Best for Heavy Runners
More than a solid upgrade from Kayano 25, Asics Gel Kayano 26 is one of the runners’ fan-favorites. Even though it won’t take you long to break it in, it is still Asics’s most durable long-distance running shoe. Therefore, it is ideal for heavy runners.
One of the Kayano 26’s strongest points is its outstanding stability. This feature is a significant improvement from the previous model brought by the redesigned heel that includes an additional GEL pad.
This shoe supports the foot perfectly, regardless of its anatomic shape. Thus, it will fit even the runners suffering from flat feet. What’s more, despite its stable formation, Kayano 26 is comfortable and responsive. Therefore, it won’t restrict your movements.
Moreover, the medial side contains extremely firm foam, which adds extra support. While the shoe uses the classic lacing pattern, there is an additional empty eyelet. This feature will be incredibly useful for those looking for even greater support.
The ankle collar is cushier than in some other models. Still, it is quite comfy and won’t cause you any blisters.
The upper unit is silky and includes vent holes that make this running shoe quite breathable. Therefore, even the high-heat areas will always feel fresh and you will be comfortable during your long runs.
The first thing that crosses most runners’ minds when someone says “Boston” is, of course, the marathon. Thus, the greatest running shoe manufacturers usually create Boston Marathon themed shoes to honor this iconic event, and Adidas is no exception.
Its latest model, Adidas Adizero Boston 7, is a perfect shoe for any half-marathon or marathon.
Even though Boston 7 has a recognizable Marathon design, the unicorn symbol, Adidas and Boston Athletic Association logos on the tongue, and improved laces give it a nice touch.
Boston 7 is a rather light shoe. The heel is slightly raised, which makes this shoe ideal both for fast sprints and long-mileage runs. What’s more, there is a two-layer mesh in the front which provides increased breathability.
Although this model is not as cushioned as other running shoes, it contains more BOOST midsole cushy than some of its predecessors making it extremely comfortable.
There is also the Continental rubber outsole, which makes Boston 7 Adidas’s most durable long-distance running shoe.
As for the support, it’s outstanding and you won’t bother about injuring your leg. However, despite strong support, this shoe is soft and flexible, which is a significant improvement from older Boston models that many users found to be too stiff.
So, if you’re getting ready for the Boston Marathon and like your running shoes to fit the theme, Boston 7 might be the best option for you.
Exceptional Comfort & Speed
If you’re the type of runner that likes landing on the outer sole, Asics Gel-Nimbus 21 may be the most durable long-distance running shoe for you.
This high-tech shoe is exceptionally comfortable and fast. It’s ideal for both the pros and running newbies who may need some additional speed boost.
Gel-Nimbus 21 is well-cushioned and provides great support. Since its back part is tighter than the rest of the shoe, it will keep your foot in check and prevent twists and other injuries.
The front, however, is quite spacious. Therefore, there is more than enough room for your toes to stay comfortable. As for the overall feeling, this running shoe maintains the perfect balance — it’s neither too tight nor too loose.
What’s more, the Trussic system makes them incredibly stable.
To make things even better, Gel-Nimbus 21 is one of the fastest and most responsive shoes at the moment. Asics used their recognizable GEL cushions both in the front and in the back. This feature is incredibly useful as it will help you land softly and bounce easily. The midsole Flytefoam technology makes the bounce even more outstanding.
Even the insole has great bouncing ability since it uses SpEVA technology. So, even long-distance runs will feel like a breeze.
While Gel-Nimbus 21 is relatively light, it is still heavier than some similar models — most notably, the Nike Zoom series. However, their weight doesn’t reduce their speed in any way.
The only area where Gel-Nimbus 21 falls short is the aesthetics. Because of all the cushioning and support features, this shoe is quite bulky. The design is also not that stylish.
So, even though it is a great shoe for running, you probably won’t be able to wear it on other occasions.
Comfortable & Responsive
Ghost 11 fans will be glad to hear that this running shoe’s successor is just as amazing — and even more so! While Brooks Ghost 12 is similar to the previous model in many ways, it does come with several upgrades.
