Top 15 Best Lightweight Road Running Shoes In 2016

Road running is a great sport and a fantastic way to keep in shape, and even though some believe that all you need to practice it is a tremendous amount of stamina, we should keep in mind that high-quality gear is just as vital. Shoes are probably the most important as they need to provide both comfort and protection, not to mention that they should be as lightweight as possible for obvious reasons. There are plenty of offerings on the market, though, which means that choosing a good pair can be difficult and sometimes even confusing. In order to help you out, we decided to compile a list regarding the 15 best lightweight road running shoes in 2016.

New Balance 1500 v2

We’ll start off with the 1500 v2 model by New Balance – a lightweight and mildly stable shoe that comes in an eye-catching green, black and white colorway complemented by orange touches. Those of you who are looking for medial stability underfoot should definitely consider this particular shoe, but keep in mind that it’s not exactly suitable for regular training because its outsole and midsole are prone to breakdowns. However, the outsole offers substantial grip, while the REVlite midsole foam makes use of computer generated impact analysis in order to provide constant cushioning throughout the gait cycle.

Men

Lime Green New Balance 1500 v2

Lime Green New Balance Road Running Shoes
Lime Green New Balance 1500 v2, Sole
Orange New Balance 1500 v2
Orange New Balance Road Running Shoes
Orange New Balance 1500 v2, Sole

Women

Coral New Balance 1500 v2, Women's Shoes

Coral New Balance Women's 1500 v2 Shoes
Coral Women's 1500 v2 Shoes by New Balance

Saucony Kinvara 7

Moving on to the Kinvara 7 by Saucony, we’re looking at a very impressive shoe, which is definitely a worthy successor to the highly popular Kinvara 6. The main strong points of this shoe are represented by good responsiveness in its outsole and midsole, perfect cushioning and great midsole flexibility. Ideal for speedwork, high-mileage training or simply road racing, these Saucony kicks will definitely surprise you in a good way.

Men

Blue Road Running Shoes by Saucony

Blue Saucony Road Running Shoes
Blue Saucony Kinvara 7, Sole
Blue Saucony Kinvara 7

Women

Pink Women's Road Running Shoes by Saucony

Pink Saucony Women's Road Running Shoes
Pink Saucony Women's Kinvara 7, Sole
Pink Saucony Women's Kinvara 7

Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 3

If you’re an adidas fan, you might want to have a look at the superb Adizero Adios Boost 3, which offers a durable and responsive outsole as well as a midsole that provides smooth energy return. This shoe is perfectly suitable for training thanks to its impressive durability, to say nothing of its pleasant colorway based on shades of orange, black and white. The breathable mesh upper and the minimal padding through the tongue and upper go a long way towards ensuring comfort even during the most intense running sessions.

Men

Royal Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 3

Royal Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 3, Heel Tab
Royal Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 3, Sole
Royal Adizero Adios Boost 3 by Adidas

Women

Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 3 for Women

Adidas Women's Adizero Adios Boost 3, Sole
Adidas Women's Adizero Adios Boost 3
Adizero Women's Adios Boost 3 by Adidas

Nike LunarTempo 2

Responsiveness is what makes the Nike LunarTempo 2 stand out among its peers, but that’s not the only thing that makes these kicks great. The comfortable upper material, the energy transfer from heel to toe and the fantastic cushioning make the LunarTempo 2 sound like a great alternative to the kicks that we’ve presented above. The midsole was created using lightweight and soft Lunarlon foam, which is encased in a strong EVA wrapping.

Men

Electric Green Men's LunarTempo 2 by Nike

Electric Green Nike LunarTempo 2, Sole
Electric Green Nike LunarTempo 2
Electric Green Nike Men's LunarTempo 2

Women

Blue Nike Women's LunarTempo 2 Shoe

Blue Nike Women's LunarTempo 2, Sole
Blue Nike Women's LunarTempo 2
Blue Women's LunarTempo 2 by Nike

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2

Another interesting New Balance offering is the Fresh Foam Zante v2, which performs best on both roads and tracks as long as the conditions are dry. Just like the 1500 v2 that we described above, this model also incorporates Fresh Foam midsole technology, but its low platform and highly responsive midsole allow it to perform differently and stand out in its own way. Other highlights include low stack heights for a plus of stability and an incredibly lightweight design.

