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10 Best K-Swiss Running Shoes Reviewed

last updated Jan 21, 2019
K-Swiss produce a number of great running shoes for a variety of runners. It’s worth bearing in mind that K-Swiss kicked things off as a tennis brand, so although they don’t have the diversity of many runner-specific brands, they do still have some great options for running. Most of their shoes are built for road runners, so you won’t find shoes here for hardcore trail running or if you have very specific needs. Otherwise, K-Swiss makes some fantastic shoes with great options for more casual runners with non-specific requirements. If you’re looking for something fairly simple without too many specifics, their shoes are a great option. In this article, we take a look at the best K-Swiss running shoes.

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K-Swiss Classic LX
94.4/100 our score
Comfort
92
Value
94
Breathability
97
Protection
93
Traction
96
K-Swiss Classic LX
Why is it better?

Very breathable and lightweight

Good if you seek a small amount of arch support

Very padded and comfortable

Bouncy and flexible

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K-Swiss Classic LX
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For our most recent update to our K-Swiss running shoe top ten we added three new shoes for you to consider. The K-Swiss Classic LX, the K-Swiss ST329 CMF, and the K-Swiss 63100 Clean Classic all exemplify the quality you would expect from the brand and we trust you find them a helpful addition to our list.

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#1
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
97.2
Comfort
96%
Value
98%
Breathability
96%
Protection
97%
Traction
99%
Price Comparison Last Updated (17.03.19)
$55.00
#2
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
96.4
Comfort
96%
Value
95%
Breathability
95%
Protection
99%
Traction
97%
Price Comparison Last Updated (17.03.19)
$59.95
#3
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
94.4
Comfort
92%
Value
94%
Breathability
97%
Protection
93%
Traction
96%
Price Comparison Last Updated (17.03.19)
$54.24
#4
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93.2
Comfort
92%
Value
95%
Breathability
93%
Protection
92%
Traction
94%
Price Comparison Last Updated (17.03.19)
$67.88
#5
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
89.6
Comfort
89%
Value
92%
Breathability
90%
Protection
87%
Traction
90%
Price Comparison Last Updated (17.03.19)
$54.94
#6
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
89.6
Comfort
90%
Value
91%
Breathability
89%
Protection
90%
Traction
88%
Price Comparison Last Updated (17.03.19)
$35.33
#7
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
86.8
Comfort
86%
Value
90%
Breathability
86%
Protection
85%
Traction
87%
Price Comparison Last Updated (17.03.19)
$57.95
#8
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
84.4
Comfort
85%
Value
83%
Breathability
85%
Protection
84%
Traction
85%
Price Comparison Last Updated (17.03.19)
$59.99
#9
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
80.8
Comfort
81%
Value
82%
Breathability
82%
Protection
79%
Traction
80%
Price Comparison Last Updated (17.03.19)
$69.83
#10
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
78.8
Comfort
80%
Value
77%
Breathability
80%
Protection
78%
Traction
79%
Price Comparison Last Updated (17.03.19)
$23.56
In Depth Review Top 10
  • K-Swiss Tubes Run 100
  • K-Swiss Tubes 130
  • K-Swiss Classic LX
  • K-Swiss X-160 CMF
  • K-Swiss Tubes 100 Dustem
  • K-Swiss X Lite Athletic CMF
  • K-Swiss Blade Light Race
  • K-Swiss Blade Max Glide
  • K-Swiss ST329 CMF
  • K-Swiss 63100 Clean Classic
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10 Best K-Swiss Running Shoes

1. K-Swiss Tubes Run 100

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
97.2
K-Swiss Tubes Run 100
Comfort
96
Value
98
Breathability
96
Protection
97
Traction
99
best offer for today
$55.00
Pros:

Very good bounce and cushion

Comfortable

Offer stability with flexibility

Lightweight and breathable

Cons:

Stitching can occasionally come loose.

A little slippy in wet conditions

These ones are great for roadrunners and have a lightweight, breathable and supportive upper along with good cushion and decent versatility. If you value flexibility, these are perhaps the best option for you.

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Comfort/Stability

The tongue and collar are nicely padded for plenty of comfort and the flex-groove system’s tubes allow the foot to move naturally and comfortably while simultaneously offering stability and support. This system also offers really good bounce and cushioning, which gives a lightweight feel. That said, it’s worth being aware that although the sole is good, it won’t stand up to trail running. They are also a little slippery in wet conditions.

Durability/Quality

The quality here is great, but a few users have experienced problems with durability, with the stitching coming loose from time to time. This isn’t enough to be particularly significant, but it might be a consideration if you’re heavy on your feet.

Cost and Value

Given how good these are, they have a pretty good price point! Especially when you consider some of the above-listed features.

