10 Best Grey Running Shoes Reviewed

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Our list only offers 10 shades of grey rather than 50, but runners interested in a more mature, dignified shoe will find appealing selections of quality footwear on this list.

Adidas Ultra Boost
  • Adidas Ultra Boost
  • 4.9 out of 5
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  • Primeknit Upper
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Nike Tanjun
  • Nike Tanjun
  • 4.8 out of 5
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  • Injected Unitsole Cushioning
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New Balance 720v3
  • New Balance 720v3
  • 4.6 out of 5
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  • ComfrotRide Cushioning
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The manufactures of quality grey shoes who made the cut on this list have managed to infuse many of these grey offerings with certain personality. There are tweedy greys, flat greys, metallic greys and heathered greys – evocative of varied environments and attitudes. Don’t pass these over as dull – they are anything but. This is a very rare scenario of reviewing a shoe based on its color instead of prioritizing other factors like stability, comfort and fit. But then these shoes have also been subjected to the deep scrutinizing that involved the other reliable metrics.

1. Adidas Ultra Boost

The Adidas Ultra Boost provides propulsion for the next step, just as Adidas promises with this super foam creation. To further encourage energetic gait, the toe has an even more pronounced turn-up than most other shoes in this class. The adjustment that runners must make is in the fairly rigid uppers that some runners feel help stabilize the run while others feel squeezed their feet painfully.
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Style
The different greys in the upper draw attention to the features of that part of the shoe. The exterior does little to indicate all the energy hidden in the depths of this shoe, like a snake sleeping in the sun. Rather than having a loop at the heel to facilitate putting the shoes on, Adidas extends the heel higher up the Achilles which balances with the long tongue. The overall appearance is clean lines and serious determination.

Comfort
Designed with a plethora of comfort features, the Boost foam is still the selling point of this shoe. Many runners are not yet convinced that Adidas has found the sweet spot balancing the boost’s energy and foot comfort. Though the upper has an open-weave appearance, runners report that is it not as soft as needed for this shoe.

Value
Pricey which is often the case with recent technological innovations
Pros
  • Energy-returning boost assists gait progress
  • Comfortable midsole
  • External heel stabilizer to prevent slippage
  • Available in many colors
  • Fashion-forward styling
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Some runners feel it runs a little small.

2. Nike Tanjun

Tanjun, according to Nike, means “simplicity” and that is certainly the vibe of this shoe. Tanjun is not loud shoe with streaks of color drawing attention to each section of the shoe. It is a single color with breathable mesh uppers, limited stitching and traditional Nike foot pads and matching laces. Designed for training, many people purchase multiple pairs in various colors to offset or complement outfits.
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Style
Nike offers the Tanjun in a wide range of interesting colors from white to black, making many stops in between. The grey in this model is a soft pearl grey. It has a classy, old Hollywood glam feeling and it is perfectly offset by the snow sole that most Tanjuns feature. No question – this shoe is appropriate on the road and on the town.

Comfort
These are very comfortable shoes.

Value
Pricey
Pros
  • Interesting color variations available
  • Shock-attenuating mesh upper
  • Improved toe spring for comfort and gait
  • Springy sock liner
Cons
  • Some runners feel the shoe runs narrow.
  • Some runners report quality/early wear issues.

3. Saucony Cohesion 9

With a breathable mesh upper and quality carbon rubber sole, this is a shoe you can get used to having around because it will be with you for a while. The design features a heel depression in the foam interior for impact protection. Not an extremely technical shoe, the Saucony Cohesion 9 can still be a reliable member of your shoe army.
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Style
This dark grey shoe has a subtle seriousness that is as much at home in the den as on the road. With tiny touches of medium blue to draw attention to the tongue, brand name, exterior bands and sole features, the Cohesion 9 is a coiled spring.

Comfort
The cushioning system, heel depression for impact protection and breathable upper make this quite a comfortable wear.

