Top 10 Best Running Shoe Brands

When you ask, "What are the best running shoe brands?" it seems like such a simple question, but the answers can be as varied and complex as the runners who wear them. Everyone has their favorites, those trusted go-to brands that have seen them through countless miles and perhaps a marathon or two. Some folks swear by the dynamic cushioning of Brooks, others pledge their loyalty to the sleek designs and innovation that's synonymous with Nike. Still, some runners prefer the tried and true stability of Asics, or the edgy, boundary-pushing approach of newcomer brands. And that's exactly what makes this topic so compelling.

It's not about singling out a single best brand, because as any seasoned runner knows, what works for one person might not work for another. Running shoes are a deeply personal choice, intertwined with things like foot shape, running style, terrain, and even personal aesthetics. That's why we're asking you to cast your vote. Your input helps form a comprehensive, crowd-sourced guide to the best running shoe brands out there.
The Top Ten
1 Brooks

Brooks makes amazing trainers, and they're my favorite brand, which is why I think they're the best running shoe. Nike, though, has amazing spikes and racing shoes. Brooks makes amazing spikes and racing shoes too, but I'd prefer Nike for a spike or race shoe.

Nike is a fashion brand that creates shoes that make you think, "These are bad," or "These are okay." Brooks shoes are what you put on when you only want to have to say one word: amazing.

These are the best sneakers I've ever had. I'll never buy another brand. I wear them to the gym for workouts and for walking. I'd recommend them to anyone!

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2 Nike Nike, Inc. is an American multinational corporation that is engaged in the design, development, manufacturing, and worldwide marketing and sales of footwear, apparel, equipment, accessories, and services. The company is headquartered near Beaverton, Oregon, in the Portland metropolitan area. It is the... read more

These are good running shoes that don't look ugly. Also, they get cheap quickly after a couple of months after release, which makes them cheaper than other brands.

Also, people who say, "You're not a real runner unless you wear *insert shoe*," STOP. Just stop and think back at what you said. Many people here really need to take a chill pill. I mean, we're talking about running shoes. Just wear what works for you.

I agree, Nike is more of a fashion shoe, but it did not say best performing running shoe, it said best running shoe, therefore Nike seals the deal.

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3 Asics

These are the most beautiful shoes, with almost every type of shoe available to cater to various needs.

Thank you for the advice. I bought some Asics. Hopefully, they will help heal my patellar tendon.

My Asics have lasted longer than any other shoe I have ever bought! I highly recommend them!

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4 Hoka One One

These shoes are so cushioned and light.

5 Adidas Adidas AG (stylized as adidas since 1949) is a German multinational corporation, founded and headquartered in Herzogenaurach, Bavaria, that designs and manufactures shoes, clothing and accessories. It is the largest sportswear manufacturer in Europe, and the second largest in the world, after Nike... read more

The boost in the midsole is something else - ultimate impact protection, plush comfort, best energy return - something more.

I might just be saying this because it makes me feel empowered. You know what I mean?

6 Saucony

Saucony is, without a doubt, one of the best running shoes I have ever used. The price can sometimes be on the high end, and I get why people shy away from it. However, that being said, these shoes seriously last and are the lightest shoes you will ever buy.

Try these shoes out, and you won't regret it. I used to use these back when I used to run track, but I even use them now just because of how light and comfortable they are.

These are the best shoes - they fit well, have good cushioning but not overkill, and are responsive. An all-around awesome brand. The looks are great too!

7 Mizuno

These shoes are lightweight and nothing beats their air mesh, which provides your feet with oxygen.

These are wonderful for running marathons. They're extremely dynamic and very nice on your feet.

Try the Creation or Prophecy. I only run in Mizuno or Brooks.

8 New Balance New Balance Athletics, Inc. (NB), best known as simply New Balance, is one of the world's major sports footwear and apparel manufacturers. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the multinational corporation was founded in 1906 as the New Balance Arch Support Company.

I have some really awesome New Balance shoes: lightweight, easy to run in, and good for all sports. Asics is also good but not as good. However, Brooks is at the top. I've never even heard of them.

Every time they release a new shoe, they just keep getting better.

9 Skechers
10 Puma

These are very underrated - many Puma shoes have a low heel-toe drop. They make you run faster and make running fun. Like an open sports car.

The Contenders
11 Altra
12 Newton

Newtons are definitely the greatest brand of this time and will only get better. Although I don't run in Hokas, these two brands are probably together the greatest brands of this decade.

13 Reebok Reebok International Limited is an American fitness footwear and clothing manufacturer that is a part of Authentic Brands Group. It was established in England in 1958 as a companion company to J.W. Foster and Sons, a sporting goods company which had been founded in 1895 in Bolton, Lancashire. From 1958... read more
14 Under Armour Under Armour, Inc. is an American sports equipment company that manufactures footwear, sports and casual apparel. Under Armour's global headquarters are located in Baltimore, Maryland, with additional offices located in Amsterdam (European headquarters), Austin, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta,... read more

For me, Under Armour is the best. I have Charged SpeedForm and Charged 2.0... they're lightweight, easy to run in... Charged 2.3 is great. Under Armour is the best!

15 Kalenji

These are good for running at a good price.

These are the best and strongest shoes.

16 Champion
17 DC Shoes
18 Jordan
19 K-Swiss
20 League
21 Lotto
22 F Sports

These are really nice shoes with nice padding, really comfortable, more than Nike Air Max, which costs 13,000.

23 Fila
24 Converse Converse is an American shoe company that designs, distributes, and licenses sneakers, skating shoes, lifestyle brand footwear, apparel, and accessories. Founded in 1908, it has been a subsidiary of Nike, Inc. since 2003... read more
25 Bata

Bata is one of the most popular shoe-making companies, especially in Asia. I would recommend this company.

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