10 Best Purple Running Shoes Reviewed
In the old days and in more than one country, purple was the color of royalty. Some places, including ancient Rome, took measures to legally prevent commoners from wearing any form of that coveted color. Today Purple shoes are stylish and trendy which is why we made this list!
We are more fortunate. Many of the best shoe manufacturers now offer Running & sports shoes in purple, with purple accents and purple variations, to the satisfaction of purple lovers everywhere.
Brooks Ghost 9
If you looking for brooks purple running shoes, the Brooks Ghost 9 may be your shoe. Purple is the primary color, supported by orange and black accents. The purple mesh overlaying the purple interior provides the appearance of depth. Contrasting deeper purple toe support further defines the frame of this shoe. A thick, white rubber comfort layer between the sole and foot bed emphasizes the heel support both in the sole and the upper heel.
This well-padded, ventilated shoe is comfortable and supportive and very purple. The segmented sole enables flexibility without compromising support particularly in the heel. The heel is well-cushioned and the rubber is particularly thick where the heel strikes the surface.
- Very purple
- Very good all-around shoe
- Brooks has maintained the price point for years without compromising quality
- Some feel the toe box is too small
- Some feel the shoe is narrower than its predecessors
Hoka One One Vanquish 2
Resting on the elaborate, substantial, white foundation we expect from Hoka One One, this streamlined purple shoe is covered by a wide web mesh, also purple; it may sound like too much, but it works in this design. Contrasting the purple are red laces are scattering of rhombus web details also in red, which help define the narrow waist of this very attractive shoe.
What could be more comfortable than knowing you are wearing a shoe called “Vanquish”; the very name conveys comfort. Beyond that, the cozy heel padding, deep, shock-absorbing sole and stabilizing lace and overlay elements secure the foot in place for a long, painless run.
- Great comfortable shoe
- Excellent use of purple
- Lively red elements add fun
- Some users do not like this level of cushioning
Topo Athletic Ultrafly
The purple/lilac color of this shoe is delightful as it plays across the shoe body in lighter and darker variations. These play off the more serious black at the toe that outlines the foot base, defines the interior and continues to the laces.
To maximize comfort, Topo includes a very well-padded heel collar designed to gently hug the heel into the correct position in the heel bed. The shoe features a thick, flexible sole that enables a very smooth transition from heel to toe.
- Quality, mid-priced running shoe
- Multi-textured surface is attractive
- Some reviewers found this shoe runs small
Skechers GoRun 4
This is one cute shoe featuring a distinctive digitized-looking combination of pink, blue and purple, with blue and purple sole styling. Though the purple is a secondary color, its placement and vibrancy adds that royal touch essential to this list.
Definitely comfortable with a padded foot bed, flexible but not mushy sole and integrated lacing for a stable fit.
A good price for a good shoe.
- Attractive purple/blue/neon green styling
- Well-padded and flexible
- Some report the sole is a little stiff
Brooks Transcend 3
This purple/blue combination supported by silver highlights makes for one pretty shoe. The purple laces, interior frame and TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane – a flexible plastic often used for running shoe stability) sections bring life to this design.
The comfort is provided partly by the interior cushioning the design that fits your foot almost like a sock with padding that extends up the sides of the shoe for stability and coziness. Breathability is provided by a firm, purple under frame covered by a contrasting blue mesh.
- Very good running shoe
- Fun interplay of purple and sky blue
- Comfortable and supportive
- Purple is the accent color
Saucony Peregrine 6
Interestingly, the shoes include compass coordinates that indicate the location in Kutztown, Pa. where the company was founded; this is a fun detail for Saucony to add to their premier trail shoe.
This shoe is a beauty, employing mature, dark purple as the primary color ably supported by contrasting red lacing and stitching. The sole is a lighter purple hue, creating an overall serious but interesting look. Silver touches outlining the lacing and the Saucony logo wave prevent the impression that you stepped in purple dye.
Saucony has achieved a balance between comfort and support in this shoe by adding interior padding, creating a powerful trail sole while padding your feet from feeling the impact or placement of each lug as you run. The tongue includes a tab for easy on.
- Ample interior padding
- Offered in purple for men
- Some feel the toe box is a bit tight
Asics Gel Kayano 21
Though not the most generously-used color in the design, the purple in this shoe dominates. The interior, tongue, sole and “fluidride” are all purple, ably supported by neon green and a dusky gray with silver
In addition to the well-padded foot bed, the Kayano 21Y features gel cushioning at the heel and toe positions. An additional comfort layer called a “fluidride” further supports and eases the miles as you run.
- Great gel cushioning at heel and toe
- Additional rubber comfort layer between foot and sole
- Some feel the toe box is a bit smaller than standard
- Some users report insufficient comfort in the sides of the heel box
Saucony Xodus Iso
The purple on this shoe tends toward the raspberry end of the scale and is effectively offset by the black supporting elements and the neon green sole.
With the Xodus Iso Trail Runner, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for grip. The soft foot bed is supported by a comfortable, firm layer between you and the lugs – this shoe laughs at mud and slippery surfaces while keeping your feet cozy.
- Very good comfort and grip
- Interesting, uncommon purple hue
- Runs small
- Some feel the toe box is too shallow
Asics Gel-Exalt 3
Purple is the uniting theme of the Asics Gel-exalt 3 as it sweeps through the interior foot bed, tops the tongue, zig-zags in the laces and comprises the mid-section of the heel. With touches of navy and teal, this is an attractive, stylish design.
The cushioning of the foot bed is supported by the midsole support, visible in the shoe profile. Padded tongue, heel and ankle provide buffering to the upper foot while the firm but flexible sole encourages proper gait and protect the foot from the irregularities and strain of road running.
A good price for a good shoe.
- Well-cushioned but firm
- Some feel they run small
- May require some break in time
Mizuno Wave Catalyst
The purple is everywhere in this shoe pattern, defining the appearance. The purple mesh overlays the orange on the shoe exterior. The shoe includes super purple shoe laces with an orange interior and orange details through stitching and outlines on the exterior. This shoe gets the royal treatment indeed!
The shoe sits low and is very lightweight. Mizuno sculpted the sole wave to lighten the load and uses an attractive, nested pattern of the runbird logo over an open web of support straps to convey stability and elongate the appearance of the shoe. Mizuno includes further comfort with a white, low rubber sole.
Solid shoe, good price.
- Hugs the road
- Very good use of purple
- Some feel they run small
- Some report the support is less than anticipated
However, it took more than a color to achieve a place on this list. The shoes had to be offered in purple and be of sufficient quality to merit a position as one of the ten best purple running shoes. This list progresses from least to most purple and all of the featured shoes are of high quality, well-reviewed by users as well as experts and also feature purple.
If you have a passion for purple, you don’t need to sacrifice quality for style. Purple abounds in many of the most respected brands on the market in degrees sufficient to please purple fans everywhere.
Sadly for male fans of this royal hue, purple is not as commonly used to adorn male footwear, but we have hope for the future.