Fitness, Sports

The best Sneaker options for Treadmill Running

Speed, pricing or overall, we got you covered.

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Mar 23, 2022

Treadmill running is more like road running than trail running. It’s perfect for speed runs. But as you already know, the surface is softer than that of roads. That’s why almost all road running shoes (about two-thirds of the market) can be utilized on a treadmill. But you still need some quick answers as to what the best treadmill running shoes are, so that’s why we made a concise selection for you.


Best overall treadmill running shoes 

The Nike Pegasus, now in its 38th generation, continues to persuade us that it is literally the best of all running shoes. It has easily outperformed every other pair. The Pegasus 38 has a high level of stability. It measures 109.5mm broad in the forefoot and 80.7mm wide in the heel making it one of the most stable options out there.


This variant, like a true Pegasus, is tough as nails. Despite being 18% softer than conventional foams, the React midsole is nonetheless substantial. It doesn’t bottom out after a number of harsh wear tests. As a result, it can last anywhere between 400 and 500 kilometers. (250-350 miles). This shoe’s traction is one of the best and its excellent lockdown elevates everything to a new level.


The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38 costs $130, comes in a range of colors for regular and wide feet and is well worth it.



Best treadmill running shoes for speed

It can set records, and it has everything you need to keep you on track on your treadmill. The Saucony Endorphin Speed 2 is the obvious choice for speed. It’s the pinnacle of bounciness, so much so that each stride feels like speeding through the blocks. Unlike other speed trainers, it’s not uncomfortable and not harsh to the feet at all.


The Endorphin Speed 2 is more supportive than other daily trainers, yet maintains its capacity to be make a run enjoyable. It has the makings of a dedicated race-day shoe, weighing in at 8.1 oz. Saucony Endorphin Speed 2 lives up to its name — it’s built for speed and it performs admirably. If you only need one shoe for tempo runs and race day, this is it.


Buy the Endorphin Speed 2 now for $160 in multiple colorways from Saucony.



Best budget treadmill running shoes

Nothing beats the Reebok Floatride Energy 3 when it comes to long-lasting comfort. Your feet will be greeted with 360-degree plushness as soon as wear them. Good news for wide-footed runners, this shoe has enough of area to accommodate anyone’s feet. The toe box is generously spaced, allowing you to wriggle your toes without breaking a sweat.


Lockdown is improved because of the gusseted tongue. The tongue is tucked in and the feet are tucked in as well. There are no concerns with slippage at all. The best part is that it can last a while and the quality remains satisfactory even after 100 kilometers (62 miles).


Buy the Floatride Energy 3 now for $110 in multiple colorways from Reebok.



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Photos via Nike, Saucony, Reebok