10 Cute Yet Functional Running Shoes You Can Buy on Amazon
We understand how overwhelming it can be to find a quality pair of running shoes that checks all of your must-have boxes. Maybe you prefer running in fresh air and need trail shoes, love a barefoot feel and want a minimalist design, or have a certain go-to brand like Nike, Adidas, or New Balance. If you've been running for a while, you know the difference between a supportive and neutral shoe, and you most likely have a preference.
To save you from decision fatigue, we scoured Amazon and found the very best options for all types of runners, whether you are training for a marathon or want to start running. These cute yet functional choices won't hold you back while you're on the move and will ensure you look just as good as you feel.
So whether you want a shoe that can help you log miles or are eyeing options that will complement your favorite matching workout sets, we have you covered. Plus, we found some affordable options under $50, so you don't have to overspend to find what you need. Check out our 10 favorite running shoes, and buy a pair while your size is still in stock.
— Additional reporting by India Yaffe
Best Long-Distance Running Shoes
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 ($119, originally $172)
These sneakers are the shoes serious runners always talk about. They are supportive but flexible, provide a neutral ride, and will never let you down, whether you're sprinting or logging miles. With more than 7,000 reviews and an average rating just shy of a perfect five stars, they're a sure bet.
Best Black Running Shoes
These running shoes were made to move with you. Plus, they're under $70, which is always a win. They have more than 68,000 reviews and an average rating of almost four and a half stars. We also love how sleek they look, whether you're on a run or just running errands.
Best Flexible Running Shoes
APL Techloom Wave Sneakers ($245)
We're obsessed with these sneakers. Not only do they look great, but they also hug your feet perfectly, so you can move with ease. With 22 color options to choose from, you're bound to find a pair that also suits your style.
Best Sock-Fit Running Shoes
These shoes feel like walking on a cloud, they're so cushiony. Even still, they'll help you push faster and farther. The sock-like fit hugs your feet, which reviewers appreciate. "The upper part of the sneaker is thick and is designed to be more like a sock, which I like. It stretches to form around your foot," one reviewer describes.
Best Splurge Running Shoes
APL Techloom Tracer Sneakers ($230, originally $250)
These sneakers were made for running and training. For athletes who like to do it all, having one sneaker for multiple activities is ideal and well worth the cost. They're sleek but comfortable, which also makes them great for pairing with athleisure outfits. "The comfort level is a ten out of ten while still being cute and stylish!" one reviewer writes.
Best Breathable Running Shoes
APL Techloom Phantom Sneakers ($165, originally $185)
These sneakers are beloved for a reason. They're sleek, comfortable, and supportive. Our former editor took them on a five-mile run and was impressed by their performance. "It was a nice, neutral ride — more stability and cushion than a Nike Free, but much closer to a barefoot run than a stability shoe like Brooks Adrenaline; a supportive sweet spot, really," she writes. Check out more details of her experience in this APL Techloom Phantom Sneakers review.
Best Running Shoes Under $50
Adidas Cloudfoam Pure Running Shoes ($21, originally $70)
Get moving in these running shoes. We love how incredibly foamy and comfortable they are. They have more than 80,000 reviews and an average rating of 4.5 stars. "This is my second pair of these shoes. They are soooo comfortable, I just had to buy them again after the first pair wore out," one reviewer writes. Another reviewer notes that while the mesh is comfortable, they aren't well-suited for the rain.
Best Running Shoes Under $100
New Balance Women's Fresh Foam Roav V1 Running Shoe ($75, originally $130)
These shoes have more than 28,000 reviews with an average rating of four and a half stars. The foam midsole provides that walking-on-air feel, and the heel is designed to give extra support and comfort. At $75, they're also a great value for the price.
Best Barefoot-Feel Running Shoes
Joomra Women's Minimalist Trail Running Barefoot Shoes ($43, originally $60)
This pair is also the No. 1 bestseller in the women's climbing shoes category. The shoes have rubber outsoles that offer plenty of traction and respond well to unpredictable terrain. They also have removable insoles to better support foot arches. The minimalist form mimics the feel of walking barefoot, only wrapped in the additional comfort and protection from the shoe's shell.
Best Road-Running Shoes
Brooks Women's Ghost 14 Neutral Running Shoes ($90, originally $140)
This shoe has a layer of shock absorbers, BioMoGo DNA and DNA LOFT cushioning that provide plenty of soft support without losing grip or responsiveness. They are ideal for outdoor terrain but can just as seamlessly accommodate a gym workout.