Cushioned shoes for bad knees

10 Best Cushioned Shoes for Bad Knees

Do you have bad knees but still want to run? It is not impossible. There is nothing more frustrating than knee pain during a run! Not only that, but it can be a sure way to have your running future cut short as well. The right pair of running shoes can make a world of difference when it comes to comfort, support, durability, and fit.

Whether you are a beginner runner looking for the best shoe to prevent yourself from getting bad knees in the first place or an experienced runner looking for relief of existing knee pain, we have got a great list of shoes we think will be perfect for you. Keep reading to learn more about our top shoe picks for runners with bad knees in 2021.

Number 10

Saucony Triumph

Saucony Triumph

The Triumph is Saucony’s premium neutral trainer and has been for over a decade. This shoe features a soft, opulently cushioned feel that takes the sting and suffering out of long runs. All that cushioning does not come at the expense of responsiveness or weight though, as the Triumph is relatively light on its feet despite being so plush underfoot.

Whether you are training for a specific race or just putting in the miles, get back to the basics with Saucony’s premium neutral trainer, the Triumph. This shoe has all the cushioning and stability of its predecessors but features a lighter weight and an even more plush ride. The Triumph is Saucony’s premium neutral trainer, featuring a highly cushioned ride that is sure to please the moderate to under-pronator. Constructed with Saucony’s premium Everun topsole foam and a plush soft feeling Saucony Compression Fit upper, the Triumph offers a smooth and highly responsive ride perfect for training with bad knees everyday.

The Triumph takes the best of Saucony’s past and turns it into a smooth, silky hauler of road miles. From pacers looking for a long-distance shoe to heavy hitters looking for a plush everyday trainer, the Triumph offers all that you could need. Weighing in at about 11 oz. (men’s size 9) and with a 10mm heel-to-toe drop, this is a mild daily training shoe that will win you over with its softness and responsiveness.

Saucony Triumph
Saucony Triumph

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Number 9

Brooks Glycerin

Brooks Glycerin

You deserve a shoe that moves just as fast, and far, as you do. The Brooks Glycerin running shoe has a DNA LOFT cushioning system with nearly 90% responsive cushioning in the shoe to deliver a soft, fast, and efficient ride. The Glycerin GTS 18 comes with the option of GuideRails for whole-body support when you choose the optional technology over standard one strap closure. This option is designed for endurance runners who appreciate extra support around key zones in the shoe. The Glycerin with GuideRails technology from Brooks is a running shoe with full-length cushioning and enhanced stability.

The Glycerin GTS delivers a softer feel from heel to toe thanks to DNA LOFT cushioning throughout the full length of the midsole. This premium cushioning compound is now wrapped in the lightweight mesh that helps keep your stride cool and dry. Plus, you have an option for additional midfoot support with the addition of GuideRails in this update.

Wear your Glycerin 18 with GuideRails for responsive cushioning and targeted support that works to keep you stable throughout the run. You will feel more confident, run faster, key into your form, and ramp-up to PRs without holding back. Plus, this Brooks running shoe is engineered with our most responsive DNA LOFT cushioning yet. The Glycerin will help you run with more confidence than ever before.

Brooks Glycerin 18
Brooks Glycerin 18

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Number 8

New Balance 1080

New Balance 1080 Fresh Foam Running Shoe upgrades stability and cushioning with a full-length Fresh Foam midsole and a shear-resistant rubber outsole. A light, resilient ride stretches up to the newly designed upper, using skeleton construction for lightweight strength and strategic compression in our Hypoknit upper for support while allowing the shoe to function like a second skin. The 360-degree reflectivity of the eyestay helps you discover your new favorite open road, while an orange reflective logo keeps you visible in low light.

These shoes help keep your feet stable and protected while offering a plush ride. It uses precision design data to strategically place plush foam just in the right areas of your foot. Every runner is different, so we took data from every New Balance run ever recorded on every millimeter of our shoes and designed these shoes to fit your foot like never before. Supporting you from heel to toe, this shoe helps you focus on the fun while putting fresh foam at work in all the right places. This shoe's specially engineered outsole combines blown rubber for durability and blown rubber for high-amplitude cushioning. Made with responsive materials in strategic places, it is also breathable from top to bottom, so your feet stay cool and dry.

Built using our latest advancements in data to design, it precisely delivers the plushness you need exactly where you need it for longer runs.

New Balance 1080
New Balance 1080

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Number 7

Altra Torin Plush

Altra Torin Plush

The Altra Torin Plush is the perfect combination of comfort and minimalism for runners with knee pain. It features a responsive but cushioned Quantic midsole, a top-of-the-line Strobel layer, and an all-new Perf-X insole for an unparalleled underfoot experience. Furthermore, this shoe's extra plush upper provides the ultimate comfort and flexibility.

