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Running and writing are more linked than you might think: Like writing, running relies on a never-ending process of improvement. The only way to be truly great is to continually practice.

But while the writer’s tool is a computer or a pen, the runner’s greatest tool is his shoes.

“Want a strong, solid relationship that is willing to go the distance? Get to know your running shoes.”

—Dean Karnazes, ultramarathon runner

At the 2017 track and field world championships, 9-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt wore an incredible pair of custom purple and gold shoes as he ran his last 100-meter race. Emblazoned with “FASTEST” on the left and “FOREVER” on the right, these were clearly the perfect shoes for “the world’s fastest human.” As a finishing touch, the insoles listed each of his gold medals.

While you might not be able to score that kind of custom gear, you can (and definitely should) find a pair of shoes that’s right for you.

Running Shoes for Men

Read on to find your perfect fit. Shoes are arranged alphabetically by manufacturer.

361 Degrees

1. Strata 2

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The Strata 2 is 361 Degrees’ top-of-the-line stability shoe. It offers support for moderate overpronators via a foam layer that blends traditional EVA with rubber.

Color options: blue/orange, navy
Price: starting at $74.99
Drop: 8mm
Purpose: daily trainer
Best for: long distance runners, moderate overpronators

Adidas

2. Adizero Boston 7

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The Adizero Boston 7 is from Adidas. It’s an ideal neutral shoe for fast-paced runs with a tight, snug fit for racing.

Color options: black/white, black/red, dark blue, white/red
Price: starting at $69.47
Drop: unknown
Purpose: races, interval training, speed, track training
Best for: high speed runners and racers

3. Adizero Tempo 9

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The Adizero Tempo 9 from Adidas is a lightweight running shoe. Boost technology in the midsole propels you forward, while energized stability construction in the midsole encourages a more natural running stride. It has a breathable upper with excellent cushioning and road feel.

Color options: black/white, gray/white
Price: starting at $47.04
Drop: unknown
Purpose: races, interval training, speed play, track training
Best for: high speed runners and racers

4. Pharrell Williams X Adidas Solar Hu Glide Shoes

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The Adidas Pharrell Williams X Adidas Solar Hu Glide Shoes are a special-edition shoe designed by Pharrell Williams for the long-distance runner. This stability shoe is energized with cushioning, lightweight comfort, and reliable traction.

Color options: red/black/white
Price: starting at $129.00
Drop: unknown
Purpose: distance
Best for: distance runners

5. SolarBoost

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The Solar Boost from Adidas is a fairly soft shoe that still provides a lot of bounce, with plenty of underfoot protection for daily mileage.

Color options: blue/yellow, black/blue, gray/orange, black, gray
Price: starting at $80.00
Drop: unknown
Purpose: long runs on urban surfaces
Best for: distance runners, runners with normal to high arches

6. Ultraboost

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The Adidas Ultraboost has bouncy cushioning and a lightweight midsole, plus Continental Rubber for great traction.

Color options: white/blue, gray/black, white/gray, black/white, etc.
Price: starting at $74.46
Drop: unknown
Purpose: long runs on urban surfaces
Best for: distance runners, runners who do not over- or underpronate

7. Ultraboost 19

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The Adidas Ultraboost 19 has cushioning to deliver amazing energy return, with torsion spring integrated into the midsole to provide support during landing and propulsion at toe-off. Rubber outsole provides extraordinary traction in both wet and dry conditions.

Color options: black/gray, brown/white, white/gray, black/red
Price: starting at $155.00
Drop: unknown
Purpose: long runs on urban surfaces
Best for: distance runners, runners with normal to high arches

8. Ultraboost Ltd

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The Ultraboost Ltd. from Adidas, a colorful limited edition take on the classic Ultraboost design, is recommended for long urban runs.

Color options: white/silver, blue/red
Price: starting at $169.95
Drop: unknown
Purpose: long runs on urban surfaces
Best for: runners with normal to high arches

Altra

9. Paradigm 4.0

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The Paradigm 4.0 from Altra Running has an Altra EGO midsole for energy return and integrated Stabilipods for enhanced support. The GuideRail system helps steer a tired or pronating foot. It is lightweight and well-cushioned, with a wide toe box and a soft, breathable upper.