Value
Inexpensive for this level of shoe
Pros
  • Affordable without being cheaply made
  • Comfortable
  • Attractive colors offered
  • Good grey application reminiscent of gunmetal
Cons
  • Some runners find the shoe runs small.
  • Some runners find the cushioning is insufficient.

4. Reebok Trailgrip RS 5.0

This snug shoe is a well-respected trail companion for men and women on the go. They grip wet, slippery and shale-covered surfaces with confidence. Reebok focuses the sole lugs in the center of the forefoot and heel areas, reinforcing the circumference of the sole with larger, open traction forms that prevent slippage and slightly correct for pronation.
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Style
The grey version of this model is offset by camo green laces. Reebok carries the green touches into the supportive bands in the midfoot area. The heel is black in all versions of the trainer which emphasizes the low cut of the shoe and the heel support.

Comfort
These are comfortable shoes. Many owners find them so comfortable that they wear them in social occasions and some have replaced their golf cleats with these.

Value
Very good value
Pros
  • Very well priced, high-performance light trail/road shoes
  • Attractive, sleek styling
  • Light
  • Excellent grip
Cons
  • Some runners feel these are more light duty shoes.
  • Some runners report premature wear issues.

5. Salomon X Scream 3D

Did you notice how Salomon has a play on words in the name of the Salomon X Scream 3D? This is a hybrid shoe for roads and trail designed by a company that concentrates on trail shoes. Some runners states that it's too heavy for road running. It remains to be seen if the X Scream will take hold.
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Style
Salomon seems to have mastered the lace locking system with an elegant solution. By creating a close affinity between the lace loops and the stability bands, the laces successfully lock the feet into position. This gives the shoe a faster appearance and in this case, the gun metal grey supports the impression of serious shoes ready for extreme conditions.

Comfort
This is a comfortable shoe without feeling puffy.

Value
Pricey
Pros
  • Very good responsiveness in directional changes
  • Easy lacing system
  • Storage area for the lace anchor that keeps it from tapping on your foot as you run
  • Very sturdy upper; holds up to all kinds of road and trail abuse
Cons
  • Some runners report heel blistering problems they attribute to the narrowness of the heel cup.
  • Some runners report that the shoe has a heavy feeling.

6. Mizuno Wave Rider 19

With the Wave Rider 19, Mizuno adds 2 mm of padding to the foot bed. This has created a more comfortable ride without diminishing stability and road feel. The sole is flexible enough without being too soft and features large pads of support at key point in the sole rather than the million dimples so popular just now. The totally cool sole wave pattern is less visible in this model, but runners report that the sole is responsive and hard-wearing.
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Style
Available in many colors, the grey offering of the Mizuno Wave Rider 19 maybe its best match. This is a substantial shoe and the bright offerings seem to emphasize the size while the grey minimizes it. The forefoot of the upper is darker grey and fades gradually to an almost silver as the color moves toward the heel. It looks both fast and serious. The teal Mizuno logo bird, seemingly using its wings to assist your drive to the finish, adds to the speedy appearance of the grey model.

Comfort
Mizuno added 2mm of additional padding to the interior foot bed of this Wave and it adds to the comfort without compromising your ability to read the road.

Value
Toward the middle range for elite shoes
Pros
  • Upper conforms to foot shape
  • Comfortable
  • Very good mid-sole support
  • Attractive use of grey with teal
  • Available in many colors
Cons
  • Some runners feel the heel is too loose.
  • Some runners feel shoe is too narrow.

7. New Balance 720v3

The New Balance 720v3 in grey is aimed at the neutral or slight pronation runner. It supplies a comfortable, fashionable run in an intriguing blend of grey hues. New Balance incorporates a fun element by using tiny foot icons for the sole dimples.
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Style
The combination of dark and medium greys in the 720v3 combine to give a serious yet dignified impression reminiscent of fine, wool suits. The breathable mesh upper features an interesting, understated diamond pattern with variations in the tightness of the weave for a complex appearance. This design is streamlined and seems to indicate that the runner in them takes each step earnestly.

