Road-Running Shoes

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The Rivera 3 delivers the benefits of Altra's footshaped fit and balanced, zero-drop design without feeling weird

In an impressive debut, Tracksmith delivers a versatile, modern trainer with an old-school look and feel, just as you’d expect from the brand

Asics’s signature cushioned shoe goes super-max and delivers more comfort and cushioning than ever before

I signed up for the On Cyclon subscription running-shoe service and get a perfectly clean new pair every three months

High-end materials and designs go mainstream, delivering smooth-rolling, versatile rides for every runner

With so many running shoes, which ones do you choose? Don’t worry, we have you covered with our best road running shoes for holiday gifts.

We found the best kicks for connecting with the earth and setting your feet free

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The Under Armour HOVR Phantom 3 keeps its high-energy return DNA intact while pushing the envelope on innovation

Skechers GOrun Razor 4 impresses with a smooth, lively ride and supportive, comfortable fit—at a bargain price

Good news: there’s a new generation of super shoes that are cheaper, just as fun, and might be better suited for your running

We put 49 pairs through their paces. These 7 came out ahead.

Our first runs reveal that the Flow Velociti Elite coddles the foot and delivers a fast, easy-striding ride

Reebok’s Floatride Energy 4 Adventure delivers a road-shoe ride with just enough toughness for dirt

The Specter is a speedy super-foam trainer that supports your stance and lets your feet engage

Runners smack the ground harder—but get injured less—in more cushioned shoes. New research explains why.

The brand took its time entering the super-shoe race, but its new, responsive model for marathoners was worth the wait

Our first impressions put it right up there with the best offerings from this beloved purveyor of cushy runners

We only have space for seven shoes in our print magazine, but there are a few others you should know about, too

This year’s fastest kicks for every kind of terrain

These models will help you push your speed limits

Kicks for getting faster, from race day to recovery jog

Faster splits and higher summits are just around the corner

Kicks to sustain your toughest blacktop efforts

Even with major races postponed, the sport remains upside down, with the focus still on shoes instead of who's wearing them

Dad knees and an aging body changed my mind about Hokas

“Last year the Skechers GOrun barely got our attention. One model later, our testers won’t take them off their feet,” we wrote in our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide, awarding it Gear of the Year. We loved these shoes for the new Hyper Burst midsole, which provides a balance of…

Spry and responsive foul-weather trainers for road and trail

A practical guide for purchasing your next pair of trainers

The big sole of the Clifton 5 gave testers a cushy, stable ride. At 15.2 ounces, they’re on the heavier side, but Mom’s feet will be happy with the extra cushioning and support.

Whatever you want—more support, a quicker turnover, or built-in data tracking—these runners have it

Seven top performers for pounding the pavement

Brands got creative with their special-edition footwear for this year's race

Some like to boogie. Others like to cruise.

From pasta makers to candy bars, these eight items have totally transformed how we get after it

Road-running shoes are turning up the foam again

The new design paradigm: fat and fatter

We thought these kicks were an April Fools' prank. Turns out they're real.

He may be the vanguard of athletes' rights, and his sponsors are right behind him

Six essential training tools for your 2016 goals

The world’s best athlete might just wear the word’s best shoe

Faster, more comfortable kicks for all conditions

Ditch your trainers on race day. We promise, you’ll go faster.

2015 Gear of the Year Winner

The result of years of chaos—go minimalist! go fat! don't change a thing!—in the running market? Everybody wins.

Put some bounce in your step with the season's best road running shoes.

New spring-loaded tech promises to make us faster. But they might go the way of swimming’s ill-fated LZR Racer suit—without making an Olympic debut.

The springs inside this sole could make you a faster runner

Running to work is hard, especially when you have to contend with cold weather, poor visibility, and icy roads. On those days, your gear matters.

You should be packing like a technomad.

Top shoe brands are racing to enter the super-cushioned fray. We review 2014’s corpulent shoe crop.

Dominate the water and the road with the help of this gear arsenal.

From superfat to ultrathin, these are the best new sun-season road runners.

After 16,000 miles of wear testing by runners around the country—including Farah—Nike's Air Pegasus 31 debuts this weekend.

Next week at Outdoor Retailer, Black Diamond will unveil jackets with a revolutionary cord management system that shrinks, hides, and embeds the technology needed to tighten hoods and hems. It’s called Cohaesive, and I’m excited about it for a few reasons. Cohaesive simplifies cord…

Over the past few decades, humans have developed some pretty high-tech synthetic fabrics, including membranes with nine billion pores per square inch and bi-layer wicking polyester.    But in spite of our best efforts, the most advanced technical fibers still come from Mother Nature. Take merino wool, which is hard…

This is always a tricky question. There’s plenty of room for debate when it comes to choosing the “right” ski length, and a useful answer should entail a lot of research.     Take the rocker revolution, which had people arguing about how the effective edge—or the length of metal…

The 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, a tech orgy that draws hundreds of thousands of people every year, wrapped up Friday in Las Vegas. And as usual, there was some pretty weird technology on the floor.  Sensoria Fitness Sock A tattoo that measures your pH. A glove…

Exercise caution when you look for an inexpensive mountaineering pack. Remember, a well-built pack is going to last a lot longer than a cheap one, and you want to make sure it won’t fail at a crucial moment. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t good options out there that cost…

Outside staff members are always busy testing gear—we reviewed more than 600 items for the summer and winter Buyer’s Guides alone. We can’t cover everything in the magazine, so we asked 11 Outsiders to name their favorite piece of gear from 2013. And because our staff ranges from elk hunters to ultramarathoners,…

It’s been years since we picked a thickly padded road runner as our top shoe. But the 1260v3 demanded the recognition. Yes, it goes overboard on the comfort, with a pillowy tongue and heel collar and spongy mesh in the upper. Yet it’s still efficient, so it was a welcome partner on long hauls.

You can't get a better shoe at this price.

Outside reviews the best gear of June 2013, including the Saucony Kinvara 4

From minimalist speedsters to winter-ready mountain scramblers, we’ve got you covered.

Outside reviews the best triathlon gear of 2012, including the Felt B12 triathlon bike.

Outside reviews the 6 best running shoes of the season, including the Saucony Kinvara 3.

Reviewing shoes used to be straightforward. Lightweight shoes were meant for racing, heavily cushioned shoes were meant for efficient runners who racked up lots of miles, and stability shoes—with a section of dense rubber under the arch, a.k.a. a medial post—were meant for people whose feet collapse inward.

Kicks designed specifically for the female foot, including The North Face Single Track Hayasa, best for mixed road and trail runs; the Salomon XR Mission, best for long trail runs in rough terrain; the New Balance 890V2, best for a cushy on up-tempo runs; and the Pearl Izumi Kissaki, best for high-mileage marathon training and racing.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2012 Winter Buyer's Guide, including the Saucony ProGrid Outlaw.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2012 Winter Buyer's Guide, including the Saucony PowerGrid Cortana running shoe.

Best Foot Forward: From marathon trainers to minimalist runners, we've got the right shoe for you, including the Pearl Izumi Streak II running shoe.