The 5 Best Running Shoes Of 2024 So Far, According To Our Editors

After testing out over 40 pairs of trainers this year, we've picked out the best of the best.

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So far this year, we’ve reviewed over 40 pairs of training shoes and shared our thoughts on a few of the standouts. We’re halfway through the year, and with so many quality options to choose from, it’s time to reveal the best running shoes, taking the lead halfway through 2024.

There are two things to clear up before we dive into our top five for 2024.

Firstly, this ranking is for training shoes only, so if it’s got a carbon plate, they’re disqualified.

Secondly, this ranking is a compilation of shoes we like. However, if you have a pair of training shoes that works for you but isn’t on the list, don’t go a toss them in the bin to buy what we recommend. If you’re curious and in the market for a new pair of training shoes, then by all means use this guide to help inform a decision.

The 5 Best Training Shoes Of 2024…So Far

  • All of our shoe testers are died-in-the-wool, experienced runners with a broad experience of the sport. They’re typically running 30+ miles per week.
  • We put each pair of shoes through a battery of tests: a typical review will involve several test runs on a variety of distances and terrains, designed to identify any snags or issues.
  • We talk to experts in the shoe industry and gather advice and insights from other runners, to best understand the shoe and how it suits the end user: you, the runner.

#1 Best Cushioning: HOKA Clifton 9

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The Deets: Tech Specs For The HOKA Clifton 9

  • MSRP: $190 USD
  • Release date: February 15, 2023
  • Stack height: 32mm 
  • Weight: 8.7 oz (men’s size 10)
  • Heel-to-toe drop: 5mm 

The HOKA Clifton 9 is praised for being one of the lightest training shoes despite its bulky appearance. Weighing only 8.7oz, it provides a lightweight ride and is ideal for runners who prefer a low heel-to-toe drop. However, its durability is questionable, with many runners finding wear after about 600 km.

Additionally, the toe box can be a bit tight for some, potentially causing discomfort. Overall, it’s an excellent option for those seeking a light and comfortable shoe for easy runs, provided they are not looking for a high mileage trainer.

Check out our full review of the HOKA Clifton 9 here.

#2 Best for Wide Feet: ASICS Gel Nimbus 26

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The Deets: Tech Specs For The ASICS Gel Nimbus 26

  • MSRP: $160 USD
  • Release date: January 1, 2024
  • Stack height: 41.5mm 
  • Weight: 10.7 oz (men’s size 10)
  • Heel-to-toe drop: 8mm 

The Asics Gel Nimbus 26 is a veteran in the world of training shoes. In it’s 26th (!!!) edition, it really hasn’t changed too much, sticking to tradition, but incorporates a few key updates.

The Gel Nimbus 26 features a significant heel-to-toe drop, extensive gel cushioning, and the new FF Blast Plus foam, which adds a 21st-century touch to its old-soul midsole (see what I did there). It also has a wider toe box and a more breathable upper compared to previous versions.

Despite its somewhat old-school appeal, the Gel Nimbus 26 manages to stay relevant by offering a cushioned, durable ride suitable for long-lasting comfort.

#3 Best for A Responsive Feel: Brooks Glycerin 26

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The Deets: Tech Specs For The Brooks Glycerin 21

  • MSRP: $160 USD
  • Release date: December 1, 2023
  • Stack height: 28mm 
  • Weight: 9.8 oz (men’s size 10)
  • Heel-to-toe drop: 10mm 

Thanks to its balanced characteristics, the Brooks Glycerin 21 is the “Goldilocks” of running shoes. Not too big, not too heavy, not too thin, and not too expensive.

It offers a modest stack height with a plush, nitrogen-infused DNA Loft foam midsole, providing soft landings without feeling too high off the ground. This shoe is sturdy yet not overly heavy, making it a reliable training shoe for various running activities. It’s an excellent choice for runners who prefer cushioning without an excessive drop and for those who seek a dependable shoe for everyday training.

However, it may not be ideal for those who prefer a low-drop shoe or a firm, responsive feel.

#4 Best Lightweight: New Balance 880 v14

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The Deets: Tech Specs For The New Balance 880 V14

  • MSRP: $140 USD
  • Release date: March 2024
  • Stack height: 33mm 
  • Weight: 9.2 oz (men’s size 9)
  • Heel-to-toe drop: 8mm 

The New Balance Fresh Foam 880 v14 stands out for its light weight and natural feel, making it a favorite for those recovering from injuries.

This version features a more compact Fresh Foam X midsole and reduced outsole rubber, making it 1.5 ounces lighter than its predecessors. It’s particularly suitable for midfoot strikers who value lightweight trainers and a natural running experience.

However, it might not be the best option for heel strikers needing more support or for those expecting to get more than 700-800 km out of their shoes.

#5 Best for Durability: Nike Invincible 13

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The Deets: Tech Specs For The Nike Invincible Run 3

  • MSRP: $180 USD
  • Release date: February 9, 2023
  • Stack height: 40mm 
  • Weight: 10.9 oz (men’s size 9)
  • Heel-to-toe drop: 9mm 

The Nike Invincible Run 3 has a pretty rigid structure and thick ZoomX foam layer, offering durability and support that can benefit runners with pronation issues.

Now, if you don’t have ‘Nike feet,’ initial runs may feel uncomfortable. However, the shoe’s “break-in” period eventually leads to a gift that keeps on giving: a supportive and injury-preventive ride. Once broken in, these shoes are highly durable, with some users reporting nearly 1,200 km before needing a replacement.

The Invincible Run 3 is a good option for runners who need stability and are willing to adapt to the initial stiffness for long-term benefits.

Check out our full review of the Nike Invincible 3 here.

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Jessy has been active her whole life, competing in cross-country, track running, and soccer throughout her undergrad. She pivoted to road cycling after completing her Bachelor of Kinesiology with Nutrition from Acadia University. Jessy is currently a professional road cyclist living and training in Spain.

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