The outsole also provides a fantastic grip. In addition, the upper is extremely secure and flexes according to the movements of the foot. Therefore, even though this model is cushier and heavier than other similar models, it remains responsive enough.
Its improved outsole rubber makes it Brooks’s most durable long-distance running shoe at the moment. Even though it is a bit pricey, you’ll soon realize that it offers great value for money. After all, this shoe will remain in great condition for at least 400 miles.
Ghost 12 is a well-cushioned and extremely soft running shoe. The midsole is identical to its predecessor’s and has BioMoGo DNA foam and DNA Loft.
However, the plush interior and upper have some improvements, which is one of the reasons you should upgrade from Ghost 11 to this model.
Ghost 12 works well on a variety of terrains. However, since its stack is pretty high, you may experience some stability issues on uneven surfaces.
Still, despite this disadvantage, it remains a fantastic, Ghost’s most durable long-distance running shoe.
Run on Clouds
The previous Hoka model wasn’t that successful — Evo shoes were too stiff, and their breathability properties were practically nonexistent. However, they managed to fix everything with ATR 5. Although the two models might look similar, they are actually completely different.
You’ll probably think that they look unusually robust and bulky — that is because there’s an extra 32mm of cushioning. Because of this design, you won’t feel the difference between terrains. You will feel like running on clouds.
Although they might look heavy, they are not; as a matter of fact, ATR 5 is lighter than the previous model. Comfort and breathability are the two most influential factors that Hoka team had in mind during the development of these shoes.
They also tried to incorporate stability and thus create the perfect running shoes. Something went wrong — Hoka tried to mix up two different technologies that are usually successful separately:
- Deep foot frame,
- Meta-rockered geometry.
However, this experiment slightly backfired. Somehow, these two don’t work together, and therefore stability isn’t this shoe’s top feature.
Best For Harsh Climates
Although there are no significant upgrades when compared to the previous model, Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 is still an impressive pair of shoes. With it, you can easily run over 500 miles.
Thanks to U4ICX, which is incredibly soft foam, U4IC which Mizuno uses for its midsole, and recognizable wave plates that made this brand stand out from the crowd, your run will be smooth and comfortable.
One of the best things about these shoes is their resilience. Mizuno Wave Inspire 15 is designed to withhold harsh weather conditions — even snow.
In case you’re looking for shoes that can adapt to any climate, this is the right pair for you.
The only potential problem you might have with them is the breaking-in time. Perhaps you even might have to go a size higher.
Inspire 15 will break-in evenly to adapt to your foot. If you manage to survive that initial period, you’ll fall in love with these shoes.
Smooth City Ride
Long-distance running shoes are usually bulkier than street footwear. There’s a good reason behind their appearance — not one but several actually. Long-distance running shoes need to provide comfort, stability, breathability, and support. They aren’t something most people put on when going out.
However, Adidas is trying to change this. It’s obvious that these shoes are meant to be worn by different types of runners — they are trying to expand their audience.
This experiment wasn’t completely unsuccessful. As you can see, Ultra Boost shoes are aesthetically pleasing.
Ultra Boost is quite comfortable as well. You’ll also find that these shoes are bouncier than the previous model — an additional layer of foam has been added to provide runners with some return-energy with each step.
Ultra Boost is a great choice for runs around the neighborhood — they are durable and comfortable. But, I wouldn’t put them on and go on an outdoorsy adventure.
Speed of Light
Speaking of street smart — Nike has also released a model that should be the clash of sports and fashion. It’s even more aerodynamic and smoother than Adidas’ model.
Pegasus 35 is created for speed junkies. It’s lightweight, springy, and comfortable. You won’t have any issues with developing and maintaining a certain speed. These shoes are also high performing in other tempos; you’ll be quite comfortable running slowly or warming up.
Achieving superspeed is possible because Pegasus 35 contains a very special layer — magic/hero foam. This material is simultaneously bouncy and cushioning.
Considering the brand behind them and their price, these shoes shouldn’t be anything but absolutely perfect. They are — you won’t find a single stitch out of order.
