The 5 Best Daily Running Shoes

In this training tips article, Team RunRun Coach Miles Bennett-Smith continues his series diving into the wonderful world of running shoes, this time sharing his picks for the best daily running shoes on the market made specifically for your daily training needs.

Choosing the right pair of running shoes is a critical decision for any runner, be it a novice just starting their journey, or an advanced runner aiming to improve their performance and crush a qualifying mark. The market is flooded with countless options, each promising superior comfort, support, and performance-enhancing features. However, not all shoes are created equal…and most importantly, all runners have been created differently.

In this article, I will guide you through a curated list of top running shoes on the market, specifically tailored for new and intermediate runners. Whether you’re searching for cushioning, stability, or versatility, I’ve got you covered. Let’s lace ‘em up!

1. Nike Zoom Pegasus 39 (Neutral):

First on my list is a perennial favorite among runners – the Nike Zoom Pegasus. Renowned for its versatility and responsive cushioning, Nike’s Pegasus line has been a trusted companion for runners for decades. You will note that this is not Nike’s latest iteration, the Pegasus 40, because the 39 offers virtually the same shoe but can be found about $50 cheaper online. The Pegasus line features an updated mesh upper for enhanced breathability and a midsole that strikes an excellent balance between cushioning and responsiveness. It won’t be featured in many Instagram stories for doing anything bold or “sexy,” but it’s still regarded as a neutral shoe that is unlikely to rub blisters, is light enough for the average beginner’s pace, and can tackle long distances while delivering consistent performance.

2. ASICS Gel-Kayano 29 (Stability)

For runners in search of additional stability and support, the ASICS Gel-Kayano 29 stands out as a reliable option. This shoe boasts a well-crafted blend of cushioning and stability features, making it ideal for runners with overpronation or those seeking a little extra support. The Gel-Kayano 29 utilizes ASICS’ proprietary Gel cushioning system with pads to absorb shock in both heel and forefoot, and provide a smooth stride. The shoe’s updated upper offers improved breathability and a more secure fit, combined with a slightly low-profile heel ensuring a comfortable ride throughout training sessions.

3. Brooks Ghost 15 (Neutral)

Next up in my top daily running shoes on the market list, we have the Brooks Ghost 15, a shoe that epitomizes comfort and durability. The Ghost series has consistently been a go-to choice for runners seeking a plush, cushioned ride. With its soft yet supportive midsole, the Ghost 15 excels in providing a smooth and effortless running experience, with an updated DNA Loft v2 foam that’s even lighter than prior models. The shoe’s engineered mesh upper ensures a secure fit while allowing ample airflow to keep your feet cool and dry. If you prioritize comfort on your runs, the Ghost 15 won’t disappoint as a daily workhorse.

4. New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v12 (Max Cushioning)

If you’re looking for maximum cushioning without sacrificing responsiveness, the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v12 is worth considering. The shoe’s Fresh Foam X midsole delivers exceptional cushioning while maintaining a lightweight feel. The 1080v12 offers a stretchy toe box for a bit more room and comfort, making it an excellent choice for runners who prefer a more natural foot movement. The newest model has been improved to be able to pick up the pace a bit more, though it admittedly won’t be confused for a true speed shoe. But whether you’re logging long miles or recovering from a demanding workout, the Fresh Foam 1080v12 is a fantastic option.

5. Hoka Clifton (Neutral Rocker)

A great introduction to Hoka’s signature high stack height look, the Clifton 9 is a neutral lightweight daily trainer that is a favorite of many runners (and easily the best walking shoe on this list). A bit more narrow through the forefoot and heel like many Hokas, the Clifton has plenty of foam as cushioning for comfort. Its inclusion on this list of top daily trainer shoes, however, is mainly due to the “rocker” style which creates a sense of forward propulsion underfoot. It will be immediately noticeable, and is not to everyone’s taste, but once again Hoka has a strong contender for top entry-level trainer.


Remember, finding the right shoe may require trying on several pairs and considering factors such as arch support, pronation control, cushioning, and durability. The five best daily running shoes I’ve shared are tried and true shoes on the market, but there are others out there as well. It’s advisable to visit a specialty running store or consult with an expert to ensure a proper fit and personalized recommendations. Investing in a quality pair of running shoes is an investment in your running journey. So, lace up, step out, and let your feet carry you toward your running goals with comfort, confidence, and style!

Miles is a coach with Team RunRun. To learn more about him or to work with him, check out his coach profile.