The best men’s running shoes overall
Why you’ll love them: The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 are versatile shoes that will give you a smooth ride thanks to the full-length air unit in the sole, and they’re just as effective for casual jogs as they are for fast-paced race training.
A true jack-of-all-trades running shoe, the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 is designed to handle it all. Whether you’re going out for an easy recovery jog, incorporating some speed work into your run, or going all out and training for the marathon that’s been on your bucket list for ages, this is a neutral running shoe that won’t let you down.
The Pegasus line of running shoes has been a Nike staple for decades, and while the 35 does have some big changes compared to previous versions, the design risks paid off in this case. The result is a shoe that still feels like a Pegasus to long-time fans of the model, with a new full-length air unit for an even smoother heel-to-toe transition, and a redesigned upper for an even better fit.
The Pegasus 35 is available for a reasonable price, too,giving you a great value for the cost. The fact that you can wear this shoe for so many different types of training, and as a runner of any level, also makes it a great buy. The shoe comes in narrow, regular, wide, and extra wide so you can find your perfect fit with a spectrum of colors available. As with so many Nike brand shoes, aesthetic appeal isn’t forgotten here. These could double as stylish footwear even when you aren’t running.
Looks aside, the specs don’t disappoint, either. The 10mm toe drop is on the higher side, but still manages to feel natural while giving you that extra “pop” when you want to go full throttle on the speed. The natural feel is aided by the full-length air zoom unit that gives the shoe its ultra-smooth ride. The tread pattern on the sole of the shoe provides extra grip, which is ideal on wet roads.
The overall sole unit seems to be designed to propel you forward no matter what kind of run you’re tackling. A redesigned seamless upper streamlines the shoe, giving it a lightweight feel, though this isn’t a heavy shoe to begin with, weighing in at 9.3 ounces.
Why you’ll love them: The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 live up to their title as a “go to shoe” with a fast feel that doesn’t fade on long runs and the shoes provide the motion control support overpronators need.
Brooks is one of the few shoe companies that is focused solely on the sport of running, and that dedication shows when it comes to the quality of its running shoes. If you’re tired of wearing running shoes that make you feel like you’re wading through quicksand and leave you wishing you had the winged feet of Hermes, the Adrenaline GTS 18 may be the answer you’re looking for.
We can’t promise they’ll turn you into a running god, but there is a reason that the “GTS” in Adrenaline GTS 18 stands for “go to shoe.”
The Adrenaline line is known for maintaining a fast feel and a smooth ride. The latest version keeps that base, with a few tweaks like a redesigned upper and a stretchy material in the arch for added comfort, without sacrificing the stability that is so important for overpronators. The diagonal roll bar is still present to help encourage a more natural running motion, correcting missteps even as you increase your speed.
The streamlined upper uses less material, which helps the shoe feel even lighter. While it isn’t necessarily a lightweight shoe, the GTS 18 won’t be weighing you down. The men’s version weighs in at 9.7 ounces — slightly lighter than the GTS 17 which weighed in at 10.7 ounces.
These shoes will provide a fast feel that doesn’t fade, making them ideal for half marathon and marathon training. The GTS 18 does have a higher heel to toe drop of 10.2mm, which makes these shoes a little less ideal for intense speed work or race day wear.
A tester from Running Shoes Guru says, “the light construction of the shoe was great, but the higher drop really had me overworking my quads at times.” Despite this, they still consider the Brooks Adrenaline to be a shoe that, “continues to improve each year.”
While these may not have as much responsiveness as a truly lightweight shoe, they make up for that with a smooth and comfortable ride that will help prevent fatigue even on long runs. The outsole of the shoe provides great grip which makes it possible to take this shoe from the road to some light trails if you’re looking to change up the scenery to get through those long runs.
Most praise the Adrenaline GTS 18 as a successful update to the GTS 17. This Runner’s World Wear Tester says, “this is one of those shoes that feels good going on and continues to feel just as good when you’re running in it. It did a good job of supporting my foot without me feeling like I had a brick on.”
Amazon reviewer Richard praises the high-quality of the GTS 18 saying, “I’ve worn several generations of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS series and this one continues to impress. Great support, comfortable run, durable design.”
Pros: Superior stability for overpronation, fast feeling ride, comfortability that doesn’t fade on long runs, streamlined upper for added comfortability and a lightweight feel
Cons: Ride lacks some responsiveness, higher heel to toe drop may not be ideal for speed work or race day wear