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The 30 Best Neutral Running Shoes In 2024

The 30 Best Neutral Running Shoes In 2024
We’ve ranked the Top 30 Neutral Shoes based on Value, Comfort, and Durability. Each shoe in this list has been evaluated on these specific criteria. These rankings are derived from a multitude of reliable sources and provide an accurate representation of each shoe’s performance in terms of value for money, comfort, and durability. Please note that our data is updated annually to offer the most up-to-date information. Updated: 2023
Brooks Ghost 15
Introducing the Brooks Ghost 15 - the go-to neutral shoe that incorporates a perfect blend of comfort and performance. Boasting a 25% recycled mesh upper and upgraded DNA Loft v2 cushioning, it's a lightweight favorite at 9.8 oz. A trusted choice for runners and walkers everywhere, it delivers a smooth, natural ride with ample padding, an ideal toe box, and Brooks' signature five-star comfort. With durability, breathability, and superior traction, the Ghost 15 is the epitome of a reliable neutral shoe.
Overall 8.7/10
Durability 9.0/10
Value 8.0/10
Comfort 9.0/10
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Overall Rank

1

Durability

4

Value

3

Comfort

HOKA Bondi 8
Experience top-notch comfort with the HOKA Bondi 8 - a leader in cushion innovation ideal for those needing a softer ride. Redesigned with softer foams and an extended heel geometry, it ensures a forgiving impact and a balanced ride. The engineered mesh construction offers breathable comfort, complemented by a memory foam collar for plush ankle support. The ultralight resilient foam provides a soft yet bouncy feel, while zonal rubber placement reduces weight. The Bondi 8 delivers a fun, max-cushioned experience, making it a game-changer for long runs and extended wear.
Overall 8.6/10
Durability 9.0/10
Value 6.9/10
Comfort 10.0/10
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Overall Rank

1

Durability

19

Value

1

Comfort

On Cloudmonster
Featuring our biggest CloudTec® ever for massive cushioning and max energy. A monster of a ride on the road. The Cloudmonster is different, that much is obvious. Designed to be the ultimate CloudTec® experience, it propels you forward stride after stride. It's perfect for energizing any run from an easy 5K to a big-effort 20. It may be a playfully weird ride, but it's definitely serious about performance.
Overall 8.2/10
Durability 8.0/10
Value 7.0/10
Comfort 9.5/10
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Overall Rank

6

Durability

13

Value

2

Comfort

Altra Via Olympus
The Via Olympus boasts a generous 33 mm Altra EGO™ MAX midsole which delivers the brand's highest cushioning for a plush ride on any road. The Original FootShape™ design provides a wide toe box that’s ideal for wide feet, ensuring natural movement. Altra enthusiasts will appreciate the Original fit upper, allowing ample room for toe splay. The comfortable upper features breathable mesh, strategic reinforcements, and plush padding, creating a luxurious running experience with noticeable lockdown. Altra makes no compromise on comfort for your demanding road runs.
Overall 8.0/10
Durability 8.0/10
Value 8.0/10
Comfort 8.0/10
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Overall Rank

6

Durability

4

Value

10

Comfort

Brooks Glycerin 20
What’s the best thing your feet can feel while running? Nothing. The Glycerin 20 neutral cushioned running shoes are the final word on comfort thanks to new, supremely soft DNA LOFT v3 cushioning, an updated, improved fit and silky smooth transitions.
Overall 8.0/10
Durability 9.0/10
Value 6.0/10
Comfort 9.0/10
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Overall Rank

1

Durability

23

Value

3

Comfort

HOKA Clifton 9
The ninth iteration of our award-winning Clifton franchise has launched, lighter and more cushioned than ever before. Eliminating weight while adding 3mm in stack height, the new Clifton 9 delivers a revitalized underfoot experience with a responsive new foam and improved outsole design. Removing overlays and hotmelts, the stripped back upper has been consciously crafted with a plusher heel, reflective heel panel, and streamlined tongue with single side medial gusset.
Overall 7.9/10
Durability 7.8/10
Value 7.0/10
Comfort 8.8/10
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Overall Rank

