- 1. ASICS Men's Gel-Cumulus 20 Neutral Running Shoes
- 2. Nike Men’s Zoom Fly Athletic Neutral Running Shoes
- 3. Saucony Ride ISO Women's Neutral Running Shoes
- 4. Brooks Women's Glycerin 17
- 5. Skechers Men's Go Run Ride 7 Shoe
- 6. Mizuno Men's Wave Rider 22 Running Shoe
- 7. Adidas Originals Men's Solar Glide Running Shoe
- 8. Saucony Ride ISO Men's
- 9. New Balance Women's Zante Pursuit V1 Running Shoe
- 10. Adidas Women's Ultraboost 19 Running Shoe
- 11. Reebok Men's Forever Floatride Energy
- 12. Nike Men's Epic React Flyknit 2 Running Shoe
- 13. Nike Women's Zoom Pegasus 35 Turbo Running Shoes
- 14. New Balance Men's Roav V1 Fresh Foam Running Shoe
- 15. Nike Men's / Women's Epic React Flyknit Running Shoe
- 16. On Running Men’s Cloud Mesh Trainers
- 17. New Balance Women's FuelCore Nergize V1 Cross Trainer
- 18. Brooks Women's Revel 2
One running shoe style doesn’t fit all and the ideal shoe depends on the type of runner you are. Flat feet, heavy runner, over-pronator, supinator, neutral …each running style has a shoe to match to ensure you always get the right level of stability and support.
If you have a neutral gait, then this means you are nicely balanced, and your feet don’t roll too far forward or outwards as you stride. If this is you, then the neutral running shoes is your ideal foot match. Neutral running trainers offer sufficient shock absorption and some side support to keep your running style free and as efficient as it can be. We’ve taken a look at the top-rated trainers to compile our best neutral running shoes review, so you can be sure you are always putting your best (neutral) foot forward.
The Best Neutral Running Shoes
High abrasion rubber outsole
GEL cushioning system
Vertical flex midsole
Everything about the Cumulus shoe is designed to give you a comfortable ride. These neutral running shoes work with your feet, while gently giving you any additional support you need for your stride. The full-ground sole creates a natural heel-to-toe movement as you run, while a vertical flex groove in the midsole improves the efficiency. Add in Flytefoam in the outsole for a nice bounce back and GEL technology to absorb shocks during the whole cycle of your stride and your feet are primed and ready to go that extra mile. With its synthetic upper, rubber outsole and Ortholite sockliner, the Cumulus is also a smart looking running trainer that will keeps its cool. For more amazing runners, check out our guide to the best running shoes for metatarsalgia.
Great fitting shoe that cradles without hindering your feet
These shoes run on the small and slim side so check your fit
Synthetic and mesh upper
Zoom Air cushioning in forefront
Full-length midsole foam
Phylon wedge in the heel
These smart-looking running shoes are good value for money, with all those Nike credentials for the mid-price tag. Perfect for the neutral runner or if you have some overpronation, the dual-density foam midsole gives enough support against any inner foot roll while providing all round foot cushioning.
The synthetic and mesh outer of Nike Men’s Zoom Fly Athletic Trainer Running Shoes helps to keep hardworking feet cool, while a locked pocket of pressurized air in the forefoot provides super-responsive cushioning. We also like the durable nature of these classic neutral running shoes, taking whatever the road can throw at them for some serious miles on the clock. For additional comfort, check out our selection of the best insoles.
A nice underfoot propulsion boosts to your running speed
Light and breathable enough for warmer climates
Best suited to short or mid-distances
Engineered mesh upper
Isofit tech personalized fit
Specifically designed for the neutral runner, the Saucony Ride takes personalization a stride further with its Formfit and Isofit technology.
This means the shoe’s midsole can adapt to different foot shapes, to create a tailored fit that’s a runner’s dream. Add in some superior cushioning and you get a high-performing neutral running shoe that absorbs impact while creating sufficient energy return. And if you have mild supination in your stride, then the woven heel piece provides extra structure and support. These neutral running trainers are great for every day running and are durable enough to log some serious mileage. Be sure to also check out our guide to the best running shoes for wide feet.
