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Best Fashion Running Shoes Reviewed

last updated Jan 17, 2019
When choosing running shoes most serious runners will choose performance, comfort, and durability over fashion and style every day and twice on Sundays, and that's the way it should be. But studies have proven that people who like the way they look in their running gear run more often and for longer distances than those who don't. Plus, shoe companies have come a long way in the style department and with more options available now than ever before there's no reason not to have a shoe that both looks and performs great. We checked out the most stylish options from the top brands and chose the ten that best mixed performance with fashion.

In a Hurry? The test winner after 19 hrs of research

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Nike Roshe Run
95.2/100 our score
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Style
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Comfort
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Nike Roshe Run
Why is it better?

Very lightweight and very comfy

Lots of designs to choose from

Looks like any other casual sneaker, not a running shoe

Provides good comfort and support during a run

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Test Winner: Nike Roshe Run
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Get your miles in style with this guide to the market's most fashionable running shoes. Our latest additions are the Brooks Revel, the ON Cloud, and the Saucony Triumph ISO 2.

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88.4
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$87.00
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$95.00
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$129.99
In Depth Review Top 10
  • Nike Roshe Run
  • Saucony Triumph ISO 2
  • ON Cloud
  • Brooks Revel
  • Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit
  • Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32
  • Reebok Z-Pump
  • Adidas ZX Flux
  • Puma Ignite Mesh
  • Merrell All Out Terra
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10 Best Fashion Running Shoes Reviewed

1. Nike Roshe Run

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
95.2
Nike Roshe Run
Use
95
Terrain
96
Brand
96
Style
95
Comfort
94
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Pros:

Very lightweight and very comfy

Lots of designs to choose from

Looks like any other casual sneaker, not a running shoe

Provides good comfort and support during a run

Cons:

For some, these are a little too lightweight

Available for men and women, these are another great offering from Nike. The designs here are fairly minimal, but they do look very nice. Of all of the options on this list, they are perhaps the shoe which looks least like they are designed for exercise - you could wear these anywhere and no-one would know that they are running shoes. These shoes have very good arch support and give great bounce on the sole. The heel on these is pretty high, which also gives good support during exercise. These shoes are also very lightweight.

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Comfort

These are very comfortable, particularly for people who like an airy and lightweight shoe. They provide good stability and good support, though they might not be suitable for very heavy runs or very difficult terrain. They keep your feet cool and the high heel keeps you fairly balanced and stable during your runs.

Durability

These shoes are durable and will last you a long time. They are of good quality, like most Nike products that are made of a high-quality material to withstand a tough terrain.

Cost and Value

These are around the same cost as most Nike shoes, so they’re not a bargain option – but they are worth the cost in terms of style, quality, and durability.

2. Saucony Triumph ISO 2

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93.8
Saucony Triumph ISO 2
Use
95
Terrain
89
Brand
97
Style
93
Comfort
95
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Pros:

Great road running performance

High-quality

Good customer service

Flexible outsole

Great ride and energy return

Cons:

Some prefer the previous version

The style of these is more extreme athlete than calm and cool, but that's what some people are looking for. If you're looking to look as fast as you are these are a good option. They also perform really well and come from a well-respected name in the running world.

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Style and Use

These look like something a badass track star would wear, which we think is super fun. They're designed for the road not the trail, although users felt like they'd hold up to a little bit of off-road running.

Comfort and Terrain

Suited more for performance than maximum comfort, we still didn't find any reports of comfort issues and the ISOFIT liner is super plush and soft. Another option that's designed for road running, these aren't meant for all terrain running but will grip the pavement well even when it's wet.

Brand

This company has been around since all the way back in 1989, and is one of the most respected and popular options for runners of all kinds.

3. ON Cloud

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ON Cloud
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92
Terrain
87
Brand
95
Style
89
Comfort
92
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Pros:

Durable

Comfortable

High-quality

Designed for elite athletes

Cons:

Expensive

This Swiss brand is known for making high-quality shoes that meet the high standards of elite endurance athletes. We love the modern understated style that's available in ten different colorways for you to choose from. These shoe's performance goes beyond style though, and this lightweight option gets good reviews for its comfort, traction, and durability.

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Style and Use

These are meant for road running and they perform well at this while looking super cool as well. European design and fashion cues will help you feel good about how you look without making you stand out for the wrong reasons.

Comfort and Terrain

This company's products consistently get high marks for their comfort and these are no exception. They're designed for elite endurance athletes so they have to stay comfortable on long runs. These are designed for road running and their tread grips the pavement well even when it's wet but we wouldn't take these trail running as they lack the traction designed for it.