2. K-Swiss Tubes 130

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
96.4
K-Swiss Tubes 130
Comfort
96
Value
95
Breathability
95
Protection
99
Traction
97
best offer for today
$59.95
Pros:

Great arch support

Excellent for plantar fasciitis

If you want support, you get it here across the whole lower body

Good cushion

Cons:

The sizes sometimes run a little wide and narrow.

Another K-Swiss shoe with tubes, another great performer. These have maximum cushion, which is a feature of the K-Swiss design, and have a minimal heel-to-toe drop with a pretty flat sole. If you’re flat-footed or have plantar fasciitis these might be a good pick for you. These have excellent arch support, the insole is molded and the upper is very breathable.

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Comfort/Stability

The support here is great, for the arch, the heel, the leg, and even the lower back. If you want something to make you feel stable and protected, or if you are prone to injury, these are perhaps the best on this list. The cushion is very good in the heel and the foam insole keeps you feeling protected and cushioned.

Quality/Durability

Quality is great and the durability is pretty good too! The sizes can occasionally run a little large and wide, which you might want to consider when picking up a pair.

Cost and Value

The price point for this pair is pretty average. However, you get a high-quality durable pair of shoes.

3. K-Swiss Classic LX

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
94.4
K-Swiss Classic LX
Comfort
92
Value
94
Breathability
97
Protection
93
Traction
96
best offer for today
$54.24
Pros:

Very breathable and lightweight

Good if you seek a small amount of arch support

Very padded and comfortable

Bouncy and flexible

Cons:

Can feel a little hard on the sole

The K-Swiss Classic LX running shoe has earned a high ranking on our list due to its overall quality, value, and customer reviews. These shoes are made to last and will hold up well to the wear and tear of daily runs and even the longest marathons. They are comfortable, supportive, and affordable, which makes them a great choice for runs of all skill or experience levels.

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Comfort/Stability
They are designed to be supportive and have ample cushioning support in the soles and feature padded interior materials for a supportive feel all around the food. The heels are thick and the soles are design to reduce shock impact and help you stay stable even if you are running on rough terrain

Quality/Durability
Few reviewers have complained about durability issues and the K-Swiss Classic LX seems to be a great option for runners looking for a new pair of shoes that will last them a long time. The material is durable and the shoes themselves are made to hold up to the rigors of an active runner.

Cost and Value
These are prices about where you would expect for a quality pair of K-Swiss running shoes. They might be a little too expensive for beginners but seasons pros will quickly see the value and the worth of investing in the K-Swiss Classic LX running shoes. So get yours today and see the difference for yourself.

4. K-Swiss X-160 CMF

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93.2
K-Swiss X-160 CMF
Comfort
92
Value
95
Breathability
93
Protection
92
Traction
94
best offer for today
$67.88
Pros:

Good traction

Very comfortable and spongey

The footbed adapts to your feet.

Very comfortable

Nice support throughout the foot

Cons:

Not much arch support

Sizes can run a little narrow.

Durability isn't great.

These have tube technology for spring and bounce and the premium memory footbed is great for adjusting the shoes to the shape and movement of your feet. They reduce impact very well and offer good protection around the ankle.

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Comfort/Stability

These don't offer the best arch support, but they give good stability throughout the rest of the foot. They are nicely cushioned and are particularly lightweight. The deep tread offers decent traction.

Quality/Durability

These can be a little narrow for some, which you should consider if you have wide feet. The tubes are not as durable as with some other options, but they are otherwise a great shoe with good quality.

Cost and Value

They come in at an average price for this list considering that these K-Swiss model are well-cushioned and light in weight.

5. K-Swiss Tubes 100 Dustem

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
89.6
K-Swiss Tubes 100 Dustem
Comfort
89
Value
92
Breathability
90
Protection
87
Traction
90
best offer for today
$54.94
Pros:

Medium amount of arch support

Very lightweight

Snug and comfortable fit

Removable insole

Cons:

Maybe a little thin for some

Not as durable as other K-Swiss shoes

Very lightweight, great arch support and a thin design. They hug the feet snugly for great comfort and stability and they give good flexibility.

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Comfort/Stability

The traction isn’t great here, and they might be a little thin for some, especially if you run in harsh weather. But other than that, they are nice and tight around the feet for good structure and comfort and they are snug.

Quality/Durability

These can sometimes run a little large, and they aren’t quite as durable as some other K-Swiss shoes, but they’re still way more sturdy than your average running shoe. As you’d expect from K-Swiss, the quality is very good.

Cost and Value

This pair is a little pricey, but only marginally so. The arch support isn’t too much, which will suit many people, and the insole is removable according to your needs.