14

Durability

13

Value

6

Comfort

New Balance 1080 V12
The 1080 delivers top-of-the-line performance to every kind of runner, whether you’re training for world-class competition, or catching a rush hour train. The Fresh Foam X 1080v12 represents a consistent progression of the model’s signature qualities. The smooth transitions of the pinnacle underfoot cushioning experience are fine-tuned with updated midsole mapping, which applies more foam to wider areas of the midsole and increases flexibility at the narrower points. The ultra-modern outlook is also reflected in the 1080’s upper construction. The v12 offers a supportive, second-skin style fit with an engineered Hypoknit upper, for a more streamlined overall design.
Overall 7.8/10
Durability 8.4/10
Value 6.5/10
Comfort 8.5/10
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Overall Rank

4

Durability

21

Value

7

Comfort

Saucony Triumph 20
The Saucony Triumph is a reliable daily trainer known for providing a comfortable and protective underfoot experience. The 20th version continues to deliver on this promise while also featuring a softer ride thanks to added cushioning underfoot. Despite this increase in stack height, the shoe offers higher energy return and a lighter overall weight when compared to the previous iteration. The updated PWRRUN+ midsole foam is soft and energetic and has enough protection for longer runs or full days on your feet. Meanwhile, the blown rubber outsole supplies grip and long-lasting durability. For a secure fit on every run, the engineered mesh upper includes additional lockdown features at the eyelets and a plush heel collar. A fun and versatile everyday workhorse, the Saucony Triumph 20 brings the comfort you need for everything from daily jogs to long runs on the road.
Overall 7.8/10
Durability 8.0/10
Value 7.0/10
Comfort 8.3/10
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Overall Rank

6

Durability

13

Value

8

Comfort

Altra Torin 6
The new Torin 6 is ready to work as hard as you do. This best-selling road running shoe is equipped with our Altra EGO™ MAX midsole foam, an improved plush tongue construction, and an updated molded heel collar that keeps up for mile after mile. This everyday road shoe is made for any road, any run, walk and any distance with our Standard FootShape™ fit designed for performance with a higher cushion impact reduction.
Overall 7.7/10
Durability 7.0/10
Value 8.0/10
Comfort 8.0/10
9

Overall Rank

22

Durability

4

Value

10

Comfort

ASICS Nimbus 25
The Asics Gel-Nimbus 25 is a premium running shoe boasting high levels of soft cushioning that will make you feel like you are running on clouds. Revamped with all-new materials, the ASICS Gel-Nimbus 25 is a neutral daily trainer that anyone seeking a highly cushioned shoe can enjoy. With more cushioning than ever before, the midsole is packed with FLYTE FOAM BLAST+ ECO foam that offers a soft landing and bouncy toe-off. Meanwhile, ASICS' new PureGEL Technology sits directly under the heel to deliver the brand's signature "Gel" impact absorption in a lighter and softer package. An OrthoLite X-55 Sockliner finishes out the cushioning, improving step in comfort for a luxurious feel from the moment you lace on the shoes.In the outsole, ASICS LITE rubber is paired with long-lasting AHAR rubber to save weight without compromising durability or grip. The premium design of the shoe continues in the updated knit upper. The stretch knit provides a soft and adaptable fit while a knit tongue construction extends around the ankle for a comfortable hold of the foot. Whether looking for a versatile shoe for your daily runs or a highly cushioned workhorse for long miles, the ASICS Gel-Nimbus 25 is ready for the task.Things You'll Love:Luxurious soft and highly cushioned feelingDurable outsole for extended walk or runsLightweight construction
Overall 7.7/10
Durability 8.0/10
Value 6.0/10
Comfort 9.0/10
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Overall Rank

6

Durability

23

Value

3

Comfort

On Cloudgo
Launch into running with next-level comfort and upgraded energy return. It’s game on. Getting started with running – or pushing on to a new goal – can be tough. That's why the Cloudgo was engineered to give you that energy boost needed to take you further. From soft cushioning to the forefoot rocker for a smooth rolling motion, the Cloudgo is made for everyone who wants to up their running game. Game on.
Overall 7.6/10
Durability 7.8/10
Value 7.5/10
Comfort 7.5/10
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Overall Rank

14

Durability

8

Value

14

Comfort

Mizuno Rider 26
Slip on the Wave Rider 26 and experience the balance of unrivaled propulsion and indescribable comfort. A more cushioned midsole, striking outsole design and soft, breathable upper create a running companion that feels as good as it looks.
Overall 7.6/10
Durability 7.3/10
Value 8.0/10
Comfort 7.4/10
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Overall Rank

