The Best Road Running Shoes of 2020

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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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$119.95 $55.00
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Last price update was: October 30, 2020 6:16 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 Pulse 11 review road running shoes
The Asics Gel Pulse 11 is a sturdy road running shoe with comfortable cushioning.
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$59.95
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The Asics Gel Pulse 11 is a comfortable and effective road shoe. It's in the mid-range of the Asics running shoe collection with a simple and sturdy build at an affordable price. This new version offers more padding with a stack height of 31 mm under the heel instead of 21 mm previously. Unfortunately, while the cushioning is more comfortable and will appeal to runners looking for good shock absorption, the downside is that the shoe is much heavier. It now weighs 322 grams for men and 272 grams for women, almost 100 grams more than the 10. The Gel Pulse 11 is a comfortable shoe overall, although it has a slightly narrow forefoot. The sole provides comfortable and responsive cushioning, especially with the help of its Gel. Then, the upper offers good lockdown while increasing airflow. In summary, the Asics Gel Pulse 11 is a good road running shoe, but its new configuration may be confusing for fans of previous models.
Comfort
8.5
Durability
9
Value for money
9.5
Design
8
PROS:
  • Good general comfort
  • Comfortable and responsive cushioning
  • Good foot lockdown
  • Sturdy and affordable model
CONS:
  • Slightly narrow, especially in the forefoot area
  • Heavy shoe
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Hoka Bondi 7 review road running trainer
The Hoka Bondi is a good maximalist road running shoe, especially comfortable for daily runs.
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$149.95
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The Hoka Bondi is one of those shoes that popularized the brand with its massive high-stack sole that offers soft and comfortable cushioning. The seventh model in the series continues this trend with little change from the previous version.

The sole is slightly thinner with now 33 mm under the heel for men and 31 mm for women. The drop remains low at 4 mm. The sole uses a simple and efficient configuration: EVA foam combined with Hi-Abrasion rubber on some important areas of the outsole to protect the shoe and improve grip.

The testers found this configuration comfortable while noting a lack of bounce and flexibility. Indeed, the platform doesn't flex with the movement of the foot. Also, the shoe is rather heavy with 323 g/11.4 oz for men, 252 g/8.9 oz for women, which doesn't help for speed training that requires good agility (e.g. tempo runs). Thus, the Bondi 7 is primarily intended for daily workouts and recovery runs. Some testers even said that they liked this shoe but for walking...

As for the rest, the upper offers fits well and effectively locks down the foot. The mesh is denser than before while still allowing some airflow.

In short, the Hoka Bondi 7 is a good road running shoe with comfortable cushioning but it lacks some 'pop' and flexibility to be remarkable. To be honest, the Bondi seems like an aging collection that, in 2020, is struggling to compete with shoes that are as cushioned but much more responsive.
Comfort
9
Durability
9
Value for money
8.5
Design
8
PROS:
  • Great comfort
  • Well-fitted upper that provides a secure foot lockdown
  • Cushioning not too soft considering the massive stack
  • A sturdy shoe even with exposed foam on the outsole
CONS:
  • A rather heavy shoe
  • Cushioning that lacks bounce
  • Mesh a bit thick for warm temperatures
  • Few changes compared to the Bondi 6
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- 20% Skechers GOrun Forza 4 review
The Skechers GOrun Forza 4 is a good lightweight and sturdy stability road running shoe.
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$135.00 $107.99
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The fourth in the famous Skechers line of stability shoes, the GOrun Forza 4 is surprisingly lightweight given its chunky yet vibrant style. It's considered one of the "workhorse trainers" of Skechers. While its design makes it more likely to be used as a road shoe, some runners also used it on easy trails. The Forza 4 features two types of midsole material: UltraFlight and Hyperburst, which work in conjunction to ensure runners "bounce" through every stride, while their feet are well-supported by the denser, firmer fabric that UltraFlight provides. The entire midsole section is thick, cushioned, and exceedingly stable, making it fantastic for moderate to longer runs. Meanwhile, the upper part of the Forza 4 is a mix of mono mesh and polyester, which adds to a soft, comfortable ride from heel to toe. The outsole features Goodyear rubber, which — although it appears excessive and thick — runners appreciate for its durability and traction. With the many elements of comfort, support, stability, and style that runners have noted, the Forza 4 wasn't notable for many downsides. However, some users stated that the tongue sits relatively lower on the foot, making tight lacing a bit uncomfortable (and challenging to get snug). Additionally, while the sturdiness of the shoe is a plus, the Forza 4 seems to retain its rigidity over time, even after the break-in process. Unfortunately, this minimizes the ability of the foot to "roll" through each step, according to the testers. Coupled with this response is also the remark that the shoe is "too firm," despite its cushioned midsole and flexible upper. Primarily intended for overpronators, the Forza 4 is suitable for runners of all profiles, including neutral runners. Overall, the Skechers GOrun Forza 4 is a good stability road shoe: lightweight and comfortable despite a relatively firm and somewhat rigid platform.
Comfort
8.5
Durability
9.5
Value for money
9
Design
8.5
PROS:
  • Good general comfort
  • Lightweight for a stability shoe for overpronation
  • A tightly fitting upper that keeps the foot securely and comfortably in place
  • Sturdy shoe
CONS:
  • The rigid platform even after a few runs
  • Rather firm cushioning that may not be suitable for all runners
  • Tongue position is not the most comfortable
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Nike Air Zoom Structure 23 review stable running shoes
The Nike Air Zoom Structure 23 is a comfortable and stable running shoe that marks a significant overhaul for the collection.
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After years of waiting, the Nike Air Zoom Structure 23 is finally here! It reignites the flame of a collection that seemed to have been put aside by Nike. However, it comes with significant changes that set it apart from previous models.