6. K-Swiss X Lite Athletic CMF

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
89.6
K-Swiss X Lite Athletic CMF
Comfort
90
Value
91
Breathability
89
Protection
90
Traction
88
best offer for today
$35.33
Pros:

Good arch support

Very comfortable and padded with nice shock absorption

Adapt to your foot over time and really accommodate well

Supportive

Lightweight

Cons:

Slightly under-par durability

The fit is a little snug

These shoes have a padded collar and tongue along with medial arch support and more tubes with great cushioning and comfort. All of this combines for superstructure and coziness, so these will keep you protected and comfy.

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Comfort/Stability

Great shock absorption from the tubes, which really do provide excellent comfort. The premium memory foam footbed and dual density midsole accommodate to the shape of your feet and the style of your run. These are a good option if you like arch support and stability, which is offered from each part of the shoe.

Quality/Durability

These are a little snug, so you might want to buy a size up. They also aren't the most durable on the market, but they're still decent. The design, aesthetically, is quite unusual, and really appeals to most people.

Cost and Value

Again, this pair is around average for this list. The lightweight and cushioned aspects of the show combine well to keep you feeling supported.

7. K-Swiss Blade Light Race

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
86.8
K-Swiss Blade Light Race
Comfort
86
Value
90
Breathability
86
Protection
85
Traction
87
best offer for today
$57.95
Pros:

Designed for speed

Nice aesthetics

Really lightweight

Very comfortable

Adjustable strap design rather than laces

Cons:

May require a small breaking in period

These are less well-tested than most other shoes on this list.

The traction isn’t great here.

These running shoes are a little different than most others on this list, in that they don’t have the tube design, and they’re shaped and constructed uniquely for speed and swiftness. They have ultra-light construction for a great lightweight feel and are designed to offer massive flexibility.

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Comfort/Stability

The unique blades on these are aligned with key impact points and stress points to increase comfort and flexibility, while the superfoam sock liner gives lovely comfort. The stretch upper hugs the foot while giving freedom and flexibility and they really are very lightweight and comfortable. If you want speed and dynamism, these are for you. They need a small amount of breaking in for some, as they can be tight at first.

Quality/Durability

The quality here is fantastic and there seem to be no durability issues.

Cost and Value

This shoe has an average price, is comfortable and the adjustable strap allows for quick and easy getting off and getting on.

8. K-Swiss Blade Max Glide

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
84.4
K-Swiss Blade Max Glide
Comfort
85
Value
83
Breathability
85
Protection
84
Traction
85
best offer for today
$59.99
Pros:

Built for speed

Very cushioned and padded, which is great for longer runs

Great for roads

Highly breathable

Cons:

In spite of their lightweight design, they are a little clunky.

The sole is a little hard and thick.

Though they don’t have the blade-shaped design of the blade shoe above, these shoes are also built for speed, featuring a lightweight design, maximum cushioning and a gliding movement.

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Comfort/Stability

Decent traction, really nice comfort and the design really helps to get you running swiftly. They’re highly supported and cushioned throughout the entire foot, though they are perhaps a little more clunky than some people may wish, especially in the sole. They’ll last you for a nice long run and keep you feeling good.

Quality/Durability

No durability issues here and the quality is good.

Cost and Value

Marginally expensive pair of K-Swiss brand. Also, they are breathable and built in a thin design.

9. K-Swiss ST329 CMF

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
80.8
K-Swiss ST329 CMF
Comfort
81
Value
82
Breathability
82
Protection
79
Traction
80
best offer for today
$69.83
Pros:

Good for slight over-pronation

Very breathable and lightweight

Balanced heel

Decent arch support

Cons:

Sizes run a little wide

Colors selection is limited

Sole may not have enough sole support for some.

The ST329 CMF, like almost all of the K-Swiss shoes on this list, have great cushioning and support and are designed to keep your feet comfortable and stable even through the hardest runs and longest marathons. The upper material is breathable while the bottom soles are durable and hold up well to the wear and tear of active running and daily workouts. These are a great option for new runners and experienced individuals alike.

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Comfort/Stability
These shoes are designed to be breathable and lightweight and have plenty of cushioning in the soles and supporting material to keep your feet stable. The arch support is good and the ST329 CMF is designed to enhance your running performance while maintaining a high level of comfort and safety.

Quality/Durability
There are not a lot of color options but that is a small thing when you consider the great durability and support these shoes provide. There have been a few complaints about sole durability but on the whole, there seems to be a popular model for K-Swiss and runners of all types seem to love them!

Cost and Value
Depending on the size shoe you need most runners would mark the ST329 CMF at the medium to high price range. They may be a little expensive for beginners but they are a good quality shoe and would be a good investment for anyone looking for their next pair of running shoes.

10. K-Swiss 63100 Clean Classic

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
78.8
K-Swiss 63100 Clean Classic
Comfort
80
Value
77
Breathability
80
Protection
78
Traction
79
best offer for today
$23.56
Pros:

Good for over-pronation

Very stable and stabilizing

Nice impact reduction

Good cushion and spring

Cons:

Not too durable

Can squeeze on the toes

The K-Swiss 63100 Clean Classic takes the number ten spot on our list. This model is a good example of a quality shoe that is made for younger runners. Kids need good supporting running shoes just like an adult does and these shoes from K-Swiss offer just that. They are comfortable, durable, and perfect for the young runners in your life!