Foamfit technology creates a personal fit that cushions the feet
The toe can run narrow so check your correct fit
Mesh fabric upper
Stretch interior liner
DNA LOFT cushioning
Padded ankle support
Plush is not a word you instantly associate with running shoes, but when it comes to the Glycerin 17, it’s actually the perfect fit. From the lux-feel mesh upper that’s lightweight and breathable to the duvet-soft midsole and cushioned outsole, you get superior comfort without losing any support or durability. The result is one of the best neutral running shoes that work with through the transitions in your stride and cushions against the bumps of running over ground. But don’t think this running shoe has gone soft, it’s also impressively durable and responsive, even on longer runs. To avoid any pain while running, check out our top picks of the best insoles for plantar fasciitis and pick your favorite.
Your road-tired feet will feel cocooned and protected
Absorbs bumps and shocks and has good traction
The choice of colorways is a little limited
Two-tone knit upper
Rubber traction outsole
Ultralight Flight Gen cushioning
The Go Run Ride 7 are well-priced neutral running shoes that’s simply gets on with the job!
If you enjoy the duvet-feel of the Skecher brand but are looking for a more technical pair of running shoes, then we say check out the Go Run. For every day training, these are a fab pair of shoes to always have in your gym bag and, thanks to the Skecher’s Flight Gen cushioning, your feet will thank you for it. Nice and light, the two-toned knit upper is also breathable and has a gusseted tongue for a comfortable yet secure fit. The cushioned mid-sole provides all the comfort you need without impeding your gait and there’s enough support where you need it. Our guide to the best running shoes for shin splints features more amazing shoes like this.
The Skechers Flight Gen cushioning make these running trainers super comfortable
Toe box is a little on the snug side
Engineered stretch mesh upper
Cloudwave rubber outsole
Articulated heel for smooth transitions
Padded tongue and ankle cuff
Ride the neutral wave with these hard-working running shoes from Mizuno. There’s a substantial look to the Wave Rider 22 but they’re also surprisingly lightweight and, with the breathable, two-layer mesh upper, are a good pair of summer training shoes.
The upper is made from a stretch mesh which gives a snug fit yet adapts to your foot’s movement throughout each stride. The rubber outsole is a bit of a chunk, but the secret is in its Cloudwave build, providing cushioning, energy absorption and return for a smooth, responsive ride. The heel is also articulated to add a smoother edge to each transition. If you are looking for more awesome sports shoes, check out our guide to the best cross country shoes.
Cloudwave gives the outsole an impressive cushioning and responsiveness
They could be tight in the fit if you have wider feet
Engineered mesh upper
Ribbed design for fit
Boost cushioning for comfort
Solar Propulsion Rail
First up, adidas Originals Men’s Solar Glide Running Shoe are really good-looking neutral running trainers, with a bit of an old school gym vibe. But that doesn’t detract from their bang up-to-date performance as one of our best neutral running shoes. Their performance is down to the focus on energy return, with the Boost cushioning in the midsole and a ‘solar propulsion rail’ that helps to guide and propel the foot. Underfoot you get a stable and durable outsole that has enough traction and also has a nice, natural flex to energize the ride, helping you to go that extra mile. If you are looking for some breathable summer running footwear, check out our reviews of the best running sandals.
Adidas has added some great energy-boosting features
Lightweight and breathable – a good summer shoe
The mesh upper fabric in the toe area is not as robust as others
Engineered split mesh upper
Isofit tech personalized fit
Rubber sole and heel reflectors
The key to a good pair of neutral running shoes is that you can forget they are even there. And we think the Ride ISO from Saucony gives you the most natural of running rides. Designed with Isofit and Formfit technology, these neutral running trainers mold to your feet for a personalized fit. Add in some seriously comfortable cushioning in both the mid and outsole and you get a pair of neutral running shoes that perform impeccably, giving effective impact absorption and energy return as you run.
