The pandemic took away contact sports for all of us, so we all had to find ways of staying in shape and feeding the competitive fire. Running, in general, has become very popular and long distance running is particularly well suited for those extra competitive types. So, the best long distance running shoes are important, especially for those less experienced runners that are just getting into the sport.
It’s actually more difficult than you may think to find a shoe that will last you many, many miles. There are so many boxes to check. Is the upper durable and comfortable? Does the midsole maintain cushioning over the long haul? Does the outsole grip in all conditions and last longer when running on hard surfaces?
Our testers here at WearTesters have put in many miles and hours in these shoes. They do it, so you don’t have to worry about purchasing a shoe and then not liking it. We’ve collected all those findings in one place, our list of the best long distance running shoes.
10+ Best Long Distance Running Shoes
- Best Long Distance Running Shoes for Everyday Use:
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Best Long Distance Running Shoes for Everyday Use:
Puma Deviate Nitro 2
The Puma Deviate Nitro 2 is a great all-around running shoe with the only concern being a narrower fit (though we hear a wide version might be coming soon). The Deviate Nitro 2 doesn’t feel great in terms of the initial step-in squish but feels amazing the more you run, and the faster you run. It feels great for long distances.
The Deviate Nitro 2 is a smooth ride with a cushion/plate combo that feels great during workouts and helps the legs recover quicker. The upper is extremely breathable and very comfortable. The outsole uses Puma Grip, the best rubber outsole compound currently available. The Deviate Nitro 2 is one shoe that can do it all and can tackle any long distance training runs or races. See the full review.
Fits: True to Size, Drop: 8mm, Price: $160
Saucony Endorphin Speed 3
The Saucony Endorphin Speed 3 is a near-perfect everyday long distance running shoe. It’s versatile enough to handle easy running, track work, tempo runs, and even races. The fit is excellent with impressive lockdown and stealthy but solid midfoot/arch support. The PWRRUN PB in the midsole is both plush and bouncy. It’s a well-cushioned, long-lasting ride ideal for any amount of mileage. The only small issue is some slippage in wet conditions. But that can be easily overlooked because the Endorphin Speed 3 is comfortable top-to-bottom and a true do-everything running shoe. Read the full review.
Fit: True to Size, Drop: 8mm, Price $170
New Balance FuelCell SC Trainer
The New Balance FuelCell SuperComp Trainer is a high-stack neutral training shoe perfect for long runs and minimizing wear and tear on tired legs. It packs massive amounts of FuelCell cushioning underneath one of the best uppers of the year. The engineered knit upper is comfortable and accommodating to all foot types. And while it’s a bit heavy, the SuperComp Trainer is more stable than a shoe this tall has any right to be. If you run long distances often and want to save your legs, or are a bigger, taller, or heavier runner, the plush, bouncy midsole of the SuperComp Trainer is well worth your consideration. Read the full review.
Fit: True to Size, Drop: 8mm, Price: $180
Brooks Glycerin 20
The Brooks Glycerin 20 is a comfortable, breathable, and versatile daily running shoe. The DNA Loft v3 midsole is plush and can easily handle long runs. The ride is super smooth and easy on the legs. It eats up miles and never bothers you in terms of fit or feel. The traction is durable and doesn’t slip in any conditions. Just don’t get the StealthFit version because the upper on the regular version is much better fitting and more comfortable. Read the full review.
