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Best Cushioned Running Shoes

written by: Niki Hampton • edited by: Angela Atkinson • updated: 4/16/2011

If you're running don't have enough cushioning you could be on your way to a serious injury. The best cushioned running shoes will prevent injury and leave your feet feeling amazing after a long run. Cushioned running shoes are made for all feet and step types.

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    Before you lace up and head out it's important to know which running shoes are best for you. When you choose the right shoes, they'll last longer and treat your body better. The wrong shoes can lead to discomfort, pain and even serious injury. Before you choose your new pair of shoes you need to know and understand your step and foot shape.

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    Who Are Cushioned Running Shoes Good For?

    The general categories of running shoes include: Cushion, Motion Control, Stability, Performance Training, Trail and Racing Shoes. A cushioned running shoe is best for people who need maximum support on the sides and minimal support through the arch. If you have moderate to high arches and mid-to-forefront strikes, a cushioned shoe is the right one for you.

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    Adidas Supernova Glide 3

    Adidas is consistently earns top reviews in the cushioned running shoe category and presents a great neutral shoe. This shoe features the classic stiff sides the Glide series is known for and could be mistaken for a stability running shoe. Despite the stiff structure, the Glide 3 is great for a heel strike runner who is a bit heavier. This shoes is generally reviewed as one of the best performing cushioned running shoes.

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    New Balance 993 & 1080

    New Balance has been producing quality running shoes for decades and these two models further that good name. The 993 has been reviewed as the best classic-looking cushioned running shoe. It's always offered a sock like design which provides comfort and stability. The 1080 made the list of best preforming cushioned running shoes. It's considered a neutral built specifically for large underpronators, which tends to be a rare runner category.

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    Asics

    Asics makes two different shoes that review at the top. Asics Gel Nimbus 12 ranks in the top performing cushioned running shoes and the Asics Gel Strike 2 gets best budget cushioned running shoe. The Nimbus is a fully loaded shoe meant to impress. This shoe has come of the softest materials available and is even said to be a competitor for the Nike Zoom Vomero+ 5.

    The Asics Gel Strike 2 offers no frills just the performance you expect from this brand. This is a great shoe for a beginner runner who doesn't want to spend a lot of money but wants a well built neutral shoe. This is considered one of the most durable shoes available.

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    Reebok Zig Pulse

    Reebok is well-kown in the sports industry as a shoe you can count on. The Zig Pulse is no exception. The Zig technology has been tested and proven to reduce the wear and tear on muscles by about 20%. The Zig Pulse was reviewed as the best trendy-looking cushioned shoe for its black on red rubber design. With a more afforable price tag than in previous years, the Pulse is a good shoe for those who run fewer miles than most and need the extra shock absorption.