Color options: gray/red, white/blue, black
Price: $149.95
Drop: none
Purpose: long runs on urban surfaces
Best for: distance runners, runners with normal to high arches

ASICS

10. Gel Cumulus 20

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The Gel Cumulus 20 is from Asics. It has premium tech at a standard price, with a stylish upper and durable outsole and upper.

Color options: gray/black, black/white, red/black, gray/silver, etc.
Price: $119.95
Drop: unknown
Purpose: daily runs on urban surfaces
Best for: runners with normal to high arches

11. Gel DS Trainer 23

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The Gel DS Trainer 23 from Asics sports a Flytefoam midsole and mesh upper. It is a lightweight, dependable trainer with a springy midsole.

Color options: yellow, black
Price: $80.74
Drop: 10mm
Purpose: races, interval training, speed, urban surfaces
Best for: neutral runners to runners who overpronate

12. Gel Flux 5

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The Gel Flux 5 from Asics has a midsole guidance system for a responsive, energized stride, while the rearfoot and forefoot gel system provides premium cushioned comfort that absorbs shock during impact and toe-off phases.

Color options: blue/orange, black/silver, blue/black, black/red, etc.
Price: starting at $39.53
Drop: 10mm
Purpose: daily runs on urban surfaces
Best for: runners with normal to high arches

13. Gel-Kayano 25

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The Gel-Kayano 25 from Asics is built for endurance. It uses FlyteFoam Lyte tech for shock absorption and has a medial support system and metaclutch cradle to hold the heel in place.

Color options: gray/black, red/black, black, black/green, blue/white, etc.
Price: $159.95
Drop: unknown
Purpose: daily runs on urban surfaces
Best for: runners who need mild to moderate arch support, runners who overpronate

14. Metarun

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The Asics Metarun has a hard-wearing lightweight FlyteFoam midsole. Metarun sets the gold standard for long-distance running shoes, providing a secure, stable, and comfortable ride.

Color options: iron blue, black/gold, dark blue
Price: $250.00
Drop: unknown
Purpose: distance
Best for: long-distance runners, runners who do not over- or unerpronate

Brooks

15. Caldera 2

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The Brooks Caldera 2 is a neutral trail shoe with a medium to high arch, lightweight cushioning, and sticky TrailTack rubber outsole.

Color options: blue/green/black
Price: starting at $74.99
Drop: 4mm
Purpose: daily trail runs
Best for: off-road runners, runners with normal to high arches

16. Ghost 11

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The Brooks Ghost 11 has a good balance of DNA LOFT softness and BioMoGo DNA responsiveness. DNA LOFT is a blend of EVA, rubber, and air; while the BioMoGo DNA is a midsole cushioning and rebounding rubber that creates a springy feel underfoot. This running shoe has a nice cushion that gives an excellent transition with adequate bounce. The Ghost’s refreshed foam midsole has a matrix of shock absorbers.

Color options: gray, blue/silver, black, black/red, black/white, etc.
Price: starting at $113.05
Drop‎: ‎12mm
Purpose: daily runs on urban surfaces
Best for: runners with normal to high arches

17. Glycerin 16

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The Glycerin 16 from Brooks is a cushioned trainer for any neutral runner. It has good flexibility, traction, and breathability with a comfortable upper. Could be a great marathon shoe.

Color options: black/orange, gray/black, black, blue/black, etc.
Price: starting at $79.99
Drop: unknown
Purpose: marathons, daily runs on urban surfaces, races, interval training, speed
Best for: runners who do not over- or underpronate, distance runners

18. Levitate 2

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The Levitate 2 from Brooks sports super springy DNA AMP cushioning plus a soft, flexible Fit Knit upper for total comfort.

Color options: blue/red, black/gray, red/black, gray/orange, green/black, etc.
Price: starting at $119.90
Drop: 8mm
Purpose: daily runs on urban surfaces
Best for: runners with normal to high arches

19. Mazama 2

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The Mazama 2 trail shoe from Brooks has a lightweight mesh upper with minimal, targeted cushioning. A sticky outsole provides great traction.

Color: blue, black
Price: starting at $90.97
Drop: unknown
Purpose: daily trail runs
Best for: runners with normal to high arches

20. Ravenna 9

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The Ravenna 9 from Brooks offer a light and secure fit to keep you quick on your feet. BioMoGo DNA cushioning and blown rubber enhance responsiveness, while the Diagonal Rollbar design creates additional support for smoother heel-to-toe transitions.