Comfort
The tweedy, woven upper supplies breathability and flexibility with smooth sections for the curl of the foot as you push off for the next step and at the toe base where shoe irritation is common. The stability bands in the forefoot are glued rather than stitched for additional comfort and the puffy tongue and padded collar with the removable foot bed make this a comfortable shoe.

Value
Excellent
Pros
  • Breathable, soft upper
  • No-sew for non-irritating sock
  • IMEVA injection mid-sole for firm yet cushioned feeling
  • Run lighter than the weight indicates
  • Svelte styling
  • Almost metallic grey – very attractive in a subtle way
Cons
  • Some runners feel there are fit issues.
  • Some runners noticed premature wear.

8. Under Armour Micro G Assert 6

This dark grey upper is offset by a white sole that has a translucent top layer of mesh. On the sides, the stabilizing straps are between this upper mesh and the sock. For additional breathability, the heel, made from a single layer of leather, is perforated for increased air circulation. Another leather strap supports the heel.

Under Amour includes a full foam liner for comfort. The EVA mid-sole sock liner supplies another cushioning element.
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Style
This medium grey shoe has an understated seriousness and gracefulness. The contrasting white and black sole components support this somber appearance. This is a shoe that you can wear everyday with nearly every outfit with equal comfort.

Comfort
The Under Armour Micro G Assert 6 has a cushioned foot bed and durable sole that has a sleek, low profile for comfort and grip. The upper is breathable and perforated for additional comfort.

Value
In the mid-range for elite shoes
Pros
  • Comfortable upper
  • Non-marking rubber on outsole for traction
  • Good cushioning in sock liner (EVA)
  • Encourages energetic entry into next step
Cons
  • Some runners feel it runs a full size small.
  • Some runners found the cushioning insufficient.

9. Nike Air Max Tailwind 8

Nike has been playing with the design of this shoe for decades. This new Nike Air Max Tailwind 8 retains the visible air pockets that have characterized the shoes for a long time, but the upper is a loose mesh over a bright pink under layer with a startling black swoosh. The upper is light, non-constricting and breathable and Nike Air lovers will not be disappointed in the Air ride of this version.
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Style
The upper weave is tighter in places that experience more stress and looser in areas of less stress which is both felt and visible, giving the shoes an attractive, retro appearance. In place of supportive straps at the midfoot area, Nike has contrasting loops to reinforce the lace openings that anchor the foot in place. The entire upper is of varying shades of grey, which adds interest and depth.

Comfort
The upper and Air combination unite for a comfortable shoe that is also stylish and available in many hues.

Value
This very technical shoe is quite expensive.
Pros
  • Attractive combination of three grey hues
  • Subtle all over pattern; tweedy
  • Features Adidas’ Boost system, their most responsive
  • Light
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Some runners feel the shoe runs narrow.
  • Some runners report quality/early wear issues.

10. On Cloudcruiser

One thing you can say about On Cloud shoes: you can’t confuse them with any other brands. First, the saddle where most manufacturers generally display their logo, is a flat panel rather than a series of support bands, with the On logo in the middle. Second, that same logo appears everywhere they can squeeze it in, including the eyelets for the laces.
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Style
These shoes have style - there is no mistaking an On Cloud shoe, but this one is even more distinctive. The foundation is a series of clouds – identifiable by the tiny cloud icon on the sole – that cushion the landing and then compress to enable a firm take-off for the next step.

Comfort
Most runners find these to be very comfortable. Call them clouds, buffers or cushions, they do seem to act as intended and wear well.

Value
In the middle price range for elite shoes
Pros
  • Sturdy and flexible
  • Attractive grey employed
  • Good cushioning on the landing
Cons
  • Some runners are critical of the laces; they are too thin to hold.
  • Some runners feel the shoe runs wide.