The only complaints so far are about their shape; it doesn’t fit every foot. It seems to be designed for people with narrow feet — you might have comfort issues in case yours are wider.
Lightweight & Durable
Unlike Pegasus 35, Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 provides an excellent fit. Everything about these shoes is slightly elastic – even the laces. Because of that, the shoes will gently but securely encase your feet.
Not only is this a lightweight model, but it’s also reasonably priced, breathable, and durable. Your runs will feel secure, safe, and most importantly, blister-free.
Furthermore, the outsole is made of durable rubber that doesn’t stay in the way of flexibility which is always the priority. You might have some issues with pebbles; they have a tendency to get stuck among the grooves.
However, they might be too comfortable. Brooks promised comfort, and they delivered exactly that, but some runners find the cushioning — well, too cushy.
Instead of getting a slight bounce and an energy-return, your feet will just comfortably sink into the soft, comfy shoes.
Perhaps this may not be a downside for you, but don’t expect them to be springy.
Boost of Confidence
Peregrine is a well-known brand among long-distance runners. Among fans, this company is famous for staying true to quality and durability.
Peregrine ISO is a go-to shoe if you plan on setting off to an adventure and you’re ready for a change of scenery. Peregrine ISO showed itself as a great choice for wild terrains.
Thanks to 78 deep lugs and five vertical grooves made out of resilient rubber, your performance will be enriched by an empowering boost of confidence.
The Peregrine ISO midsole is built out of quality materials — PWRFOAM, EVA, and EVARUN. Because of these materials, its midsole is slightly bouncy, so your run will be additionally energized.
You should know that some people find them too stiff. They are not developed for pavement joggers but to provide long-distance support. If your workout routine is based on city jogging, you might want to look for another, lighter pair.
Off the Beaten Path
The tremendously named La Sportiva Ultra Raptor is touted as the perfect shoe for the adventurous runner who ventures off the beaten path.
Half the attraction lies in the cushioning you need for day-long stints on the trail. In addition, an original feature – a “flexible rock plate” saves your foot from nasty surprises, potentially preventing many an athlete from spraining their ankle or taking a tumble.
The “aggressive outsole”, which makes these shoes sound as if they are alive, is designed to help you race over technical and stony terrain. Meanwhile, the wicking mesh upper should keep you cool.
Your Raptors should enable you to tackle just about any surface imaginable except maybe brass tacks. You can wear your La Sportiva Ultra Raptors off-road, along distance trails, and even on ultra-marathon contests.
“The Ultra Raptors gripped on rocky and slick terrain and softened impact better than any other trail shoes we tested,” reports Backpacker magazine, adding that the slip-resisting kicks enable a dramatic increase in your trail-run stride.
After the success of its Stinson ATR 5 model, Hoka managed to step up the game even further with its most durable long-distance running shoe ever — Hoka One One Carbon X.
This carbon-fiber shoe is truly outstanding in so many ways. Since it is made of extra-light material, even long-distance runs remain pleasant.
Even though the tongue is not well-cushioned like with some other models, it is still incredibly comfy and won’t disturb you at all. In fact, you may not even notice it’s there!
What makes this running shoe so superb is its Meta-Rocker technology that will give your feet an extra push while running.
Both the heel and the Profly C midsole are quite soft, which works fantastically in combination with the firm front. Thus, the landing is soft and the bounce is incredibly easy. You’ll be running as fast as the wind.
The back area is reinforced by the embroidered heel which keeps your foot in place while running. Besides making the shoe safer and more stable, it also gives it a nicer look.
To make things even better, Hoka One One Carbon X is quite stylish. It’s not as bulky as some other running shoes so you can wear them even when you go for a walk or run your errands. Even the non-runners will find them attractive.
Bear in mind that this running shoe is a bit tight on the sides. Thus, it’s better to go for a slightly larger size.
Some shoe features may be a dealbreaker for a group of runners, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll have an issue with them. You should experiment until you find a combination of properties that suits your needs.
The only mistake you can really make is getting city shoes for outdoors running. Pavement experience is significantly different than the one you’ll have in nature.
With this in mind, you should be able to make an informed choice.