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These 4 Shoes May Be the Most Comfortable You’ll Ever Run In

These 4 Shoes May Be the Most Comfortable You’ll Ever Run In

GREAT TRAINER AND RACER

magnifly
3

Topo Athletic


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COMFORTABLE UPPER

WAVEKNIT RIDER 3

Mizuno


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MOST RESPONSIVE

air zoom vomero 14

Nike


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ALL-DAY COMFORT

ghost
12

Brooks


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Comfort is king. And some research even shows that when you choose a shoe simply because it’s comfortable, you’re less likely to get injured. So to guide you on your sole searching, we chose the most comfortable models based on extensive feedback from runners, as well as test results from the RW Shoe Lab.

Each shoe was evaluated on overall performance, with a special focus on two important categories for comfort—fit and cushioning. These two experiences, which we test for separately, are so closely connected that we combined them into one category of top picks that offer a made-for-me sensation. If these four running shoes fit, wear them.

BROOKS GHOST 12

Pros

  • Soft-yet-responsive DNA Loft and BioMoGo DNA midsole
  • Segmented crashpad absorbs shock

Cons

  • Engineered mesh upper can hold some heat

Brooks’s jack-of-all-trades trainer is the kind of shoe you wear all the time, even when you’re not running—it’s that comfortable. Compared to the previous model, the 12 kept what we loved (like its über-soft DNA Loft midsole) while adding a few comfort-boosting features (like a better-fitting 3D printed upper).

“From its soft, padded tongue to its silky smooth ankle collar and cushioning, it’s hard to rate this shoe as anything less than ultra comfortable, super stable, sturdy, and true to size,” one tester said.


$219.95

Brooks Ghost 12


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Nike Air Zoom Vomero 14

Pros

  • Super shock absorption from both Zoom Air unit and React foam
  • Snug, stretchy fit with soft foam pods to cushion the ankle

Cons

  • Some testers found the tongue too short

The Vomero is still all about maximum cushioning for high mileage but now that plush ride comes in a responsive shoe that feels alive underfoot. A redesigned midsole now uses React foam to deliver more pep than Lunarlon, and layers a single, full-length Air unit just beneath the footbed. Foam pods line the heel collar to cradle the foot, and the bottom half of the padded tongue is sewn to the upper for a secure, 360-degree fit.


$220

​Nike Air Zoom Vomero 14


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Mizuno Wave Rider Waveknit 3

Pros

  • Dual-foam midsole is cushioned and responsive
  • Suitable for long runs and speed workouts

Cons

  • Stiff with a very high drop

The Waveknit 3 is essentially Mizuno’s Wave Rider 23 with a knit upper. The new stretchy construction embraces the foot for a snug and stable ride that feels “like slipping [your] foot into another sock,” according to one tester. It’s soft against the foot, while the foam underneath feels even cushier. That plush, comfy fit makes this shoe ideal for both short speed sessions and marathon long runs.


$220

MIZUNO WAVE RIDER WAVEKNIT 3


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Topo Magnifly 3

Pros

  • Dual cushioning in the midsole
  • Lightweight and responsive

Cons

  • Midsole may be too firm for some runners

The Topo Magnifly 3 is a standout in comfort and fit for the zero- or low-drop category. It features the brand’s signature neutral drop and wide toe box design to allow your toes to naturally splay, and the dual-density EVA midsole keeps your feet feeling comfy for every stride.


$200

TOPO MAGNIFLY 3​


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