Best Running Shoes for Men 2023

Buyer's Guide | Fleet Feet

By The Fleet Feet Editors Updated on
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Finding the best men’s running shoes for your needs can be a challenge. There are hundreds of great running shoes to choose from, and sifting through all of them is a never-ending process.

At Fleet Feet, we’re constantly searching for the best running shoes for men and all runners, including ourselves. We research, test and write about as many men’s sneakers as we can to assess how well they hold up to their intended purpose: to deliver a comfortable running experience.

There are sometimes also differences between men's shoes and the best running shoes for women of the same model. If shoe designers created models for each gender, we outline how each shoe is different.

After putting many shoes through their paces, we think these are the best men’s running shoes for (almost) every type of run:

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[This article is part of the Fleet Feet Buyer's Guide for The Best Running Shoes 2023. Find all the best running shoes from the top brands for all situations.]

Brooks Ghost 15

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Comfort is paramount when you're ramping up your miles, and the men's Brooks Ghost 15 offers plenty of it, making it one of the best men's running shoes around.

The Brooks Ghost is comfortable all around. Brooks built the Ghost 15 with a soft and smooth engineered mesh upper. The mesh comes with a hint of stretch to mold around the curves of your foot, a new 3D Fit Print provides more structure, and it's roomy enough to accommodate a range of different foot shapes. It also comes in wide sizing for runners who need it.

Designers made another big change to the Ghost 15 this year: DNA Loft v2 foam. DNA Loft v2 is lighter and softer to give you the best run possible. Plus, it extends all the way into the forefoot to create a soft, smooth transition from heel to toe.

The newest Ghost remains an all-around performer that brings an ideal combination of comfort, cushion, weight and price.

Read more in our Brooks Ghost 15 review.

New Balance Fresh Foam 880 v13

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The running shoes you use for your everyday training have to strike the right balance of cushion and weight. The men’s New Balance Fresh Foam 880 v13 nails that balance.

The 880 has long been a favorite for its comfortable fit and cushion, and the thirteenth version is no exception. New Balance designed the midsole with a dual-layer set-up: a softer-than-ever heel that transitions to a denser EVA foam in the forefoot for propulsive take-offs.

The plush upper uses a stretchy double jacquard mesh that has strategically placed zones for support and ventilation. Our testers loved the dependability that the 880 brings year after year in our New Balance 880 v13 review. It is a classic everyday training shoe disguised as something you could wear out to the brewery with friends.

HOKA Bondi 8

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HOKA is known for building some of the best-cushioned running shoes on the planet and the men's Bondi 8 is a max-cushioned game-changer.

Designers packed the men's Bondi 8 full of HOKA’s brand new ultralight foam for cushioning that won't ever bottom out. HOKA built the shoe on a 33 mm/29 mm (heel/toe) stack height that absorbs impact as you pound the pavement.

The Bondi 8’s billowed silhouette highlights its brand-new extended heel geometry that forgives hard landings and encourages a stable and balanced ride.

The cushy midsole provides a soft, smooth ride and buttery transitions from heel to toe, which makes the Bondi one of the best men's walking shoes. Plus, it's a great choice for anyone who spends long days on their feet at work, like nurses and doctors.

When you prioritize comfort above all else, lace up the HOKA Bondi 8 for one of the most-cushioned running experiences you'll find.

Read more in our HOKA Bondi 8 review.

Saucony Kinvara 14

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Few running shoes put together the same combination of weight, cushion and speed as the Saucony Kinvara 14.

The men’s Kinvara 14 is a featherlight running shoe that packs enough cushion to blur the line between racing flat and everyday trainer. Saucony packed even more of its responsive PWRRUN cushioning into the midsole, while their mesh upper allows for plenty of breathability.

The latest version now weighs even less, making the Saucony Kinvara 14 a fast and flexible running shoe, perfect for daily training or picking up the pace. Our reviewers said this shoe shines at faster paces and tempo workouts in our Saucony Kinvara 14 review.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39

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The updated Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39 is a lightweight and nimble everyday running shoe perfect for men putting in daily miles or training for a race.

You want to be confident in your shoe when you lace up for your run. That’s why beginners and experienced runners alike love the reliability you get from the Nike Pegasus 39’s balanced ride and comfortable fit.

Nike React foam in the midsole gives you a bouncy and energetic feel, while two Zoom Air units in the forefoot add an extra pop to your toe-off. Plus, thanks to the grooves on the waffle-inspired outsole, the Nike Pegasus 39 has a natural running motion and excellent traction to keep you confident running year-round.

Few shoes offer more versatility than the Nike Pegasus, which is why it is consistently one of the best running shoes on our list. Its lightweight cushioning and a dialed-in fit make the men’s Pegasus 39 an ideal choice as your go-to daily trainer.

