10 Best Running Shoes of 2021

Whether you’re breaking records or just starting out, here’s a list of top running shoes of 2021.

Let nothing hold you back when you set out on your next run. Whether you’re logging miles at home or getting out there on the pavement, there’s a good running shoe for you. And while there’s a lot that goes into choosing the right running shoe or the best treadmill shoe, we rounded up the top 10 styles from  two key categories: stability and neutral running shoes.

Reference the chart below to help assess your gait, then browse these top running shoes.

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Best Neutral Running Shoes

Neutral shoes are designed for runners with an average gait or higher arches who may not need stiffer support. These shoes typically allow for foot flex, enhancing your natural running pattern.

HOKA ONE ONE Clifton 8

Hoka One One Clifton 8 running shoes

With an updated plush upper for comfort, fresh new colors and a curved midsole, the HOKA ONE ONE Clifton 8 is ready to take flight. Engineered for performance and designed for a smooth and stable ride, this HOKA ONE ONE shoe is made with strategic high-abrasion rubber zones to reduce the weight of the shoe. This shoe provides that signature HOKA ONE ONE versatility and stability you love, but with a better-than-ever fit. Plus, the Clifton 8 is made with signature lightweight HOKA ONE ONE cushioning that helps provide ultimate speed. The soft and light combo can make running mile after mile a breeze. 

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Brooks Ghost 14

Brooks Ghost 14 running shoes

Ready to take on mile after mile? This fresh take on a Brooks favorite still includes the collection’s most-loved feature: full-length DNA Loft cushioning, which help ensure comfort and durability. Plus, they boast a soft, secure fit. The Ghost 14 is updated with fewer midsole pieces to help create a seamless, smooth ride. They’re complete with a mesh upper that practically disappears on your foot and flex grooves, which optimize forefoot flexibility. The Ghost series is well-loved and perfect for pounding the pavement or taking on the treadmill. 

Shop the Brooks Ghost 14.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38

Nike pegasus 38 running shoes

Get dialed in with the updated Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38. These new neutral shoes feature a new sock liner for a padded, secure feel. Plus they boast breathability in key areas, thanks to its plush mesh upper. Their new webbed lacing system helps provide a customizable fit. Whether you’re on the track, pavement or treadmill, you can bet that these shoes will help bring the speed. Their full-length Zoom Air unit is made to provide a smooth, responsive, cushioned ride.

Shop the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38.

ASICS Gel-Nimbus 23

ASICS Gel-Nimbus 23

Enjoy the innovative design of the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 23. Their mesh upper is designed to provide superb ventilation, wrapping the foot and moving with you as you run. The upper is also constructed using at least 20 percent recycled material, so you can feel good about lacing up. They also feature comfortable GEL and FLYTEFOAM technologies for a lightweight ride and improved energy return in every step.

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New Balance 1080 v11

New Balance 1080 v11

Feel great on your run with New Balance’s latest version of an old favorite: the 1080 v11. These shoes are designed for unmatched comfort and a lightweight ride.  They feature a knit upper that helps provide strategic areas of stretch and support, Ultra Heel technology for a supportive fit and Ortholite cushioning. With these premium tech points, the New Balance 1080 v11 can truly feel like a customized fit.

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adidas Ultraboost 21

adidas Ultraboost 21

Push your run further with the adidas Ultraboost 21. Style meets speed with this newly updated shoe. Elevate your ride thanks to the 6 percent boost increase, the most boost ever featured in the Ultraboost line.These shoes boast premium cushioning, energy return and ultimate comfort for your next performance. Finally, the Linear Energy Push system helps increase forefoot and midfoot stiffness for an extra energy push in each step. Burst with energy in the adidas Ultaboost 21.

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Best Stability Running Shoes

Stability shoes can help counteract overpronation by lending added reinforcements, usually in the arch and heel areas of the foot. If you’re looking for some added support, a stability shoe may be for you.

HOKA ONE ONE Arahi 5

HOKA ONE ONE Arahi 5

Fly high with the HOKA ONE ONE Arahi 5. Designed for breathable comfort, a smooth ride and inherent stability, this shoe provides premium performance in a well-cushioned profile. These shoes have been updated with a firmer EVA J-Frame for that premier lightweight, supportive feel. Plus, the Arahi 5 boasts increased durability, thanks to their rubber outsole. Experience a refined, cushioned feel with the Arahi 5.

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Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21

Brooks GTS 21 running shoe

Step into your next run with Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21. The Adrenaline series has been trusted by runners everywhere for years — and it’s no wonder why. These shoes are designed to bring cushioned stability that doesn’t slow down, making them a great treadmill option. The streamlined, engineered mesh upper 3D Fit Print saddle pulls from the heel and wraps the midfoot for a secure fit. Plus, reviews often boast how comfortable and supportive they feel.

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ASICS GEL-Kayano 28

asics gel kayano 28 running shoe

Hit your next PR with the ASICS GEL-Kayano 28. They’re built to help keep you feeling supported in all the right places. These updated 28 shoes use FF Blast™ technology to provide cushioning and a smoother rebound. This update also places Dynamic Duomax technology around the heel cup to help reduce pronation and give you that signature ASICS stability. If you’re looking for a stable, lightweight feel, this could be for you.  

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ASICS GT-2000 9

ASICS GT 2000 9

The ASICS GT 2000 9 brings the fit, feel and performance you may be looking for. These shoes feature a molded forefoot cage and heel cup, along with an arch boost for a custom-like fit. Plus, there’s a support system that’s designed to provide arch support and help minimize impact as you’re hitting your stride. Complimenting the shoe’s stability is ultimate cushion. REARFOOT AND FOREFOOT GEL Technology helps lessen shock as you move through your gait cycle. If you’re looking for a shoe that’s designed to provide structural integrity, yet constant cushion, look no further.

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So, if you’re looking for the best running shoes for men or the best running shoes for women, you may just discover the perfect fit for your gait right here. Still searching for your ideal style? Check out the DICK’S Running Shoe Finder. Answer a few quick questions about your running habits and preferred fit, and the Running Shoe Finder will point you towards the perfect pair.

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