The Best Road Running Shoes of 2020

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Mizuno Wave Rider 24 review road running shoes
The Mizuno Wave Rider 24 is a very good running shoe for daily training. The new Mizuno Enerzy foam provides softer cushioning than before.
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$129.95
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The Mizuno Wave Rider 24 has become a household running name. It's a shoe that has remained relatively constant over the years, especially with its Wave plate, which can be considered the ancestor of modern carbon plates. However, this twenty-fourth version has a major new feature: the Mizuno Enerzy foam. Without replacing the famous U4ic, it complements it and softens the ride of the shoe with its greater flexibility. Thus, while the Mizuno Wave Rider has always had the reputation of being firm, the MWR24 is more forgiving. Overall, runners appreciated the cushioning, noting a good balance between cushioning and bounce. However, some complained about the Mizuno Wave plate, which, according to them, "is useless and makes the shoe heavier." On this subject, let's note that the Wave Rider 24's weight is reasonable, with 281 g (9.9 oz) for men and 232 g (8.2 oz) for women. Secondly, the new Air Mesh was also very well received. Testers note that it marks a clear improvement over the Waveknit mesh that Mizuno has been pushing in recent years on some of its models. The mesh is thick while ensuring good airflow in the shoe. Besides, the upper uses fewer overlays without reducing the effectiveness of the lockdown. Finally, the outsole is equipped with carbon rubber in certain areas to improve traction and protect the shoe. On this last point, runners were a bit disappointed: they note that the unprotected parts (made of exposed foam) tend to wear quickly. In summary, the Mizuno Wave Rider 24 makes great strides (pun intended) with a new, slightly softer cushioning and an improved, more comfortable upper—a very good model for daily training.
Comfort
9.5
Durability
9
Value for money
9
Design
9
PROS:
  • Great comfort
  • The new Mizuno Enerzy foam gives a responsive cushioning that's softer than before
  • Well ventilated upper that effectively locks down the foot
  • Reasonable weight (similar to Pegasus 37)
CONS:
  • Mizuno Wave plate is heavy and useless according to some runners
  • Unprotected foam parts on the outsole may quickly show signs of wear
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Nike Air Zoom Winflo 6 review road running shoes
The Nike Air Zoom Winflo 6 is a comfortable stability road shoe with a stylish design.
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$67.76
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The Nike Air Zoom Winflo 6 is a stability road shoe. This 2019 version embraces the bold new tapered design of the Nike running shoe range. The shoe looks just like the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 except for its much heavier weight: 312 grams for men and 255 grams for women. Indeed, the Winflo 6 has stability features that make it somewhat heavier. It should be noted that the effectiveness of this type of correction in reducing the risk of injury is not proven by science (read our article for more information). These stability technologies can nevertheless be comfortable in some cases, which is the most important criterion when choosing running shoes. Overall, the Nike Air Zoom Winflo 6 offers great comfort which can make it a shoe of choice if you find the support of the Pegasus insufficient. It's a versatile shoe that will suit all types of workouts. In short, a very good road shoe for runners who are looking to stabilise their overpronation.
Comfort
9
Durability
9
Value for money
9
Design
9
PROS:
  • Great comfort
  • Pleasant cushioning
  • Nice design
  • Relatively discrete stability features
CONS:
  • Slightly narrow shoe
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Brooks Hyperion Elite 2 review carbon plate running shoes
The Brooks Hyperion Elite 2 is a very good carbon-fiber plate running shoe for competition that offers a comfortable and responsive cushioning.
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We have just unpacked the first model, and Brooks is already back with a second version! The Hyperion Elite had received mixed reviews, with many criticizing its firm and dull cushioning. Also, durability wasn't there—the brand itself admitted that the shoe had a lifespan of 150 km (!). Brooks seems to have corrected this by reinforcing the sole with more rubber. Without being sturdy, the testers note that this new model should withstand more kilometers than the first one.