These neutral running shoes can also help if you suffer from under-pronation, giving you the support you need to bring your feet back to their happy place. If you are also looking for some workout footwear, check out our top picks of the best shoes for Jazzercise.
Gives a personalized fit thanks to the neat Isofit technology
A good shoe if you also have an under-pronation
The sizing can run on a little on the narrow side
No-sew mesh upper
Zonal strategic support
Fresh Foam midsole
6mm drop at the toe
Rubber outsole with treads
For super-stretchy neutral running trainers that are a good bet for both pleasure running and more competitive miles, check out the Zante Pursuit from New Balance. A curvy and well-fitting shoe, the Zante is made from engineered, breathable mesh that strategically stretches as you run, to give you full stride support.
The bootie is a no-sew construction that reassuringly hugs your feet and features a fresh foam midsole for enhanced cushioning and comfort. Underfoot you get a rubber outsole that’s angled at the toe to give the right level of roll as you go into each stride transition. For comfort and stretch on those long road miles, we think the Zante really steps up. If you have flat feet, be sure to pick your favorite pair from our list of the best running shoes for flat feet.
Super-stretchy without losing any foot support
The sizes run on the larger size so check you fit
Seamless knit stretch upper
Responsive Boost midsole
Stabilizing torsion spring
3D heel frame
Flexible ‘Stretchweb’ outsole
Add a power boost to your running sessions with these solid-looking neutral training shoes from adidas.
Focusing on providing comfort and energy return in every stride, the Ultraboost are lightweight shoes that pack some serious propulsion. They are made from a seamless knit upper that stretches through each movement, providing the security and breathability your feet need. The second skin fit also follows the shape of your foot to help reduce any pressure points. We’re also impressed with the midsole cushioning which delivers energy return while an integrated torsion spring gives excellent support during landing and take-off. Power, cushioning and comfort. We like. You can also use them as triathlon shoes, in case you decide to participate in this challenging race.
Stretch, comfort and energy return make these great longer distance shoes
Power boost doesn’t come cheap – these are at the top end of our budget
Engineered mesh upper
Lightweight heel counter
Energy foam midsole
Midsole shaped for neutral foot
Carbon rubber outsole
For a neutral running shoe that can step it up, we think the Forever Floatride is a bit of a bargain. All the main spec you would expect in a neutral running shoe, just don’t expect any fancy frills. This is a straight-up running shoe that will take a neutral runner happily out on the road to eat up the miles.
The upper is made from an engineered mesh that while breathable, could get a little bogged in wetter weather. But aside from that, there’s a lot to like. A heel counter for locked-in stability, Floatride energy foam for responsive cushioning and a midsole engineered to support the neutral foot movement. In short, a cool pair of men’s neutral running shoes that give you a comfortable and durable ride. For more comfortable footwear like this, check out our guide to the best running shoes for underpronation.
A straightforward neutral running shoe that gets on with the job
Material is lightweight so not really a bad weather ride
Lightweight Flyknit upper
React foam midsole
Molded heel for stability
Retro 90s design
At the top end of our best neutral running shoes review, Nike’s Epic React is also our Premium Pick. Lightweight yet robust, the comfort is at a lux-level, thanks to the React technology that runs throughout the shoe. The React foam is both soft and springy, without costing you anything in terms of foot stability and support. This makes the Epic React your perfect running bud – the more you put into your stride, the more energy you get back in return. Meanwhile, the Flyknit upper has plenty of stretch and allows air to flow while you run. Plus, the molded heel keeps your foot stable as you move, at any speed. For more great sports footwear, check out our reviews of the best cross training shoes.