Criteria used in picking the Best Grey Running Trainers

Running and walking are some of the highly practiced physical exercises and workouts that are so natural and need very little knowledge of working out techniques. That’s why many manufacturers make sure running and walking shoes are made in a way that they provide maximum comfort to an individual not only when they are trying the shoes in the store, but also when they are running/ walking a couples of miles. It’s very recommended that sometimes we don’t give too much priority to style, brand or the size and overlook the main aspect of every sporting shoes which is comfortability at all times. It’s also important to understand that different people have different needs when it comes to picking out their running shoes, that’s why a person must clearly understand their needs and make sure they pick the shoes which will satisfy those personal needs. Other factors to look at when buying your running or walking shoes are: your individual bio-mechanics, your total weight, what surfaces you will be running on and finally what shape is your feet. Your perfect trainer can prove to be the worst for your training partner or colleague.

When picking the best grey running shoes we considered the following factors when picking out the running shoes:

Factors Considered

Colour

Since we were picking out grey shoes, we made sure that the running shoes were all available in grey colour. The grey colour was picked that was both stylish and doesn’t fade after a few runs and wash. I must say the grey colour is among the best unisex colors that many sports men and women prefer when shopping for  their running shoes.

Style

The shoes we picked are among the very stylish shoes in the market. Everyone wants to go out running while not only wearing comfortable shoes but also shoes that are very stylish. Other runners would find the grey running sneakers a plus in their running wardrobe. The grey shoes easily blend with other colors in your running attire. This is a bonus feature as there won’t be a risk of you looking like a scarecrow wearing this shoes. They are a fashion statement on their own.

Comfort

Comfort is another main feature considered when buying shoes and is never overlooked unless there is a very good reason to do so. The grey shoes are very neutral and don’t offer any excessive amount of control features or cushioning to the feet of the runner. Comfort comes in very handy when you want to achieve your workout goals. Different running shoes serve different types of runners that is why light weight trainers are able to provide ample support to many runners and some have even added a modest amount of posting/ a firmer cushioning in the mid foot section. This helps to control any excessive pronation when running. Before buying any shoes makes sure it’s the most comfortable grey running shoes for you.

Value

The shoes are relatively costly but then they are a very good investment as  running shoes. Once you get a pair that suits your personal needs as a runner you will not be disappointed that you had to spend an extra dollar for the shoes.

Fit of the Sneaker

It sounds like a basic thing to look for in a shoe, your ideal running sneaker has to be fit.  The upper fit ought to have a snug hold on the runner’s feet, a bigger size will not offer a good grip and your feet will always be sliding in the shoe, hence more chances of getting blisters. A fit that is smaller in size will offer unnecessary extra  compression to your leg hence creating room for ankle and bone injury.  If you get a poor fit what follows are dreaded  and annoying toenail problems, which can cause intense bruising or bleeding of your nail’s plate.  Though it’s a little challenging to get a 100% fit, the above shoes have been with materials that influences how much flexibility is supplied to your foot, hence being able to achieve the maximum fit of your feet. A more wide fit offers greater free natural movement while you will have added control on a fit that is tight. Another bonus feature from these running shoes is that they have various lacing designs and technologies which are varied to suit the different specific feet types and sizes hence being able to achieve the maximum fit. Another tip to note down is that ,  your running shoes must fit properly is upward stretching your toes while pushing the heel backwards. This should be done as you tie the sneaker laces.

 

The Outsole of the sneakers

The shoes have the best outsole that is able to handle any type of terrain that you might experience when running, while still maintaining the natural movement of the feet when running. The outsole are also made with lightweight materials hence more fun running.