Color options: blue/black, blue/white, blue/orange, black/orange
Price: $64.97
Drop: 10mm
Purpose: daily runs on urban surfaces
Best for: runners who need mild to moderate arch support, runners who overpronate

21. Ricochet

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The Brooks Ricochet neutral road shoe combines DNA AMP and a BioMoGo midsole with a sleek, snug knit upper and an arrow-point tread pattern.

Color options: blue/black, yellow/black, black/red, gray/blue
Price: $182.64
Drop: 8mm
Purpose: daily runs on urban surfaces
Best for: runners with normal to high arches

Hoka One One

22. Challenger Atr 4

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The Challenger Atr 4 combination trail and road runner from Hoka One One has good cushioning for comfort and a roomy toe box. Fast and light, its multi-lugged outsole helps with grip on the trail and in wet conditions. Versatile and supportive no matter the running surface.

Color options: black/orange, blue, silver/ green, blue/yellow
Price: starting at $99.99
Drop: unknown
Purpose: general
Best for: runners who want to switch between trails and roads, runners with normal to high arches

23. Gaviota 2

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The Gaviota 2 from Hoka One One has a lightweight mesh upper that optimizes comfort and breathability, with lightweight and responsive cushioning. Arch-lock wings provide midfoot stability and support.

Color options: black, blue, green/blue, gray, dark blue
Price: starting at $99.97
Drop: unknown
Purpose: endurance training
Best for: runners who overpronate, runners with flat feet

Mizuno

24. Wave Inspire 14

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The Wave Inspire 14 from Mizuno has a soft comfortable upper. The midsole helps prevent knee and back pain. Offers stability, support, and a smoother run for moderate overpronators.

Color options: silver/blue, green, blue, dark blue/red, black
Price: starting at $90.99
Drop: unknown
Purpose: daily runs on urban surfaces
Best for: runners who overpronate, runners with low arches

25. Waveknit R22

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The Wave Rider Knit R22 from Mizuno has a stretchy construction with a knit upper. The shoe’s lightweight build and good heel and forefoot cushioning make it suitable for long runs.

Color options: black/blue, yellow, gray/black, blue/orange
Price: $129.95
Drop: unknown
Purpose: daily runs on urban surfaces
Best for: runners with normal to high arches

New Balance

26. 890V6

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Despite significant cushioning, the New Balance 890V6 is lightweight, energizing, and ideal for marathon racing. The engineered mesh upper has excellent comfort, breathability, and durability with a RevLite foam midsole.

Color options: white/black, black/gray, blue, gray, blue
Price: starting at $53.97
Drop: 6mm
Purpose: long-distance road running, marathons
Best for: distance runners, runners with normal to high arches

27. Fresh Foam Beacon

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The New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon is a fast training and running shoe with soft cushioning, good responsiveness, and a comfortable all-knit upper. The midsole, created from a single piece of foam, provides a plush and natural ride.

Color options: black, dark gray, white
Price: $119.95
Drop: 6mm
Purpose: races, interval training, speed
Best for: runners with normal to high arches

28. Fresh Foam Hierro V3

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The Fresh Foam Hierro V3 trail shoe from New Balance has a wide base and plenty of cushioning for long trail runs. The Vibram outsole provides good traction.

Color options: dark gray, yellow/black, gray/black, black/red
Price: starting at $58.48
Drop: unknown
Purpose: daily trail runs
Best for: trail runners, runners with normal to high arches

29. Fuelcell Impulse

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The lightweight Fuelcell Impulse from New Balance is engineered for a fast ride. This neutral cushioned shoe offers a responsive feel in the forefoot. The breathable, lightweight double jacquard upper supports your performance from track workouts to road runs.

Color options: black, gray/black, blue/black, white/blue
Price: starting at $59.95
Drop: 6mm
Purpose: races, interval training, speed
Best for: runners with normal to high arches

30. Fuelcore Coast V4

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The New Balance Fuelcore Coast V4 is lightweight, soft, and responsive. The EVA midsole and NB Response 2.0 performance insert give soft support to your step, while the slip-on design makes it easier for you to get up and go.

Color options: gray/black, black/white, black, gray, burgundy, blue, etc.
Price: starting at $21.98
Drop: 8mm
Purpose: races, interval training, speed
Best for: runners with normal to high arches

Nike

31. Air Zoom Pegasus 35 Shield

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Nike’s Air Zoom Pegasus 35 Shield has a water-repellent upper. The full-length rubber outsole with shallow lug pattern provides enhanced grip on wet surfaces.