Fit: True to Size, Drop: 10mm, Price $160
Asics GlideRide 3
The Asics GlideRide 3 is an impressive shoe. It’s soft as your foot lands and then provides a nice bounce as you push off into the next stride. The shape of the midsole makes the running motion super smooth, and the way the midsole is built adds a lot more stability than you’d expect on this type of shoe. To top it off, the upper is super plush and comfortable. Running one mile in this shoe feels just as good as running 20. It’s just that good. Overall, the combination of comfort, cushion, stability, and an ultra-smooth ride make the GlideRide 3 a shoe you’ll want to wear every day. Read the full review. Price: $150
Hoka Mach 5
The Hoka Mach 5 is a lightweight, bouncy, and comfortable shoe that works for short, long, and speedy runs. The Profly+ midsole is bouncy and does a great job with impact protection despite the mid-tier stack height. The upper is soft, widens at the forefoot, and allows very good airflow. The traction is great in all conditions, but the outsole is rubberized foam, so durability is an issue. It won’t be the longest-lasting shoe, but the Mach 5 is a shoe that feels great while you clock double-digit miles. Read the full review. Price: $140
Hoka Clifton 8
The Hoka Clifton 8 boasts something that a lot of shoes claim, but don’t have: actual comfort. The upper is soft and pillowy. The foam used for the midsole is also plush and squishy. There’s also a lot of rubber on the outsole, so you don’t have to worry about wearing them out super fast while you’re running those miles. This sneaker will check most boxes for most people looking for the best long distance running shoes. Price: $140
Asics Gel-Nimbus 24
The Asics Gel-Nimbus 24 has a lot going for it that will make both casual and serious runners take a look. First off is the cushion. There’s obviously Gel in here, but only in the forefoot and heel. The majority of the midsole, and comfort, come from the FFBlast+ foam. The engineered mesh used for the upper actually feels like knit which makes it just that much more comfortable. The outsole will last you longer compared to most running shoes, even if you mainly run on pavement, asphalt, and/or concrete. Read the full review. Price: $160
Nike Vomero 16
The Nike Vomero 16 is odd since it’s basically exactly the same as the Nike Vomero 15. When you read about it, you’ll probably already want to try it on. The cushioning system utilizes two of the most comfortable techs the brand has to offer: ZoomX and Zoom Air. The rubber is also stiffer and more durable than most so you’ll get to clock in a lot of miles. The upper is a textile with some fuse overlays for protection. The heel counter is also beefy and supportive. Price: $150
Puma Deviate Nitro
The Puma Deviate Nitro features Nitro cushioning (of course), but it’s implemented quite interestingly. There are actually two layers of the said foam compound with a full-length composite carbon fiber plate for added bounce and spring. The best feature of the shoe, however, is the traction. They’re calling it Puma Grip, and it will grip anything in any condition, no questions asked. The materials are also breathable and conform around the foot well. Read the full review. Price: $160
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Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next% 2
The Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next% 2 is one of the bounciest marathon racing shoes available.
Nike slightly improved the stability and fit from the original Alphafly, but it’s still not the most stable shoe, and it’s still difficult to get your foot into the shoe. But, the troublesome arch area from the original is much improved while the extra padding at the heel and tongue adds needed comfort. The upper is even lighter and airier than the original while the midsole drop goes from 4mm (that felt like 0mm) to a typical 8mm. The redesigned midsole is also a little less slappy and a smoother ride.
All of the changes make the shoe more comfortable for more runners. And though we’ve heard from some runners who prefer the first one, we (and many others) believe the Alphafly 2 is an overall improvement and one of the best long distance running shoes on the market.
Fit: True to size, Drop: 8mm, Price: $275
Saucony Endorphin Pro 3
The Saucony Endorphin Pro 3 is the latest evolution of Saucony’s flagship marathon racing shoe. And it’s a winner for long distances. The midsole is slightly softer than in years past, still stable, and the upper is lighter and more breathable. The Saucony Speedroll rocker is still hella smooth and makes each footfall feel effortless. The fit is a little strange at first — the heel is narrow, and your arch will feel like it’s hanging over the edge of the shoe (similar to the OG Nike Alphafly), but that’s mainly noticeable while walking around. Get up to running speed, and the Endorphin Pro 3 becomes a bouncy, peppy shoe that feels like it’s returning loads of energy. In our minds, this is the Saucony racing shoe that finally surpassed the Nike Vaporfly and is one of the best marathon racing shoes available.
Fit: True to size, Drop: 8mm, Price: $225
Asics Metaspeed Sky+
The Asics Metaspeed Sky+ is light, stable, breathable, and super bouncy. The FF Blast Turbo paired with the carbon plate really provides a spring to every step. The AsicsGrip traction grabs every surface and is a great choice for running a race in bad weather. The upper isn’t perfect, but the rest of the shoe is so good you can overlook any small issues. The Metaspeed Sky+ is perfect for marathon race days, long training runs, or fast speed workouts. It’s versatile and one of the more impressive shoes available on the market. Read the full review.
Fit: True to size, Drop: 5mm, Price: $250
adidas Adizero Adios Pro 3
The adidas Adizero Adios Pro 3 is a smooth-riding and bouncy long-distance race day shoe. The rocker is improved from previous versions with a sharper toe angle and improved carbon fiber energy rods that make the shoe feel faster and bouncier. Breathability is top-notch, the outsole grips everything, and, due to a widened base, stability is great for a race day shoe. You’ll want to wear thicker socks to avoid issues with the problematic Achilles stitching but that’s the only real issue in a shoe that’s one of the best long distance racing shoes on the market. See the full review.
