10 Best Orange Running Shoes Reviewed
What color running shoes should I get
Associations with the color, fragrance and taste called “orange” abound and are almost universally positive. Picture a summer’s day with its natural orange overtones. Think of citrus drinks with oranges wedges. Inhale the aroma of a freshly cut orange – images bright, sweet and cheerful are associated with orange. But orange is also the color of fire, and fire is inextricably associated with speed which perhaps explains the prevalence of orange and orange elements in so many popular running shoes. Lucky you if your passion is orange. Even men can find orange shoes in many of their favorite brands.
- Hoka One One Bondi 5
- Molded Ortholite Footbed
- Open Engineered Mesh Upper
- Adidas Pureboost Xpose
- Dynamic Adaptive Fit
- Boost Ultra-Responsive Cushioning
- New Balance Summit
- FantomFit Upper
- REVlite Foam Midsole
Orange is not just for fashion shoes either. Many of the most technical shoes, designed to appeal to real runners, as opposed to people who enjoy runner fashions but never hit the track, are offered in orange. See if the shoe at the top of your list appears on our red hot list of orange running shoes.
Best Orange Running Shoes
1. Hoka One One Bondi 5
Hot off the shoe presses, these shoes focus their engineering genius on cushioning as well as the redesigned upper. This element is attractively smooth, providing an interesting textural and visual contrast to most current shoe uppers.
High comfort as is typical of Hoka One One.
This is a mid-priced shoe and a good value.
Great use of orange and black
Superior impact cushioning
Some runners find the sole inflexible.
Some runners find the tongue presses uncomfortably against the foot.
2. Adidas Pureboost Xpose
Adidas has outdone itself with the style of the Pureboost Xpose, offering three different orange shoes: Energy/Glow Orange/Maroon, basic Glow Orange and Energy/Glow Orange/Light Maroon. Our pick for the best of the orange threesome is Orange Glow because the complimentary orange/copper stripes take these killer kicks up to the next orange level.
The Pureboost Xpose includes elements that personalize the fit, such as the innovative arch and stretch fit upper, making this a comfortable shoe.
You have to expect to pay for this much orange. This is a more expensive than average running shoe.
- Self-molding elements
- Reinforcement for supportive foot strike
- No tongue lace loop for additional convenience and stability
3. Salomon Speedcross 4
You know, this shoe even looks more like rubber cleats than running shoes, because the lugs are so large and prominent. The Speedcross has the traction of a jeep, the desert endurance of a camel and the armor of a tank. Designed to resist light precipitation and incidental moisture, Salmon also offers water-resistant and waterproof versions for those of you who think “off road” means underwater.
This shoe looks as tough as it runs. The arrow-shaped lugs cover the entire sole and even the toe has more modest rectangular lugs. The stacked heel provides cushioning and impact protection. The blue sole and interior nicely compliment the roaring orange body. When running down the trail with these on, your feel will look as if they are on fire.
Comfortable, which is saying something for a trail shoe.
Because of the engineering necessities of trail shoes, the value of these is not comparable to road or race shoes, but they are a very good value for the product.
Excellent traction in difficult trail conditions such as mud and snow.
“Quicklace” system enables fast entry to and exit from the shoes.
Mesh prevents intrusion of dirt and debris.
Some runners feel it runs smaller than previous models.
Some runners think it is less breathable than would be preferable.
4. On Cloud
Yes indeed, the On Clouds are stylish. Black interior and elastic laces with orange and yellow exterior – you will be visible in an avalanche in these babies. The deep central sole split runs between ranks of deep, rectangular lugs to grip the road and provide flexibility.
The upper part of the shoe is very comfortable and conforms to the shape of your foot. For an added bonus, they are self-lacing.
Pricey; most expensive of our orange reviewed shoes
- Lightweight, flexible and comfortably padded
- High fashion color offerings
- Good impact protection
- Some runners find there are durability issues in that some parts fatigued more quickly than expected.
