Cushioning is one of the most important things to consider when buying a new set of running shoes; in fact, it’s often associated with the level of comfort offered in a shoe. Ideal for those who like a more padded versus minimal feel, cushy styles help protect the joints and muscles by absorbing shock with every step, which is especially helpful during longer runs or marathons. For shopping made easy, we rounded up some of our favorite cushioned shoes for women from brands including New Balance and Asics. These pairs feature plush yet lightweight midsoles, as well as rearfoot and forefoot gel cushioning systems for comfortable wear. They’re also equipped with durable outsoles, so they’re bound to last you a while.
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1. Asics Gel-Cumulus 20
This style is equipped with the brand’s FlyteFoam technology, a FluidRide midsole, and rearfoot and forefoot gel technology cushioning system for a durable bounce-back feel.
Pros: FlyteFoam has reinforced fibers for added cushioning with a lightweight feel while FluidRide adds shock absorption and quick rebound. It also has a high abrasion-resistant outsole for traction.
Cons: These run narrow.
2. Under Armour HOVR Sonic
Under Armour’s sneakers use Compression mesh Energy Web uppers and an external TPU heel counter for added support.
Pros: The brand’s HOVR foam technology provides a gravity-free feel and adds cushioning where you need it most.
Cons: Colors may look different in person than online.
3. New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi V2
The brand’s Fresh Foam midsole is created from a single piece of foam to provides a more natural ride.
Pros: These sneakers also have a mixed material perforated upper and durable rubber outsole.
Cons: These sneakers may not have enough support for feet with high arches.