Fit: Typical adidas, Drop: 6.5mm, Price: $250
Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% 2
The Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% 2 may look and seem like a takedown model of the Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT%, but don’t underestimate the performance punch it offers. It’s got a midsole made of Nike’s Pebax foam ZoomX. The real difference from the Alphafly is that there aren’t any huge Zoom Air units up front. That’s a good thing for some people as that can be more natural-feeling. Even some pros choose the Vaporfly over the Alphafly. It really comes down to personal preference. Whether you get the first iteration or the second, you won’t be disappointed. Price: $250
Puma Deviate Nitro Elite
The Puma Deviate Nitro Elite has an upgraded cushion from the non-elite version. Instead of a supercritical foam, Puma uses Pebax. The implementation is practically the same: two layers of foam with a full-length carbon fiber plate in between. However, the foam is now Nitro Elite. The Grip-LT rubber outsole is race-ready and can provide good traction on the road. There are also additional midfoot straps to make sure you are kept on the foot bed, even on tight corners. Sizing is true to size in both the length and width aspects. And these shoes have a great history, US Olympian Molly Seidel won Bronze in the 2021 Olympic Marathon. So you know they can go the distance. Read the full review. Price: $200
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Nike Zoom Fly 4
The Nike Zoom Fly 4 is an upgrade from its predecessor, the Nike Zoom Fly 3. The React midsole with full-length carbon fiber plate stays the same, which is good because that was the best part of the Zoom Fly 3 and propels you forward. We wish Nike added more and better rubber to the outsole, but instead we got a more comfortable, accommodating upper. We usually see these kinds of shoes at the $200 mark, so the price is solid. What makes this great for long runs is the combo of upper comfort and durable React foam midsole. These will not bottom out. Price: $160
Nike ZoomX Invincible Run
The Nike ZoomX Invincible Run has absolutely no Zoom Air in it, but does have Nike’s Pebax super foam which is called ZoomX. It’s full-length and insanely bouncy. The outsole traction pattern is waffle-like, paying homage to the origins of Nike running sneakers. Both the cushion and traction are durable for long runs on multiple days. And what makes these even better is the fact that they run true to size even for wide footers. The only drawback is all that cushy foam can make them a touch unstable. Read the full review. Price: $180
Adidas Boston 10
The adidas Boston 10 is a solid sneaker, especially if you’re looking for a solid pair of long distance running shoes. The number one component that makes these great for that is the durability of the outsole. The brand uses a Continental rubber that offers great grip in multiple conditions and lasts a long time. The midfoot lockdown is awesome and the Lightstrike Pro/Lightstrike combo midsole feels great underfoot even at the end of long runs. They’re a bit stiff and narrow but if you have a normal or narrow foot, they’ll work great. Price: $140
Brooks Glycerin 19
The Brooks Glycerin 19 will leave its users and buyers with little to complain about. The first thing you’ll probably notice once you put these on is the soft midsole. The foam is called DNA Loft and it’s full-length. Foams that are plush usually bottom out quite quickly, but not these. They will be good even once miles and miles are piled onto them. The traction will get the job done and has a lot of flex grooves that help you run more fluidly. Most will want to go true to size. Read the full review. Price: $150
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Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT%
The Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT% has made its rounds in the running world and chances are, it’s not your first time hearing about them. If you’re racing and you really want to feel faster and bouncier this is the best option. The midsole alone should convince you. They have Nike’s ZoomX foam which is insanely bouncy and two huge Zoom Air units in the forefoot. Plus, a full-length carbon fiber plate harnesses and returns energy to give you that speedy feeling and make this one of the best long distance running shoes to pick up on race days. Read the full review. Price: $275
Adidas Adizero Adios Pro 2
The adidas Adios Pro 2 is the next version of the adidas Adizero Adios Pro. These are comfortable for long races and will keep your feet feeling fine even after extended periods of time. The outsole traction doesn’t look formidable, but it’s a plus and grips like a race car tire. The foam midsole uses the brand’s current top tier cushioning, Lightstrike Pro. It’s soft in both the forefoot and heel. And instead of a carbon fiber plate, adidas uses five carbon fiber rods that mimic the structure of the foot. The rods make the shoe really stiff but a bunch of world records were set in the shoe this year. Will you use them to set a PR? Price: $220
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UA Flow Velociti Elite
The UA Flow Velociti Elite is Under Armour’s first true marathon-focused shoe and the best midsole it’s ever made. The combined Flow and Pebax midsole is bouncy and protective. And while the midsole isn’t the best marathon racing shoe midsole, it’s a great long distance running shoe.
The Velociti Elite grips well in all conditions, features a fantastically comfortable and breathable upper, and is way more stable than expected. The tongue is a little annoying on the sides, but that’s not a dealbreaker. All in all, the UA Flow Velociti Elite is a super fun shoe that shows off some distinctive Under Armour DNA. Read the full review.
Fit: True to Size, Drop: 8mm, Price: $250