A good pair of running shoes can be the difference between the perfect workout and a perfectly ruined pair of ankles. But, you also don’t want to have to spend so much money on a pair of running shoes that you end up having to wear them when you run from the cops after robbing a bank to pay for them.
So, what’s the solution? Well feast your eyes on the following collection of running shoes, all of which have been carefully cultivated for quality (each of them has a rating of 4.5 or higher on Amazon) and for the sake of your bank account (each of them is under $100.) Buy a pair, and run to your dreams. Or at least a mile or two without your feet hating you.
Here are 15 of the best running shoes for men under $100
If you’re looking for a shoe designed for running off the beaten path, these trail runners from Adidas are a good place to start. They’re lightweight with thick rubber soles made to grip on all terrain, and they come in a variety of colors if that sort of thing matters to you, and I know it does.
For the price, it’s hard to beat these Saucony running shoes. The comments on Amazon are filled with people raving about how it’s the best fitting running shoe they’ve ever had, so… yeah, that’s always a good thing. The extra foam padding and breathable mesh probably have a lot to do with that.
These shoes from Under Armour are a little heavier than most running shoes, but that can be good for building up your calves. They’re durable, and offer a rugged build that makes them more versatile than most pure running shoes.
Need some speed from your shoes? Then pick these adidas’ up. Their sleek design is perfect so that they don’t feel like they’re in your way when you’re wearing them. And, besides, they just look cool.
One thing I found in researching the world of running shoes is that ASICS pops up a lot when it comes to being highly rated. That kind of surprised me, but maybe it shouldn’t. I mean, they must be doing something right, and this shoe is probably the best of the bunch. Their claim to fame is attention to pronation, which is basically how your foot falls when you run. That’s kind of important, right? Well, ASICS has you covered.
These shoes by Mizuno are imported, and are made with added cushion and a two-piece midsole, which provides even more cushion and support. They also are stylish and elegant enough that you can wear them without feeling like a huge dork wearing shoes meant for a nine year-old boy. In the sneaks game, that’s kind of important.
Another great option for those who prefer to do their running off-road, these shoes are rugged with a shock-absorbent midsole and a durable build meant to last in all types of terrain. Plus, they look like you could kick a bear’s ass while wearing them. And hey, you’re not beating that price.
Another trail runner, but the difference with these New Balance shoes is that they are lighter than most trail runners, which in turn makes them more versatile. Tough enough for the trails, light enough for the streets.
Fila made an interesting choice with these shoes: they’re part nylon mesh, which is great for breathability and ensures that they’re lightweight, and they’re part leather, which will keep your feet supported in ways that nylon just can’t. The result is a solid, every day kind of running shoe at a very hard to beat price.
These shoes are flexible and sweat-absorbent so your feet stay dry, which is key to avoiding blisters and athlete’s foot. They’re also super-versatile, as Onemix bills them as a shoe that you can do virtually anything in. Plus, they have a ton of killer looks to choose from.
These PUMA running shoes have all the technical details that make for a top-notch running shoe, but let’s be honest: the best thing about these shoes is that they just look so damn good. Still, don’t let that distract you from their ability to let you run with comfort. It’s just that you should be running with style too.
Again, Fila’s combination nylon/leather design offers a unique shoe that’s both flexible and durable. It’s also cheap, but doesn’t look cheap, which is the key to any successful product. You can trust me, I was a Business major. (I was not a Business major. Still, you should trust me.)
I’m not going to lie to you, these shoes kind of took me by surprise. I mean, who would have ever expected a pair of New Balance shoes to look this good? I mean, damn, these are some good-looking shoes. Of course, they’re also comfortable and provide good support, blah blah blah, but these are some attractive shoes. I’d totally let them give me a handy.
I tried to avoid shoes that only had a couple of reviews/ratings, and these Nikes only have three, but I had to include them anyway because 1. You’re just not going to find another pair of Nikes for under $100, and 2. All three reviews were perfect 5/5 reviews, so… yeah, buy these Nikes.
These are my favorite shoes on this list. If I were ordering a pair of running shoes, this is probably what I’d buy. Of course, I am basing that purely on shallow reasons like “they look cool” and, well, “they look cool.” Still, aside from looks (did I mention they look cool?) they are one of the highest rated shoes on this list. Top of the line style combined with top of the line function. You can’t beat that.