The Trainer’s Motion control

Most sporting footwear will be designed and overly engineered but t, however in order to reduce the mechanical force additional features might be used by the manufacturer. This means that the athlete will have a much better running ability. Poor pronation plays a big role the positioning of the feet not to mention long term causage of the lower limb signs and symptoms. A good shoe should allow motion control but to a limited level, it should not in any way hinder the natural movement of the feet while running. That is the shoe should not be too stiff nor too loose, as this affects the protective feature of the shoes. A good trainer allows the feet especially around the ankle area to adapt to the running surface and the pressure hence develop a counter move that will make sure the foot of the runner is not hard.

Other Factors That Were Considered.

The types of Running Shoes

What trails will you be running on?? This tends to be a feature  that is ignored when an athlete will be running on the tracks. But for runners who tend to have varied terrains or like running on different terrains, trainers need to be suitable for the running surface.  The more advanced runners will gave very different preferences compared to the beginners. The other thing to look at is how frequent do you go for a run or how frequent will you be using the trainers. Shoes that are used more frequently tend to get replaced sooner. The types of running trails have been generally categorized into two broad categories: the light and the rugged.

Shoes that are meant for the light terrain tend to be a little lightweight. Light terrain means the surface has close to 100% uniformity with close no bumps. Its like running on the tarmacked highway. They provide maximum protection to the legs. Since they are not heavy, you can use them for shirt runs, in order to help in stability the shoes have inbuilt stiffness. The minimal cushioning doesn’t affect the level of comfort provided by the shoes. Its the type of shoes that is recommend for all beginner runners.

A rugged trail will present a surface that is uneven and has bumps. Similar to the road in a forest. Shoes need to offer maximum protection and toe guards ought to be installed. The level of shock absorption needs to be also high, so that when you even step on a stone you can feel the impact the same way you would when running barefoot. The shoes is made of strong sections, the midsole and the upper sections offer added protection. Never the less, the tough features do not prevent any natural movement when running. The runner can still enjoys a free run. The shoes are also weather resistant can survive in wet running climate.

 

Simple DYI guide for your trainers.

It’s good to the type of Foot you have as a running athlete.

The human happens to be among the most complicated parts of the body. They are also very important when considering movement. Many people out there do not take good care of their feet as much as they deserve that’s why many people suffer injuries to their legs and experience pain. When looking at your foot, make sure you know the type of pronation you experience, also how high or low is your arch. We have three types of arches and three types of pronation. Pronation: over pronation, neutral pronation and supination or under pronation. The arches we have, high arch, low/ no arch and lastly the medium arch. Knowing the type of arch present in your foot will take you more than just looking at your foot and concluding the type of arch. That’s why it’s advisable for an athlete to perform the wet-feet test.

  1. Start by cutting open a paper bag that is brown in color. Cut open a brown paper bag.
  1. Look for the baking sheet that has sides, then fill it with water.
  2. Then make sure your feet are bare, after that dip them in the water. Take a single step on your carefully placed brown paper.
  3. Then carefully analyses your foot imprint that will on the surface of the paper. You can then compare the imprint with the ones that are available online and hence determine the foot arch of your feet.
  4. Just to be double sure make sure you carry the test on your two feet.

What of Pronation and Supination, what do they mean?

When shopping for a new pair of trainers or just in a store these are some of the terms that you will hear being discussed by people, especially those dealing in the shoe making industry. In a layman’s language the two words or terms are used to refer to how a runners’ feet tend to hit the surface of the terrain in which they are running or walking on. There are other terms that are also used which is neutral pronation and over pronation.  .

Pronation: this is the word used to give a vivid description of how the foot of a runner rolls inwards when running. Not only the foot but also the ankle of the foot. While supination talks about the opposite of pronation, which is the outward rolling of the ankle and the foot during a run or a walk.

So what exactly happens for a foot to be deemed as having pronation? In a foot that is pronated, the inner section of the foot will absorb a large percentage of the runners’ weight each time a landing occurs, not only the inner section operates like this but also the arch. While a foot which is supinated has a different story compared to the pronated one, the side of the pinky toe on your foot ( also referred to as the outer part of the edge of the foot) will carry most of the runners weight during landing. Neither of these two foot positions are good or healthy to ones feet and ankles. This is because they can lead to serious leg injuries and pain.