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Comfort/Stability
Kids love to run and while they may seem to do it all the time, they do not always have the best form or balance. It is important that they have shoes that offer good support and that keep their feet protected and stable while they run. The K-Swiss 63100 Clean Classic does all of this and more.

Quality/Durability
Shoes do seem to wear a little quicker on the soles than expected according to some reviews, but they are otherwise very good. They provide good heel support and are designed to reduce shock impact and to keep your child’s feet positions correctly to address early pronation issues or concerns.

Cost and Value
A pair of K-Swiss 63100 Clean Classic is very affordable compared to other kid’s shoes. They are a little on the plain side as far as color and style go but they are a wonderful shoe that your kids will love. These are a great investment and will keep your child happy and running for a long time to come.

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Comfort

This is a very fundamental feature in any good quality running shoes. We want to make sure you are always on the track giving it your best without any difficulty holding you back. The material quality, interior cladding and even breathability of the shoes are some features that determine comfort. If the K-Swiss pair is uncomfortable, you not only stand the chance of performing poorly but you may also get an injury.

Value

We all want a pair of shoe that is readily affordable while retaining some of the quality features at the same time. K-swiss is a brand that is not as popular as Adidas and Nike. However, pricing is an important criterion because some of the shoes that the company makes are topnotch. That being said, it is important to consider shoes that are fairly priced and still have very good features to be featured on the top-ten list.

Breathability

As mentioned above, running shoes need to be comfortable to give you, the runner, a great platform to produce the best results. Breathability is one of the key factors that is required by runners to keep their feet dry and well-aerated. This would ensure to stop foot fungus, eliminate bad odor. Moreover, breathability means that the feet have enough space to allow for sufficient blood flow.

Protection

One important feature that shoe manufactures consider to promote feet protection, is the traction. This increases balance and prevents you from getting unnecessary injuries. Rock plates, toe bumpers and extra cushioning are all used to ensure a good pair f shoes offers protective features to the feet. Rock plates are strategically placed on the sole to bolster its strength and protect from rocks or any sharp objects that may otherwise cause injury.

Traction

As a runner, traction is important to ensure you maximize your step and increase stability on any type of trail. Depending on where you will use the K-Swiss pair, traction is important to preserve the quality of the shoes while offering maximum protection.

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Replace your shoes

You may have that pair of shoes that you love so much and you run in them every day and never want to give them up. Generally, you should be replacing your running shoes after 600-800miles, or every 6-8 months. That way you can make sure you're getting the most out of your shoes, and they're continuing to perform for you.

Clean your shoes

It is important to keep your shoes clean. After you go for a run, wipes down the soles of your shoes and wipe off the upper material as much as you can. Leaving caked on dirt and dust and debris from your runs can cause the material of the shoe to break down and wear out faster. It will also take your shoes look dingy and old. Be sure to follow the label for specific washing and care instructions for your particular running shoe!

Check the soles

One of the first parts of a shoe to wear out, particularly on running shoes is the sole. It is important to check the insole and outsole often. If you have been using the shoes for a while the insoles can become compress and won't offer the support and cushioning it did before. Likewise, the outsoles can become worn after extended use. The tread on the soles can become worn away and you will not have proper traction as you run. Both of these situations can lead to uncomfortable runs and can put you at an increased risk for injury. If the insole or outsole of your shoe is showing signs of wearing down, it is time to find new shoes!

Frequently Asked Questions

q: How do I find the best running shoe?
a:

The single best thing you can do to ensure you find the running shoes that are right for you is to consider three key things- the type of running you do, if you have any issues or problems with your feet you need to address, and what your budget is. There, of course, is more that will come into play but these three things will help you focus in on the shoes that likely will be best for you and your needs.

q: How do I clean my shoes?
a:

The best way to clean your running shoes is to wipe them down with a soft damp rag after every run. You will want to remove dirt, dust, and debris so the material is not damaged. Keep your shoes dry and out of direct sunlight when they are not being used. Also, avoid storing them in areas that will get super hot or super cold as this can affect the soles and other materials as well. Finally, be sure to follow the care label if you ever need to wash your shoes.

q: Is it a worth buying an expensive pair of shoes?
a:

When it comes to running shoes you will get what you pay for so investing $75 now into a quality pair of shoes is a smart way to go. But by the same token, while you want to buy the best brand running shoes you can, there is no reason to pay $250 for a pair of shoes simply because of the branding logo on it. So consider your budget and get the best quality pair of shoes that you can for what you are able to afford at that time.