Men

Black New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2

Black New Balance Men's Fresh Foam Zante v2
Black New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2, Sole
Black Fresh Foam Zante v2 by New Balance

Women

Azalea New Balance Women's Fresh Foam Zante v2

Azalea New Balance Women's Running Shoes, Heel Tab
Azalea Women's Fresh Foam Zante v2
Azalea Women's Road Running Shoes by New Balance

Topo Athletic Tribute

The Athletic Tribute by Topo comes with a relatively durable outsole that’s perfect for off roads, but it’s worth mentioning that its mesh upper is rather thin, which means that it might get damaged on the trail. Therefore, this lightweight shoe should be used on proper tracks exclusively, as it was designed with performance and minimalism in mind.

Men

Green Topo Athletic Tribute

Green Topo Road Running Shoe
Green Road Running Shoe by Topo
Green Topo Athletic Tribute Running Shoe

Women

Yellow Topo Women's Athletic Tribute

Yellow Topo Women's Running Shoes
Yellow Women's Athletic Tribute by Topo
Yellow Topo Women's Athletic Tribute, Sole

Mizuno Wave Hitogami 3

Next up we have the Wave Hitogami 3 by Mizuno, which is a race-ready performance shoe that can also be used for everyday training sessions. This model has a more responsive midsole when compared to the Adidas Adios Boost 3, and it even flaunts better outsole traction. However, it falls short due to its narrower fit and lack of comfort for long distance racing, while its 9mm heel-toe drop won’t be too appreciated by midfoot strikers. Still, if you’re looking for a grippy shoe with perfect responsiveness, this one is definitely a safe bet.

Men

Mizuno Men's Wave Hitogami 3

Wave Hitogami 3 Running Shoes by Mizuno
Mizuno Wave Hitogami 3 for Men
Mizuno Men's Wave Hitogami 3, Sole

Women

Mizuno Women's Wave Hitogami 3

Mizuno Women's Wave Hitogami 3, Sole
Blue Mizuno Women's Wave Hitogami 3
Blue Mizuno Women's Wave Hitogami 3, Sole

Brooks PureFlow 5

The Brooks PureFlow 5 is guaranteed to deliver much-needed traction on long runs, and that’s because its design respects the natural biomechanics of the foot. The platform measures 4mm and represents a sweet spot for heel to toe drops, and even though these kicks are not exactly ideal for a proper race, they’ll definitely get you to the starting line in comfort and style.

Men

Black Brooks Men's PureFlow 5

Black Brooks PureFlow 5, Heel Tab
Black Brooks PureFlow 5, Sole
Black Brooks PureFlow 5

Women

Pink Brooks PureFlow 5 for Women

Pink Brooks Women's PureFlow 5
Pink Women's PureFlow 5 by Brooks, Sole
Pink Women's PureFlow 5 by Brooks

Newton Gravity V

The latest edition of the Gravity shoe by Newton boasts a series of alterations in its upper, which were implemented in order to ensure the wearer’s comfort as well as proper ventilation. The rest of the underfoot construction and design elements are the same found in previous offerings, which means that we’re looking at a shoe that supports the foot’s natural biomechanics while ensuring proper energy return from action and reaction lugs.

Men

Newton Gravity V for Men

Newton Men's Gravity V
Newton Women's Gravity V, Sole
Men's Gravity V by Newton

Women

Newton Gravity V for Women

Newton Women's Gravity V
Newton Men's Gravity V, Sole
Women's Gravity V by Newton

 

Salomon Sonic Pro

The Solomon Sonic Pro will meet your demands whether you’ll choose to wear it as a training shoe or as a race day shoe. The narrow fit could pose some problems to those of you who are not accustomed to wearing Salomon kicks, but getting past this issue could definitely be rewarding in the end, as this product offers superb flexibility in the forefoot as well as proper breathability and a secure fit.

