However, if you often switch between road or trail running and treadmill running, you’ll probably get tired of cleaning your shoes every time you decide to run inside.

Running on a treadmill is also quite different than running outdoors. The motion is more repetitive, causing your feet to land in nearly the same spot and position with every stride.

Generally, treadmill runners benefit from lightweight, supportive, and well-cushioned shoes. The treadmills track is softer than pavement, but the impact is repetitive. Cushioning provides comfort and impact protection, and lightweight construction is less jarring for joints and muscles. Breathability also helps keep feet cool and comfortable while training indoors. 

If you’re an avid runner incorporating treadmill running into weekly or monthly training, you’ll appreciate having a pair suited to the unique running surface and specific treadmill workouts. 

The 10 Best Running Shoes for a Treadmill

After months of research and testing, our Marathon Sports team members, avid runners, and reviewers reported their favorite shoes for treadmill workouts.

These are the 10 best running shoes for a treadmill. 

Brooks Ghost 15

Brooks Men's Ghost 15 - Black/ Blackened Pearl/ White
Brooks Men's Ghost 15 - Black/ Blackened Pearl/ White
Brooks Mens Ghost 15 Black/Nightlife/Blue lateral side
Brooks Men's Ghost 15 - Alloy/Oyster/Black
Brooks Men's Ghost 15 - Flintstone/Peacoat/Oak
Brooks Men's Ghost 15 - White/Black (110393)
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Brooks Ghost 15

Men's Shoes
original price:$139.95 price:$99.95
Brooks Women's Ghost 15 - Peacoat/Pearl/Salt Air
Brooks Women's Ghost 15 - Peacoat/Pearl/Salt Air
Brooks Women's Ghost 15 Oyster/Alloy/White lateral side
brooks womens ghost 15 gray orange side view
Brooks Women's Ghost 15 - Spa Blue/Neo Pink/Copper
Brooks Women's Ghost 15 - Blue/White
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Brooks Ghost 15

Women's Shoes
original price:$139.95 price:$99.95

The Ghost is a legendary everyday trainer from the iconic athletic company Brooks®. Our team members have tested numerous editions of the Ghost on pavement, so they were eager to see how the latest edition, the Ghost 15, performed on the treadmill. 

The Ghost 15 proved to be one of their favorite treadmill long-distance running shoes for the impact protection of the DNA LOFT v2 midsole cushioning and overall upper comfort. This year’s foam is lighter and less dense than previous versions, creating a more luxurious feel.

The Brooks Ghost 15 features an ultra-comfortable engineered air mesh upper that provides a snug, supportive fit and maximum breathability. This iconic daily trainer is also lightweight at 10.1 ounces for a men’s size 9.5. 

Nike Pegasus 40

Nike Men's Pegasus 40 Midnight Navy medial side
Nike Men's Pegasus 40 Midnight Navy medial side
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Nike Pegasus 40

Men's Shoes
original price:$129.95 price:$89.95
Nike Women's Pegasus 40 - Black/White/Iron Grey
Nike Women's Pegasus 40 - Black/White/Iron Grey
Nike Women's Pegasus 40 Deep Jungle/Black/White/Metallic Silver side view
Nike Women's Pegasus 40 Pearl Pink/White medial side
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Nike Pegasus 40

Women's Shoes
original price:$129.95 price:$77.95 – 102.95

The Nike Pegasus is one of the most popular neutral running shoes ever sold. This year’s edition, the Pegasus 40, is one of our team’s favorites for daily training and the treadmill. It’s a consistent, neutral running shoe that doesn’t require many changes from edition to edition because it has been nearly perfected over the course of 40 years.

The Pegasus 40 does offer a few upgrades from the 39, including superior comfort in the toes and arches and a midfoot strap for support. The “Peg” 40 features medium cushioning underfoot for impact protection without sacrificing responsiveness. 

Our reviewers described the Pegasus 40 as one of the most comfortable and responsive shoes they wore on the treadmill. It remained durable, supportive, cool, and luxurious when sprinting or logging hours. 

Find out what our reviewers said about the new “Peg” for everyday training in our full Nike Pegasus 40 review.

