Whether you’re an average guy just starting your running journey to shed a few pounds, or you’re deep in the running game training for your next marathon, the importance of finding a good pair of running shoes remains the same.
Every runner is different, and there are a number of factors to consider before making your final decision. Before we get started with our post detailing the best running shoes for men on the market. check those out to see which one is in your budget range. To start off with the best running shoes for men, we have the
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35.
A true jack-of-all-trades running shoe, the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 is designed to handle it all. Whether you’re going out for an easy recovery jog, incorporating some speed work into your run
, or going all out and training for the marathon that’s been on your bucket list for
ages, this is a neutral running shoe that won’t let you down. The Pegasus line of running shoes has been a Nike staple for decades, and while the 35 does have some big changes compared to previous versions, the design risks paid off in this case.
The result is a shoe that still feels like a Pegasus to long-time fans of the model, with a new full-length air unit for an even smoother heel-to-toe transition, and a redesigned upper for an even better fit. The Pegasus 35 is available for a reasonable price, too, giving you great value for the cost. The fact that you can wear this shoe for so many different types of training, and as a runner of any level, also makes it a great buy. The shoe comes in narrow, regular, wide, and extra wide so you can find your perfect fit with a spectrum of colors available. As with so many Nike brand shoes, aesthetic appeal isn’t forgotten here. These could double as stylish footwear even when you aren’t running. Looks aside, the specs don’t disappoint, either. The 10mm toe drop is on the higher side, but still manages to feel natural while giving you that extra “pop” when you want to go full throttle on the speed. The natural feel is aided by the full-length air zoom unit that gives the shoe its ultra-smooth ride.
The tread pattern on the sole of the shoe provides extra grip, which is ideal on wet roads.
The overall sole unit seems to be designed to propel you forward no matter what kind of run you’re tackling. A redesigned seamless upper streamlines the shoe, giving it a lightweight feel, though this isn’t a heavy shoe to begin with, weighing in at 9.3 ounces.
Reviewers across the board consistently praise the curved collar of the Pegasus 35 which
holds the heel securely in place while arching away from the Achilles tendon to prevent any
irritation. A Running Shoes Guru reviewer put the Pegasus 35 through the paces saying, “I took this shoe on a long run as well as doing 200s on the track, and it performed very well across
a wide spectrum of paces.
They do point out that the mid-sole started showing some compression around 60 miles, so if you are covering large distances during your training runs, this is something to take into consideration. Next up we have the best men’s running shoes for stability which goes to the
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.
Brooks is one of the few shoe companies that is focused solely on the sport of running,
and that dedication shows when it comes to the quality of its running shoes.
If you’re tired of wearing running shoes that make you feel like you’re wading through quicksand and leave you wishing you had the winged feet of Hermes, the Adrenaline GTS 18 may be the answer you’re looking for.
We can’t promise they’ll turn you into a running god, but there is a reason that the “GTS”
in Adrenaline GTS 18 stands for “go to shoe.” The Adrenaline line is known for maintaining
a fast feel and a smooth ride. The latest version keeps that base, with a few tweaks like a redesigned upper and a stretchy material in the arch for added comfort, without sacrificing the stability that is so important for overpronators.
The diagonal roll bar is still present to help encourage a more natural running motion, correcting missteps even as you increase your speed .The streamlined upper uses less material,
which helps the shoe feel even lighter. While it isn’t necessarily a lightweight shoe,
the GTS 18 won’t be weighing you down.
The men’s version weighs in at 9.7 ounces — slightly lighter than the GTS 17 which
weighed in at 10.7 ounces. These shoes will provide a fast feel that doesn’t fade, making them ideal for half marathon and marathon training. The GTS 18 does have a higher heel to toe
drop of 10.2mm, which makes these shoes a little less ideal for intense speed work or
race day wear. A tester from Running Shoes Guru says, the light construction of the shoe was great, but the higher drop really had me overworking my quads at times.
Despite this, they still consider the Brooks Adrenaline to be a shoe that, “continues to
improve each year.” While these may not have as much responsiveness as a truly lightweight shoe, they make up for that with a smooth and comfortable ride that will help prevent fatigue even on long runs. The outsole of the shoe provides great grip which makes it possible to take this shoe from the road to some light trails if you’re looking to change up the scenery to get through those long runs. Most praise the Adrenaline GTS 18 as a successful update to the GTS 17. This Runner’s World Wear Tester says, “this is one of those shoes that feels good going
on and continues to feel just as good when you’re running in it. It did a good job of supporting my foot without me feeling like I had a brick on.”
Amazon reviewer Richard praises the high-quality of the GTS 18 saying, “I’ve worn several generations of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS series and this one continues to impress. Great support, comfortable run, durable design.”
Up next we have the best men’s running shoes for trail running which goes to the
Saucony Peregrine 7.
