The 15 Best Running Shoes for Men in 2023, According to Marathon Runners

The best shoes for marathon training, trail running, sprinting and more

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Whether you are somebody who uses running as your primary source of fitness, an athlete that runs as a part of your training, or you lie somewhere in the middle, one of the primary keys to success is having an adequate running shoe that is technical, efficient, and comfortable that you can wear on your runs. No different than basketball players needing basketball shoes, or skaters needing shoes specifically designed for skating, running shoes are crafted specifically to protect and cushion your feet and ankles as you train, while also being engineered to have properties to help boost your performance. Today we’re going to be looking at the best running shoes for men that you can invest in to help take your running to the next level. And since nobody knows the ins and outs of running shoes better than actual runners themselves, we’ve consulted the expertise of marathon runners to find out what some of the best shoes on the market are.

From the classic Nike Pegasus 40 ($98.97) to the ultra comfortable HOKA Clifton 8 ($111.19), our selections are expert vetted, researched, and tested.

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Meet our Experts:

To find the very best running shoes for men, we spoke to an array of marathon runners to hear about which shoes they love to train in, and what options they like for the big day. Although the focus of this article is running shoes for men, we spoke to both men and woman runners to get an idea of the shoes that make sense for any runner.

  • Brandon Shamy is ONE37pm’s platform strategist and a 2x marathon runner who trains for numerous races throughout the year. Shamy regularly documents his latest running adventures by way of his TikTok account, along with giving various pro tips that include tips on stretching, yoga, and more.
  • Joe Holder is a Nike Global Trainer and a 7x marathon runner. In addition to his role as Global Trainer at Nike, Holder is also a run coach for the USATF. Holder is also a Fitness and Wellness columnist for GQ Magazine, Founder of The Ocho System (OS), and Co-Founder of System of Service.
  • Mallory Kil is a digital creator and running influencer that often embarks on her fair share of marathons throughout the year. She is a 2x 70.3 Ironman athlete, 3x marathon runner, and an expert on all things running.
  • Tim West is the founder of Bandit Running and marathon runner. To hear more about how he founded his brand and his expertise in running, check out our article on the brand its founders here.

The Best Running Shoes for Men According to our Experts:

1. Nike Pegasus 40

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The Best Running Shoes for Men, Overall

  • Weight: 9.4oz
  • Sizes: 3.5 - 15
  • Drop: 10mm
  • Price: ($140, $98.97)
  • Pros: Comfortable, made with breathable material, affordable
  • Cons: May require some breaking in

The Nike Pegasus 40 is one of the best running shoes for men you can find on the market thanks to its neutral support and intensive cushioning. The Pegasus specifically targets arch support and response time through its Nike React technology, that comes in the form of a lightweight durable sole, and two Zoom Air units that make for a bouncy spring-like reaction. The platform provided by Nike gives the shoe a good grip and great traction, which is why it’s beloved by runners.

“I like the Nike Pegasus model, especially when it comes with the zoom x foam. Just seems to be lighter and a better fit. I typically look for a shoe that fits my foot structure and can bounce between anything from speed runs to base runs and long runs,” says Holder, who recommends the Pegasus. What’s more, Nike supplies you with a waffle pattern that helps with additional traction and breathability, so you’ll be more than comfortable as you hit the ground running.

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2. HOKA Clifton 8

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The Best Running Shoes for the Trails

  • Weight: 8.9oz
  • Sizes: 8.5 - 16
  • Drop: 5mm
  • Price: ($140, $111.99)
  • Pros: Breathable, fits well, durable, multiple color option
  • Cons: Could run narrow according to some users

The HOKA Clifton 8 is another favorite amongst lovers, and favored by Mallory Kil for protecting your feet as you pound the pavement. “This last year, I’ve been training for marathons so I'm looking for a sneaker with much more cushion and support. Last year I went for the Hoka Clifton 8.” A lightweight shoe that features a streamlined silhouette and updated upper made from engineered mesh, the Clifton 8 is a durable sneaker that also prevents the “heavy rubber” feeling that sometimes happens with shoes that have an extra thick rubber outsole. The breathable mesh upper and pull tab gives you extra comfort, while energy-infused midsole helps with bounce and response time. Gotta love the under $120 affordability as well!