More worry should be given when a runner experiences the excess conditions of these two foot positions (supination and pronation). There are customized shoes that have been made in order to help runners deal with these two conditions, also there are specialized shoe insoles that when used with the shoes can get rid of the problem. These two remedies function by offering added strength to the leg muscles hence a virtual imbalance. This can be deemed to be very difficult however, it’s the best option if you want a long term solution of the problem.

Running Sneakers Motion/ Stability or Neutral Trainers?

You will find plenty of discussions and debates when looking at the effectiveness of a trainer in dealing with over pronation and supination (under pronation). The form of natural running or minimalistic running seems to be a new ground to explore, though the benefit are quite abundant. The only caution is that the running needs to be done correctly so as to avoid any form of injuries.

When you ask how much control you should get on your feet from your trainers, then you will be told about the below three terms all explaining the different degrees of control offered by the different  sneakers most people use for running.

The Motion Control Trainers – The trainers of this type and design have been made to offer help to runners who have sever pronation (over pronation) or moderate level of pronation (neutral pronation).  Normally the sneakers have a bar like technology that is combined with lateral and medial posts, the two will then offer limitation to the level of rolling of ones feet.  The shoes are also heavier in weight, bulky and bigger in size compared to the other types. Those who experience wear and tearing of their shoes along the inner tread just close to the foot’s ball, will find these sneakers to be very useful.

The Stability Trainers: these ones are for any athlete who has mild pronation/ neutral pronation with a normal foot arch. The shoes do not offer a good amount of firmness to the feet even though that is compensated on the responsiveness of this particular shoe. It’s the ideal shoes to wear frequently.

The Cushioned or Neutral Trainers: those athletes who don’t experience pronation or they experience supination should go for these trainers. They will offer the needed support and comfortability needed to make your feet have the required level of pronation. Unlike the other sneakers, these ones are very light weight and suit athletes who have a foot arch type that is medium.

 

What is the major difference between traditional running sneakers and the trail running sneakers?

The traditional trainers have a design and style that has included flexible outsoles and they when looking at their weight they are light. Perfect for running on a pavement, or the packed trails. You can also enjoy indoor workout sessions with these shoes. The tail trainers on the hand have rubber outsoles that are not only dense but they are also fortified. The outsoles have been designed to offer maximum durability and tread regardless of the type of running terrain.

 

Take time and identify the type of running style you have.

Knowing how to run can be considered to be easy but then knowing how to run effectively is what many people do not know. The running style can be determined when you observe how a runner’s foot comes into contact with running surface. Which part or section of the foot did he or she use first?? The heel?? The toes?? Or the forefoot??

If you use your forefoot a lot when running, then go for trainers that have maximum cushioning on the front part. Runners who use their heels to their toes runner should look for sneakers with distributed cushioning. Take note of nay injuries you might have gotten from your running sessions. This is because majority of feet injuries and pains can be dealt with by having the correct pair of trainers.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions.

Below are some of the frequently asked questions by buyers when it comes to buying the right trainers for their running work out.

Q. Whats the recommended spacing to be allowed in a trainer?

A. If one finger can’t fit into the shoes when you have them on then it means the trainers are very tight. Excess room for your finger to move around means that the size of the shoe is large. Apart from the finger test, try wriggling your toes and check for comfortability .

Q. How foot size is measured?

A. Foot length: To find your foot length, measure the distance between the two longest points on your tracing. Reduce this number by 5 mm, which equals to 1/5-inch. The result is your foot length and the number you will use to determine your shoe size

 

You should remember some key works such as stability, motion control, flexibility, cushioning. Choosing the right shoes that mean you stop the difficult period for your foot and open the wonderful space for your foot and your life.

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