Premium comfort and energy return to keep your stride on track
Cool 90s retro styling in a good choice of colorways
For all this comfort and styling, you’re going to have to up your budget
Lightweight mesh upper
Flywire cables for support
Notched bootie construction
ZoomX midsole cushioning
Yes, these are neutral running beauties, but this is Nike, so they are much more than eye-candy. The Zoom Pegasus are high-performing neutral running trainers which will add comfort and energy to every run. Built for elite runners, you get a hardworking pair of mesh running shoes for your money.
So, what do you get for your dollar? A mesh upper that has flywire cables for lockdown support and increased stability as you run, a notched bootie construction for a secure fit and Nike’s ZoomX foam for premium energy return. We also like the heel collar that tapers away from the foot for a better fit at the Achilles and a beveled heel/raised toe for smooth stride transitions. And for all their good looks they are durable too, thanks to the waffled traction pattern under foot. For those of you who are just starting, check out our top picks of the best running shoes for beginners.
You get premium comfort and energy release
A good shoe for a range of running surfaces
They are on the expensive side
Synthetic mesh upper
Bungee lacing system
Choice of 14 colorways
As a casual neutral running shoe, the New Balance ROAV can also be a good running trainer for the enthusiastic junior runner in your life.
You get a good running shoe for your money that gives enough comfort and support for day-to-day running or casual wear. With a synthetic mesh upper and a chunky rubber sole, you get the right level of balance, support and breathability, whether in the run or walk. The bungee-style lace up means they are quick to get on and off while still keeping the foot secure. While these neutral running shoes may not have the tech spec when it comes to cushioning and energy release, they are comfortable and give a nice, springy step as you go about your training. You may also like some of the best parkour shoes from our list, so be sure to check them out.
A good value and comfortable every-day running shoe
Might not be tough enough for serious, long-distance training
Engineered Flyknit upper
Elastic yarns for secure fit
Nike React foam technology
Heel cage and TPU heel clip
Curved rubber outsole
If you’re neutral runner that needs a little more wedge to counter high arches or slight supination or simply fancy a cool pair of neutral running shoes, then check out the Epic React from Nike.
Slim, sleek and with a nice curve to the supportive outsole, the comfort and responsive factor of the Epic React runs high. The result is a super-soft ride that supports as you train hard. The Flyknit upper has elastic yarns gently pulling in the bootie for a comfortable fit. Inside you get the Nike React foam technology, that bounces back after each step. Underfoot, you get a spongy rubber outsole that gives good traction on the ground, while the heel cage and TPU heel clip keeps everything where it should be throughout the transitions of your stride. You may also like some of the best zero drop running shoes from our list, so be sure to check them out.
Super lightweight neutral shoe with excellent arch and foot support
They are slim, so look at maybe sizing up if you have wider feet
Mesh upper with synthetic overlays
V-molded heel and grip pads
Choice of 8 colorways
If the thought of running on clouds appeals, then we think this neutral running shoe from On Running could well be for you!
With its synthetic mesh upper and distinct toe curved outsole, the Cloud is quite a substantial neutral running shoe that hugs your foot for a secure and stable feel. But it’s the outsole where the cloud-like pledge comes in. A nice wedge throughout the length of the foot, with a curl at the toe to smooth the transition between each stride, the standout feature are the chunk gaps inside the rubber. This CloudTec gives the cushioning and energy release you need to keep clocking up those miles. All these features might make you want to become a lifetime runner. The innovative shape, which also includes grip pads and a central channel, also makes the Cloud a good neutral running shoe for pretty much all terrains.
You get cloud-like running thanks to the innovative outsole design
Suitable to be used on all terrains
Could benefit from a little more arch support
Synthetic and mesh upper
Slip-on design with added laces
ReVlite memory sole insert
Molded rubber outsole
In a wide range of colors
Our Best Value pick is a comfortable neutral running shoe that will look good both on and off the track. The FuelCore Nergize is easy to wear, giving long-lasting comfort, with a slip-on shape and optional lacing for extra foot security when the race is on. Made from a synthetic and mesh upper they are also lightweight and breathable.