3. New Balance FuelCell Propel v4

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New Balance

The Best Shoes for Marathon Training

  • Weight: 10.7oz
  • Sizes: 7 - 15
  • Drop: 6mm
  • Price: ($109.99, $87.99)
  • Pros: Good bounce, good response time, versatile, American Podiatric Medical Association-approved
  • Cons: Could have some heel slippage

If you are specifically training for a marathon (or marathons) for that matter, you are going to need a shoe that's both comfortable and durable in the sense that it can hold up well over time. The New Balance FuelCell Propel v4 checks both components nicely as it's a shoe that's both designed to be comfortable and have a secure fit. A bounce sole accompanies the Propel v4, which in turn helps with the over response time of the shoe. Constructed with an engineered up and synthetic/mesh, the Propel v4 is also boosted by FuelCell foam and a TPU plate, which helps with additional breathability, cushioning, and comfort. It's also one of Mallory Kil's current go-to sneakers for her training.

"Over the years my favorite running sneakers have changed and that’s basically because my needs have changed based on what races I’m training for," she says in her review. "This year I've found the New Balance Propel V4," she adds. Affordably priced at under $100 with multiple colors, New Balance also gives you the option of selecting whether you want standard or wide size for an optimized fit.

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4. ASICS Novablast 4

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The Best Road Running Shoes

  • Weight: 9.2oz
  • Sizes: 7 - 15
  • Drop: 8mm
  • Price: $140
  • Pros: Comfortable, includes half sizes, has a good construction, includes some recycled materials
  • Cons: May run big or small

If maximum cushioning is what you want, maximum cushioning is what you're going to get with the Novablast 4, which really helps with the pounding your body take from regularly hitting hard pavement. The shoe features ASICS' FF BLAST™ PLUS ECO cushioning, which the company says "create softer landings and a more energized toe-off during your runs." What's more, the Novablast 4 also features shock-absorbing properties due to its flexible and responsive midsole, and enhances comfort through the tongue wing construction in the upper that improves the fit, and an engineered woven upper that allows for more breathability, durability, and stretch room. "Novablast 4, Novablast 4, Novablast 4," Bandit running founder Tim West says when asked to provide his running shoe recommendation, which should tell you everything you need to know.

Sizes on the Novablast 4 range from 6 - 15, with the shoe being priced at $140.


5. Nike Invincible Run 3

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The Best Running Shoes for Distance

  • Weight: 11oz
  • Sizes: 7 - 15
  • Drop: 9mm
  • Price: $180, $143.97
  • Pros: Breathable, technical, multiple sizes, offers different widths
  • Cons: May run too narrow according to some users

A comfortable running shoe made for the distance from the minute you unbox, the support and cushioning on the Invincible Run 3 is one that's revered by its buyers. Coming in a range of colors, sizes, and the choice of selecting whether you want a regular or extra wide fit, a bouncy ZoomX foam that promotes stability is one of the main callouts of the Invincible Run 3. Additionally, Nike claims that this specific iteration of the Invincible series has their highest level of underfoot comfort, which is one of the reasons why it's so beloved by platform strategist and avid runner Brandon Shamy. "I like the Nike Invincible series as they are designed as a daily trainer and kind to the foot," Shamy explains in his review.

If you too are an avid runner, the Nike Invincible 3 is a shoe that will probably work for you.

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6. Saucony Endorphin Speed

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The Best Running Shoes for Sprinting

  • Weight: 7.8oz
  • Sizes: 7 - 15
  • Drop: 8mm
  • Price: $170
  • Pros: Has a good spring, multiple color options, durable, nice stretch room
  • Cons: Can be hard to find in your size

Should you be into sprinting, Shamy says his preferred shoe is Saucony's Endorphin Speed 3, which is an excellent all-around shoe that's favored for its stability and comfort. Noted for its reliability and durability as well, the Speed 3 provides instant cushioning and energy from the moment you put the shoes on and lace them up. "For everyday tempo runs, I love wearing these. This shoe is not for your beginner runner, but instead meant for those who are looking to incorporate more strategic speed work into your running," says Shamy in his review of the Speed 3. Saucony improved upon its Speed 3 model recently by adding an S-curved winged nylon plate for added support.