The Torin offers a plush ride like never before with the AMPLIFY midsole (formerly known as the GuideRail). An advanced GuideRail goes deeper underfoot to ensure a smooth, comfortable ride. The new caress of the soft engineered knit upper and amazing flexibility created in the Omni design will make you enjoy every footfall. Whether for training or racing, this shoe helps you get an Altra advantage. Want a shoe that is engineered for your comfort? The Torin Plush offers support and cushioning where you need it most, and a plush ride for miles of endless comfort. Its extra-cushioned midsole and soft engineered knit upper keep your knees feeling comfortable mile after mile with awesome flexibility.

This premium shoe was designed to provide plusher underfoot luxury than ever before. The Altra Torin 4 Plush is the shoe that is ready for everyday adventures in comfort. The premium cushioning and amazing flexibility make this our plushest Torin yet.

Altra Torin Plush
Altra Torin Plush

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Number 6

Brooks Adrenaline

 Brooks Adrenaline

The Brooks Adrenaline is back with a sleeker fit and an all-around plushy ride. This running shoe delivers cushioning where you need it most with the DNA Loft segment in the midsole, which also houses Brooks’ new DNA Fresh Foam compound. The upper features an asymmetrical design to hug your foot more closely without pinching, as well as textured FlyteFoam and a wide heel collar. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS is a neutral running shoe for overpronators and provides extended mileage. The specially designed GuideRails provide support and stability with every stride. These also allow the foot to move naturally while providing balance and alignment. This allows you to feel greater comfort during your run.

To give every runner out there that competitor’s edge they are looking for. The GTS is a dependable, proven shoe that has a newly added DNA cushioning system that makes it even more exciting to put on those running shoes and go run a mile or three.

 Brooks Adrenaline
Brooks Adrenaline

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Number 5

Asics Gel Kayano

Asics Gel Kayano

The GEL-KAYANO running shoe keeps you supported and comfortable thanks to the new redesigned mesh upper which helps keep your feet cool. The brand-new FluidAxis represents an evolution of the unique SOLEFLOW technology that was first introduced in the midsole construction for responsiveness, stability, and shock absorption. An updated FluidRide midsole offers more energy return while the FlyteFoam sock liner has been updated to minimize weight while adding extra cushioning. This shoe also features AHAR+ to deliver a lightweight yet durable carbon rubber underfoot for optimal performance and durability.

The GEL-KAYANO running shoe provides lightweight comfort and support. The improved stretch mesh upper helps to keep your feet cool and dry by improving ventilation, while the new FluidFit technology delivers a natural sense of movement thanks to increased flexibility around the forward toe area.

Choose the shoe that creates your everyday comfort. The new GEL-KAYANO for women is a shoe that combines the stability of a traditional stability shoe with a more natural roll through the gait cycle. It offers extreme comfort and support which can help you enjoy working out in your favorite pair daily.

Asics Gel Kayano
Asics Gel Kayano

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Number 4

Brooks Ariel/Beast

Brooks Ariel/Beast

The new GuideRails support system optimizes the Brooks DNA cushioning design, resulting in the fastest and smoothest transition from heel to toe in a running shoe. They are engineered for customization, so you can choose your level of cushioning with the use of molded TPU rails designed to fit into your specific arch shape.

The Brooks Beast and Ariel running shoes have been revamped with TruLock lacing system. The laces lock in at the top of the tongue for a secure fit and maximum lockdown. The extended groove channels add stability and create better transition through the footstrike. Small details, like flat nylon elastic at the toe for added comfort, add longevity to these shoes, meaning you can run for miles in ultimate comfort to protect your knees.

The Brooks Beast Series is the ferocious and powerful sibling of the renowned Ghost platform runner. The Beast Series delivers a combination of plush cushioning that enables you to run powerfully like never before. Complete with GuideRails midfoot support system-GuideRails have your knee -and your feet, knees, and hips.

Brooks Ariel/ Beast
Brooks Ariel/ Beast

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Number 3

Hoka One One Bondi

Hoka One One Bondi

Meet the newest addition to the HOKA ONE ONE family, the Bondi 6. More comfortable than ever before, this running shoe is ready for training runs, races, or any on-foot adventure you have in mind. Its full-length EVA midsole coupled with our Meta-Rocker technology provides a smooth, balanced ride for all distances. It's breathable upper keeps your feet dry and comfortable, while its closed lacing system locks down your foot without being too tight.