The Cushioning has softened and offers greater bounce. The sole is 37 mm thick under the heel with an offset of 8 mm. Brooks has replaced the short-lived DNA Zero foam with DNA Flash, which translates into an even more densely compressed texture to promote a more explosive energy return while running. And, of course, there's the carbon plate to guide runners to a smoother, faster run that requires less effort. Reviewers found the result convincing. They especially appreciated the stable and wide configuration of the platform. Without providing the same level of bounce as some of its competitors like the Nike Alphafly or the Saucony Endorphin Pro, the Brooks Hyperion Elite 2 puts on a good show. The ride is something very personal, so it's a shoe that could appeal to athletes who didn't like these other models.

Moving on to the upper, the stretch woven mesh is comfortable and well ventilated while providing precise foot lockdown. Moreover, it is remarkably roomy to please runners with wider feet. However, despite these pros, some testers did not like certain details. For example, the heel now features a moderately thick layer that some runners found irritating to the tendon. Similarly, the thin tongue tends to move while running, which is not convenient.

Overall, the Brooks Hyperion Elite 2 is a clear step up over the first model. Its comfort and springy cushioning make it a great running shoe for competition despite some flaws.
Comfort
9.5
Durability
8.5
Value for money
8.5
Design
9.5
PROS:
  • Stable and responsive cushioning
  • Upper is well ventilated and provides good lockdown
  • Versatile shoe
  • Lightweight model
CONS:
  • The tongue and the padding layer at the back of the heel are not comfortable according to some people
  • Improved but still insufficient durability
  • Not as impressive as its price tag might suggest
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Salomon Sonic 3 Balance road running shoe review
The Salomon Sonic 3 Balance is a versatile road running shoe with moderate cushioning well suited for mid to long distances.
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$130.00
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The Salomon Sonic 3 Balance was only recently launched in spring, 2020, but has consistently received high praise from runners since that time. Designed with an extra "bounce" from the Optivibe midsole — which equates to high energy return — as well as a JPAD component, it aims to reduce vibrations and, thus, muscle fatigue for quicker recovery time. This makes it an ideal all-round shoe especially suitable for long runs. The upper mesh design provides optimal breathability and lends itself to a sleek, attractive appearance that simultaneously molds to the foot. The Balance is also designed with the runner's comfort in mind, with a lightly-padded heel and Ortholite insole that keeps the foot secure while running longer distances. As a bonus, it is also designed for a wider variety of foot shapes and sizes than other Salomon shoes, which tend to run narrow in the toe box. Speaking of long-distance training, runners who have tried the Balance rave about its restorative comfort and padding. After intense training sessions, many users of the shoe remarked that that didn't suffer from muscle aches, thanks to the protection and cushioned offered by the shoe. Such reviews can sometimes seem a bit anecdotal but in the case of the Balance, we do see a clear pattern that suggests that the shoe does provide great comfort. There were only a few downsides noted by runners, among them being a bit of rigidness in the design of the shoe (runners stated that they would prefer more flexibility) and heel heaviness. Also, some noted a lack of tongue padding, which causes tightly-laced shoes to dig into the ankle as opposed to cradling it comfortably. According to some runners, the weight of the shoe, although reasonable for a cruiser of this kind, contributed to less-smooth transitions, which weren't ideal for sprinting or faster paces. Overall, the Sonic 3 Balance makes a very good selection for runners seeking durability, foot security, a sleek design, and ample padding to absorb shock and vibration.
Comfort
8.5
Durability
9.5
Value for money
9
Design
9
PROS:
  • Good overall comfort
  • Effective and responsive cushioning, ideal for mid to long distances
  • Great foot lockdown
  • Effective traction
CONS:
  • Some users found the tongue a bit uncomfortable
  • A bit heavy and rigid for faster paces
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On Cloudboom review carbon plate running shoe
The On Cloudboom is the first shoe of the Swiss brand to feature a carbon plate. Analysis of reviews coming soon!
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Asics Dynablast review lightweight running shoes
The Asics Dynablast is a good lightweight and comfortable daily trainer.
