In case you decided that before the year ends, you’ll compete in a marathon, or maybe you’re planning to get in shape before the Christmas season, whether you’re doing some road work or just a normal run, first thing you need is to find the best neutral running shoes.
With so many brands from the market, you’ll be confused on which one to get. Let’s find out if you have a neutral runner or not, Check it here: Better Understanding of Pronation: Finding The Right Running Shoes For You. It will help you identify the type of running shoes and what kind of support will fit your running style, you’ll also get some hints on how to improve your form along the way.
In some cases, you also might want to use a training shoes for longer mileage, and a race shoe that’s lighter and can provide better performance in a race. It’s important that you always break in a shoe that you will use on race day, always keep that in mind.
Today, we will list down the top 10 best neutral running shoes in 2015. Let’s check it out!
On CloudCruiser cushioning is one of the best there is, this way it will reduce the impact on the body and help you create a more barefoot-running-style with more neutral take off. It should also give you plenty of protection when you hit the pavement.
Pros: High mileage, has a good protection and cushioning, recommended for who likes a firm, flexible feel with a low-key aesthetic.
Cons: Upper mesh is hard, small toebox and no room to wiggle
Nike Free 3 0 Flyknit
Barefoot, minimalist or plain purist, the Free 3.0 Flyknit is the lowest profile shoe to date. The combination of hexagonal split-grid sole and the flexible upper that aims to give you a running shoe. It also provides the best cushioning and support you need.
If you’re a newbie runner, you might want to start with Free 5.0 or 4.0 rather than using the Free 3.0 Flyknit. Do keep in mind that you need a proper running form to maximize the use of this shoe.
Pros: Barefoot purist would love this, has a good room for toebox, cushioning is also good.
Cons: Expensive, not durable for long mileage
Under Armour Men’s Speedform Gemini
Under Armour sure knows how to make a best running shoe. The Gemini charged with cushioning foam in the midsole absorbs the energy when the foot hits the ground. With the rubber outsole and carbon rubber heel, you’ll have a durable shoe that you can use in a distance as well.
Pros: Upper is breathable mesh material, great cushioning foam, durable and can do more mileage.
Cons: Cushioning is rather firm for some people, not a lot of room for toebox
Pearl Izumi EM Road M2
The Pearl Izumi EM Road M2 is a running shoe that is built for those who spend more time on road rather on trail. The EVA Energy Foam in the heel and forefoot gives the necessary cushioning for impact and absorbing the energy and giving it back to you.
The EM Road M2 has a rubber forefoot and carbon rubber crash pads around the shoe, this helps with cushioning. The 3D print upper will help you reduce the weight of the shoe for more hugging fit. It also features a Transfer Dry mesh upper to keep your feet cool.
Pros: Better to run with, light and durable, has better cushioning support
Cons: Thin midsoles, some runners complain about the thin cushioning support.
Adidas Climachill Cosmic Boost
Adidas Climachill Cosmic Boost has the Primeknit design which snug your foot, the mesh on the front is perforated fabric that offers all round ventilation. This shoe is good if you’re looking for comfort, cool feeling in your feet during the summer time and cushioning on midsole and outsole for more efficient running.
Pros: Super quick air-dry design, and has cushioning on midsole and outsole, perfect for summer time, responsive.
Cons: Expensive for it’s category, not that light, not good for race day.
Nike Zoom Air Performance Vomero 10
The Nike Zoom Air Performance Vomero 10 will give you comfort and extra grip for slippery terrain, though the soft impact will help your foot to kick up and run efficiently and get more from your neutral running style.
The Flymesh upper provides breathability, and the Flywire cables are integrated into the laces for double layer of durability. The Vomero 10s have an internal boot to help you snug it like a sock.
Pros: This shoe aims for comfort, stability and support, it is also light and it will give you a great help in running.
Cons: Squeaky on tiled floors (not sure why it’s an issue for some people), shorter tongue, quite expensive to some people
Adidas Ultra Boost
Adidas Ultra Boost is the greatest running shoe that has been invented, and it’s making cutting-edge runners that are available to cool colors. The cushioning not only absorb more impact than traditional foam, but it also gives you a more efficient neutral running style. The fit is really good, there’s a sock liner just in case you forgot your pair.
Pros: BoostFoam is a huge plus for this shoe, extra cushion and responsive shoe, has an elastic upper and provides comfort while running.
Cons: Needs to break in before running, not durable enough for long mileage
Saucony Kinvara 6
If you’re used to road running, the Kinvara 6 will be suited to your running. This shoe will help you improve your stability, offers a breathable upper mesh, and a great Pro-locking lacing system, to provide more secure mid foot fit. The midsole has bee tweak to improve the transition from heel to toe. If you like the Kinvara 5, you’ll love the Kinvara 6. I promise 🙂
Pros: Helps stability, breathable material and great locking lacing system. Great update from Kinvara 5
Cons: Overly tight Pro-Lock system could potentially cause significant discomfort.
Saucony Triumph ISO
The Saucony Triump ISO features a super-plush for neutral trainer, and claims to be the most cushioned running shoe ever created. Weighing at 292g, the Triump ISO features ISOFIT and PWRGRID, which adds up to the snug fit that minimizes chafing and 20% more cushioning than previous version.
Pros: Comfy cushioning, great fit, shoelace stay tied throughout the run and very light.
Cons: Quite expensive, the cushion is not suited for speed workout
Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 2.0
The Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 2.0 is weighing at 228g a very light neutral running shoe, it also uses coolever upper mesh which provides comfort inside your feet. One of the great feature is called Extended TORSION system, like a plastic web that extends from mid-foot to forefoot. This enables the foot to become flexible and stable in natural way.
Pros: Great fit and comfort while running, lightweight, features an awesome rubber sole
Cons: Expensive, has a narrow upper, not for inexperienced runners, has a rough fabric
Saucony Virrata 2
The Saucony Virrata 2 features 18mm EVA from forefoot and heel, it will also help you run better on forefoot to midfoot. Weighing at 184g, this is one of the lightest shoe in our list today. The shoe is still durable because of its outsole.
Pros: Good drop profile, lightweight, comfy to run with, durable and provides a great fit
Cons: Small size – make sure you order one size bigger, midsole not that durable, less cushioning due to reduce weight
Asics Gel Kayano
The Asics Gel Kayano running shoes is more than what it looks like, the Impact Guidance System which helps your toe strikes and FluidRide cushions that provides durability. Another good thing is the front and rear to keep your foot comfy on long runs.
Pros: Lightest Kayano version, snug fit which is good, durable and will last longer, ton of colors and one of the best cushioning.
Cons: Less flexible, not that stylish (if that’s important to you), slippery on wet and uneven terrains
There you have the best of the best neutral running shoes, which one do you use? Do we have your favorite shoes in the list? Let us know what is missing and we will add them!