Mizuno Wave Rider 26

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The Wave Rider 26 provides propulsive energy and supportive cushioning thanks to Mizuno Enerzy foam in the midsole. The Enerzy foam is lightweight and cushioned but also bouncier than previous foams, which makes this latest iteration of the Wave Rider feel more energetic.

The Wave Rider 26 features a bio-based Wave plate to disperse impact and promote smooth transitions as you run.

The jacquard mesh provides a lightweight, breathable upper that hugs your foot in all of the right places.

With a refreshed midsole and roomy fit, the Mizuno Wave Rider 26 is one of the best running shoes for men.

Read more in our Mizuno Wave Rider 26 review.

On Cloudgo

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The On Cloudgo is one of the best running shoes for men because it does everything you ask of it.

The Cloudgo gets its versatility from a responsive Helion foam midsole paired with On's signature Speedboard. The combo delivers a snappy, responsive ride for use on the road or in the gym. On’s unique CloudTec® technology absorbs the impact from running and gives you multidirectional support to keep you moving forward.

The engineered mesh upper is breathable and wraps around your foot comfortably. One reviewer in our On Cloudgo review said “The Cloudgo has a soft, welcoming step-in feel. I particularly like the padded heel collar. It feels like it melts around my heel and ankle to provide comfort right off the bat.”

But it's not just performance with the Cloudgo: On's sleek, minimalist style gives you an athletic look before, during and after your pub run.

Altra Escalante 3

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The Escalante may be one of the most versatile men’s running shoes on this list. Our wide-footed friends and lightweight shoe lovers rave about the Altra Escalante 3 for its FootShaped toe-box and low-cushion profile.

Altra’s zero-drop midsole keeps the cushion balanced from heel to toe and encourages a low-impact foot strike. This keeps you light on your feet and supports your natural stride.

The Escalante is as comfortable for runs as it is for all-day wear thanks to a soft, stretchy upper and a lightweight, padded tongue that feels like a slipper and helps prevent blisters.

Great for mixed distance running depending on the person, Altra uses their Ego midsole foam for an energetic ride that’s soft enough to keep you comfortable on longer runs. With a lower stack height, new shape and responsive cushioning, the Escalante can crush home workouts and cross-training, as well.

Karhu Ikoni 2021

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The new Karhu Ikoni 2021 isn't just one of the best men’s running shoes, it's one of the best running shoes out today thanks to its generous fit and effortless ride.

The design was shaped by millions of 3D foot scans captured during Fleet Feet’s fit id® giving it an accommodating fit for a wide variety of foot shapes. The Ikoni also uses an asymmetrical lacing system and Ortix footbed that accounts for the unique shape of each foot and gives a feeling of light arch support.

A bed of lightweight Aerofoam feels super plush and responsive and is supported by a half-length Fulcrum rocker in the midfoot. This combination helps to propel the foot through its heel-to-toe transition and makes runs and walks feel effortless with each step.

In our review, testers loved how lightweight and cushioned the Ikoni 2021 is, and we think you will too.

The newest Ikoni is an excellent choice for men looking for a smooth and stabilized ride out on their runs or walks.

ASICS GEL-Nimbus 25

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The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 25 is a great update to a classic running shoe.

ASICS designers refreshed the Nimbus to have an even softer landing by increasing the stack height with more of their FF BLAST PLUS ECO midsole material. This is combined with ASICS' brand-new Pure-GEL unit to soak up even more impact, which helps create easy landings and buttery-smooth transitions.

A new, stretch knit upper wraps around your foot to round out the plush experience. Whether you are going for a long run or walking the dog, the GEL-Nimbus 25 is sure to delight.

Read more in our ASICS Gel-Nimbus 25 review.


What Does “Best” Mean?

It’s impossible to say definitively that these are the best men’s running shoes for all male runners.

There are so many factors to consider when picking the right men’s running sneakers for yourself—not to mention personal preferences—that we can’t say which men’s shoes will be the best for you. Instead, we chose the trainers that we think will work for most men, most of the time.

For more personalized recommendations, visit a Fleet Feet location for a one-on-one expert fitting through our fit id® outfitting process. A Fleet Feet expert will walk you through the 3D scanning process to precisely measure your feet, and then they will talk with you about your current training and future goals.

At the end, you’ll have personalized recommendations for men’s running shoes that are tailored to your size and needs.

How We Chose the Best Men’s Running Shoes

We used data from our fit id® outfitting process, interviews with designers and real-life wear testing to determine the best men’s running shoes for most runs and the most runners.

You can shop with confidence at Fleet Feet: We offer free shipping on all orders over $99, and you have 60 days to return any gear if you don’t like the way it looks, fits or feels. Plus, with our price-match guarantee, you can make sure you never pay too much for a new pair of running shoes.