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$109.95
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While 2020 has witnessed the launch of many high-caliber carbon plate shoes, the Asics Dynablast makes a more discreet entrance with a configuration that is both modern and traditional.

Modern because it boasts the sleek and stylish design of the latest Asics models and the new FlyteFoam Blast foam that equips the Novablast. And traditional because at the core, it's a classic trainer shoe. The stack height is average with 28 mm under the heel and a drop of 12 mm. As we will see, the ride is also "standard."

Indeed, according to the testers, the cushioning offers just the right amount of softness for easy daily runs. However, they were not too impressed with the ability of the shoe to handle quick paces because of its lack of responsiveness. Therefore, while the ride does provide a slight bounce, it's not impressive by any stretch. It's reasonable to assume that this is deliberate of Asics: the sole has a traditional design without rocking. In other words, there's nothing to help smoothen the ride; you have to do all the work, which is not bad for runners who like no-frills shoes with a simple ride. What's more, the shoe has the advantage of being lightweight despite its broad and chunky platform that offers good stability. It's unique enough to be noted!

Then, the dense and thick mesh ensures an effective lockdown. The upper is roomy but not very stretchy. Beware, though: some runners have found the shoe to be a bit large, especially in the toe box area. Some go as far as recommending to size down, which is a bit confusing. Also, the thickness of the mesh can be a problem in summer when it's hot.

In summary, the Asics Dynablast is a good lightweight trainer with comfortable cushioning that gives a classic ride. However, its durability makes it a great pick for daily runs despite some fit issues and an average bounce.
Comfort
8.5
Durability
9
Value for money
9.5
Design
9
PROS:
  • Wide and stable platform
  • Cushioning that absorbs shocks without being too soft nor too hard
  • Lightweight shoe
  • Nice design
  • Great value
CONS:
  • Tricky fit around the forefoot
  • Average ride, not so responsive
  • Thick upper that may be a little too hot for summer
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- 54% Adidas Adizero Boston 9 review road running shoes
The Adidas Adizero Boston 9 is a very good lightweight, comfortable and versatile road running shoe.
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Last price update was: October 29, 2020 6:15 am
A continuation of the beloved Boston series, the Adidas Adizero Boston 9 is a versatile daily trainer that can handle a fast pace. Based on feedback from testers, the 9 is one of those "all-around" running shoes that will come in suitable for nearly any type of training. The Boston 9 midsole uniquely combines Lightstrike and BOOST foams. However, quite a few runners voiced their dissatisfaction with this addition of Lightstrike, preferring the Boston line's previous midsoles designed with only BOOST padding. Nonetheless, even with the addition of Lightstrike, runners appreciated overall the responsiveness of the cushioning. They felt it was well suited for speed training. Then, runners unanimously described the upper as an improvement from former models, with enhanced breathability from its lightweight mesh material. The traction of the outsole was also described as a plus of the Boston 9. It features Continental rubber for a better grip on wet or slippery roads. Runners listed a few downsides of the Boston 9. First, the medium-high arch doesn't accommodate every foot shape. Second, the unusually-large design forces users to size down. The shoe's true white also reflects dirt and scuffs very quickly. Overall, the Boston 9 received high marks across the board as a great option for running 10k races and half-marathons, as the lightweight design of the shoe encourages quick turnover and fast paces. It's also praised for its durability, versatility, and even its affordable price. Given the fact that one of the only major downsides of the Boston 9 is its Lightstrike addition, we rank this shoe as a 9.3, making it a very very good option for hardcore athletes and casual runners alike!
Comfort
9.5
Durability
9
Value for money
9.5
Design
9
PROS:
  • Great comfort
  • Impeccable foot lockdown
  • Lightweight shoe
  • Versatile: suitable for tempo sessions as well as easy runs
CONS:
  • Fits big (expect to size down by one full size below your usual one)
  • Not everyone likes the addition of Lightstrike foam
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Asics Gel Kinsei 6 review running shoes
The Asics Gel Kinsei 6 is a good and comfortable road shoe of very good quality with moderate but soft cushioning.