Men

Black Salomon Men's Sonic Pro

Black Men's Sonic Pro by Salomon
Black Salomon Men's Sonic Pro, Heel tab
Black Salomon Men's Sonic Pro, Sole

Women

Green Salomon Women's Sonic Pro

Green Salomon Sonic Pro for Women
Green Salomon Women's Sonic Pro, Sole
Green Women's Sonic Pro by Salomon

Hoka One One Tracer

Even though this is the first shoe introduced by Hoka in the road racing market, it is definitely good enough to go toe-to-toe with established products such as the Mizuno Hitogami or the Adidas Adios. This is probably the lightest shoe on our list and definitely one of the most comfortable. Those of you who are used to a roomier toe box might not appreciate Hoka’s One One Tracer too much, but other than that, there are no other serious issues with the One One Tracer.

Men

Blue Hoka One Men's One Tracer

Blue Men's One Tracer by Hoka One
Blue Hoka One Men's One Tracer, Heel Tab
Blue Men's One Tracer by Hoka One, Sole

Women

Fuchsia Hoka One Women's One Tracer

Fuchsia Women's One Tracer by Hoka One, Heel Tab
Fuchsia Women's One Tracer by Hoka One
Fuchsia Hoka One Women's One Tracer, Sole

Asics GEL-DS Racer 11

The Asics GEL-DS Racer 11 is much lighter when compared to the DS Trainer 19 and DS Trainer 20 models, but what really makes this unit shine is its responsive sole unit. The upper is quite breathable, and yet it is able to ensure protection from the elements should the need arise. ASICS have stated that this model could be used for runs between 5K and marathons, which definitely sounds impressive.

Men

Asics Men's GEL-DS Racer 11

Asics GEL-DS Racer 11 for Men
Asics GEL-DS Racer 11
Asics Men's GEL-DS Racer 11, Sole

Women

Asics Women's GEL-DS Racer 11

Asics GEL-DS Racer 11 for Women
Asics Women's GEL-DS Racer 11, Sole
Women's Asics GEL-DS Racer 11

Skechers GOrun Ride 5

We just had to include a Sketchers shoe on our list, and so we decided to go for the GOrun Ride 5 model. That’s mainly because this shoe fills in the sweet spot between cushioning and speed in the Performance category, and it’s also worth noting that Sketchers has managed to improve the shoe’s cushioning without sacrificing its lightness in any way. The midsole incorporates something called Resalyte cushioning, which is a Sketchers proprietary compound with memory retention.

Men

Gray Skechers GOrun Ride 5

Gray Skechers Men's GOrun Ride 5, Heel Tab
Gray Skechers Men's GOrun Ride 5,Sole
Gray Skechers Men's GOrun Ride 5

Women

Blue Skechers Women's GOrun Ride 5

Blue Women's GOrun Ride 5 by Skechers, Heel Tab
Blue Women's GOrun Ride 5 by Skechers, Sole
Blue Women's GOrun Ride 5 by Skechers

Saucony Breakthru 2

The Breakthru 2 represents Saucony’s successful attempt at improving the original model, which was already the company’s lightest everyday trainer when it came out in 2015. The new model features a sleeker design, a firmer ride and a lighter feel. Furthermore, its rubbery outsole ensures durability in the long run by making sure that the kicks don’t get a worn down look too early. As for the midsole, it includes PowerGrid technology, which stabilizes and centers the foot in order to absorb and distribute impact evenly.

Men

Men's Breakthru 2 Road Running Shoes by Saucony

Orange Men's Breakthru 2 by Saucony
Orange Saucony Men's Breakthru 2, Sole
Saucony Men's Breakthru 2 Road Running Shoes

Women

Pink Breakthru 2 by Saucony

Pink Saucony Women's Breakthru 2, Sole
Pink Saucony Women's Breakthru 2
Pink Women's Breakthru 2 by Saucony

Mizuno Wave Catalyst

Boasting a classic look, the Mizuno Wave Catalyst weighs just 9.5 oz, and it features a special midsole foam material named U4ic (euphoric). The shoe offers a firm yet comfortable ride, and it can be used for running sessions and gym workouts without any issues. The bright red upper complemented by black and yellow details on the sides further enhance the product’s classic look, which is definitely a plus in our book.

Men

Red Mizuno Men's Wave Catalyst

Red Mizuno Men's Wave Catalyst, Sole

Women

Blue Mizuno Wave Catalyst

Blue Mizuno Wave Catalyst, Sole

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