In addition to the plate, the Speed 3 also features PWRRUNPB foam cushioning, SPEEDROLL Technology that makes your runs more smooth, a FORMFIT design for stability to secure your foot, and XT-900 rubber for added traction, making this a great under $200 buy.


7. New Balance Fuelcell Supercomp

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New Balance
  • Weight: 10oz
  • Sizes: 8 - 14
  • Drop: 8mm
  • Price: $179.99, $143.99
  • Pros: Lots of bounce, comfortable, flexible, good for distance running, versatile
  • Cons: Only two colors available

New Balance continues to prove why it's one of the best shoe brands for runners with their FuelCell Super Comb trainers, which is especially great for distance runners as they zero in on comfort, arch support, stability, and durability. Featuring a chunky design that molds to the foot while providing responsiveness to your arch through the brand's Energy Arc, the Super Comb adds to your overall comfort through its FuelCell foam, which is designed to propel you forward with each step you take. Predominantly made with breathable knit, comfort and traction are at the forefront with the Super Comb, which lives up to expectations according to Mallory Kil. "What I look for in running sneakers is stability, comfort, and aesthetics," she says about the shoe adding: "I love the Fuelcell Supercomp for speed work and race day!"

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8. New Balance 1080v13

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New Balance
  • Weight: 9.2oz
  • Sizes: 7 - 16
  • Drop: 6mm
  • Price: $164.99
  • Pros: Has a bouncy feel, stable, strong outsole, durable, good response time
  • Cons: Runs on the heavier side

For long runs and everyday training, Kil suggests going with the New Balance 1080v13, which have quickly become one of her favorite running sneakers. "I love the 1080v13’s for long runs and every day trainers," she says about the shoes. "The New Balance Propel V4, Fuelcell Supercomp and 1080v13s are the three sneakers I have on rotation during marathon training!" Primed with neat features that will assist you in your walking activities such as New Balance's Fresh Foam X midsole cushioning and Ndurance rubber outsole (which is made for increased durability), the 1080v3 gives you gives you prime traction and slip-resistance, and sturdy construction thanks to its breathable engineered mesh upper.

Coming in multiple colors, a size range of 7 to 16, and the option of choosing either a standard, wide, or extra wide width, the $165 investment is one that's worth it.


9. Saucony Triumph 21

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  • Weight: 9.8oz
  • Sizes: 7 - 15
  • Drop: N/A
  • Price: $160
  • Pros: Has a stable upper fit, is lightweight, comfortable, has wide sizing, durable
  • Cons: Could run narrow according to some users

The Saucony Triumph 21 is a shoe that's literally built for comfort with its padded tongue, flat-knit upper, plush collar, and redesigned lacing system for premium comfort and security. The incorporation of Saucony's PWRRUN + midsole foam and PWRRUN+ sockline further adds to its cushioning and comfort by giving you a the support needed to withstand long distance and everyday running. Giving you a color palette of twelve, a size range of 7 - 15, and the choice of a regular or wide width, the $160 price tag is well worth the spend as you'll find an improvement in your pacing, landing, and response time.

"I bought these a month ago and have been really happy with the fit and comfort! I really like the 10mm heal to toe drop for my achilles heal. Super reflective in the morning as well," says one reviewer, with another adding: "Couldn’t be happier with performance of shoe. My new go to and can see purchasing more of this product in the future."


