The Best Running Shoes for Men

The Best Running Shoes for Men

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Our pick

Mizuno Wave Rider 21

Mizuno Wave Rider 21

The best running shoes for men

The Wave Rider is a workhorse trainer that should please most runners.

Buying Options

$100* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $83.

Our testers liked the Mizuno Wave Rider 21 for casual, under-an-hour runs or logging easy-effort miles. The Wave Rider 21 has a supportive-yet-breathable mesh upper and a cushioned sole that still allows for a responsive, bouncy ride. A few testers mentioned that the Wave Rider 21 felt a bit heavy on their feet, and there was also some debate about if its fit was true to size, particularly in the width, but this wasn’t enough to knock this versatile workhorse out of the top spot.

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Runner-up

Under Armour Charged Bandit 3

Under Armour Charged Bandit 3

A lighter, less padded option

The Charged Bandit offers more bounce but less squish.

Buying Options

Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $53.

If the Mizuno is out of stock in your size or you prefer lighter, less pillowy running shoes, the Under Armour Charged Bandit 3 is an excellent choice. Testers raved about this model’s true-to-size fit, seamless knit upper, and sprightly ride. One tester described it as “a solid all-arounder” and his—and others’—only real quibble was that the sole isn’t super-plush; runners who like more padding underfoot will be happier with our top pick.

Also great

Asics GT-2000 6

Asics GT-2000 6

The best all-purpose stability shoe

These motion-control shoes excelled at reducing pronation—and were quite comfortable as well.

Buying Options

$70* from Road Runner Sports
Buy from Zappos

May be out of stock

Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $72.

If you’re looking for a stability running shoe that moderates pronation, we recommend the Asics GT-2000 6. The GT-2000 has a well-padded heel and a softly cushioned forefoot that provides ample support and decent rebound. The upper hugs the foot well “with no slippage, no pressure points on feet,” according to one tester. The fit is true to size, too, with a toe box that feels “quite roomy, in a good way,” according to another.

Also great

Altra Escalante 1.5 (Men’s)

Altra Escalante 1.5 (Men’s)

If you like less structure

This light, no-drop shoe has a sole that’s the same thickness from toe to heel—it’s meant to protect your feet without adding too much cushioning.

Buying Options

Buy from Zappos

May be out of stock

Buy from REI

May be out of stock

*At the time of publishing, the price was $130.

The Altra Escalante 1.5 is a good choice if you’re a runner who wants a “barefoot-but-not” feel while running. This model’s flexible sole has no heel-to-toe drop, which means that it has a completely level sole, and its stretchy, woven-knit upper has a wider-than-most toe box, providing plenty of room for feet to flex and spread naturally. Testers praised the Escalante 1.5 (and the original Escalante before it) for being both light and protective, with enough cushioning to support their feet but not so much that the shoe got in the way of their stride. However, people who prefer a more cushioned heel and a more substantial upper should look to our top pick or runner-up.

Everything we recommend

Our pick

Mizuno Wave Rider 21

Mizuno Wave Rider 21

The best running shoes for men

The Wave Rider is a workhorse trainer that should please most runners.

Buying Options

$100* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $83.

Runner-up

Under Armour Charged Bandit 3

Under Armour Charged Bandit 3

A lighter, less padded option

The Charged Bandit offers more bounce but less squish.

Buying Options

Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $53.

Also great

Asics GT-2000 6

Asics GT-2000 6

The best all-purpose stability shoe

These motion-control shoes excelled at reducing pronation—and were quite comfortable as well.

Buying Options

$70* from Road Runner Sports
Buy from Zappos

May be out of stock

Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $72.

Also great

Altra Escalante 1.5 (Men’s)

Altra Escalante 1.5 (Men’s)

If you like less structure

This light, no-drop shoe has a sole that’s the same thickness from toe to heel—it’s meant to protect your feet without adding too much cushioning.

Buying Options

Buy from Zappos

May be out of stock

Buy from REI

May be out of stock

*At the time of publishing, the price was $130.

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter
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