The versatility of the Saucony Peregrine 7 will deliver, whether you have an adventurous
spirit that loves mountain races and ultra-running, or you’re simply looking for a way to lose
the suit and tie and unwind with a run on the trails. The Peregrine is a fast and nimble neutral running shoe, but it has the ruggedness and durability to conquer almost any type of terrain while protecting your feet. It comes as no surprise that versions 4 and 6 claimed the
It comes as no surprise that versions 4 and 6 claimed the Runner’s World Editor’s Choice
Award, and the 7 claimed this year’s Best Buy award for holding a steady price even
with new updates. Building on this foundation of success, the Peregrine 7 features a redesigned upper that allows for more room in the toe box, as well as a full-length Everun topsole that allows for a more cushioned feel throughout the shoe. The Peregrine line of shoes typically takes some time to break in, but the updated topsole helps reduce break in time. These shoes weigh in at 9.8 ounces and have a fast and responsive feel that make them an ideal shoe for trail racing, but their durability makes them a great daily trail shoe as well.
This durability extends to the rugged outsole, featuring aggressive lugs that make these
shoes able to handle loose terrain including mud and snow. Road Trail Run gave these shoes an excellent review after testing, noting that they do especially well on steep gradients and rough trails with their versatile outsole. The rockplate in the outsole was also appreciated
when running over rough terrain. The TPU exoskeleton of the redesigned upper wraps around the entire forefoot, providing a better fit and holding the forefoot in place .This exoskeleton extends to the toe bumper, which is one downside as it offers very little stub protection.
The insole can also have a tendency to slide when it gets wet, but testers from I Run Far
recommend gluing this down if it does become an annoyance. Luckily, Saucony doesn’t shy away from making updates where needed, so this could very well be remedied in the next version of the Peregrine. While some runners found that the Peregrine 7 ran slightly small, once they sized up, they were able to find their perfect fit and praised the comfort and lightweight feel of the shoe. This Amazon reviewer likes the good grip they provide on trails.
Another reviewer, who previously owned the Peregrine 6, praises the newest version for
its comfort and durability. If you’re looking for a high-quality, versatile trail shoe to help you up your level of adventure look no further. If you’re looking for a high-quality, versatile
trail shoe to help you up your level of adventure look no further.
And for our last pick we have the best lightweight men’s running shoes which go to the
Saucony Freedom ISO 2s.
Saucony makes our list again with a neutral shoe called the Freedom ISO 2, an upgraded
version of the revolutionary Freedom ISO. A few small changes were made to the original
version, resulting in a more comfortable and natural feeling ride.
The added comfort makes this shoe even more ideal for every day runs than its predecessor.
It can handle both speed work and long runs with ease. The midsole of the Freedom ISO 2 is made entirely out of the bouncy material known as Everun. Saucony has been using this thermoplastic
polyurethane (TPU) in other shoe models, including the Saucony Peregrine 7, but this is one of
the first running shoes to use it for the full length of the midsole. The Freedom ISO 2 has some similarities to the lightweight Saucony Kinvara, but the addition of the full-length Everun midsole is what gives the shoe a bouncier, more energetic feel that not only makes it effective for speed work, but also keeps you feeling fast on those longer runs.
While the Everun midsole creates a slightly heavier platform, but any weight it adds is
offset by the sleek, stripped down design of the upper. The ISO 2 features an upper made from a Saucony material called ISOKnit for even more breathability and comfort — a nice addition to the ISOFIT technology which is designed to give runners a comfortable fit. They are slightly heavier than the Freedom ISO, but the men’s model still weighs in at 9.1 ounces, keeping them well within the lightweight range. The stack height of the ISO 2 has been raised
by 3mm because of the increase of Everun in the sole, but this is what makes for the more
comfortable ride. The outsole features a grooved crystal rubber, a transparent and durable rubber that masterfully handles the abrasion of road and track alike. While some feel that the Freedom ISO 2 sacrifices a little of the snappy response for the added comfort, most didn’t notice a difference between the two.
This reviewer from Running Shoes Guru who says, “to be frank, on my first run if I was
not told that the shoe on my foot was a different version of the Freedom, I’m not sure I would
have noticed the difference.” The best kind of running shoe update is one you don’t notice at all, or if you do it’s because of the benefits — not any drawbacks. In this sense, the Freedom ISO 2 is a successful update to a successful original. This amazon reviewer says, “If you liked the first edition of Freedoms, you’ll like these. Sizing is truer and there is more padding
on the upper ISO.” If you want to make a statement on the road, these shoes will deliver with fun colors and a two-toned outsole.
It has a fun design, but even more importantly this shoe is also fun to wear. It has a responsiveness that begs you to push the tempo, and the versatility to handle speed
work as well as longer runs. You can even pretend you’re Usain Bolt as you’re flying around the track. We won’t tell anyone. So that sums up our top running shoes for men of 2019.
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