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Recommended Zero Drop, Cushioned Road Running Shoes

Posted on June 26 2013

Saucony VirrataIf you’re interested in going more minimal with your running shoes, but don’t want to give up cushioning, this is the pace to look. A growing niche in the running shoe world is for zero drop shoes that retain some amount of cushion – I put a lot of miles on shoes in this category, and below is my current list of recommended models.

Note: I’ve only included shoes that I personally have worn or that have been reviewed here on Runblogger.com. If you think there’s a shoe that should be here that’s not currently included, leave a comment and I’ll look at giving it a try!


Zero Drop, Cushioned Road Shoes




Saucony Virrata

Stack Height: 17mm, 17mm
Weight: 6.7oz

Quick Take: great forefoot cushion, narrower fit, my marathon shoe
My Full Review (click to read)

Buy at Running Warehouse
Buy at Zappos
Buy at Sportsshoes.com (outside US)



Mizuno Wave EVO Cursoris

Stack Height: 18mm, 18mm
Weight: 6.8oz

Quick Take: wide forefoot, great breathability, soft feel underfoot
My Full Review (click to read)

Buy at Running Warehouse
Buy at Zappos
Buy at Sportsshoes.com (outside US)



Merrell Bare Access 2

Stack Height: 14mm, 14mm
Weight: 6.2oz

Quick Take: wide forefoot, firm ride, reasonably priced
My Full Review (click to read)

Buy at Running Warehouse
Buy at Zappos
Buy at Sportsshoes.com (outside US)

Altra Instinct 1.5

Stack Height: 16mm, 16mm
Weight: 9.7oz

Quick Take: super wide forefoot, firm ride 
My Full Review (click to read)

Buy at Running Warehouse
Buy at Zappos
Buy at Optimal Run (ships internationally)


 Skechers GoBionic

Stack Height: 11.5mm, 11.5mm 
Weight: 6.0oz

Quick Take: super flexible, sockless upper, roomy forefoot, low price
My Full Review (click to read)

Buy at Zappos
Buy at 6pm.com (as low as $45)
Buy at Skechers.com (use code AAA20 for 20% off)
Buy from Skechers UK

Altra Torin

Stack Height: 28mm, 28mm
Weight: 9.0oz

Quick Take: super wide forefoot, max cushioning in a zero drop shoe
Nate’s Review (click to read)

Buy at Running Warehouse
Buy at Zappos
Buy at Optimal Run (ships internationally)



New Balance MR00

Stack Height: 12mm, 12mm
Weight: 6.1oz

Quick Take: firm ride, good ground feel, but narrow through the midfoot
My Full Review (click to read)

Buy at Running Warehouse
Buy at Zappos
Buy at Sportsshoes.com (outside US)

Brooks PureDrift

Stack Height: 12mm, 12mm
Weight: 6.1oz

Quick Take: wide forefoot, firm ride, very flexible
My Full Review (click to read)

Buy at Running Warehouse
Buy at Zappos
Buy at Sportsshoes.com (outside US)

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