Nike doesn't present the Structure 23 as a stability shoe for overpronation. Instead, like the Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit, it prefers to introduce it as a stable model for everyone. As a result, there's no longer a support system to aggressively reduce pronation. Instead, the walls on each side of the foot rise to guide the foot and make the wide platform even more stable. The stack height remains similar: 21 mm under the heel and 13 mm under the forefoot. However, the foam is much softer than before, which gives a lovely plush underfoot feel but limits the platform's bounce, according to the testers. Therefore, while the S22 was snappy and suitable for speedwork, the S23 seems a bit duller. This new configuration surprised the fans of earlier versions who criticize the lack of versatility of this new model.

As for the upper, the classic mesh is well ventilated though a bit thick. The fit is comfortable, and the lockdown effective. The heel counter is rigid, which can be a little uncomfortable if you have Achilles tendon problems. Also, runners with wide feet will be delighted: the Structure 23 is roomy, especially around the toes.

Finally, the outsole features a lot of rubber to enhance durability and increase traction. Nike did a good job there as, even with all this thick and sturdy configuration, the weight is reasonable. The shoe weighs 289 grams (10.2 oz)—40 g (1.4 oz) less than the previous model.

In short, the S23 represents a new beginning for Nike's Structure collection. As we often repeat, there's no scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of stability shoes, and it seems logical that in 2020 brands are exploring new concepts. Overall, this model gains in comfort but loses some pop, making mostly suitable for quiet daily training.
Comfort
8
Durability
9.5
Value for money
9
Design
8.5
PROS:
  • Plush and comfortable cushioning
  • Sturdy, durable shoe
  • Wide and stable platform
  • Roomy upper
CONS:
  • The cushioning lost some of its bounce, making it less versatile
  • The major changes may not please early fans of the Structure shoes
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On Running Cloudflow 2.0 review road running shoe
The On Cloudflow 2.0 is a good Swiss-engineered lightweight road running shoe.
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$179.95
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The On Cloudflow 2.0 is the 2020 version of the original Cloudflow. Engineered with an innovative design and updated features, the Cloudflow 2.0 is made for 5k, 10k, and even half-marathon races. A few noteworthy qualities of the Cloudflow 2.0 include its Helion super foam midsole, which promotes a snappy ride and a consistently smooth ride with its well-cushioned padding—perfect for ensuring optimal comfort on shorter runs. Additionally, the toe box is an ideal width for accommodating a range of foot sizes, from narrow to wide, and is purportedly quite airy due to its breathable upper mesh material. Runners remarked it was a clear step up from the original Cloudflow design. The outsole of the 2.0 has been updated, as well, offering improved traction for a better grip on wet roads. Runners who tried the Cloudflow 2.0 did report a few of the shoe's disadvantages, including a lack of support, faulty outsole design (rocks and debris lodge easily in the grooves), and even stated that the shoe's design caused some abrasions after running longer distances. However, for short-term use, training sessions, and short to moderate races, the 2.0 did not disappoint, offering runners a speed advantage, breathable fabric, and enhanced comfort with its Helion midsole padding. However, the On Cloudflow 2.0 may be a bit pricier than its performance warrants. The promise of superior quality due to the Swiss design of the shoe just doesn't seem to materialize in the Cloudflow 2.0. On a scale of 1-10, we rank this running shoe an 8.7 for its overall positive feedback and enhanced technology from the original Cloudflow design. Runners looking for long-wear shoes that will persevere on trails and longer distances, however, should consider other options.
Comfort
9
Durability
8.5
Value for money
8
Design
9.5
PROS:
  • Good comfort
  • Lightweight shoe
  • Responsive ride
  • Snug fit, good foot lockdown
  • Appealing design
CONS:
  • The outsole quickly shows traces of wear
  • The design of the sole with its "Clouds" tends to retain small stones and gravel
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Salomon Sonic 3 Confidence road running shoe review
The Salomon Sonic 3 Confidence is a good comfortable road running shoe - the most padded of the Sonic family.
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$129.95