HOKA Clifton 9 

HOKA Men's Clifton 9 GTX Dazzling Blue/Evening Sky lateral side
HOKA Men's Clifton 9 GTX Dazzling Blue/Evening Sky lateral side
HOKA Men's Clifton 9 GTX - Black/Black

HOKA Clifton 9 GTX

Men's Shoes
price:$159.95
HOKA Women's Clifton 9 GTX Dazling Blue/Evening Sky lateral side
HOKA Women's Clifton 9 GTX Dazling Blue/Evening Sky lateral side
HOKA Women's Clifton 9 GTX Black/Black lateral side

HOKA Clifton 9 GTX

Women's Shoes
price:$159.95

The Clifton is HOKA’s popular daily trainer. The Clifton 9 is their latest edition, and it boasts maximum cushioning, an engineered mesh upper, and a new, more comfortable heel tab. The shoe’s rocker design will propel you into your next stride on the treadmill, while the compression-molded EVA foam midsole protects feet and joints from pain due to repetitive movement. 

In our Clifton 9 Review, our team continuously praises the Clifton 9 for its comfort, impact protection, and smooth transitions from heel to toe. They felt it performed just as impressively on the treadmill as on the road. 

Saucony Ride 17

Saucony Men's Ride 17 - Black/White
Saucony Men's Ride 17 - Black/White
Saucony Men's Ride 17 - Cinder/Black
Saucony Men's Ride 17 - Tide/Silver
Saucony Men's Ride 17 side view
Saucony Men's Ride 17 side view
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Saucony Ride 17

Men's Shoes
price:$139.95
Saucony Women's Ride 17 - Iris/Navy
Saucony Women's Ride 17 - Iris/Navy
Saucony Women's Ride 17 Black/White side view
Saucony Women's Ride 17 - Cinder/Orchid
Saucony Women's Ride 17 - Cloud/Breeze
Saucony Women's Ride 17 - Pearl/Gum
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Saucony Ride 17

Women's Shoes
price:$139.95

Energy return is one of the main features that you want in a treadmill running shoe, and the Saucony Ride 17 offers it in abundance. The new PWRRUN+ system in the Ride 17 is extremely springy and responsive, whether running or walking on a treadmill. This shoe is a complete transformation from the Ride 16, which was a previous treadmill favorite of the testing team.

Based on runner feedback, Saucony designed the Ride 17 with its softest foam midsole yet. The upper mesh is engineered and breathable for added comfort on those long treadmill sessions. The Ride 17’s outsole coverage was also increased to give more protection and durability. It has an 8mm offset that encourages you to stay on the front of the feet, whether you’re running on the treadmill or an outdoor trail.

The Saucony Ride 17 was built with the runner’s comfort as the first priority. That makes it one of our favorite treadmill running shoes once again for 2024.

Mizuno Wave Rider 27

Mizuno Men's Wave Rider 27 Pearl Blue/White lateral side
Mizuno Men's Wave Rider 27 Pearl Blue/White lateral side
Mizuno Men's Wave Rider 27 - Green/Navy Peony
Mizuno Men's Wave Rider 27 - Navy Peony/Sharp Green
Mizuno Men's Wave Rider 27 Surf The Web/White lateral side
Mizuno Men's Wave Rider 27 Blue Opal/Papyrus lateral side
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Mizuno Wave Rider 27

Men's Shoes
original price:$139.95 price:$99.95
Mizuno Women's Wave Rider 27 - Eggshell Blue/White
Mizuno Women's Wave Rider 27 - Eggshell Blue/White
Mizuno Women's Wave Rider 27 Pearl Blue/White lateral side
Mizuno Women's Wave Rider 27 - Snow White/Nightshadow Blue
Mizuno Women's Wave Rider 27 - Ebony/Snowcrest
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Mizuno Wave Rider 27

Women's Shoes
original price:$139.95 price:$99.95

Mizuno is known for innovative tech that provides both comfort and performance. Our reviewers strongly feel the newest version of the Wave Rider definitely lives up to this reputation. Mizuno’s one-of-a-kind Wave plate evenly distributes the force of your footfalls throughout the shoe, increasing stability and providing improved cushioning. But the main source of the highly comfortable fit is the Mizuno Enerzy foam that makes up the midsole, which offers equal amounts of softness and resilience for improved performance. 

Despite these many features geared toward comfort, the Wave Rider 27 weighs just 9.9 ounces for men and 8.3 ounces for women. In addition, you can be confident they’ll last for hundreds of treadmill runs to come, thanks to the X-10 carbon rubber outsole, a durable material designed for long-term use without too much grip. The newly redesigned upper in the Wave Rider 27 is made from lightweight, breathable, engineered mesh crafted from eco-friendly recycled materials. An improved heel fitting also helps you lock in for long runs and warmup strolls alike. 

