High-tech foams and carbon-fiber plates have led to the best running shoes yet. But as supply-chain disruptions linger, many exciting new models are late to hit running shops. Some of those shoes also got to us too late to evaluate for this latest batch of testing. Thankfully, there are so many outstanding shoes available right now that we still tested nearly 90 models to bring you the 23 best. To help you zero in on your next favorite shoe, our wear-test team of more than 250 runners logged more than 100 miles in each of their test pairs. We considered key qualities like cushioning, flexibility, stability, and overall ride.
We’ve divided the winning shoes into four main categories: Fast, Soft, Support, and Trail. Click on the tabs below to jump to each section and see our top picks that lead the pack. RW+ members can access longer reviews for the shoes through the “Read Full Reviews Here” links in each category.