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$178.94
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Luxury by Asics: comfortable but expensive shoes! The Asics Gel Kinsei 6 is a road running shoe that is known for its high cushioning with its Gel midsole units. Nevertheless, it should be noted that the sole is relatively thin with 21 mm under the heel. On the whole, they are very comfortable and are well suited for all types of training. The Kinsei is particularly adapted to long distances thanks to its durability and the effective foot support it provides. Asics' reputation for quality is well established and the Kinsei 6 Gel is, unsurprisingly, very durable. One may only regret the rather high price and the extraordinary weight in comparison to the thinness of the sole (almost 350 grams for the men's version). In short, the main advantage of Kinsei 6 Gel is its comfort, which has seduced many runners over the years. It's up to you to see whether this justifies the somewhat exorbitant price of this luxury model from Asics.
Comfort
9
Durability
9.5
Value for money
8
Design
9
PROS:
  • Very comfortable shoe
  • Excellent quality
  • Attractive design and colours
  • Roomy toe-box
CONS:
  • High price (more than 200 euros originally though it can now be found for much cheaper)
  • Heavyweight
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Asics Gel Kayano 27 review stability running shoes
The Asics Gel Kayano 27 is a good road shoe for overpronation that offers comfort and stability besides being sturdy.
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$159.95
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Last price update was: October 29, 2020 12:15 am
The Asics Gel Kayano 27 is the model with the longest longevity in the Asics range with now 27 iterations to date. This classic was created by the product designer Toshikazu Kayano, who gave it his name. He is now retired, which says something about the age of this collection! So is the Kayano still worth the detour in 2020 or is it just a relic from another era? First of all, it should be noted that, though it hasn't lost weight (unfortunately), the shoe now has a more streamlined design to the point of resembling the Gel Cumulus 22. Thus, while still featuring as many technologies as before, it has a clean and compact design overall. The sole is relatively thin with 22 mm under the heel (24 mm for women) and 12 mm under the forefoot (11 mm for women). It features FlyteFoam and FlyteFoam Propel foams and GEL units for comfortable cushioning. According to the testers, the result is convincing without being really springy. Indeed, the Kayano is a stability shoe and, therefore, offers a traditional configuration that works to stabilize the foot while running to avoid overpronation. On this regard, the Dynamic DuoMax and the Space Trusttic technologies guide the foot softly. This will appeal to runners who are looking for a stability shoe that is not too strict. Therefore, the Kayano 27 is comfortable and stable with a secure foot lockdown. This configuration doesn't really shine during tempo sessions but is a solid choice for recovery training and long runs. Finally, the Kayano 27 is a sturdy shoe designed to last, which compensates a little for its high price tag. In summary, the Asics Gel Kayano 27 is a good stability shoe that offers a comfortable, robust and relatively flexible configuration.
Comfort
9
Durability
9.5
Value for money
8.5
Design
8.5
PROS:
  • Good overall comfort
  • Upper that provides a secure yet breathable foot lockdown
  • Sturdy shoe
  • Effective and stable foot support for overpronation
  • Flexible platform despite the weight of the shoe
CONS:
  • Relatively heavy shoe
  • Cushioning that lacks responsiveness
  • The rigid external heel counter that could be replaced by something a bit softer
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Topo Athletic Ultrafly 3 review stability road running shoe
The Topo Athletic Ultrafly 3 is a good sturdy and roomy stability shoe with great foot lockdown.