Color options: black, white/gray, black, silver/blue
Price: starting at $129.95
Drop: unknown
Purpose: daily runs on urban surfaces
Best for: runners with normal to high arches

32. Air Zoom Terra Kiger 4

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The Air Zoom Terra Kiger 4 trail running shoes from Nike provide great grip and quick turnover. The Flymesh upper adds ventilation, an internal mesh bootie wraps the foot for a sock-like fit, and Flywire cables enhance a lockdown fit. Exaggerated outsole lugs increase grip on rough terrain.

Color options: gray/blue, black
Price: $125
Drop: 4mm
Purpose: daily trail runs
Best for: trail runners, runners with normal to high arches

33. Epic React Flyknit

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The Epic React Flyknit from Nike is built for comfort, stability, and durability. Snug and structured with just the right amount of cushioning, it allows natural movement for fast-paced activities.

Color options: black, blue
Price: $120.62
Drop: 10mm
Purpose: races, interval training, speed
Best for: runners with normal to high arches

34. Zoom Fly Flyknit

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The Zoom Fly Flyknit from Nike has an optimized racing design and responsive carbon midsole. Nike Zoom Air cushioning and a full-length carbon fiber plate mean support and propulsion when you need it most. The Flyknit upper is refreshingly breathable for cool comfort.

Color options: gray/black, crimson/black, crimson, black/green/gray, black/white, etc.
Price: starting at $129.91
Drop: unknown
Purpose: daily runs on urban surfaces, races, interval training, speed
Best for: runners with normal to high arches

35. Zoom Pegasus 35

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The lightweight Zoom Pegasus 35 from Nike has a wide toe box, so it will fit many different foot shapes. Engineered mesh and partial inner sleeve provide a supportive feel, and Flywire cables integrate with laces to wrap the midfoot and arch for a dynamic fit.

Color options: black/white/gray, red/white/black, gray/blue, white/blue/black, etc.
Price: starting at $89.99
Drop: unknown
Purpose: daily runs on urban surfaces
Best for: runners with normal to high arches

36. Zoom Pegasus Turbo

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The Zoom Pegasus Turbo is from Nike. With a feather-light upper and Nike Zoom X foam under the foot for maximum energy return, this shoe is designed for runners who want speed without sacrificing comfort. Feather-light Flymesh hugs the midfoot and arch for a secure, snug fit. The heel collar angles away from your Achilles for comfort.

Color options: gray/black, gray, dark blue
Price: $259.98
Drop: unknown
Purpose: daily runs on urban surfaces, speed
Best for: runners with normal to high arches

On Running

37. Cloud X

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The Cloud X from On Running is a lightweight, fully-cushioned shoe that sets a new bar for comfort. Great for runners who mix their workouts.

Color options: black, gray, blue, light blue, white/black
Price: starting at $135.99
Drop: unknown
Purpose: races, interval training, speed
Best for: runners with normal to high arches

38. Cloudflyer

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The Cloudflyer’s generous padding provides exceptional comfort for runners while its prominent sole delivers a more stable ride. Cloudtec Technology, a cushioning system made up of hollow tubes called “clouds,” provides stability and gives a responsive feel through the entire gait.

Color options: black/white, blue/white, red/gray
Price: $159.95
Drop: unknown
Purpose: daily runs on urban surfaces
Best for: runners with normal to high arches

39. Cloudsurfer 2018

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The Cloudsurfer is from On Running. The construction gives the Cloudsurfer a little more bounce that is useful for runners who want quicker strides. The fit inspires a more efficient running style by promoting a more forward foot strike, as well as a centered and energized running position.

Color options: gray/orange, yellow, black/white, white, bue/white, gray/green, etc.
Price: starting at $89.95
Drop: 6mm
Purpose: general
Best for: runners with normal to high arches

Reebok

40. Floatride Run

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The high-performance Floatride Run from Reebok cushions feet while staying incredibly lightweight. Engineered to reduce irritation and friction, this is an ideal race-day shoe.

Color options: black/white, gray/white/black, gray/white/silver, black/blue, etc.
Price: starting at $39.37
Drop: unknown
Purpose: races, interval training, speed
Best for: marathon runners, runners with normal to high arches

41. Fusion Flexweave Cage

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The Fusion Flexweave Cage from Reebok relies on Floatride Foam for cushioning without added weight. This stylish shoe provides plenty of support, while the foot mapping bottom conforms to your foot at every angle.

