5 Best Tempo Running Shoes For Speed Training In 2024

These are the best running shoes that will help you run faster on tempo runs, speed intervals and fartlek training sessions.


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Welcome to our roundup of the best tempo running shoes of 2024. If you’re serious about your run training and want to find a shoe to help you get the most out of those faster paced tempo runs as well as other speed training such as intervals and fartlek sessions, then one of these pairs of running shoes are going to become your new best friend for when you’re training to run faster.

Not just that, but you can also wear many of these shoes on your race day to help you run faster and reach for a new PR, whether you’re running 5k, 10k, a half marathon or full marathon. If you have the budget, and want to get the most performance out of your race day, however, read our carbon plate super shoes roundup next.

Every shoe on this list has been tested and reviewed by myself, as such I have a detailed understanding of how they compare to one another, in terms of performance, comfort, support, and stability.

Best Tempo Running Shoes For Speed Training

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So, whether you’re a competitive racer or a dedicated non elite runner like myself, each one of these tempo running shoes can give you that extra edge you need for your tempo runs and speed training sessions that will help you get fitter, faster, improve metrics such as your Vo2 Max, and ultimately score new PRs when you get to race day.

If you’re looking at training for a race and need a training plan to follow, head over to our training plans homepage to choose from our free downloadable pdf training plans for 5ks, 10ks, half marathons, marathons and even a 50k+ ultramarathon – we have developed these plans and tested them ourselves to ensure the get the most out of you without the risk of picking up an injury.

Saucony Endorphin Speed 4 - Best Tempo Running Shoes For Speed Training  In 2024

1. Saucony Endorphin Speed 4

Read our in-depth Saucony Endorphin Speed 4 review / watch our video review on Youtube

Fit: True to size | Width: Medium | Weight: 8.5oz / 240g | Drop: 8mm

The Saucony Endorphin Speed 4 is a versatile tempo running shoe designed for daily training, tempo runs, interval sessions, and race day. While not a carbon fiber plate shoe, it features a winged nylon plate which delivers an excellent balance of cushioning and responsiveness at a significantly lower price point.

The Endorphin Speed 4 is an excellent value shoe for those that love to run fast, especially given its breathable upper and roomy toe box, ensuring comfort even when your feet heat up (like your pace!). While it runs true to size, those with wide feet may want to stick with their usual size, while those at the lower end of their size range may consider sizing down. The shoe’s lightweight design and enhanced stability make it an excellent choice for a wide range of training sessions and races.

On Cloudmonster 2 - Best Tempo Running Shoes For Speed Training  In 2024

2. On Cloudmonster 2

Read our in-depth Cloudmonster 2 review / watch our video review on Youtube

Fit: Runs large | Width: Wider than average | Weight: 10.2oz / 289g | Drop: 6mm

The On Cloudmonster 2 is a versatile and stable running shoe designed for everyday training as well as tempo runs and speedwork. The Cloudmonster 2 offers a breathable upper, a snug lacing system, and with its medium-cushioned midsole offers good stability, comfort and support.

It has a relatively wide fit, which means it appeals to runners with broader feet and runners with regular width feet may need to go down a half-size to get the best fit.

DRAWBACKS: Despite being firmer in the midsole than its predecessor, the Cloudmonster 2 remains a solid choice for runners seeking a stable and supportive shoe you can wear everyday training as well as for tempo runs. If you prefer an even firmer ride in your speed work, also check out the On Cloudflow 4.

HOKA Mach 6

3. HOKA Mach 6

Read our in-depth HOKA Mach 6 review / watch our video review on Youtube

Fit: True to size | Width: Medium | Weight: 7.8oz / 221g | Drop: 5mm

The HOKA Mach 6 is a fantastic tempo running shoe, ideal for those looking to enhance their speed without sacrificing comfort. One of the lighter shoes on this list, it features a supercritical foam midsole that delivers a responsive ride with moderate cushioning. The 5mm drop supports a natural running posture, while the medium-width toe box ensures a comfortable fit.

The Mach 6’s breathable Creel jacquard mesh upper provides for great ventilation to help keep your feet relatively cool and dry, and I’m a big fan of the articulated heel counter, which helps ensure heel comfort, keeping the shoe away from Achilles.

DRAWBACKS: As noted in my review, the tongue design could be improved to prevent slipping during runs but this is a minor issue.

New Balance Rebel v4

4. New Balance Rebel v4

Read our in-depth New Balance Rebel v4 review / watch our video review on Youtube

Fit: True to size | Width: Medium | Weight: 7.5oz / 212g | Drop: 6mm

The New Balance FuelCell Rebel V4 is a superb choice for tempo runs, speedwork, and race days ranging from 5K to half marathon distances. These lightweight running shoes feature a very comfortable, responsive midsole that strikes the sweet spot between cushioning and effective propulsion for those faster run efforts.

The Rebel v4’s mesh upper offers a high degree of ventilation, making it ideal for keeping your feet comforable when running in warm weather. The simple yet secure lacing system and medium width toe box provide a comfortable fit, while the strategically placed rubber outsole offers excellent traction and durability without weighing you down.

DRAWBACKS: The minimalist foam tongue requires careful handling to ensure its longevity and the thin (highly breathable!) mesh upper might not withstand heavy use during harsh weather conditions.

Brooks Hyperion Max

5. Brooks Hyperion Max

Read our in-depth Brooks Hyperion Max review

Fit: True to size | Width: Medium | Weight: 7.2oz / 204g | Drop: 8mm

The Brooks Hyperion Max is built for runners seeking a responsive, performance-oriented shoe. This lightweight running shoe features a Nitrogen-Infused DNA Flash midsole that delivers medium cushioning with a lively, firm ride, while the 8mm drop and rockered profile enhance stride efficiency, making transitions from heel to toe smooth and rapid.

The Hyperion Max is a versatile option for racing, speedwork, and daily training, making it a great choice if you want one shoe that does it all. Its breathable mesh upper provides excellent ventilation, while the high-traction rubber outsole ensures reliable grip in various weather conditions.

DRAWBACKS: While the Hyperion Max is lightweight and responsive, it lacks the bouncy feel some runners may prefer but that’s not to say it isn’t fast, because it is!

Thanks for reading this Best Tempo Running Shoes roundup, if you’re still not sure which shoes will be best for you speed training, OR you have specific needs or requirements, just let me know in the comments and I’ll get you hooked up with the best running shoes for you. See you out there! -Alastair

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.


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