Updated April 2017
The latest update to this running shoe category includes in-depth details about the new Brooks PureFlow 6, the latest addition to the pedigreed PureFlow family. We continue to track the market to keep this review up-to-date and relevant.
Best Overall Men's Running Shoe
Brooks PureFlow 6
The neutral, moderately cushioned Brooks PureFlow 6
is a remarkably versatile shoe, with high metric scores across the board. This model has the most balanced performance overall; it strikes the perfect balance of comfort, weight, durability, flexibility, and responsiveness, making this an unrivaled shoe. We rate the Brooks PureFlow 6
as having the most comfort of all the designs we tested, and it remains comfortable from the first mile through the last. The shoe features a plush wrap-around collar for a nice hug around the heel and ankle, and has a new, snug-fitting, synthetic mesh upper. The lack of a midfoot trusstic allows full contact with the ground during landing, creates a more natural heel-to-toe transition for heel-strikers, and generally creates a smooth ride, complete with an innovative segmented crash pad. This cushy crash pad is polished off by nubs on the outsole that offer plenty of traction in all road conditions and allow for a responsive ride. Brooks released the PureFlow 6
in 2017 as a replacement to the previous PureFlow 5. The latest model, fresh to the market, features updated upper and tongue materials, a slight augmentation in fit and a lower price tag of $100. A more detailed summary of these changes can be found in the individual review. The PureFlow 6
wins Editors' Choice for its light weight, responsiveness, durability, and breathability when stacked next to the other contenders in our group.
Best Bang for the Buck
Saucony Kinvara 7
Comfortable at any distance
The Best Buy Award goes to the Saucony Kinvara 7
. This model proves to be a reliable stability shoe, scoring highest in stability, durability, and responsiveness. As you probably know, many stability models can break the bank. The Saucony Kinvara 7
maintains an affordable $110 retail price, which is the least expensive stability version in our group. This model will provide many comfortable miles for each dollar spent. You can't really go wrong with this shoe if you're an over-pronator on a budget looking for a high-stability road running sneaker. And at 16.9 ounces, this shoe is a top contender for both overall and racing flats, but in the end it is a maximal shoe, which serves a less broad community than other styles. It is still a very good, versatile shoe and therefore received our Best Buy Award.
Top Pick Award for Lightweight Racing Flat
Nike Flex Fury 2
Fits like a second skin
We give a Top Pick Award to the Nike Flex Fury 2
for being a lightweight, minimal, and versatile road shoe. Jump into this extremely light shoe and channel your inner gazelle. At only 17.2 ounces in a size 11, a 5mm heel-to-toe drop, and a reasonable amount of cushioning, it is resilient enough to provide comfort through daily runs, workouts, and even runs up to marathon distances. Runners who want to make a gradual move towards minimalism will find solace in the Nike Flex Fury 2
. This model is a considerable change for those who have always used a traditional road shoe, most of which have a 10mm or more heel-to-toe discrepancy. Remember to gradually adjust to footgear like this. We have done the abrupt transition thing and had the stress fractures of shame. So go slowly, do your homework on biomechanics and muscles, do recovery, and build yourself up over time. The Nike Flex Fury 2
puts a lot more stress on your lower legs and achilles tendon in comparison to traditional trainers. Don't be surprised if your lower legs are super sore after the first few runs in these quick racers. In general, we highly recommend this speedster. This is truly a fun pair to run in.
Top Pick Award for Stability Shoe
HOKA ONE ONE Clifton 3
Our favorite stability model is the HOKA ONE ONE Clifton 3
. Given the newest version's plush ride, upper comfort, high stability, and great out-of-box comfort, we rate the HOKA ONE ONE Clifton 3
as a better stability shoe overall when compared to the other road footwear. For the stability class, it's lightweight and comfortable. It's lightweight — at 20.3 ounces per pair of men's 11, it's the same weight as the Brooks PureFlow 6, our Editors' Choice winner — and lighter than seven other pairs in our cohort. Often, shoes need a few miles to break in, but this is by far the most comfortable pair of pavement pounders we tested straight out of the box, thanks to the compression-molded EVA foam cushioning in the midsole. With this unmatchable out-of-box landing comfort, well-cushioned upper, and creatively designed landing platform that guides each step back to a neutral position, this one comes highly recommended for all over-pronators.