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10 Best K-Swiss Running Shoes Reviewed

last updated Nov 15, 2018
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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The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93
Comfort
96%
Value
93%
Breathability
90%
Protection
94%
Traction
92%
Price Comparison Last Updated (19.11.18)
$55.00
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The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91.6
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Comfort
91%
Value
89%
Breathability
95%
Protection
90%
Traction
93%
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The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92.2
Comfort
92%
Value
90%
Breathability
97%
Protection
93%
Traction
89%
Price Comparison Last Updated (19.11.18)
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The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91.2
Comfort
93%
Value
90%
Breathability
87%
Protection
92%
Traction
94%
Price Comparison Last Updated (19.11.18)
$67.88
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The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
90.2
Comfort
89%
Value
92%
Breathability
90%
Protection
87%
Traction
93%
Price Comparison Last Updated (19.11.18)
$54.94
6
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
87.8
Comfort
90%
Value
89%
Breathability
84%
Protection
90%
Traction
86%
Price Comparison Last Updated (19.11.18)
$35.33
7
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
87.8
Comfort
83%
Value
90%
Breathability
86%
Protection
93%
Traction
87%
Price Comparison Last Updated (19.11.18)
$57.95
8
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
85
Comfort
86%
Value
83%
Breathability
90%
Protection
81%
Traction
85%
Price Comparison Last Updated (19.11.18)
$59.99
9
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
82.4
Comfort
87%
Value
82%
Breathability
84%
Protection
79%
Traction
80%
Price Comparison Last Updated (19.11.18)
$44.67
10
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
80.8
Comfort
84%
Value
87%
Breathability
80%
Protection
78%
Traction
75%
Price Comparison Last Updated (19.11.18)
$94.95
In Depth Review Top 10
  • K-Swiss Tubes Run 100
  • K-Swiss Tubes 130
  • K-Swiss Tubes 151 P
  • 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 Blade Max Endure
  • K-Swiss Blade Max Stable
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  • Criteria Used for Evaluation

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.
93
K-Swiss Tubes Run 100
Comfort
96
Value
93
Breathability
90
Protection
94
Traction
92
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$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.
91.6
K-Swiss Tubes 130
Comfort
91
Value
89
Breathability
95
Protection
90
Traction
93
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 moulded 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 Tubes 151 P

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92.2
K-Swiss Tubes 151 P
Comfort
92
Value
90
Breathability
97
Protection
93
Traction
89
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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

More tubes, more breathability, more cushion, another great running experience. The padded collar and tongue make for a luxurious experience while the flexibility here is also great. These are really lightweight and the arch support is good without being excessive, so if you seek mild arch support, they might be just what you need.

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Comfort/Stability

Really breathable and an excellent amount of comfort here. The bounce is really good, though the soles can feel a little hard on the bottom of the foot. They’re good for eliminating heel pain and they provide a decent amount of stability without sacrificing flexibility or altering the natural movement of the foot.

Quality/Durability

Again, there are no real quality or durability issues here, so they should last you a while!

Cost and Value

These are pretty much mid-range for K-Swiss shoes. However, one of the most affordable pair guaranteeing maximum breathability.

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.
91.2
K-Swiss X-160 CMF
Comfort
93
Value
90
Breathability
87
Protection
92
Traction
94
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$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.
90.2
K-Swiss Tubes 100 Dustem
Comfort
89
Value
92
Breathability
90
Protection
87
Traction
93
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$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.
87.8
K-Swiss X Lite Athletic CMF
Comfort
90
Value
89
Breathability
84
Protection
90
Traction
86
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$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.
87.8
K-Swiss Blade Light Race
Comfort
83
Value
90
Breathability
86
Protection
93
Traction
87
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$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 to 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 sockliner 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.
85
K-Swiss Blade Max Glide
Comfort
86
Value
83
Breathability
90
Protection
81
Traction
85
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$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 Blade Max Endure

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
82.4
K-Swiss Blade Max Endure
Comfort
87
Value
82
Breathability
84
Protection
79
Traction
80
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$44.67
Pros:

Good for slight over-pronation

Very breathable and lightweight

Balanced heel

Decent arch support

Cons:

Not lots of support on the upper

Sizes run a little wide

Colors don’t match as advertised

Sole may not have enough support for some.

These, again, have great cushioning technology and are designed to get your foot gliding naturally and productively. The upper is breathable and supportive and there is plenty of bounce along with a responsive heel to keep you balanced and supported. If you have slight over-pronation, these might work for you.

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Comfort/Stability

They are really breathable and lightweight and have plenty of cushion around the entire shoe, though the sole is a little lacking in long-term comfort. They have decent arch support and the construction of the heel is great if you like a lot of support there.
Quality/Durability

The colors are a little different than advertised, and the sizes run a little wide. Otherwise, they are a great quality shoe, and there seem to be no durability issues.

Cost and Value

These are very slightly above average, but they're worth the cost. The upper perhaps has less structure than some might like, but this helps them to be more lightweight.

10. K-Swiss Blade Max Stable

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
80.8
K-Swiss Blade Max Stable
Comfort
84
Value
87
Breathability
80
Protection
78
Traction
75
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$94.95
Pros:

Good for over-pronation

Very stable and stabilizing

Good for long runs, with comfort and impact reduction

Good cushion and spring

Cons:

Not too durable

Can squeeze on the toes

Not too lightweight

Not as well-tested as other options on this list

These running shoes are good for over-pronation and shine in their stability. They have reflectors and are designed for long runs, with a sole crafted to avoid the lumps and bumps in the road. If you want something sturdy for long runs yet lightweight, these are a good option.

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Comfort/Stability

These will keep you really stable on the road and provide great comfort throughout a long run. They have good cushion and spring and really are fantastic at reducing impact.

Quality/Durability

These do seem to wear a little quicker than some might like, but they are otherwise very good.

Cost and Value

The pair is little pricey, but only marginally so. They are a little heavier than some other shoes, but they're overall really comfortable. Unfortunately, the toe box is a little small for some.

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 creteria because some of the shoes that the company make 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 plattform 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. thi would ensure to stop foot fungus, eliminate bad odour. Moreover, breathability means that the feet have enough space to allow for sufficient blood flow.

Protection

One important features 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.