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The third model in the brand's Sonic series, the Salomon Sonic 3 Confidence, is all about added cushioning, support, and traction. The Confidence gives users an added "spring" in their step with its forward-propelling design, serving to energize runners and make it that much easier for them to achieve their desired speed. The Confidence also provides reliable traction for navigating a variety of terrains —though it is probably best for standard road use. Compared with its siblings, the Accelerate, and the Balance, the Confidence stands out for its optimal padding, which better accommodates long-distance runners with this added cushioning. Also, despite the thick stack height of 31 mm for the heel and 21 mm for the forefoot, the cushioning is rather firm to offer a good pop for a more responsive ride. Confidence also commented that the lacing area and tongue have an elastic quality, which means that the shoe can be molded to each user's uniquely-shaped foot. Overall, it's a supportive and reliable running shoe that works perfectly for most longer outdoor excursions and activities. There are a few potential drawbacks to the Confidence's design, including a restrictive midfoot area and an insecure heel collar, which isn't as supportive as the rest of the shoe. Users also noted that the Confidence's design is much clunkier than the Accelerate or the Balance. Perhaps because of this overall big design, the shoe itself tends to run on the larger side, so it's a good idea for users to size down when purchasing. In addition, the unusually-dense mesh fabric of the Confidence combined with its gusseted tongue takes away from foot breathability, especially when compared with other Sonic options. Pricing for the Salomon Sonic 3 Confidence is $130, which is decent, but perhaps not an excellent value given some of the downsides of the shoe. Ultimately, the Sonic 3 Confidence is a good choice for beginner to moderate runners planning to run medium to long distances, due to its extra padding for absorbing the shock of pounding.
Comfort
8
Durability
9.5
Value for money
8.5
Design
8
PROS:
  • Good overall comfort
  • Firm and thick midsole to combine shock absorption and spring
  • A sturdy shoe that can last a while
  • Good stability (note that it's a neutral shoe)
CONS:
  • Heel counter a bit loose that impedes the foot lockdown
  • Lacks a bit of breathability
  • Runs large
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- 56% New Balance 890 v8 review running shoes
The New Balance FuelCell 890 v8 is a good shoe with firm cushioning for speed training.
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$119.99 $52.95
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The New Balance FuelCell 890 v8 is a lightweight running shoe made for speed. This new version uses New Balance's latest cushioning technology: FuelCell. It replaces Revlite but testers are mixed on the result. Indeed, the cushioning is very firm. According to them, it's not stiff but lacks some spring to truly feel good. This impression fades during fast sessions such as tempo or Fartlek but, at slower speeds, the lack of responsiveness is much more obvious according to the runners who tested the shoe. For the rest, the 890 v8's platform is wide and stable, which proves comfortable. As for the upper, the testers appreciated the precise and comfortable (true to size) fit of the shoe. Also, the gusseted tongue is ingenious and the toe box is spacious without hindering the fit. However, it should be noted that several runners noticed signs of early wear in the rubber under the forefoot. Finally, the shoe has gained weight with nearly 30 grams since the last model. This is a pity even if it remains light compared to the competition with only 238 grams on the scale for men and 204 for women. In summary, the New Balance FuelCell 890 v8 is a good light running shoe but the lack of responsiveness of its cushioning and the fragility of its sole disappoint.
Comfort
8.5
Durability
8
Value for money
8.5
Design
9.5
PROS:
  • Comfortable foot support
  • Lightweight shoe
  • Nice design
  • A wide and stable shoe without rigidity
  • Firm cushioning that will appeal to runners looking for this type of configuration
CONS:
  • Cushioning that lacks responsiveness bounce according to several runners
  • Doubts about the durability of rubber under the forefoot
  • Higher weight compared to the previous model
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The Nike Zoom Gravity is a good entry-level running shoe that combines style and comfort.
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$79.95
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The Nike Zoom Gravity is a running shoe that features the bold futuristic design of the latest Nike models but at a lower price. The Gravity looks indeed a lot like the Nike Zoom Fly 3 but costs almost half as much. So what is it really worth? The Zoom Gravity offers a comfortable cushioning with a stack height of 31 mm under the heel and 21 mm under the forefoot (the drop is 10 mm). It includes the famous Zoom Air technology at the front of the shoe. According to the runners who tested it, the cushioning absorbs efficiently shocks while being a little firm. The upper is also comfortable and provides a precise support for the foot. However, it’s important to note that the shoe is rather narrow which may not be suitable for runners with wide feet. Generally, a size up is advised so to be safe it may be better to try it in a shop if possible. Finally, regarding quality, the Nike Zoom Gravity is well made and represents good value for money. However, some testers noted traces of early wear. Therefore, it would seem that the Gravity is less resistant than the more high-end shoes of Nike. To summarize, the Nike Zoom Gravity is a good running shoe with an ambitious design and a comfortable overall fit overall but not solid enough.
Comfort
8.5
Durability
7.5
Value for money
8.5
Design
9.5
PROS:
  • Good overall comfort
  • Effective cushioning
  • Affordable shoe
  • Rather lightweight
  • Appealing design
CONS:
  • Narrow fit that may not be suitable if you have large feet
  • Some doubts about the durability
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