Pounding the pavement can be rough the on feet. The impact is real—but cushioned running shoes can soften the blow. These sneaks are an amazing asset for runners of all levels. Not only will your feet feel so comfy, proper cushioning is also associated with improved running performance and reduced muscle damage, according to a new study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.
"Cushioned shoes can help a runner use less precious energy to run at the same pace/intensity level," says Laura Norris, running coach in Boulder, Colorado. "While heavily cushioned shoes do not necessarily protect against all running-related injuries (see this 2018 study in Scientific Reports), a plush cushion can reduce impact forces while running."
The added cushion acts like shocks in your car or bike. "Depending on the individual's foot type, a cushioned shoe could be very helpful and beneficial to keep a runner comfortable and to mitigate injuries," says Mark Mendeszoon, DPM, a board-certified podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Precision Orthopaedic Specialties in Chardon, Ohio, and owner of Achilles Running Shops. "Cushioned shoes absorb a great amount of stress."All running shoe brands have developed their own cushioning systems and technology, according to Dr. Mendeszoon. That means there's a sneaker just for your feet and running style.
If that's enough to get you shopping, here's a sneak peek at the top cushioned running shoes selected by experts:
1Best Bouncy FeelFresh Foam 880 V12 New Balance Read More
2Best For Long RunsGEL-Nimbus 24 ASICS Read More
3Best Vegan CushioningRide 15 Saucony Read More
4Best Wide Toe BoxRivera ALTRA Read More
5Best For Speed WorkoutsNew Balance Fresh Foam Beacon V3 New Balance Read More
Without further ado, here are the top 12 cushioned running shoes, as recommended by running coaches and podiatrists.