18

Durability

4

Value

16

Comfort

New Balance 880 V12
Balancing the right amount of comfort and support, the New Balance Fresh Foam X 880 v13 is a neutral daily running shoe that has the versatility to handle any workout. Composed of bio-based content, an updated Fresh Foam X foam is used throughout the midsole to provide a well-cushioned underfoot experience and help to reduce our carbon footprint. The outsole is comprised of NDurance rubber offering excellent durability for longer walks or runs while still having excellent traction in any road conditions. An Engineered Synthetic/Mesh composes the upper of the shoe for a sleek, stylish design and a comfortable fit. Finalized with adjustable lace closure points for a secure lockdown, the New Balance Fresh Foam X 880 v13 is a steady partner with the durability and comfort for any runner or walker looking for a workhorse daily trainer.
Overall 7.5/10
Durability 7.6/10
Value 7.1/10
Comfort 7.8/10
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Overall Rank

16

Durability

12

Value

13

Comfort

Saucony Endorphin Speed 3
Building upon the learnings of the previous models, the Endorphin Speed 3 has been refined to offer more support and increased versatility. The shape of the nylon plate in the Speed 3 has been updated to center your foot on landings and increase the energy return during the gait cycle. The same bouncy PWRRUN PB midsole foam is re-shaped to smooth out transitions and improve the spring felt underfoot. The upper of the Speed 3 has undergone changes, with a comfortable fit ready to tackle daily runs to races and everything in-between. The Saucony Endorphin Speed 3 is a fast and versatile running shoe packed with everything you need to pick up the pace in comfort.
Overall 7.5/10
Durability 8.0/10
Value 6.5/10
Comfort 8.0/10
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Overall Rank

6

Durability

21

Value

10

Comfort

Saucony Kinvara 13
The Saucony Kinvara 13 continues the line’s legacy as a favorite in the lightweight daily trainer category. As the lightest version to date, the Kinvara 13 delivers a familiar underfoot feel and overall simple construction that is perfect for any kind of run on the road. With only minor tweaks to its legendary design, the Saucony Kinvara 13 has everything that runners are looking for in a lightweight daily trainer. The midsole of the Kinvara 13 utilizes the same responsive PWRRUN compound found in the previous version giving runners a nimble and peppy underfoot feel. The single-layer mesh upper is sleek and stripped down with some updated overlays for a better lockdown. Finished off with an exposed outsole with a few strategically placed rubber patches, the Saucony Kinvara 13 clearly continues its lightweight daily trainer legacy.
Overall 7.5/10
Durability 6.5/10
Value 9.5/10
Comfort 6.5/10
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Overall Rank

26

Durability

1

Value

27

Comfort

Mizuno Wave Sky 6
Reach for the Sky 6 when you want a lightweight choice that fits even better thanks to the improved upper made from recycled materials. Pair that with a higher energy return from the MIZUNO ENERZY CORE and you’ve got a recipe for memorable runs, every time.
Overall 7.4/10
Durability 8.1/10
Value 6.0/10
Comfort 8.1/10
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Overall Rank

5

Durability

23

Value

9

Comfort

HOKA Mach 5
The lovechild of Mach 5 and Mach Supersonic, this lively pavement pounder is built for performance and ready to race. Sporting a stripped back creel mesh upper and lay-flat tongue, the new Mach 5 delivers a snappier ride with PROFLY’s stacked midsole setup, offering a lightweight, responsive foam directly underfoot and rubberized EVA below.
Overall 7.3/10
Durability 7.5/10
Value 7.5/10
Comfort 7.0/10
17

Overall Rank

17

Durability

8

Value

18

Comfort

On Cloudflow
Light, fast and fully cushioned. Take on training and racing in complete comfort. The Cloudflow is an amazing comfortable verstile shoe that may be worn for Fast training, racing, 10K, half marathon, marathon, tempo running, long interval sessions. The Cloudflow may also be a great gym shoes or lifestyle shoe!
Overall 7.2/10
Durability 7.2/10
Value 7.5/10
Comfort 7.0/10
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Overall Rank

20

Durability

8

Value

18

Comfort

HOKA Rincon 3
Delivering the best cushion-to-weight ratio on the market, the Rincon 3 returns in a stupefyingly light silhouette. This redesign features an asymmetrical tongue, thinner pull tab and a vented-mesh upper for ultimate breathability. Our extra-light midsole foam sports aggressive cutouts and enhanced rubber coverage for improved durability.
Overall 7.2/10
Durability 7.3/10
Value 7.5/10
Comfort 6.8/10
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Overall Rank

