Sports & Fitness

5 of the Best Running Shoes on Our Radar So Far

Top-rated for fit, performance and support

Amid the quarantine, getting enough exercise has become a steady challenge. It’s led to people investing in home gym equipment, exploring equipment-free workouts and even getting creative with hacks and gear alternatives. But both experienced and beginner runners know that theirs is an activity that’s practical, requires little to no assistance and, since the easing up of quarantine restrictions, is definitely doable today. All people need is performance footwear that's meant to make the most out of their run.

What’s right for one runner, though, might not cut it for another. So based on features like cushioning, support and fit, we’ve decided to round up some of the best running shoes we’ve come across so far:

Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit 2

Made for long runs, the Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit 2 was designed with impact in mind. The refreshed upper of this shoe provides maximum support, while its cushioned heel makes sure you land comfortably every time. Of course, since this is Flyknit iteration, breathability is yet another standout feature.

adidas Ultraboost 21

With the next one always better than the last, adidas pulled out all the stops for its Ultraboost 21 shoe. Each element is specifically designed to improve your run: from the sock-like fit to the incredible energy return (thanks to its Boost capsules and adidas’ very own Torsion System) that ensures a more responsive run.

Hoka One One Men’s Carbon X

A shoe loved by recreational runners and athletes alike, the Carbon X line is known as the endurance racer made for speed, long runs and intense training. Lightweight as it is, the Carbon X is packed with design features engineered for “breathable comfort, smooth transitions through the gait cycle, a cushioned landing and a propulsive toe-off.”


Known for its impressive cushioning system, the GEL-NIMBUS™ LITE 2 by Asics is the choice shoe for neutral runners. What you get is a light-like-air running experience with a FLYTEFOAM® midsole technology that gives you a nice spring to your step as you go.

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2

Don’t let the ultra-sturdy heel cushion of this Fresh Foam shoe fool you. The Zante v2’s key feature is its flexibility. Because of its distinct upper structure, multi-directional traction and tuned cushioning, it’s designed to adapt and deliver a soft, smooth ride. Perfect for races and various forms of rigorous training.

Whether you’re looking to take up running to shed the pounds, get better sleep or help you keep your mental health in tip-top shape, you’ll find that there are a ton of other benefits to this one exercise. Prefer to work out indoors instead? Tap here for home workouts to do while on self-quarantine.

Art Matthew Ian Fetalver

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