Whether you're a guy who likes max cushioning or a minimalist model, you need a running shoe that delivers—for all your training pursuits. That means if you want to hit the track for some speed work one week, then traverse a mountain the next, and maybe run a marathon a few months down the line, you need more than one pair of kicks in your arsenal.
We've selected the best options—and highlighted their standout features—for a full marathon, a 5-10K, intervals and speed work, and trail runs. Pick the ones that suit your needs and preferences—then get running.
DynaFlyte is Asics’ lightest cushioned sneaker, designed specifically for long distance runners who need the speed and airy feel of a minimalist shoe but the support of a full-cushioned model. A foam midsole, with grooves that flex, give you the responsive bounce-back, surprising flexibility, and feel-good stability you need to make it all the way to the finish line.
Brooks’ most technologically advanced cushioned running shoes, the Men's Transcend 3 boast a newly designed outsole to disperse impact using unique pressure zones in the rear, mid, and forefoot. The three separate zones take stress off your joints and minimize hot spots. Outer “guide rails” stabilizes your stride allowing your hips, knees, and joints to move within their unique, natural motion so you can maintain the most efficient form without feeling corrected.
If you're in need of a neutral shoe with a little extra cushioning and stability, the Distance V has it. The seamless upper gives you plenty of ventilation and the toe box lets your foot splay, ensuring your first stride is as comfortable as your last (well, relatively speaking after 26.2 miles!)
The two-piece construction (There's a full-length internal bootie surrounded by a mesh shell) of these undeniably cool APL running shoes gives you the free-range movement you want and the comfort you crave for shorter footraces.
The Wave Catalyst offers the support and lightweight feel you need to run further and faster. It has a sculpted fit that hugs the curves of your feet. Air-injected rubber that’s lighter, softer, and more flexible under your forefoot distributes pressure more evenly when you push off the ground. It's ideal for heel and midfoot strikers.
Sleek and seamless, you’ll enjoy a smooth ride from start to finish in these cushy kicks. Gel cushioning gives you a responsive boost and stability without a ton of added weight. Plus, the price point is great if you're purchasing a few pairs of shoes.
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 (Best for Intervals and Speed)
The heel and forefoot of this Pegasus 33 model are supported with high-pressure Zoom Air units that compress when you strike the ground, dispersing the force to soften the impact on your joints, then quickly spring back into place for your next move. Jarring impacts are completely minimized so you can focus on your speed—and enjoy a springy, speedy stride.
Under Armour SpeedForm Slingride (Best for Intervals and Speed)
Get your drills and speed work done with Under Armour’s latest shoe. The upper is woven with Dyneema, the world's strongest fiber, for durability and surprising flexibility. Asymmetrical compression zones cradle your foot and "sling" it forward when you need quick heel-to-toe transitions. Basically, you're spring-loading your feet in these double-cushioned running shoes.
New Balance Vazee 2090 (Best for Intervals and Speed)
The supportive midfoot on the Vazee 2090 expands to accommodate foot splay during quick side to side and back and forth movements, and protect your ankles from rolling. But it also boasts a flexible upper that moves with your toes, rather than constricting them—perfect for short, speedy runs and drills.
Puma Ignite Ultimate PWRCool (Best for Intervals and Speed)
The three-layer mesh upper gives you breathability, while the flexed grooves on the shoe’s outsole are super responsive so you can make quick movements toeing off the ground for sprints or moving side to side for lateral drills. The tongue, heel, and sockliner are also made with thermoregulated materials, unique to this shoe, designed to keep your feet cool as things heat up.
Hoka Challenger ATR 2 (Best for Crossover Trail to Road)
Versatile? Yep. Supportive? You bet. Comfortable? Enough to take you from road to trail without missing a beat; so… yes. To be more exact, the oversized midsole provides lightweight cushioning, and the rounded outsole offers stability on uneven terrain, making your trail runs a breeze. The shoe also has lugs underfoot that serve as mini shock absorbers and give you traction across all surfaces. Plus, the supportive fit through the midfoot and increased comfort across the top of the shoe is perfect for runners hitting the pavement—or mountains.
New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro (Best for Crossover Trail to Road)
Named after the wildest of the Canary Islands, these running shoes crave distance and dirt—but keep rocks on the trails thanks to a debris-blocking upper. Easily transition from paved roads to tangled trails; the tough outsole has lugs to shield and shock-proof your soles.
Salomon S-Lab Sense 5 Ultra (Best for Crossover Trail to Road)
The extreme lightweight nature of these trail racing shoes will surprise you—as will its level of protection and impressive foothold grip. Salomon's branded grip technology hugs your midfoot for a better feel inside the shoe, and protects your feet from the pounding of long-distance trail runs.
The North Face Men’s Ultra Cardiac (Best for Crossover Trail to Road)
Transition from road to trails and demolish adventure races in these lightweight, flexible shoes. Crafted with a wide platform for stability and protective Vibram® soles for grippy tread, you'll feel completely confident charging up or downhill.
You can’t go wrong with sidewall reinforcement, an ergonomically-shaped toe box that lets your toes relax, and a removable rock protection plate underfoot that lets you less customize your shoes for the demands of your terrain.
Adidas Men’s Outdoor Terrex Boost GTX Shoes (Best for Trails)
Built for a low-to-the-ground feel with protective overlays, speed lacing for a perfect fit, and a breathable membrane to keep feet dry, these mountain running shoes let you push your limits in comfort.
These rugged, yet agile shoes give you unparalleled traction on any terrain. Multi-directional lugs (both parallel and horizontal) give you optimal grip; the mesh upper is breathable yet water-repellent; and there's a rubber toe bumper to protect your toes from rocks, roots, and anything else Mother Nature throws your way.
Waterproof, breathable, and ready for the messiest adventures, get a pair of these the next time you hit the trails. The shoe’s upper repels water and expels sweat; plus, the Vibram® Megagrip outsole gives you the traction you need in wet conditions.