From a performance point of view, they will keep you in a comfortable running position. Inside you get New Balance’s signature ReVlite cushioning in the midsole which is nicely responsive and gives a decent spring to every step. While perhaps not for serious training or the competitive neutral running athlete, the FuelCore can step up for your daily jog. If you are also a trail runner, be sure to check out our reviews of the best trail running shoes for women.
A great priced, comfortable shoe that can be worn for sport or casual
Perhaps not supportive enough for intense or long-distance running
Flat-knit mesh upper for breathability
Upper yarn heats up to hold its shape
DNA midsole cushioning for comfort
Curved rubber outsole
Crash heel pad for stability
For everyday fitness, the Brooks Revel 2 is going to keep you both comfortable and looking good.
These neutral running shoes are a good bet for the gym bag or locker as they are versatile enough for a range of training activities while giving targeted foot support for the neutral-style runner. They are priced well too and offer quality design and spec for the money. The upper has a nice flat knit, that features heat activated yarns to keep its shape while allowing your feet to breathe. The midsole’s DNA cushioning also adapts to your feet for comfort and energy return while a heel ‘crash pad’ supports smooth transitions in your stride. All-in-all a comfortable neutral training shoe that knows its job and will keep you style and feet cool.
An excellent all-round sports shoe for the neutral runner
Breathable upper that also holds its shape for longer
The toe is a little on the snug side so check your size for the right fit
Neutral Running Shoe Buying Guide
How We Chose Our Selection Of Neutral Running Shoes
To ensure you pick the right pair of neutral running trainers, we used the following criteria for our best neutral running shoes list, so that you know our selection is top-rated.
Reviews - you can’t beat the first-hand experience, so we know all our final best neutral running shoe heroes are totally tried and tested.
Brand - quality and reputation matter when it comes to your running so we’ve selected brands that we know can deliver.
Price - you don’t have to bust the bank to get a quality running shoe, so we’ve looked at neutral running shoes to fit all budgets. All the training shoes in our review have been chosen based on value for money when it comes to performance and durability.
Features To Look For In Neutral Running Shoes
Here are the main features to look for in quality neutral running shoes:
Comfort - A good fit is a no-brainer for all running sneakers, and with neutral running trainers this should be your priority. Uncomfortable shoes are going to knock you off your stride and can cause problems long-term with your feet. Ensure the toe box allows enough room for your feet and that the whole shoe is not too narrow. If you’re in any doubt, get a professional to measure your feet before you buy.
Grip - Traction with the ground, in a range of conditions, is a key feature of any neutral running shoe. Look for a flexible outsole that has the tread and grip you need to keep connected.
Support - If you are the right fit for neutral running trainers, then chances are you have a little problem with high arches or flat feet that require a specialized form of foot support. Neutral shoes are designed to provide you with a neutral level of support, but it should still be there. Look for cushioning on the footbed and insoles as well as shock absorbency, especially in the outsole, which should also be light and durable, giving you good contact with the ground.
Stability - Stability is important for the neutral runner as it’s needed to keep the ankles from rolling and the whole foot secure in the shoe. Look for a decent midfoot structure and sufficient side padding and ankle cuff, as well as medial (arch side) support.
Durability - With the miles you eat up underfoot, durability in a neutral running shoe is essential to keep you out on the road. Look for a lightweight running shoe that’s made from robust and water-resistant materials and has a durable outsole that won’t wear out after a few tough training sessions.
Breathability - Sufficient airflow to the feet is essential in any running shoe, and the neutral sneaker is no exception. Look for breathable fabrics and venting designs in the shoe to let the air circulate and allow heat to escape. Inner sock liners can also keep things sweet.
Shock Absorption - As a neutral runner, you still need to protect your feet and body from the repeated impact from the ground. Look for superior shock absorption capabilities in your ideal neutral running shoe, especially cushioning in the mid-foot. These can include gel cushioning, air cushioning, and EVA sole support.