5. Pearl Izumi Em Road N 0 V2
More of a shoe for racing than training, this shoe is slim, low-rise with a basic yet stable sole. There is something retro about the orange offering, perhaps because it is flat and only differentiated by a modest grey swirl.
Certainly, for racing and training involving speed work; might not last long for distance work
Good value; mid-priced
- Cushioned, light, well-supported heel
- Interesting retro orange feature with contrasting white sole
Some find the laces included with the shoe less than expected and don’t support a tight fit.
Some runners find it too minimal
6. New Balance Summit
Of course you want orange trail shoes! How else will you see your feet in those dirty, muddy, off-road conditions? This orange and yellow combination with attractive spider-webbing along the sole looks fast. New Balance perfectly integrates their N logo into the design.
Lightweight cushioning and a firm but flexible sole with substantial but not intrusive lugs make this a comfortable trail racing shoe. For long distance trail races, this would not be the best or most practical choice.
Good value; mid-priced which is particularly interesting in the trail category
- Stable, lightweight trail race shoe
- Very orange yet adult rather than toddler
- Some runners feel these shoes run narrow
7. Under Armour SpeedForm Slingride Fade
For the runner or general athlete who likes the mid-minimal look, these are a good choice. The shape and absent support bands, plastic crisscrossing and lower foot supports leave uninterrupted acres of orange for all to admire.
The upper is very comfortable and the sole needs improvement if this shoe is to sell to serious runners, but it has elements that work well for training.
Like most of the shoes in this orange category, this is a good value and mid-priced
- Florescent orange with a black Under Armour logo and black sole
- Works as fashion shoe and running shoe
- Well-reviewed, comfortable upper
- Some runners find the heel too loose
- Need to add more tech elements to attract serious runners
8. Nike Free RN Flyknit
The Flyknit looks as if some genius affixed a slipper upper to a marshmallow sole. The interesting woven appearance is attractive and is set off by a gray saddle with orange, threaded tunnels that contain the lace loops. The orange coloring slightly over laps the white sole, giving the upper an under-lighting effect that looks ethereal and fast.
Comfortable upper, sole and comfortable run
Very good Value
Easy to put on and remove
Some runners feel the heel runs narrow.
Provide limited lateral stability. Some runners found that the upper wears out more quickly than expected
9. Saucony Triumph ISO 2
This shoe is sweet as a creamcicle with a stacked heel alternating white and orange. This is a bright orange without tipping the scale into neon. Having this cheerful, speedy-looking shoe to greet you before each training effort and race must be inspiring and helps to offset the price tag.
With newly-reengineered uppers that adapt to your foot that provide breathability and cushioning, this is a comfortable shoe. Additionally comfort features include a moisture-wicking collar and the Saucony Everun cushioning.
- Well-reviewed comfort elements in a supportive though non-restrictive shoe.
- Everun cushioning and moisture-wicking collar
- Available in a very orange hue
- Some runners feel it runs small
10. Saucony Kinvara 7
The updated style elements catapult this model into the high fashion/high tech category. Particularly in the men’s category, this is a bright orange shoe. When you add the neon green interior, tongue, laces and wave, your feel look as if they are on fire, which is what many orange fans may be looking for.
The comfort of this shoe is supplied primarily by the soft upper and film overlay that combine to supply cushioning and stability.
Good shoe toward the upper edge of the middle range
- Comfortable, breathable upper
- Moisture-wicking collar
- Film overlay secures foot in place
- Some runners find the mid shoe area a little tight
- Some runners find it runs small
Though never intended as a contest between manufactures, Saucony wins the orange crown in this review for providing us with the most members of our orange review list.
Keep in mind that, as much fun as it is to have orange shoes, your personal comfort, foot shape and intentions must define your shoe selection. Orange is a great, inspiring runner, and a joy to don on those less than inspiring days, but any shoe that fits your needs is the correct choice for you.