The Bondi is a stripped-down performance trainer designed for any road distance. This update to the Bondi delivers the same perfect fit and cushioned ride, reengineered to be lighter and faster, thanks to new Meta-Rocker technology. Surefooted on a variety of surfaces, this shoe has more than 10 degrees of plush midfoot articulation thanks to its HOKA ONE ONE cushioning technology. A departure from its predecessors, this retro-inspired racer comes in a wider platform and is fitted with max cushioning and a softer, more flexible midsole. For the Bondi refined the Meta-Rocker geometry to create a smooth, consistent ride. This 3 mm drop shoe is ideal for daily training and long runs alike.

The Bondi family is known for our uber-cushioned, protected shoes. This time, we decided to make it lightweight and comfortable too. Our new Bondi 6 running shoe is meant to take you far and wide in comfort. It is lighter than the previous version, yet every bit as cushioned as its predecessor. From weekend-long runs to your longest training runs, the Bondi 6 will take you there in comfort.

Hoka One One Bondi
Hoka One One Bondi

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Number 2

New Balance Fresh Foam More

New Balance Fresh Foam More

The New Balance Fresh Foam More is a comfort-oriented neutral cushioned running shoe that features an engineered mesh upper with suede accents, a highly breathable open mesh paneling, and a fresh foam midsole. The high-performance ENCAP midsole provides internal support and stability while the Fresh Foam midsole provides responsive, springy cushioning and excellent rebound. With a 0mm heel to toe offset this shoe performs well for mild pronators who need the extra level of bounce back cushioning that comes from the fresh foam midsole technology.

New Balance Fresh Foam More - Get the support you need to move freely in stable cushioning that adapts to every step. Go the distance in lightweight style and comfort with the Men's New Balance Fresh Foam More. Lightweight, breathable mesh with synthetic overlays offers a secure fit, while the Fresh Foam midsole offers soft cushioning and support for high mileage. An undeniably soft ride, the Fresh Foam More's cloud-like cushioning cradles your feet with a running experience that is both luxurious and lightweight. Built with a flexible mesh upper for extra knee protection, it feels as great as it looks on your foot with every step you take.

Fresh Foam More is a classic New Balance running shoe that caters to neutral runners. Ideal for mild overpronators, the Fresh Foam More features a durable yet lightweight upper and a dual-density foam midsole that adds plush cushioning while still providing a responsive ride.

New Balance Fresh Foam More
New Balance Fresh Foam More

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Number 1

Nike Air Zoom Vomero

Nike Air Zoom Vomero

The Nike Air Zoom Vomero Running Shoe delivers responsive cushioning combined with a sleek, lightweight design. This shoe is built on a full-length Nike zoom air unit that works with Nike react technology to give you that super bouncy, soft landing. you will feel fast, comfortable, and supported through your whole run.

The Nike Air Zoom Vomero Running Shoe for men is part of the Vomero running line. It features Zoom Air cushioning in the heel to absorb impact, React cushioning in the forefoot for softness, and a moderate heel-toe offset. The upper comes up high on the sides of your foot for snug support, while Flywire technology helps support your foot. The Nike Air Zoom Vomero men's running shoe delivers the ultimate lightweight comfort for everyday training.

Get off to a great start with the Nike Air Zoom Vomero Running Shoe. Designed for neutral to overpronators and featuring lightweight cushioning and a durable Flywire upper, this shoe is your ticket to an ideal run. The Nike Air Zoom Vomero Running Shoe is designed for the runner looking to add a little softness into their daily 10-mile training runs, while still wanting to feel fast and smooth. In this new update, a full-length Nike Zoom Air unit delivers cushioning, while Nike React technology helps you maintain responsive cushioning without compromising on speed or support.The Nike Air Zoom Vomero Running Shoe delivers responsive cushioning combined with a sleek, lightweight design. This shoe is built on a full-length Nike zoom air unit that works with Nike react technology to give you that super bouncy, soft landing. you will feel fast, comfortable, and supported through your whole run.

The upper comes up high on the sides of your foot for snug support, while Flywire technology helps support your foot. The Nike Air Zoom Vomero men's running shoe delivers the ultimate lightweight comfort for everyday training.

Designed for neutral to overpronators and featuring lightweight cushioning and a durable Flywire upper, this shoe is your ticket to an ideal run. The Nike Air Zoom Vomero Running Shoe is designed for the runner looking to add a little softness into their daily 10-mile training runs, while still wanting to feel fast and smooth. In this new update, a full-length Nike Zoom Air unit delivers cushioning, while Nike React technology helps you maintain responsive cushioning without compromising on your knees or joint health.

Nike Air Zoom Vomero
Nike Air Zoom Vomero

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