10. Brooks Glycerin 20

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  • Weight: 10.3oz
  • Sizes: 7 - 15
  • Drop: 10mm
  • Price: $119.95
  • Pros: Has a secure fit, has thick foam and cushioning, supportive, durable, comfortable
  • Cons: Could run warm in the upper

The Brooks Glycerin 20 is another great running shoe to consider as they come highly-rated for their plush cushioning, softness, toe room, and breathability. Affordably priced at $120, these trainers are lightweight and responsive courtesy of their DNA LOFT v3 cushioning, which the company says provides "fit and silky smooth transitions," that help for road running and walking. Made with breathable mesh material, the stability the Glycerin 20 offers is a component that's well loved by reviewers. "Coming over from the Brooks Ghost lineup, this shoe is worth the try. Moreover, this might be a close favorite to my favorite Ghost 14s. These are some light, cushiony, and solid running shoes," says one Brooks customer.

Another buyer echoes similar sentiments saying: "Brooks has been really good to me after my Achilles injury. Ever since running with Brooks shoes, haven't had any tendon issues. Worth every penny." Priced at $120, you can snag the Glycerin 20 in multiple different colors.


11. On Cloudflow 3.0

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On Running
  • Weight: 8.39oz
  • Sizes: 8 - 14
  • Drop: 8mm
  • Price: $109.99
  • Pros: Has a sizable toe box, versatile, offers a snug fit, comfortable
  • Cons: Could run narrow according to some users

A more-than-capable workhorse built for the toughest of runs, On's Cloudflow 3.0 improves upon the overall comfort of the shoe by expanding its toe box, widening the fore front of the sneaker, providing a slightly thicker (but not too thick) cushioning, and incorporating a solid rubber outsole that is great for improved speed and traction. Crafted with recycled polyester, the 3.0 is are anatomically designed for support and cushioning, all while boasting minimal seams that further help with breathability, and a lock-in feature that keeps your foot in place. "I always have issue with regular shoes squishing my toes. My foot size is 8.5 E and I typically order a size 9D for regular shoes. I have a couple of On shoes which I sized up to 9.5 but for this model size 9 suffice," says a buyer of the 3.0, adding: "Have worn this shoe for about a month now with about 50k in mileage and my feet absolutely love them. Couple of people don't like the firm feel but for me it's firm in the right places. Might buy another one next season!"

Priced at $109.99, the 3.0 is cool running shoe available for a steal of a price.


12. HOKA Carbon X 3

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  • Weight: 7.8oz
  • Sizes: 7 - 14
  • Drop: 5mm
  • Price: $200, $119.99
  • Pros: Has a smooth feel, lightweight, versatile, durable, comfortable
  • Cons: Slightly clunky

One of HOKA's best-sellers when it comes to running shoes, the Carbon X3 has become a fan favorite due to its reimagined performance knit crafting, which HOKA says offers an improved fit, and the carbon fiber plate built-in to the shoe that's backed up with an "aggressive Meta-Rocker." In addition to the improved cushioning, smooth transitions, and enhanced upper, the Carbon X is dressed in an asymmetrical coloring that really helps with making the shoe an eye-catching selection. Built for speed, buyers love them with one customer stating: " I own several pairs of HOKAs and the Carbons are now my favorites. They're very comfortable for walking and light hiking. Plus, the two split colors really stand out. I've received several compliments when I wear them."

Another reviewer adds: "had never heard of this brand before until I saw them on one of my co-workers feet at work at the hospital and he told me they are expensive, but worth every penny, so being that I'm getting ready to change positions in the hospital and do transport which will consist of moving patients all night long I thought it best I invest in some very good supportive foot gear"

Priced at $120, sizing ranges between a 7 and 14.

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13. Nike Pegasus 39

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  • Weight: 9.2oz
  • Sizes: 6 - 15
  • Drop: 10mm
  • Price: $130
  • Pros: Lightweight, stable, secure heel, comfortable, good traction, durable
  • Cons: Isn't as bouncy as other models

If you can't get the Pegasus 40 and want to try for another model in the series, the 39 is just as good in our book. Finely tuned, lightweight, and supportive, the comfort on the 39 is bar none as it features Nike's Flywire technology that helps to keep your foot in place alongside a mid-foot band, extra padding in the tongue and collar regions of the shoe, and an optimized heel great for transitioning amongst other technical features that help with comfortability and support. "Super comfortable, nice material and my go to trainers," saying a purchaser of the Pegasus 39. "Super comfy. I use these on my tread and just running errands. They are worth the cost," confirms another reviewer, which is another reason you won't go wrong with investing in the 39.

