10 Best Running Shoes of 2024 [Daily Trainer Category]

Find the best daily trainers with our honest, hands-on reviews. This is your ultimate guide to the top running shoes of the year.

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We live and breathe running, outdoor adventure, and the lifestyle that comes with it. As a result, we’ve run countless miles in all the best running shoe brands – yes, this includes the best trail running shoes too.

Choosing the best running shoes can be confusing nowadays as there’s just so much choice available, and every review site will tell you something different when it comes to their favorite pair of running shoes whether that’s influenced by a brand, or the people themselves.

We stand behind every running shoe review we write, as it’s our reputation on the line if we tell you anything other than the whole truth about our experiences with the running gear we test and review, and because all our independent reviews are done in-house by myself or Helen, you can rest assured knowing you’re getting a consistent voice from people you can trust.

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This running shoe roundup includes the best shoes for running based on the results of our running shoe reviews over the last year. You won’t find cheap/budget running shoes on this list because we believe you should be buying comfortable and durable running shoes that last hundreds of miles, support your feet during training, and shoes that will help you get the most out of your daily training.

Don’t forget your running shoes should also bring you joy when you lace them up! Because when you’re loving what you’re doing, you’ll find it much easier to stay motivated to run, whenever your training plan requires it.

By the time you’ve read this best running shoes roundup you’ll have a much better sense of the right running shoes for you. If you have specific needs for your running shoes, just let me know in the comments below and I’ll get you hooked up with the best daily running shoes for you.

Brooks Ghost Max - Best Running Shoes in the daily trainer category

1. Brooks Ghost Max ($150)

Read my in-depth Brooks Ghost Max review / watch my video review

Fit: True to size | Width: Medium | Weight: 10.2 oz (289g) | Drop: 6mm

The Brooks Ghost MAX is my top recommendation for a daily training shoe for their unmatched cushioned support, making them a go-to for anything from daily jogs to recovery and long runs. They won a T&K Editor’s Choice Award, reflecting their excellent performance on the run and lasting durability. It’s rare to find a shoe that checks all the boxes for daily training, but the Ghost MAX managed to do it.

The fit is spot-on, with buying options for wide and extra-wide, should you foot shape require it. What sets these shoes apart for me, is their plush cushioning that doesn’t skimp on responsiveness, making them excellent long distance running shoes for marathon training and for those who need to get comfortable recovery miles in. They’re also surprisingly adept as walking shoes, thanks to their soft support and stable base.

At the core of the Ghost MAX’s appeal is the DNA Loft V2 midsole foam with a large stack height but moderately low drop, offering a cushioning that’s both soft and springy, maintaining its form and bounce over time. This balance of comfort, stability, and weight makes the Ghost MAX a solid choice for any runner, particularly those needing extra support.

On Cloudsurfer 7 - Best Running Shoes in the daily trainer category

2. On Cloudsurfer 7

Read my in-depth On Cloudsurfer 7 review / watch my video review

Fit: True to size | Width: Medium | Weight: 8.20 oz (232g) | Drop: 10mm

The On Cloudsurfer 7 has that bouncy, fun feeling that has clearly been difficult for other brands to replicate. They have so much cushioning, comfort, and the durability has been improved over previous versions.

They’ll have you running faster than your current cardio may be used to, because of the new CloudTec Phase midsole and comfortable fit that makes you feel like going much faster.

The On Cloudsurfer’s engineered mesh delivers the perfect balance of breathability and hold. The upper supports the forefoot nicely as you transition from soft landing into explosive take-off.

When you push the pace, the re-engineered Cloudsurfer shoe definitely keeps up. Prepare to spend more time on the road because you’re going to have a lot of fun running in these On brand shoes, there’s no doubt about it, they are a classic On shoe for good reason! SO MUCH LOVE for the Cloudsurfer 7!

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3. New Balance 1080 v13

Read my in-depth New Balance 1080 v13 review / watch my video review

Fit: True to size | Width: Medium | Weight: 9.3oz / 263g | Drop: 6mm

The New Balance 1080 v13 is a versatile and cushioned daily trainer designed for total comfort and support. Weighing 9.3oz, it features a super plush Fresh Foam X midsole that offers a soft yet responsive ride. The 6mm drop helps aid proper biomechanics for running, walking or standing around all day, and thanks to a well designed upper, the fit is snug and supportive. Wide and extra-wide options are also available.

The breathable upper, traditional lacing system, and durable Ndurance rubber outsole make it suitable for various running conditions and distances. This shoe is ideal for daily training, recovery runs, and walking, providing excellent comfort and support for long periods. Older runners will also appreciate how plush and gentle they are on the knees – dreamy!

Hoka Clifton 9 - Best Running Shoes in the daily trainer category

4. Hoka Clifton 9

Read my in-depth Hoka Clifton 9 review / watch my video review

Fit: True to size | Width: Medium | Weight: 8.7oz / 247g | Drop: 5mm

The latest in the award-winning Clifton franchise, the Hoka Clifton 9 continues to deliver that sweet combination of soft cushioning underfoot, while remaining responsive, remarkably lightweight and stable.

