Best Running Sneakers of 2017

A man jogging in running sneakersTwo Sports Illustrated writers, who also happen to be avid runners, set out on a quest to find the best running sneaker of 2017. They tested numerous sneakers, some from brands you may have never heard of. In order to create this list, the two took their findings and paired it with the results of a survey that was sent to runners ranging from amateurs to professionals.

One of the things that can make or break you as a runner are the shoes you are wearing. The ranking of shoes took into account a number of factors including:

  • Price
  • Weight
  • Cushioning
  • Support
  • Durability
  • Material and fit
  • Stabilization

The Results

Adidas Ultra Boost

  • Price: $180.00
  • Notable Features:
    • Adidas Boost midsole provides the necessary cushioning and responsiveness that is great for long runs.
    • Flyknit upper
    • Great for casual wear.

Brooks Launch 4

  • Price: $100.00
  • Notable Features:
    • Brooks’ DNA midsole makes this shoe a great fit for any runner. The sole is capable of adjusting to each individual runners weight, gate, and other characteristics. The unique midsole makes the shoe perfect for long runs.

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante V3

  • Price: $100.00
  • Notable Features:
    • The Fresh Foam midsole is different from the previous sneakers. New Balance created a sole that is more firm. This sneaker is a good choice for runners who run a fast pace for a long distance.
    • The negatives of the Fresh Foam midsole is that it can begin to feel stiff on easier slow runs. This makes the shoe a lesser choice for casual runners.

Mizuno Wave Rider 20

  • Price: $200.00
  • Notable Features:
    • All mesh upper: makes the sneaker lightweight
    • U4icX sole: Gives the runner a comfortable midsole that’s packed with plenty of bounce.
    • Wave plate: The Wave plate technology is proprietary to Mizuno. The Wave plate is designed to redirect impact away from the foot, making it less stressful to run on hard surfaces.
    • Great all-around running shoe.

Nike LunarEpic Flyknit 2

  • Price: $140.00
  • Notable Features:
    • Lunarlon Cushioning: Lightweight, comfortable midsole that disperses impact throughout the entire foot.
    • Flyknit Upper: The flyknit upper makes this shoe flexible, breathable, lightweight, and comfortable. The Flyknit upper is one piece, making the shoe fit like a sock with laces.
    • Great for easy runs or for casual wear.

Asics Dynaflyte

  • Price: $140.00
  • Notable Features:
    • FlyteFoam: Asics has its own version of a midsole, its called FlyteFoam, and its purpose is to provide runners with spring-like characteristics.
    • The upper thick, but still flexible.
    • Durable on pavement.

Adidas Adios Boost 3

  • Price: $140.00
  • Notable Features:
    • Features a similar boost midsole to the Ultra Boost.
    • Great for long, fast-paced runs like a 5k or half-marathon. Not ideal for a long run like a full marathon.
    • Casual runners may want to look elsewhere. These shoes do not provide a lot of cushion for extended running.

Hoka One One Clifton 3

  • Price: $130.00
  • Notable Features:
    • EVA Foam midsole.
    • Durable on trails and pavement.

New Balance 1500 v3

  • Price: $99.95
  • Notable Features:
    • REVlite cushioning: New Balance midsole technology that is intended to provide cushion and a spring-like feel for the runner.
    • FantomFit upper: Makes the sneaker lightweight, flexible, and breathable.
    • All-around running shoe.

Adidas Alphabounce AMS

  • Price: $110.00
  • Notable Features:
    • Described as one of the comfiest sneakers on the list.
    • Bounce cushioning: As opposed to the Boost midsole Adidas has become famous for, the Alphabounce uses a Bounce midsole. The Bounce midsole is intended to give runners more of a firm midsole and spring-like feeling.
    • Traction is bad in a wet environment.
    • Great for short runs, everyday training, and casual wear.