Factor in the affordable $130 pricing, numerous sizes and colors, along with the great bounce-back the shoe offers, and this another solid running sneaker.


14. NO BULL Ripstop Running Shoes

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  • Weight: 9oz
  • Sizes: 9 - 18
  • Drop: 10mm
  • Price: $139
  • Pros: Has a stable midsole, great for cushioning, works well for distance running, has a strong outsole, is versatile, is durable
  • Cons: Could run narrow according to some users

Offering stability, a perforated polyester ripstop with built-in support to assist with breathability and durability, and an outsole lug pattern that helps with improve road traction, NO BULL's Ripstop Running Shoes are the definition of elite, with the comfy midsole and rugged rubber outsole that adds to the shoe's softness and durability. Also featured on the Ripstop Running Shoes are the brand's medial post, which they say helps with motion control, and a removable molded anatomical insole that you can play around with to your liking. "Had these shoes for over 2 years, and by far were the best workout shoes I've ever owned. I am an avid gym head, and everyday I lift and do cardio in these. Comfort and strength of the shoe are unmatched. Even had a half marathon on them. Highly recommend," says a buyer of the Ripstop.

The Ripstop Running Shoes are available in seven different colors, with pricing sitting at $139.


15. HOKA Arahi 6

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  • Weight: 9.6oz
  • Sizes: 7.5 - 14
  • Drop: 5mm
  • Price: $140. $111.95
  • Pros: Good bounce, solid traction, durable, versatile, comfortable, good for distances
  • Cons: May run big/small

A technical shoe to the fullest with plenty of enhanced ground connection, stability, and reduced friction between the toes amongst other features, the HOKA Arahi 6 is a shoe that can be worn casually, but has the durability to withstand higher mileage and tougher runs. APMA approved, the Arahi 6 has a J-Frame that combines maximal cushioning and minimal weight just like the previous model, loads of breathability thanks to the shoes pull tab and mesh upper, a synthetic sole that improves speed, energy, and response time, and posture-correcting capabilities amongst others.

Reviewers are definitely satisfied with the Arahi 6 as one buyer notes, "My foot DR recommended HOKA shoes. I did my research and found that the Arahi 6 would be the best choice. The shoe comes with HOKA's J-frame technology that provides the stability I need in a shoe. The heal of the shoe is wide and extended which really helps with my stability. My only suggestion is that I would like to see more shoes made with the J-Frame technology and made with WIDE sizing options so I would have more choices."

Priced at $112, sizing ranges from 7 - 14, along with a variety of colors to choose from.


What to look for in a men's running shoes, according to our experts:

Here's what to look for in a men's running shoes, according to our experts:

Brandon Shamy: It depends what type of run I have planned. Supportive and cushiony sole for recovery and slow runs, lightweight and minimal for any sort of track, speed or tempo work, and one with a carbon plate for race day. In general, I look for a shoe that works best with my feet regardless of the type of run I have planned. If while wearing them or after completing a workout and my feet or legs are having a negative response, its usually a sign that I might have picked a bad pair or this pair is ready to be retired. But typically before buying any shoes, one should get their feet sized to get a better understanding what shoe might work best for them. You can usually do this for free at your local running store.

Joe Holder: I look for responsiveness—I don’t like too much cushion cause I don’t get enough feedback from ground. I also like enough space so the foot doesn’t get too narrow. My body also will tell me if shoe is for me or not. If I’m feeling off after wearing the shoe (aches that are more pain than aches) from a normal run, I usually know it’s time to find a different model or pair.

Mallory Kil: What I look for in running sneakers is stability, comfort, and aesthetics. I loved the Propel v4’s and 1080v13’s for long runs and every day trainers, and the Fuelcell Supercomp for speed work and race day!

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