ASICS Gel-Nimbus 26

Asics Men's Gel-Nimbus 26 Black/Graphite Grey lateral side
Asics Men's Gel-Nimbus 26 Black/Graphite Grey lateral side
Asics Men's Gel Nimbus 26 Sheet Rock/Thunder Blue lateral side
Asics Men's Gel-Nimbus 26 Black/True Red side view
Asics Men's Gel Nimbus 26 side view
Asics Men's Gel-Nimbus 26 Thunder Blue/Denim Blue lateral side
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Asics Gel Nimbus 26

Men's Shoes
price:$159.95 – 160.00
Asics Women's Gel Nimbus 26 Black/Graphite Grey lateral side
Asics Women's Gel Nimbus 26 Black/Graphite Grey lateral side
Asics Women's Gel Nimbus 26 White/White lateral side
Asics Women's Gel-Nimbus 26 Light Celadon/Safety Yellow lateral side
Asics Women's Gel Nimbus 26 Black Matcha Green lateral side
Asics Women's Gel Nimbus 26 Blue Expanse/Aurora Green lateral side
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Asics Gel Nimbus 26

Women's Shoes
price:$159.95 – 160.00

The ASICS Gel-Nimbus 26 features slight improvements from last year’s drastically improved Gel-Nimbus 25.

It features a better outsole, an added rocker, and also has a redesigned upper. It is one of Asics’ most cushioned shoes, so those who like a daily trainer with extra comfort will love these. The new upper and lacing wraps the foot firmly and the plush tongue enhances the comfort of the fit.

The midsole consists of PureGel™ and the same FF BLAST™ PLUS foam as the last model, but the eco version, which reduces the carbon footprint of this shoe by a quarter.

During a run, the midsole feels stable and firm and the rubber outsole has excellent grip, whether used on a treadmill or wet streets. Overall, the ride is stable, the shoe is comfortable, and your feet, muscles and joints are protected from the impact of the treadmill. It is one of the most cushioned treadmill trainers we have found.

On Cloudstratus 3

On Running Men's Cloudstratus 3 Undyed White/Sand lateral side
On Running Men's Cloudstratus 3 Undyed White/Sand lateral side
On Running Cloudstratus 3 side view
On Running Men's Cloudstratus 3 Black/Frost side view
On Running Men's Cloudstratus 3 - Wash/Metal
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On Running Cloudstratus 3

Men's Shoes
original price:$179.95 price:$124.95 – 179.95
On Running Women's Cloudstratus 3 side view
On Running Women's Cloudstratus 3 side view
On Running Women's Cloudstratus Black/Frost lateral side
On Running Women's Cloudstratus Undyed White/Sand side view
On Running Women's Cloudstratus Wash/Nimbus side view
On Running Women's Cloudstratus Metal/Wisteria lateral side
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On Running Cloudstratus 3

Women's Shoes
original price:$179.95 price:$119.95 – 179.95

The On Cloudstratus 3 is an ultra-cushioned trainer that will keep you cool, comfortable, and protected from repetitive impacts on the treadmill. The most significant feature of the Cloudstratus is its two layers of CloudTec® cushioning, providing impact protection and comfort horizontally and vertically. 

The Cloudstratus also features On’s Speedboard® technology, designed to flex with your stride to push you forward and help you run faster. In addition to loads of groundbreaking running shoe technology, our reviewers appreciated the wide-toe box and secure lacing system that made running on the treadmill more worry-free. 

About 75 percent of the upper’s polyester is recycled, an added environmentally-friendly bonus.

