50 Top Running Shoes for 2013

It’s been a good year for running shoes. What better way to recap the year in running shoes, than with a list of the top running shoes for 2013.

When creating the countdown, what determined this list of top running shoes wasn’t arbitrary. I tried my best to put some data behind it so I could deliver a list that made sense, not just what I thought.

Here’s how I did it: I review the spring and fall guides from Active and Runner’s World. Then, pulled in some data from a couple of sources and ran the data to see where all the shoes ranked. Below are the results, so let’s get started.

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50.) Mizuno Wave Inspire 10

Recently released and favorite among runner’s looking for a stability shoe that’s lightweight and provides a smooth ride. Top running shoes review for Amazon: Wave Inspire 10

49.) Zoot Sports TT Trainer 2.0

A neutral shoe that has a low to the ground feel and versatile trainer that also feels light and fast. Top running shoes review of the TT Trainer

48.) Newton Energy NR

Sometimes referred to as “transition shoes”, the Energy NR’s are highly responsive and are cushions to protect and loses less energy with every step taken. Top running shoes review for the Energy NR.

47.) Reebok One Guide


Those who mildy or moderately pronate might be familiar with this shoe as it keeps stride integrity in place. Top running shoes review for Reebok One Guide.

46.) Nike Free Flyknit+


Looking for an innovative upper? Here’s your show. Lightweight and fits like sock. Top running shoes review for Free Flyknit.

45.) Under Armour: SpeedForm


Super lightweight, supportive, and comfortable that boasts quick dry capability to minimize chaffing and breathes easy. Top running shoes review for the Speedform.

44.) Nike Lunar Eclipse 3


An innovative top running shoe with heel and toe support to absorb shock giving you a cushioned ride. Top running shoes review for Lunar Eclipse.

43.)Nike Flyknit Lunar 1+


A neutral shoe with plenty of support with reflective elements and lightweight. Top running shoes reviews for Flyknit Lunar.

42.) Skora Phase-X


One of many minimalist shoes on the list. This barefoot running experience provides an antimicrobial sockliner for an odor-free interior. Top running shoes review for the Phase -X.

41.) K-Swiss Blade Light Run II


Using the “Blade Light” cushioning technology to promote a midfoot strike for a more natural stride for runners looking for a neutral shoe. Top running shoes review for the Blade Light Run II.

40.) Pearl Izumi Road N2


A high mileage neutral trainer using its high-rebound, smooth Dynamic Offset technology. Top running shoes review for the N2.

39.) Saucony Cortana 3


A responsive, lightweight stability shoe with plenty of cushioning held together with Saucony’s Support Frame starting in the heel. Top running shoes review for the Cortana 3.

38.) Skechers GO Run 2


Featuring the M-Strik technology that promotes a mid-foot strike, the GO Run 2 is minimalist, lightweight shoe that delivers a unique barefoot running experience. Top running shoes review for GO Run 2.

37.) Brooks Defyance 6


Delivers the fit and feel of the Brooks GTS for the neutral runner. The Segmented Crash Pad isolates movement allowing the smoothest transition. Top running shoes review for the Defyance.

36.) Saucony Mirage 3


With Saucony’s FlexFit technology now available in the upper, the Mirage 3 is a good performance stability shoe. It’s great for smooth ride that’s low to the ground when looking to log in some major miles. Top running shoes review for the Mirage.

35.) Brooks PureDrift


A nice open toe box and sleek design makes this minimalist shoe a comfortable ride. Top running shoes review for the PureDrift.

34.) Nike 3.0 V5


With a lower heel lift and plenty of protection at impact, the Free 3.0 V5 promotes a natural foot stride that connects you to the road. Top running shoes review for the 3.0 V5.

33.) Adidas Supernova Glide 5


Plenty of forefoot flexibility and breathability with Adidas’ Coolever mesh. This is a fast stability shoe primed with a great heel-to-toe feel. Top running shoes review of the Supernova Glide.

32.) New Balance Minimus Hi-Rez

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A zero heel-toe drop that uses New Balance’s FantomFit on the upper. It’s a minimalist shoe with 42 independent pods that provide flexibility and responsiveness. Top running shoes review for the Minimus Hi-Rez.

31.) Under Armour Charge RC2


The 4D foam foot bed in this stability shoe provides comfort to your feet with a light and responsive ride. Top running shoes review of the Charge RC2.

 30.) New Balance 870 V3


The stability shoe that’s in it for the long haul. A light ride with long term support, the 870 V3 provides an upper that sock-like and breathable. Top running shoes review for the 870 V3.

29.) Mizuno Wave Enigma 3


A neutral shoe that with a slightly wider forefoot  and sound shock absorption for a smooth ride. Plus, the Mizuno’s Intercool ventilation system in the midsole reduces heat build up. Top running shoes review for the Wave Enigma.

28.) Puma Faas 500 v2


With a heel to toe ratio down to 4mm, this minimalist neutral trainer has midfoot lockdown to keep your foot stable – whatever your gait style. Top running shoes review for the Faas 500 V2.

27.) Mizuno Wave Sayonara


This low to the ground is a performance racer that  is great for race day or fast training. Top running shoe reviews for the Wave Sayonara.

26.) Altra Provision 1.5


One of the more versatile shoes on the list, the Provision is capable for the trails, the road or the track.

25.) Under Armour Micro G Toxic Six


A combination of Under Armour’s technology: Molded MPZ for support and Micro G to promote a cushioned landing and power for take-offs makes this a natural minimal shoe.

24.) Saucony Omni 12


A solid shoe for runners with moderate to serious pronation. The Omni 12 leverages Saucony’s Powergrid technology to offer a smooth ride and support. Top running shoes review for the Omni.

