Purchasing lightweight running shoes indicates one thing, that you are serious about speed. While regular shoes tend to concentrate on comfort or durability, or style, a lightweight running shoe is about running at a fast pace. This doesn’t mean that lightweight running shoes can’t also be comfortable or durable, but the main focus is on weight, which allows you to travel faster.
In this article we are going to take a look at 7 of the best lightweight running shoes that are currently available. These shoes will be light, comfortable, durable, and will look good while you’re wearing them. We’ll give each factor a rating, and you can then pick the one that best suits your needs.
If, for example, you are looking for the fastest shoe possible, then you might not care whether they look good. if you are mostly interested in durability, then maybe you’ll be okay with a little more weight in the shoe. Hopefully you get the idea.
We will now take an in-depth look at the 7 shoes that we’ve covered in the table above. This will help you to make your decision based on how the shoe lives up to the four categories we have evaluated them on: How lightweight they are, how comfortable they are, their durability, and how stylish they are. Obviously, style is in the eye of the beholder, but it’s still something that can be evaluated.
Best Lightweight Running Shoes #1 GOmeb Speed 4 Racing Shoe
Founded in 1992, Skechers is one of the newer shoe companies on the market. They have built a great reputation over the last few years for high quality, stylish, and effective running shoes. Their GOmeb Speed 4 racing shoe is a great example of their approach to performance. Weighing in at just 196g, these are the lightest shoes on this list.
This will help make them fast and easy to run in, though this does slightly affect how comfortable you will find them, particularly on longer runs. That being said, the shoes are still comfortable, and are also durable. They will last a lot longer than shoes that are as light weight as these should be expected to.
The only thing that lets these shoes down is the aesthetics, these are some ugly looking shoes! The charcoal and teal design is the closest they have to acceptable looking shoes, while the worst is probably the red and orange colour combination.
The shoes are breathable, with a GOknit upper being used to provide air to your feet. The insole is excellent, and the weight of the shoes is definitely an advantage in shorter runs. Overall these are a decent pair of running shoes, that should really help you over 400-5k distances.
Best Lightweight Running Shoes #2 New Balance SONIV1 Running Shoes
New Balance is a shoe company that was founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 1906. They are known for being quite pricey, but also for being well made, and full of technology that is cutting edge. Their light weight running shoes are no exception. The shoes we are looking at today are the New Balance SONIV1 running shoe.
These shoes are supposed to be some of the lightest out there, and are markedly lighter than other shoes by New Balance. They weigh just 238g and have a 6mm heel drop. The midsole is excellent, nice and firm which helps improve the stability. They use Revlite technology which is designed to help keep the shoe light while making it incredibly responsive to your running style and needs.
There is a solid rubber outsole which when combined with the Revlite midsole makes for a really cushioned yet powerful shoe. Speaking of cushioning, it’s surprising just how cushioned these shoes are considering the weight. Perfect for runners who plan on travelling longer distances.
The shoes are really easy to put on, and due to the design of the laces, you won’t even notice they are there while you are running. This makes it great for people who occasionally get pain in their upper foot while running, and for people who need to get their running shoes on fast (possibly tri-athletes).
Best Lightweight Running Shoes #3 Merrell Trail Glove 4
Merrell is an outdoor clothing and kit suppliers that have been running since 1981. They are quite well known in the running community for providing excellent shoes for difficult terrain. In other words they make shoes for the great outdoors. If you are looking for a lightweight running shoe for cross country runs, or even for short/medium hikes then Merrell are the company to go to.
The Merrell Glove 4 Trail Runner is an excellent lightweight running shoe. It is designed to be “sock like” in terms of how it feels to put on and walk or run in. It has a Vibram sole which helps cushion your feet without increasing the weight of the shoe too much. The shoes only weigh 230g. The upper is made of mesh and there is also a breathable mesh lining around the shoe.
They let themselves down a bit when it comes to style, they just look completely uncool. This shouldn’t bother you when you’re running down a mountain in some of the most comfortable and lightweight shoes available, but it may bother you when you’re on the road training!
Best Lightweight Running Shoes #4 Adidas Adizero Tempo 9
Adidas make great shoes, there’s nobody who would argue with that. They have almost a century of expertise and make some truly beautiful shoes. Adizero were built for stability and for performance, they are lightweight, comfortable, and flexible. The shoes weigh 269g for a men’s size 9 which is a little heavier than the previous two shoes. But the extra weight allows for more comfort.
The shoes utilise dual-density boost cushioning which not only increases comfort, but also affects stability. The shoes have a fantastic torsion system from the heel to the forefoot that can improve stability even further, and they use stretchweb along the underfoot which improves flexibility. The shoes look beautiful, particularly the gray one. They’re perfect for people who want to run fast and look good doing it. An excellent all-round lightweight running shoe.
Best Lightweight Running Shoes #5 Altra Escalante
Altra is a shoe company with a pretty unique origin, it was started by three men called Golden Harper, Brian Beckstead, and Jeremy Howlett in 2009. They created shoes with zero drop by cannibalising running shoes from big sporting companies and melting down the outsoles using a toaster oven.
While the technique was clunky and inelegant, it worked. But you can’t make a business by melting the shoes of your rivals and selling them. So the three founders started to create their own shoes. The company is now well established and their unique shoes could soon be as popular with serious runners as some of the bigger brands out there.