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Best Neutral Running Shoes

Being a Neutral Runner, you likely find yourself as a runner with a high arch height, and you typically fall into the category of an under-pronator foot stride, which really means that your foot rolls slightly to the inside or even to the outside. The best neutral running shoes are designed to work with your running style, not change it. Notice that being a Neutral runner is not BAD, it just causes different stresses to your leg muscles and different impact points on the shoe when compared to other types of runners.

How are the Best Neutral Running Shoes designed?

The design of the best neutral running shoes concentrates on placing cushioning along the outside of the running shoe to help absorb any outward roll of your foot, in addition to being able to put a lot of cushioning in the heel because your foot doesn’t roll too far inwards.

Neutral running shoes are also called Cushioned running shoes by most shoe companies and shoe stores. Because the shoes don’t need to be too stiff to support heavy inward pronation, the shoes can be designed with more cushioning and still be the same weight as other types of running shoes. The best neutral running shoes have no need for bulky cushioning on the inner part of the shoe because there is no excessive inward rolling taking place.

Below are the best neutral running shoes on the market right now. See our price comparison of online running shoe retailers and read our review to determine which will be the best neutral running shoe for you.

Best Neutral Running Shoes

1. Brooks Ghost 6

The latest edition in the Brooks Ghost series isn’t actually lighter than the previous version. But the new Ghost 6 FEELS lighter — which is just one of the things that has runners clamoring for it. Of course, popularity isn’t a new concept for the Ghost designers. The Ghost 6 is the fourth consecutive shoe in the series to win the "Editor’s Choice" award from Runner’s World. It’s a tradition based largely on the “Ghost way” of elite cushioning and comfort.


2. Asics GEL-Cumulus 15

Bringing home the Runner's World Editors Choice for Summer 2013 wasn't much of a shock for the Asics GEL-Cumulus 15, it has always been a solid neutral running shoe, but this year it even won it over it's more expensive big brother the Asics GEL-Nimbus 15.


3. Nike Flyknit Lunar1+

In a way, the Nike Flyknit Lunar1+ is all about "more." It’s more light, more comfortable, more snug and more ballyhooed than most other neutral running shoes. If you’re OK with this combination of factors, you likely will be thrilled with this cutting-edge tool for high-arched neutral runners.


4. Brooks Glycerin 11

The Brooks Glycerin shoe series for high-arched runners just keeps getting more innovative, more personalized for each user and more expensive. The Glycerin 11 isn’t one of the lightest or most flexible neutral shoes around, but it’s certainly one of the most impressive — especially for heavier runners.


5. Asics GEL-Nimbus 15

The Asics GEL-Nimbus 15 gained some weight this year with the new FluidRide midsole, but that added even more cushioning to up the comfort factor even beyond what we've been used to in the Nimbus series of neutral running shoes.

Jeremy Zerr

Founder of Running Shoes Expert, lead running shoe reviewer and software entrepreneur focused on making software tools for affiliate marketers.

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Comments

  1. Deepty Ranjan says:

    i need a shoes that may last for a longer period. i had used adidas, nike, reebok but unfortunately it does not work for a longer time their maximum time is 5months please suggest me a better one

  2. Bobby Clark says:

    Deepty- Running shoes normally do not last very long. It is suggested to replace the shoes anywhere between 300-500 miles. If your shoes are wearing out before then, then you are wearing the wrong type of shoe for your foot. If you are wearing the wrong type of shoe for your foot, the shoes will wear out very quickly, but if you are wearing a shoe suited for the type of foot you have, they should last at least 300 miles, probably longer.

  3. Sam says:

    A little advice, please. 47 y/o male. 5’9″, 185 pounds. Never a tremendous runner, but have done it to stay in shape and completed two mini-marathons. Neither was easy. Have had meniscus surgery on both knees 15 months ago and can do a bit of running and am starting to feel like it’s time to do it more frequently. I am familiar with training but do not know about shoes. Underpronator with relatively heavy heel strike. Want something that will help keep my knees from hurting and let me get back in to the run game at least a little bit. Willing to spend upwards of $200. Hope to hear from people who know more than I do.

  4. Sam says:

    Oh, medium arch as well.

  5. Richard Svoboda says:

    Sam:
    I just purchases Brooks Ghost 4 $100 and love them. They are light weight and very breathable. I highly recommed you to go to a running store and talk to someone, bring your old running shoes and they will help you find the best pair. You need not spend a lot and any store will work with you. You should put about 500 miles on your shoes before buying new. It seems that’s not very long but believe me it worth saving the wear and tear on your ankles, knees and hips.