Made with an even lighter, more responsive EVA midsole foam and the same ride characteristics as its predecessor, these relatively low-drop shoes have a streamlined silhouette and updated breathable 1-piece engineered mesh knit upper.

That articulated heel support at the rear that was introduced in the Clifton is still there and I love them for it, especially when combined with that relatively low 5mm heel-to-toe drop which encourages a proper running form, and those with achilles tendinitis issues will praise the running gods for this feature.

Hoka also makes extremely good trail running shoes – read our trail running shoes buyer’s guide next to learn more about our top picks in that category including the best trail shoe right now which happens to be a HOKA trail shoe.

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5. Nike Pegasus 41

Read my in-depth Nike Pegasus 41 review / watch my video review

Fit: True to size | Width: Medium | Weight: 10oz / 283g | Drop: 10mm

The Nike Pegasus 41 is an excellent daily trainer built to handle various running needs. Weighing 10 ounces for a US men’s size 9, it features a ReactX foam midsole with two Air Zoom units, providing a balanced mix of cushioning and responsiveness for runs up to 10 km and even some tempo runs. The durable waffle-pattern outsole enhances traction and flexibility, making it suitable for multiple surfaces.

The Pegasus 41 fits true to size with a medium width, offering a snug yet comfortable feel right out of the box. The breathable, stretchy upper and well-padded tongue and collar ensure comfort and a secure fit, reducing the risk of blisters during longer runs. Reflective detailing around the heel and front enhances visibility in low-light conditions, adding a safety feature for evening runs.

While its 10mm drop and neutral support may not suit those needing additional stability, and its weight is not the lightest, the Pegasus 41 remains a versatile choice for many. Priced at $140, it offers great value for a reliable, cushioned, and comfortable daily trainer that performs well across various runs and even as a lifestyle shoe.

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6. On Cloudeclipse

Read my in-depth On Cloudeclipse review / watch my video review

Fit: True to size | Width: Medium – wide | Weight: 9.8 oz / 278g | Drop: 6mm

Every year On seems to release a a few new models of running shoes that shuffle up the top 3 rankings in my ‘Best On Running Shoes roundup‘, and the Cloudeclipse is the latest to do it. It’s also one of my top recommended On Cloud shoes for walking.

The On Cloudeclipse was an instant hit for me, for the way it blended the best parts of 3 of my favorite On running shoes, the Cloudsurfer 7, Cloudrunner, and Cloudmonster (more on that in my full review linked above). One of their biggest draws is the double layer of CloudTec Phase cushioning, which provides a plush and comfortable experience, especially for those longer runs, and thanks to the X-shaped speedboard under the midsole, this shoe is also very stable and responsive.

The dual-layer upper material manages to balance fit and breathability very well, ensuring your feet remain secure and ventilated. Those with a larger build will particularly love the high stack full of cushioning, and the fit lends itself to those with medium or wide feet, so we highly recommended these running shoes for wide feet too. The On Cloudeclipse is an excellent daily training shoe (and long run shoe) for runners who value comfort, stability, sustainability, a broader fit, and joy on their runs.

Brooks Ghost 16 - Best Running Shoes in the daily trainer category

7. Brooks Ghost 16

Read my in-depth Brooks Ghost 16 review / watch my video review

Fit: True to size | Width: Medium | Weight: 9.6oz (272g) | Drop: 12mm

The Brooks Ghost 16 combines comfort and performance, making it a go-to choice for both new and intermediate runners – it’s also one of my favorite daily trainers. They are well-suited for daily mileage accumulation and are also great walking shoes, thanks to their cushioning and comfort; yes you can wear running shoes for walking, and we advise it.

The Ghost 16 sports a new engineered air mesh upper and new DNA LOFT v3 cushioning, creating a ride that’s plush yet responsive, which is ideal for various paces and distances. This model shines for its commitment to sustainability, featuring recycled materials in its design. It’s a thoughtful touch that speaks to runners who value eco-conscious choices in their gear.

With a price point of $140 from brooksrunning.com, the Ghost 16 offers great value, combining Brooks performance with affordability, a common theme with this brand. These cushioned running shoes accommodate different foot shapes and needs well, and you can also pick them up in a narrow, or 2 ‘wide’ fit options, proving why it’s one of the Brooks running shoe options out there based on popularity alone.

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8. Saucony Triumph 22

Read my in-depth Saucony Triumph 22 review / watch my video review

Fit: True to size | Width: Medium-wide | Weight: 10.5oz / 298g | Drop: 10mm

The Saucony Triumph 22 is a plush daily trainer designed for comfort and support. Weighing 10.5 ounces, it features a PWRRUN PB midsole that delivers excellent cushioning and responsiveness. The medium width toe box and supportive cushioning make it suitable for easy runs and everyday wear.

At $160, the Triumph 22 offers good value for its comfort and versatility. Its breathable upper, gusseted tongue, and cushioned heel provide a secure and comfortable fit, while the rubber outsole enhances durability and grip. This shoe is ideal for those who need a supportive and cushioned ride, whether for running or all-day wear.