Brand

Born in the Swiss Alps, ON Running makes high-quality shoes for elite athletes. They're an expensive option but you get what you pay for.

4. Brooks Revel

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
89.6
Brooks Revel
Use
90
Terrain
85
Brand
94
Style
85
Comfort
94
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Pros:

Comfortable

Affordable

Wide variety of colorways

Cons:

Some customers reported quality issues

This stylish option gets great reviews for its comfort and affordability. They offer neutral support so they're good for runners transitioning to natural running shoes as well as those who are looking for a good second pair of running shoes to try out. The brand has become well known for their excellent running shoes and this offering is no exception. They're also good for runners with high arches.

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Style and Use

These have a classic style, and come in 9 different colorways, some of which are understated and some are super bold, so you choose what you like best. These are intended to be used mostly for road running, but will hold up to the trail as well although the traction isn't ideal for that.

Comfort and Terrain

This brand is all about comfort, from their plush liners to the amount of cushioning they have, and this is one area where this shoe gets consistently high marks. These are meant for road running so the outsole works well on the pavement but doesn't offer ideal grip for trail running.

Brand

This company has gone from garage-based start up to a well-known global brand based on their quality, comfort, and value.

5. Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
88.4
Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit
Use
88
Terrain
80
Brand
95
Style
85
Comfort
94
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Pros:

Some of the comfiest and lightweight shoes around

Because of their design, these are very versatile

They adapt very well to the feet of the runner

They offer a very natural range of movement

Many designs to choose from: all very attractive

Cons:

Pretty expensive

Takes some time to break into them

Again, these are available for both men and women. They come in many different designs – some block colors, some more psychedelic, but they’re all very aesthetic. These have a very lightweight flyknit design, so you can run with versatility and freedom. They are one of the most flexible shoes currently on the market. The shape of the shoe is designed to mirror the natural movement of the foot, which ensures and promotes a more natural running pattern and a natural foot strike. Despite this, you still get good cushion and support here. They also offer good breathability.

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Comfort

These provide a very pleasant and comfortable running experience due to their lightweight design and unique curvature. When wearing these, you feel very free while still benefiting from the excellent support of the shoe. The design also provides a particularly adaptive fit with good flexibility. Despite their very flat soles, the shoes offer great grip and traction. Because of the knitted design of the shoes, it may take two or three runs for your feet to really become accustomed to these. But once you do, you’re in for a comfy experience!

Durability

These will last a while, which is good considering the high price. A couple of users have experienced durability issues, but these seem to be a very small minority.

Cost and Value

This is where things do start getting expensive. They are pricey, but they provide very little flaws and offer a very enjoyable exercise experience along with a very attractive design.

6. Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
86.6
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32
Use
85
Terrain
80
Brand
90
Style
90
Comfort
88
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Pros:

Fashion is the top design priority

Good durability

Excellent natural run with flexibility and bounce

Comfortable

Cons:

Sizes seem to run a little small

Toe box is also smaller than with most other shoes

These have a huge range of colors and designs, so if you’re a fashionista looking for variety, you’ll find it with these. Another neutral shoe, these have a lightweight mesh upper, wire cables for added foot support and good underfoot protection. The material also offers good flexibility and bounce, so they’re a good all-around shoe for a comfortable road run.

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Comfort

They run a little narrow and short and the toe box is a little smaller than in most shoes. That said, lots of buyers have commented on the good stability of these shoes - they provide a natural foot strike with good balance. They are very comfortable with good traction and bounce making them offer great flexibility.

Durability

They are of great quality and there are no durability issues since Nike has made the pair with a high quality-rated material, tested across different terrains.

Cost and Value

These are a little expensive, but they're good, durable, comfortable and a top-quality brand. So you get what you pay for!

7. Reebok Z-Pump

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
85.6
Reebok Z-Pump
Use
81
Terrain
83
Brand
89
Style
80
Comfort
95
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Pros:

Nice unique aesthetic

Reflective for running in the dark

Good traction

Good for pace and transitions

Cons:

They are a little narrow

Not as durable as some other Nike shoes.

The pump button is only somewhat effective

These have a distinctive design, so if you’re looking for something to make you stand out, they might be a good buy. They come in ten different designs and have reflective features, useful if you like run at night. The shoes have a unique pump button to provide if needed, extra support and cushion to the heel. The outsole is inspired by tyres to offer good traction.

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Comfort

They are lightweight, comfortable and snug. They offer good arch support and are great if you have slightly narrow feet. The lacing system on these means that you can slip in and out of them, which is good if you value speed or if your exercise features transitions.

