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The Ghost 10 are one of our favorite running shoes from Brooks. They are comfortable, have a great upper that’s breathable and flexible and they offer optimal cushioning for short, medium, and long distance running. Additionally, they have great energy return and impact absorption. We do prefer them over the Ghost 9s, partly because the toe box is more comfortable.
The Kayano series from ASICS is the gold standard for stability running shoes. We’ve posted reviews of each new model for several years now. While the shoes are somewhat expensive, they are comfortable and have a really great midsole. The 24s in particular, have an improved upper over the 23s, but the rest of the shoe is mostly the same. The new upper, however, is more breathable and comfortable and is the primary reason we prefer the 24s. Beyond that, however, you can basically choose any of the Kayanos if you want stability running shoes. They help with over-pronation and we think are even good for neutral runners as well.
The major complaints that we do have are that the heel slips for a while until you get them broken in and they’re also relatively heavy for running shoes. Additionally, the price is way up there. The MSRP is $160!
If you’d like to learn more about these shoes, check out our full reviews:
The Brooks Levitate are designed for speed. They have an all-new midsole that was made in a partnership between Brooks and the chemical company BASF. The DNA AMP foam is really responsive and offers a lot of spring. They aren’t our favorite shoes for impact absorption, but they propel you forward quite a bit. The one thing is that they’re actually not that light. You’d think shoes that were built for speed would be light, but there’s still quite a bit of heft to the shoes.
Beyond that, the upper is really nice. It’s soft, flexible, and breathable. Lockdown is great with no pressure points or pain. If you’re running 1-6 miles, we think the Levitates are a great option. You can see our full Brook Levitate Review here.
The Pegasus line of shoes is a fan favorite. Every time we post a running shoe list, we always get follow up questions about the Pegasus 33s or 34s. We prefer the 34s over the 33s, mostly due to the upper being softer and more breathable. Yes, the 34s are more expensive at around $110, but the improvements to the upper (we think) are worth it. That said, you can pick up the 33s on discount now, which makes them a pretty compelling buy as well.
Beyond the upper though, these are likely Nike’s best running shoes. They’re good for running short, medium, and long distances. They’re decently lightweight at around 10 ounces for a size 10 men’s shoe. They have a 10mm drop, which is about the sweet spot. And we think they’re great in terms of responsiveness. They have plenty of bounce, but also offer a good amount of cushioning for impacts. Overall, we like these shoes a lot…and so do many other people.
The Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit 2 are half running shoes, half casual shoes. They wouldn’t be our favorite running shoes if we had to just pick one, but if you run every once in a while and want shoes that both look nice and have a performance element, the LunarEpic Low Flyknit 2s are a good option. They’re very comfortable, the cushioning is very soft, and the upper is really nice as well, though it’s a lot less breathable than you’d think. The bottom line with the LunarEpic Low Flyknit 2s is that you’ll probably use them as casual shoes just as much as you use them as running shoes. You can see our full LunarEpic Low Flyknit 2 Review here.
The Fresh Foam Zante v3s are good running shoes, but the price is what makes them so compelling. We regularly see them selling for under $100. Compare that with any of the other shoes on this list and the Zante V3s look amazing.
The Zante v3 have a super soft, thin, breathable upper, which we really like and plenty of cushioning, though it is a denser foam so it will take some time to break in. They do also have great lockdown and we didn’t encounter any pressure points from the laces. But one of the best things about these shoes is that they’re incredibly lightweight at about 8.8 ounces. We see them as running shoes for short to medium distances. You can learn more in our New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v3 Review.