18

Durability

8

Value

24

Comfort

Saucony Ride 15
Your journey to peak fitness just got better with the Saucony Ride 15. Built for everyday running, these shoes are equipped with Saucony's cutting-edge athletic tech and comfort-enhancing features to deliver the perfect ride. Cover any distance with unreal cushioning comfort in the Saucony Ride 15.
Overall 7.2/10
Durability 6.6/10
Value 8.1/10
Comfort 6.9/10
19

Overall Rank

25

Durability

3

Value

23

Comfort

Nike Infinity React Run 3
The Nike React Infinity Run 3 has soft and supportive cushioning. Its soft, stable feel with a smooth ride will carry you through routes, long and short. A breathable upper is made to feel contained, yet flexible. We even added more cushioning around the heel and ankle for a supportive sensation. Keep running, we've got you.
Overall 7.2/10
Durability 8.0/10
Value 6.0/10
Comfort 7.5/10
21

Overall Rank

6

Durability

23

Value

14

Comfort

Nike Pegasus 39
Whether you prefer an extended route at sunrise or a quick jog at sunset, running is your daily ritual, and you need shoes just as dedicated. With its comfortable and intuitive design, the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39 offers a supportive sensation to help your foot feel contained. Underfoot cushioning and 2 Zoom Air units add a spring to your stride as you transition from heel to toe. Your trusted workhorse with wings is back. Time to fly.
Overall 7.1/10
Durability 7.2/10
Value 7.0/10
Comfort 7.2/10
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Overall Rank

20

Durability

13

Value

17

Comfort

Brooks Launch 9
A shoe that feels light and speedy adds fun to every mile. So we made the Launch 9 with streamlined materials and a forefoot design that propels you forward on race day or everyday runs.
Overall 7.0/10
Durability 6.0/10
Value 9.0/10
Comfort 6.0/10
23

Overall Rank

28

Durability

2

Value

28

Comfort

Brooks Levitate 6
Get the most out of every stride with the best energy return in our line. The men’s Levitate 6 has an improved fit and increased breathability to go with the super springy feel.
Overall 7.0/10
Durability 8.0/10
Value 6.0/10
Comfort 7.0/10
23

Overall Rank

6

Durability

23

Value

18

Comfort

Brooks Levitate Stealthfit 6
Energize your run from the ground up. The new men’s Levitate StealthFit 6 road-running shoe combines a super springy ride with a sleek fit that feels seamless.
Overall 7.0/10
Durability 8.0/10
Value 6.0/10
Comfort 7.0/10
23

Overall Rank

6

Durability

23

Value

18

Comfort

Brooks Cascadia 16
Conquer any trail in the Cascadia 16. This brooks trail running shoe offers all-terrain stability and durable protection, with softer and lighter cushioning than before to ensure a continuously smooth ride.
Overall 6.8/10
Durability 6.8/10
Value 6.8/10
Comfort 6.8/10
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Overall Rank

24

Durability

20

Value

24

Comfort

Nike Vomero 16
The Vomero 16 adds responsive ZoomX foam cushioning, bringing an energetic pop to your stride that’s perfect for high mileage on the road. It’s super lightweight, with plenty of stretch and ventilation through the upper. Looking for the right amount of support? We’ve got you covered with an adjustable midfoot band and a stable clip at the heel.
Overall 6.7/10
Durability 6.4/10
Value 7.0/10
Comfort 6.8/10
27

Overall Rank

27

Durability

13

Value

24

Comfort

Altra Lone Peak
Altra Lone Peak is a running trail shoe and Hiking trail shoe that has a zero drop. This cushioned trail shoe offers a wide toe box for comfer and great traction on the trails.
Overall 6.7/10
Durability 7.0/10
Value 6.0/10
Comfort 7.0/10
28

Overall Rank

22

Durability

23

Value

18

Comfort

Altra Rivera 2
Get moving with the Rivera 2. Take on the road with our Altra EGO™ midsole foam for a smooth yet responsive ride along with our Slim FootShape™ for a snugger fit that is designed for natural movement. With “move-meant” for anything, the Rivera 2 is your go-to road shoe for any adventure. This lightweight neutral running shoe and walking shoe has zero drop with a wide toe box.
Overall 5.3/10
Durability 5.0/10
Value 7.0/10
Comfort 4.0/10
29

Overall Rank

29

Durability

13

Value

29

Comfort