Durability

These are not as durable as other options, but the quality is still pretty good. The pump button, in particular, does wear away a little quickly.

Cost and Value

These are around an average price for this range since you would be getting a stylish, tough and functional Reebok pair for your runs.

8. Adidas ZX Flux

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
84
Adidas ZX Flux
Use
84
Terrain
80
Brand
90
Style
75
Comfort
91
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Pros:

Provides very good comfort and stability

Decent amount of protection here

Durable and should last you a very long time

Nice plain design, which will probably appeal to most people

Cons:

If you have wide feet, they might not be suitable

Pricey

These are smart and understated, with a very nice simplistic design. The heel and ankle both have good support, so they’re suitable for anyone seeking a little extra protection. They also have a good grip on the sole, so they’re appropriate for road running and casual running, but like most fashion shoes, they won’t offer support for trail running or anything equally intense. Like most of Adidas’ products, they are very robust, are comfortable and will last a long time.

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Comfort

These are very stable, and provide good support for the entire foot. Most buyers report that they offer a very good fit and are snug and comfortable. Unless you run on particularly difficult terrain, these should provide all the comfort and support you need.

Durability

Like most of Adidas’ products, they last a while and are made of quality material. This will ensure you do not have to worry about spending much on the pair because you know you will get quality.

Cost and Value

They are a little more expensive than other options, but you’re getting a good shoe and a fashionable design, so you get what you pay for.

9. Puma Ignite Mesh

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
82.8
Puma Ignite Mesh
Use
89
Terrain
79
Brand
80
Style
83
Comfort
83
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Pros:

They’re slightly cheaper than lots of other alternatives

Broad sole offers good support

Decent bounce

Quite affordable

Cons:

Sizes sometimes seem to be a little off

Durability is a little weaker than other alternatives

These come in five varieties, from subtle to bright, and they are a nice sleek design. They have a mesh design and good cushion, though they aren’t quite as light as other options. They are a good comfortable option if you like to run short distances, and the broad sole gives good support for the feet and knees.

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Comfort

They are comfortable and stable and offer a good running experience. That said, they perhaps don’t have sufficient protection for those who like to run really long distances. A few buyers have reported that they’re better used for shorter runs.

Durability

They are pretty durable and are of good quality, though a small number of users have reported that the colors can flake and fade. Unfortunately, that's the tradeoff for such an affordable and lightweight shoe.

Cost and Value

They are on the lower end of the price range here, so they're a decent bargain buy. However, just a few dollars more can yield a pair of shoes with much more impressive features or construction quality.

10. Merrell All Out Terra

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81
Merrell All Out Terra
Use
85
Terrain
90
Brand
70
Style
70
Comfort
90
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Pros:

The traction on these is insane

Very protective, both on the sole and in the toe

A trail runner that also looks good

Surprisingly lightweight

Cons:

A little narrow

Not very breathable in very hot conditions

The insole is not particularly durable

These are great for trail runners, with an excellent grip on the outsole and good protection against the elements. All of the attractive and colorful designs come with reflective details for those who run in dark conditions, and the toe guard provides an extra shield for particularly intense runs. If you’re seeking a trail running shoe that looks good, you’re in luck!

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Comfort

They take a little while to get used to, as they have a slightly unusual design owing to their great traction and protection. Once you do become accustomed to them, they make even the most intense runs very comfortable. They are surprisingly lightweight considering how protective and gripping they are.

Durability

They are overall very durable and of high quality, though the insole seems to wear away a little quicker than it should. If you’re usually heavy on your insole, you might find that you need to buy new ones with these.

Cost and Value

These are around average price, but considering you're buying a good trail running shoe with a fashionable design, this really isn't a bad deal.

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Style

If you are a person that like monochromatic colors for your outfits, then some minimal design fashion trainers, like the Nike Rosherun or the Adidas ZX Flux, may be the best for you. If you are into colorful outfits, then most of the brands and models can suit your style perfectly.
As a quick fact that may inspire you, Mintel, a world leading market intelligence agency, declared that for the first time ever, sales of trainers have overtaken high heels in the UK.

Use

Think about the main reason for buying your new trainers. How of a serious runner or a casual runner are you? What’s the weather in the place where you live? What are the conditions of the terrain where you run? Are you actually going to run with your new trainers?
Asking yourself those questions is a good start to understand what kind of trainers you are looking for.