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$80.27
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The Topo Athletic Ultrafly 3 is comfortable stability shoe with moderate cushioning and roomy upper. Overall, runners have been quite pleased with this new model of the Ultrafly collection. While the stack height of the Ultrafly 3 has been increased by 2 mm, the shoe is actually even more lightweight than previously with 269 g/9.49 oz for men and 238 g/8.40 oz for women. The additional cushioning throughout really molds to the foot for added stability and comfort. Let's note here that the Ultrafly 3 is a stability shoe with a moderate level of correction for overpronation, which makes it suitable for all runners. Testers also greatly appreciated the fabulous upper-shoe padding and mesh design, which has been described as "transcendent". The shoe's toe box is also pleasantly roomy and pliable to accommodate a variety of foot types, setting it apart from running shoes with a narrow design that may be uncomfortable for those with wider feet. This is one of the signature characteristics of Topo Athletic who aims to craft simple, no-nonsense, and sturdy running shoes. Lastly, the tongue of the Ultrafly 3 is another superb aspect of the shoe's design, providing just enough cushioning to tighten laces for support without any discomfort or bulkiness. Also, this is one shoe you can trust to fit true to size. The only true complaint that users of the Ultrafly 3 voiced pertains to the overly-soft Zipfoam used in the design, which impedes the springiness of the ride. Otherwise, the Ultrafly 3 gets consistently good marks for its unparalleled upper shoe construction, well-cushioned midsole, and padded tongue that provides just enough comfort and security when lacing.
Comfort
8
Durability
9.5
Value for money
9.5
Design
9
PROS:
  • Impeccable foot lockdown while leaving sufficient space for the foot (especially around the toes)
  • Well ventilated shoe
  • Relatively lightweight for a stability shoe for overpronation
  • Simple, efficient and robust design
CONS:
  • Cushioning that lacks some springe to really have fun
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Altra Escalante 2 review road running shoes
The Altra Escalante 2 is a good, simple and effective zero drop road shoe with light cushioning.
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$40.00
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The Altra Escalante 2 is a zero drop road shoe with a limited cushioning. Indeed, it has a relatively thin sole (19 mm) and no drop between the heel and the toes. Altra's goal is to create shoes that respect the anatomy of the foot and the human body in general as much as possible. The Escalante 2 fulfils this role well by offering an excellent feeling under the foot for running sensations close to minimalism. The previous model had received some criticism for its flexibility, which kept the foot a bit loosely. It seems that Altra has addressed this point as the support is now stricter, which may or may not be to the liking of every runner. According to athletes who have tested the Escalante 2, it is a fairly firm road shoe overall. On the other hand, it is worth noting that the shoe has gained weight (40 grams more) while reducing the cushioning (4 mm less sole thickness) which is a bit surprising and disappointing. To summarize, the Altra Escalante 2 is a good road shoe but this new version reveals some important changes that might not please fans of the previous model.
Comfort
8.5
Durability
9
Value for money
9.5
Design
9.5
PROS:
  • Good comfort
  • Responsive cushioning with good ground feeling
  • Improved foot support
  • Nice, simple and efficient design
CONS:
  • Heavier compared to the previous model despite a thinner sole
  • Platform a bit too rigid according to some runners
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Nike Revolution 5 review running shoes
The Nike Revolution 5 is a comfortable entry-level road running shoe.
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$74.61
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The Nike Revolution 5 is an entry-level road shoe with a stylish design. It offers a simple and functional configuration with a basic sole using rubber on the outside and EVA foam on the inside. The result is comfortable cushioning with all the responsive cushioning you need to have fun. The upper is also stripped down with a simple layer of knit. The ventilation is thus optimal but several runners have noted that the upper is unfortunately a little fragile. As you can see, the Nike Revolution 5 is a basic model that represents good value for money at around 50 pounds (60 dollars). Moreover, with 255 grams (men's version), it's a relatively lightweight model. It can be interesting to alternate with your main shoes during easy recovery workouts or to run at the gym on a treadmill. If you're looking for an inexpensive but slightly more advanced model, the Nike Legend React may also be a good choice.
Comfort
9
Durability
8
Value for money
9.5
Design
9
PROS:
  • Good overall comfort
  • Effective cushioning
  • Reasonable weight
  • Minimum price
CONS:
  • Some doubts about the durability of the upper
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