Color options: black/gray, black/red/gray
Price: starting at $60.68
Drop: unknown
Purpose: bootcamp classes, high-impact workouts, speed training
Best for: gym runners, runners with normal to high arches

Salomon

42. S/Lab Ultra

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The S/Lab Ultra is from Salomon. Energysave foam insert in the forefoot adds cushioning and protection from rocks and rough ground. ENERGYCELL+ foam in the bottom unit ensures a smooth ride. An all-new Contagrip outsole with premium wet traction and reverse lugs on the heel area delivers a confident grip, especially on the downhills.

Color options: red/black
Price: starting at $179.95
Drop: 6.0 mm
Purpose: daily trail runs
Best for: runners with normal to high arches

43. Ultra Pro

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The Ultra Pro trail shoe from Salomon has wings that wrap up around the midfoot to provide a stabilizing hold.

Color options: black, blue/black/green, red/blue/black
Price: starting at $149.95
Drop: unknown
Purpose: daily trail runs
Best for: runners with normal to high arches

Saucony

44. Cohesion 12

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The Saucony Cohesion 12 is well-cushioned neutral shoe with good upper support. Durable rubber outsole for even your toughest workouts.

Color options: gray/blue, gray/black, silver/red
Price: starting at $52.59
Drop: unknown
Purpose: daily runs on urban surfaces
Best for: runners with normal to high arches

45. Endorphin 2

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The Endorphin 2 neutral racing shoe from Saucony sports a thick midsole, full-length spike plate, and lightweight cushioning for distances from a mile to 10K.

Color options: white/blue, black/white
Price: starting at $64.12
Drop: unknown
Purpose: tracking racing
Best for: runners with normal to high arches

46. Guide Iso 2

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The Guide Iso 2 from Saucony has a smooth and natural ride, with a balance between soft cushioning and pronation-reducing structural guidance.

Color options: black/gray, blue, green, blue/orange
Price: starting at $104.61
Drop: unknown
Purpose: daily runs on urban surfaces
Best for: runners who need mild to moderate arch support, runners who overpronate

47. Kinvara 9

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The lightweight Kinvara 9 from Saucony is soft yet responsive, with a smooth heel-to-toe transition. The upper is a seamless engineered mesh with an open design in the forefoot, and an improved outsole for traction.

Color options: black/blue/gray, blue/black/yellow, white, red/black, gray, black, etc.
Price: starting at $24.44
Drop: unknown
Purpose: races, interval training, speed
Best for: runners with normal to high arches

48. Kinvara 10

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The Kinvara 10 is Saucony’s is a do-it-all light trainer/racer, a fast, responsive low drop-option for training and longer racing with more a well-cushioned responsive and somewhat firm ride.

Color options: blue/black, gray, orange/black, white/red, blue/black
Price: starting at $109.95
Drop: 4mm
Purpose: races, interval training, speed
Best for: distance runners, runners with normal to high arches

49. Liberty Iso

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The Liberty Iso from Saucony is responsive, supportive, well fitted, and lightweight. Plush cushioning with medial TPU guidance frame make it helpful for runners with mild to severe pronation.

Color options: black/orange, blue/orange, blue/white/black, yellow/black, white, etc.
Price: starting at $121.27
Drop: unknown
Purpose: daily runs on urban surfaces
Best for: runners who need mild to moderate arch support, runners with low arch, runners who overpronate

50. Ride Iso

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The Ride Iso is a neutral road shoe from Saucony, with lightweight cushioning and a dynamic, lightweight fit for flexible response.

Color options: black, blue, purple, dark purple, violet/black/blue, white/blue, white, etc.
Price: starting at $107.02
Drop: 8mm
Purpose: daily runs on urban surfaces
Best for: runners with normal to high arches

51. Triumph Iso 5

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The Saucony Triumph Iso 5 is a high-cushion, high-mileage trainer that can work for any neutral runner. Has a good energy return and traction on multiple surfaces.

Color options: gray/black, black, white/black/orange, gray/black
Price: starting at $143.54
Drop: 8mm
Purpose: distance
Best for: distance runners, runners with normal to high arches

What are your favorite running shoes? Tell us in the comments below.

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