Comfort

Regardless of the unique qualities of your feet, you want to be comfortable when you run. With this in mind, there is way more than your shoe size to consider when purchasing a new pair of running shoes. You should also think about your foot width, if and how you pronate, your natural foot strike, and your arches (or lack thereof). These all play an important role in finding the perfect pair of shoes for you!

Terrain

Think about the terrain of the place where you like to run. Which season are you in? Do you need shoes that suit a paved road, or do you take your running to off-road trails? For example, if you’re going to wear the same trainers for the rest of the day after having a run in the morning, you may need a lightweight pair with good ventilation.
Durability of your trainers is something you need to have in mind as well; if you are planning to use them all the time, they will wear-off quicker and should bring more support to your feet.
It is always necessary to consider the best options in ethical footwear. It is important for the global sustainability to buy recycled, organic and fair trade sourced footwear.

Brand

Even if you are not a runner or even a sporty type of person, the running in pretty footwear can become part of your wardrobe. Consider how much are you willing to spend on your trainers, some of them are more affordable than the others as they have more specialized features. The brand is absolutely vital because you will determine the best trainer based on intuition, choice and marketability of the pair.

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Keep Those Kicks Clean!

If you want your fashionable running shoes to remain fashionable, remember to keep them nice and clean. This can be difficult with trail running shoes or other designed for off-road use but it is still possible. Any sportings goods or shoe store will sell brushes and cleaning solutions that can be used to keep the sides and soles of your kicks squeaky clean!

Don't Forget the Laces

When it comes to shoes and fashion, a surprising amount of people neglect their laces. The truth is that there are countless options for shoelaces, other than simply hiding them inside your shoes, that can add a bit of extra flair. Try finding different colors of laces or different styles, like the popular curly laces that don't need to be tied. Just remember to avoid wearing any styles or colors that might be associated with any street gangs!

Other Factors to Consider

Overall Fit

Not that long ago, if you were looking for a set of great running shoes, that you could also wear to run errands in a casual look and feel amazing, you had very limited options. Today, performance and lifestyle are no longer found in two different aisles in the sports store or website, you can buy trainers that you can keep not only in your locker but also in your wardrobe.

Companies like Nike, Adidas, Rebook and New Balance, among many others, are designing the best-performing trainers to look great and fashionable. You no longer have to pick one or the other. If you are a runner, you may no longer choose a pair of cool New Balance 574s (designed in 1988), as well as if you want to have a casual look wearing trainers, you have more options than you Adidas White Stan Smiths (designed in 1963). Limits between performance and fashion are becoming blurrier than ever before.

Frequently Asked Questions

q: Are running fashion shoes as good for runners as running shoes?
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If you are a serious runner looking for top running trainers, getting running fashion ones won’t be a good option. If you are really into running, you should look for specialized running shoes that adapt to the specific conditions of your feet and the terrain you run on. People that ran the half or full marathons over the last year have positioned brands like Brooks, ASICS and Saucony as the top brands for that particular purpose.

q: I am not into sports but I would like to match my outfit with some stylish running shoes. Are there any negative consequences of using fashionable running shoes as part of casual wear?
a:

Even if you are not a runner, there are no negative consequences in wearing running fashion shoes. But have in mind that, as any other shoes, you need to choose the ones that fit you the best. Negative consequences of picking the wrong size or shape for you, can cause stress on the joints of the legs. As a common general tip, make sure there is a finger-width space between your great toe and the shoe box.

q: What is pronation? Should I consider it when buying running fashion shoes?
a:

Pronation is the rolling motion of your feet and has a great affect on your balance as you run and walk. Even for a pair of fashion shoes, it is important to consider pronation as this can affect your comfort and the longevity of your shoes.

q: In a nutshell, what are the best features?
a:

There are many features you can consider depending on the brand you are looking for but the main ones are, comfort, breathability, design, style and terrain. Others may want to look at pricing depending on their budget.

q: How can you rank something subjective like fashion and style?
a:

This is a great question, and yes, the fashion and style of a shoe is definitely subjective. However, we like to think that our staff has enough style and diversity among us that we have a pretty keen eye, and since we're all constantly immersed in the world of running, we have a pretty good idea of what trends are happening and how consumers are reacting to them. In the end however, you might love the style of something we don't and vice versa. That's why we did our best to include products with a wide array of design styles so that hopefully there's something on here for everyone.

Sources

  1. Katie Rosenbrock, The Active Times, Website, Sep 03, 2014
  2. ANDREW BETTLACH, DANA BAARDSEN, Best Products, Website, Sep 05, 2018
  3. Joe Mackie, Fashion Beans, Article,