23.) Saucony Ride 6


Get more connected to the road with deeper flex groves in the forefoot in Saucony’s latest version of the Ride.

22.) Brooks PureConnect 2


A responsive, light shoe that’s slim in every sense with a glove like feel. Top running shoes review for the PureConnect.

21.) Asics Gel-Flux


Created for under to mild over-pronation, the Gel-Flux provides plenty of cushioning in the forefoot and rearfoot.

20.) Mizuno Wave Elixir 8


I love the design of the shoe just as much as the light and support feel it provides with its redesigned heel counter. Top running shoes review for the Wave Elixir.

19.) Brooks Running Glycerin 11


The Glycerin 11 has an upper that conforms to you providing a snug fit in this neutral shoe. Top running shoes review for the Glyercin.

18.) Saucony Hurricane 15


A light and flexible stability shoe with Saucony’s PowerGrid technology in the midsole and upgraded upper.

17.) Saucony Virrata


One of Saucony’s lightest and most flexible shoe, the Virrata provides an airy feel with a cushioned ride.

16.) Brooks Ravenna 4

Great support is continued in this latest generation of the Ravenna.

15.) New Balance 1260 v3


A lower heel drop plus a lighter weight makes for a much improved ride in this high stability shoe.

14.) Adidas Energy Boost


Good neutral shoe for long distances combine with Adidas’ energy returning boost technology. Top running shoes review for the Energy Boost.

13.) Asics Gel-Kinsei 5

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Asics’ FluidRide technology provides the improved cushioning in this newest generation.

12.) Brooks Running Ghost 6


A light, bouncy and balanced ride the Ghost 6 is an improved shoe with better heel-to-toe contact.

11.) Merrell Road Glove


The zero drop cushioning of the Road Glove lands your feet flat on the road for a more natural feel. Top running shoes review for the Road Glove.

10.) Altra The Torin


The Torin is a highly cushioned shoe that’s responsive and offers plenty of energy return with rugged stability.

9.) Saucony Kinvara 4


A big upgrade in the Kinvara is the move from Saucony’s ProGrid to PowerGrid that now offers an even smoother ride. Top running shoes review for the Kinvara 4.

8.) Nike Air Pegasus+ 30


Log those long mile runs in this neutral trainer that has a breathe easy upper.

7.) Asics Gel-Cumulus 15


Full-length GEL cushioning absorb shock; the Space Trusstic System stabilizes the midfoot and increases gait efficiency in this neutral trainer.

6.) Mizuno Wave Creation 15


Updated design provides more flexibility and enhanced spring at toe-off. Top running shoes review for the Wave Creation.

5.) Asics GT-3000


Exoskeletal heel counter provides improved support and creates improved heel fitting environment.

4.) New Balance 890 v3


With enhanced motion control and excellent cushioning, the 890 V3e offers peak performance in a lightweight package. Top running shoes review for the 890 V3.

3.) Asics Gel-Kayano 20


Stable support and comfort that stretches; great for those that overpronate.

2.) New Balance Minimus 10 v2


Close to the ground feel and 4mm heel drop, great way to get the most out of minimal shoe experience.

1.) Nike Free 5.0


A secure, lightweight, flexible experience that provides cushioning where you need for a neutral shoe. Top running shoes review for the Free 5.0.

Top Running Shoes – By the Numbers

Here’s a breakout by brands how they were represented in the top running shoes for 2013.

Saucony  – 7
Asics – 6
Brooks – 6
Nike – 6
Mizuno – 5
New Balance – 5
Under Armour – 3
Adidas – 2
Altra – 2
K-Swiss – 1
Merrell – 1
Newton – 1
Pearl Izumi – 1
Puma – 1
Skechers – 1
Skora – 1
Zoot Sports – 1

Final Thoughts on the 50 Top Running for 2013

I created this list because I’m pretty loyal to one shoe so I wanted to know, not only what else is out there, but what’s popular. However, what’s popular for some some or most doesn’t necessarily apply to you and me. Whether you’re new to running or been doing it a while, when it comes to shoes, popularity doesn’t always mean what’s best for you.

This list was a fun way to end the year and see what’s driving marketplace. So, yes, while I do enjoy running in a certain type of shoe, I definitely have some ideas for 2014.

If any of the shoes mentioned in this list captured your interest, check out Amazon or Road Runner Sports.

So what did I get right and what did I get wrong? Did your shoe make the list? Drop a comment and join the conversation!

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  1. says

    Great breakdown of some of the fantastic innovative designs over the last year. In a Newton Motion runner. Whilst it’s tempting to try something else I’m injury free for the last 12 months since buying them and would be to scared to change!
    Great blog.

    • Chris Narbone says

      Hi Jenn. Good catch! I made the update to the 4. The list I was working from had the just Ravenna and I probably did a search to see what number they’re at and it probably pointed to 5…which doesn’t come out until Spring 2014. I’m sure it’ll be on next year’s list. Thanks for commenting!

  2. says

    And where is the awesome shoe, the New Balance 1400? (A step faster than the NB 890) I love it so much I train in it often. (It’s like the K Swiss K Ruuz, but I think K Swiss stopped making it).

    • Chris Narbone says

      If I had to this list over, I probably would’ve gone to 75 shoes for 2013. I’ve received a number of emails, tweets, etc. asking about someones particular shoe. I feel bad because it’s more of popularity contest than anything. I reviewed the shoe guides for 2013 and then plugged in some sales data from Amazon and a couple of other sites. I’m sure the NB 1400 would’ve been in the list.

      I plan on doing a 2014 list and will probably stretch it out so I can have a more robust list.

      Thanks for commenting and subscribing!

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