New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v13

New Balance Men's Fresh Foam X 1080v13 - Black/White
New Balance Men's Fresh Foam X 1080v13 - Black/White
New Balance Men's Fresh Foam X 1080v13 Marine Blue/Night Sky lateral side
New Balance Men's 1080 V13 Steel/Titanium side view
Men's New Balance Fresh Foam X 1080v13 White/Light Silver Metallic lateral side
New Balance Men's Fresh Foam X 1080v13 Limelight/Chrome Blue lateral side
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New Balance Fresh Foam X 1080v13

Men's Shoes
price:$164.95
New Balance Women's Fresh Foam X 1080v13 - Black/White
New Balance Women's Fresh Foam X 1080v13 - Black/White
New Balance Women's Fresh Foam X 1080v13 - White/Silver Metallic
New Balance Women's Fresh Foam X 1080v13 Limelight/Chrome Blue lateral side
NB Women's 18080 v13 side view
New Balance Women's Fresh Foam X 1080v13 Sea Salt/Purple lateral side
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New Balance Fresh Foam X 1080v13

Women's Shoes
price:$164.95

The New Balance Fresh Foam X 1080v13 is made of high-quality materials and provides an exceptionally comfortable and soft ride for those looking to train on a treadmill. You know that cushioning is essential for a protected, smooth run indoors, and this shoe definitely delivers.

Its knit upper features excellent airflow and some of the most comfortable heel padding on the market. The outsole is extra durable and will last a long time when used indoors. It has a close-fitting design, and fits like a sock and with a low-sitting toe box. It is one of the lightest shoes in its category

While the name hasn’t changed, the Fresh Foam X is actually a new formula in this version and it is bouncy and soft, almost like a marshmallow. Despite the relative thickness of the midsole, the shoe is lightweight and cloudlike, making it a highly cushioned daily trainer perfect for treadmill training.

Altra Torin 7

Altra Men's Torin 7 Black lateral side
Altra Men's Torin 7 Black lateral side
Altra Men's Torin 7 Gray/Red lateral side
Altra Men's Torin 7 Blue/Yellow side view
Altra Men's Torin 7 Blue lateral side
Altra Men's Torin 7 Black/Red side view

Altra Torin 7

Men's Shoes
price:$149.95
Altra Women's Torin 7 Black side view
Altra Women's Torin 7 Black side view
Altra Women's Torin 7 Deep Teal/Pink lateral side
Altra Women's Torin 7 Dark Grey lateral side
Altra Women's Torin 7 Blue lateral side
Altra Women's Torin 7 White/Blue lateral side

Altra Torin 7

Women's Shoes
price:$149.95

The Altra Torin 7 received rave reviewers from our team members as one of the most comfortable shoes for treadmills and road running. This latest version of the iconic Torin shoe features Altra EGO™ MAX cushioning, a new molded heel collar, and a more luxurious tongue.

Our team members have tested numerous editions of the Torin over the years, and they praised the Torin 7 as the most comfortable, plush version yet. Altra’s Standard FootShape™ fit is also a favorite for its wide toe box that allows the toes to move freely for a more comfortable and natural run.

The verdict is in, and the Altra Torin 7 is just as comfortable, well-cushioned, and reliable on the treadmill as on the road. 

Adidas Adizero SL

adidas Men's Adizero SL Solar Red lateral side
adidas Men's Adizero SL Solar Red lateral side
adidas Men's Adizero SL White/Blue lateral side
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adidas Adizero SL

Men's Shoes
original price:$119.95 price:$74.95
adidas Women's Adizero SL White/Core Black/Arctic Fusion lateral side
adidas Women's Adizero SL White/Core Black/Arctic Fusion lateral side
adidas Women's Adizero SL Coral Fusion lateral side
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adidas Adizero SL

Women's Shoes
original price:$119.95 price:$74.95

The Adidas Adizero SL is a lightweight daily trainer made for running fast and pushing limits. Features that make it an ideal treadmill running shoe include the lightweight LIGHTSTRIKE EVA foam cushioning, breathable engineered mesh upper, and padded heel and tongue for comfort when performing a repetitive motion. 

The rubber outsole is made for the road, so it’s a bit grippy, but our reviewers didn’t find that it held them back when performing fast-paced or long-distance treadmill workouts. They appreciated the Adizero SL’s cushioned yet responsive ride making it ideal for more high-performance training yet comfortable for walking or slower paces too.

Recap of the Best Shoes for Treadmill Running

The past few years have brought some groundbreaking running shoe technology that is bound to improve your comfort and performance on the treadmill. Additionally, some tried-and-true favorites have remained similar to years past because they’re already so near perfection. 

You can find all the shoes listed above at Marathon Sports, so shop and upgrade your treadmill workouts today!

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original price:$124.95 price:$94.95
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New Balance Fresh Foam X 1080v12

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original price:$159.95 price:$124.95
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original price:$164.95 price:$131.95 - 164.95
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