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9. Asics Gel Cumulus 26

Read my in-depth Asics Gel Cumulus 26 review / watch our video review

Fit: True to size | Width: Medium-wide | Weight: 9oz / 255g | Drop: 8mm

The Asics Gel Cumulus 26 is a versatile and cushioned daily trainer designed for a wide range of runners. It features PureGel cushioning in the heel and FF Blast Plus cushioning towards the toe. The 8mm drop and medium width ensure a comfortable fit, with wide options available.

At $140, the Cumulus 26 is a well-priced, reliable choice. The breathable engineered mesh upper and stretchy laces provide a snug fit, while the outsole offers great traction. This shoe is ideal for everyday road running and distances up to a half marathon, providing ample cushioning and support.

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10. Altra Torin 7

Read our in-depth Altra Torin 7 review / watch our video review

Fit: True to size | Width: Medium | Weight: 9.8oz / 278g | Drop: 0mm

The Altra Torin 7 is designed for runners seeking a daily trainer that balances zero-drop natural running with high cushioning for a plush, comfortable ride. The zero-drop design encourages a natural midfoot or forefoot strike, while the shape of the toe box allows for natural toe splay. The shoe is also available in a wide version in the blue colorway.

The Torin 7’s tongue and heel are well-padded, ensuring a secure fit without rubbing, no matter how far you’re running, and the outsole offers reliable traction in various conditions.


WANT TO TRY TRAIL RUNNING? Read our Trail Running Guide for Beginners next and then our best trail running shoes buyer’s guide.

Alastair
Alastairhttps://www.trailandkale.com
As the founder of Trail & Kale, and seasoned marathoner & ultrarunner, Alastair loves bringing our readers independent running shoe reviews and gear insights to help you run your best. Learn more about Trail & Kale here.

17 COMMENTS

  1. I’m sorry to point out the mistake, but the Brooks Ghost are neutral shoes, not support ones. Either way, they are extremely comfortable and easily the best shoes I’ve ran in!

    • Hey Frede,
      You’re absolutely right! What I was meaning to say is that they offer excellent underfoot cushioning support, I’m going to edit the post to make that clearer. Thanks for making the comment and keep running happy in the Ghost 11’s 🙂
      -Alastair

  2. For me Saucony brand is the best,Its good for any distance,Ive been using for Saucony from 2014 until 2018,Unfotunately nothing anymore here in Qatar,Im happy to wore that brand since all my race from short to long distance I’m belong to the Top 3,Hopefully Saucony brand will explore again in Qatar.

  3. Hi there and thanks for the recommendations! I just bit the bullet and bought the Vaporfly 4% (I absolutely love my regular Zoom Flys – but finding them is like searching for a unicorn these days!!!) – I chafed at the price but I have to say that my first run in them was MAGIC! All I could think while running was “I am bouncing!”, but as light as they felt, I also felt good support in my forefoot which is critical to me.

    One note – I think you need to check your gram to ounce conversion on that one . . . 195 grams is NOT 10.75 oz.

  4. Why doesnt Mizuno Prophecy make it to any list. I have run in a lot of shoes (asics nimbus, adidas ultraboost, brooks ghost etc.) and these are my by far the most favourites. Is it because of the price? I dont get it!

  5. I am looking for a Waterproof shoe for walking and for short runs that is also breathable during summer heat. Not sure if I have wide feet. Which one do you recommend?

    • Hi Mark,

      By the very nature of how waterproof running shoes keep water out, they’re unfortunately not very breathable.

      With that in mind, I would recommend having a think about which is more important; dry feet on heavy rain days (I wouldn’t worry about getting waterproof GTX shoes in light rain or drizzle), or nicely regulated temperature for your feet during your runs.

      -A

      • I understand. Thank you. For long distance walking (also short distance running) in heavy rain on roads, would you recommend Challenger 7 GTX or Nike Pegasus Trail 4, or any other shoe?

        How do Nike Invincible 3, Clifton 9, or Bondi 8 perform in those conditions?

        • If you will be doing things in heavy rain then go for GTX – and yes the Chellenger 7 GTX is a good choice.

          Out of these three shoes: Nike Invincible 3, Clifton 9, or Bondi 8, the Clifton 9 is easily the best choice.

  6. Thank you. At times, I walk in heavy rain occasionally to run errands. Other times, after a heavy rain, I sometimes have to walk in puddles on the sidewalk.

    Can Clifton 9 withstand it, or should I go for GTX? Or any other brand On Running is recommended?

  7. Hi Alastair,

    Which one do you recommend for long walking and occasionally short runs on the road in heavy rains? Nike Pegasus Trail 4 GTX or Challenger 7 GTX?

    Is Clifton 9 or On Cloudmonster better for long walks and occasional short runs? Which of them can withstand if in the event they are submerged in a puddle on the sidewalk after a heavy rain?

  8. Hoka Rocket X2s are my track trainer for speed work intervals. The sweet spot on the forefoot is incredibly responsive and perfect for masters sprinters who need a bit of protection/ cushioning. I bought them same time with the Nike Vaporfly 3s, sent back the Nikes and kept the Hokas.

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