7 best men’s running shoes for stepping comfortably into spring

Kelsey Chapman
Friday 29 January 2021 11:00
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With the new year’s renewed commitment to fitness well underway for many, the time has come to upgrade your running or workout shoes. 

We looked at the current options for men across all the major sneaker brands to see what styles look great, feel even better, and utilize sustainable materials and construction to give you the best shoe. Whether you’re a flashy type who wants to wear something bright and fun on your feet or prefer timeless styles that won’t clash with your overall look, there’s a shoe for you here to put a spring in your step with flair. 

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Adidas Ultraboost 20 Shoes

A Primeknit textile upper gives this sleek shoe a sock-like fit, while the midsole boost adds spring to your step. Body-mapped support zones and stretch zones are tailor-made for runners’ needs. We’re also huge fans of the muted color scheme set off by bright orange and camo details. 97% of more than 9,000 reviewers recommend these shoes, with nearly all citing their comfort and quality as top-notch. 

Nike Quest 3

These top-rated newbies from Nike may come in seven different colors, but we love the sky blue option seen here for spring. These promise to “functional versatility for the committed runner” by providing a streamlined design that uses multiple layers of material to keep your feet cool and comfortable. 

As one wearer reports, “I maintain a daily work schedule of 30k steps of walking. These are great for running, walking, sprinting, jumping, etc.” The under $100 price tag is nice, too. 

Gel-Nimbus Lite

The Asics Gel-Nimbus technology provides perfecting footing for runners perfect cushioning in the soles while the body remains light for comfort. Also wonderful is the company’s commitment to sustainability, as seen in the recycled materials used to build this shoe as well as reduced resources used to create it to further their eco-conscious goals. The neon green and blue color combo is especially eye-catching, so snag a pair before they (like so many other new designs have already) sell out. 

Calibrate Runner Mono Men’s Shoes

As some of the most stylish new kicks out there right now, these won’t last long before they’re snapped up by fashionable sneakerheads everywhere.  Aside from their gorgeous design, Puma promises comfort and rebound under applied force as well as a knit upper to fit like a sock and high-tech rubber to give traction and absorb shock without slowing you down. 

Nike Air Max 270 trainers in triple red

You already know Nike is one of the go-to brands for hot shoes, but these take it to the next level with their fiery, bold color and retro-futuristic detailing that works from morning run to runway. These are, like the above, made largely with sustainable materials for the fashion and eco-conscious buyer. 

Forever Floatride Energy 2 Men’s Running Shoes

These more classic-looking Reeboks are perfect for the guy who doesn’t want to make a scene while getting in his miles. The muted grey and white tones are neutral enough to transition from workout to daily wear while maintaining a sharp style, and an ultra responsive sole featuring the company’s patented Floatride Energy Foam makes them easy to move around in all day long. 

Men’s Tree Dashers

With a supportive dual-density sugarcane midsole and flexbility that conforms to your every move, the Allbirds Tree Dashers are a great basic choice for men who need high performance but want their carbon footprint to stay low.

One happy buyer claims, “I have had hundreds of running sneakers over the years and these are the best. Period. Run true to size and feel great on the pavement and treadmill. Will be buying more.”

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