Best Running Shoes for Travel in 2018
Traveling with running shoes can be a pain. You need to either wear them on the plane (and therefore have a plan for quick off and on during security checks) or thrown them in your luggage and add weight to an already heavy load.
It can be a frustrating process, but it’s well worth it to get a great pair of running shoes that you can travel with, whether you travel for work or are traveling for running events.
Here we have compiled a list of the ten best running shoes for travel. The list is comprised of a variety of styles and brands, all with something different to offer travelers to make their lives easier in the long run.
We will give you a brief overview of the features that each shoe offers, then we will offer you some pros and cons to help you make the ultimate decision on which shoe is right for you.
Top 3 Best and Favorites
Brooks Launch 5
The Launch 5 comes in great colors and style for men and women, but doesn’t give up comfort or support for the look. This makes it great for travel because you won’t have to sacrifice style or comfort.
The goal of the Launch 5 is to add energy to your runs. It does this through the BioMoGo DNA midsole that cushions your foot while also adding a rebounding, springy feeling from the rubber within.
The sole of the shoe features a mid-foot transition zone that is designed to help you go from heel to toe quickly, while the Air Mesh upper brings breathability to a whole new level. The upper is so breezy you may not even know it’s there.
This shoe is incredibly responsive throughout your stride. Some consumers described the cushion in the midsole as “cloudlike.” Brooks is taking comfort seriously in the Launch 5 with cushion and a wide toe-box to boot.
The Launch 5 is a serious upgrade from its predecessors, and has been incredibly well received in the running community. It is an excellent travel shoe for its comfort, roominess, and light weight.
- Wide toe-box for comfort while traveling
- Can wear right out of box, can be your travel only shoe
- Stylish, so no judging eyes from fellow travelors
- Added cushion for comfort during travel and races
- Narrow through main foot, may not be comfortable for longer trips
- Not lightweight enough for packing in carry-on or weight restricted luggage
Saucony Kinvara 9
The original Kinvara was released nine years ago with the intention of disrupting the market and creating a lightweight shoe without giving up any cushion or comfort. It was created to be a perfect race and practice shoe for runners.
This shoe features a new EVERUN top sole that is created through the fusing of thousands of foam beads for flexibility and unbeatable bounce. Add this to the seamless fit of the shoe, and you’ve got yourself an excellent ride.
After nine years of production models, you will find only improvements in the Kinvara 9. The latest traction and cushioning technologies combine with a still lightweight shoe to create an excellent experience for distance runners.
The Kinvara 9 kept the 4mm heel-to-toe offset that is signature to the Kinvara experience to ensure a natural stance and take some pressure off the lower extremities. However, the offset does add height to the shoe, so it can be difficult to pack in tight spaces.
- Lightweight, great for suitcase or carry on
- Cushioning for running through airports
- Flexible, easy to pack
- Highly rated shoe, Editor’s Choice winner for Runner’s World
- Treads may hold onto dirt, not ideal for packing with clothes
- No pronation control
New Balance Zantev4
This nice, lightweight shoe by New Balance is ideal for travel because of its weight, size, and excellent fit for runners of all abilities. This is a comfortable shoe with excellent support and space for your foot.
The Zantev4 is a versatile shoe that can be used in many conditions and on many surfaces. The versatility makes it an excellent shoe for travel, since you can use it on a treadmill, on the road, or on the track.
This shoe will give you great support if you’re using it as your primary shoe for a plane trip as well. The width of the shoe helps you to avoid that “trapped foot” feeling that can happen during long distance travel.
The New Balance Fresh Foam adds support and comfort so you can use this shoe daily or just as a travel option. The only complaint is that the plastic shell located inside is stiff and can cause pain while running.
- Perfect sizing
- Comfort and support was ideal
- Wide width for added comfort
- Works well for walking and running
- Insert can slide down while running on wet surfaces, not good for all climates
- Not as durable as other shoes
- Can be stiff
Mizuno Wave Rider 21
The upper on this shoe is made from Air Mesh for breathability and comfort. Coupled with the INTERCOOL technology, your feel are sure to remain cool and dry even on the hottest or most humid days. This shoe is ideal for multiple clients.
This is by far the best Wave Rider we’ve seen come out of Mizuno. The 21st installment of this model features support, breathability, and comfort like no other Wave Rider has before.
The DYNAMOTION FIT makes the upper move with your foot so well that you may forget you’re even wearing a shoe. This is ideal for traveling when you want more than anything for your feet to be free.
The midsole helps to ensure a smooth transition from heel to toe, while U4ic technology provides shock attenuation and a superior ride. Another midsole layer features U4icX, an even lighter and more cushioned version of the U4ic, for added softness underfoot.
This shoe is pretty big in terms of the other shoes we have reviewed thus far. It would work well as a shoe to wear during travel versus one that you will pack away.
- Extra cushioning
- Ventilation for added comfort on a plane
- Narrow toe-box
- Runs small and comes in limited colors
361 Degrees KgM2 2
This lightweight shoe is built for anything from interval workouts to long runs. Perfect for travel running when you aren’t sure what surfaces or distances you will be able to run.
The cushioning technology in this shoe allows for a spring-like feel under the foot and a smooth transition through your stride. The midsole is responsive enough for intense workouts and light training days alike, so this one has great versatility.
This shoe has a neutral positioning with limited pronation control, but a large heel-to-toe offset. The offset does make the shoe larger, and therefore difficult to pack into a smaller suitcase.
If you are planning to wear this shoe through the airport, it is an excellent option. The offset makes it gentle on your legs, so you won’t have to worry about potential injury from sitting for a long period and then moving quickly.
- Low profile overall
- Neutral pronation control
- Larger size, difficult to pack
- No pronation control
- Durability could be an issue
This shoe has high endurance in hot weather, so if you are consistently traveling to areas of the country or world where the weather is significantly hotter than your hometown, this may be an excellent option for you.
The versatile Altra Duo is made for racing and practice runs on road. It has a high level of cushioning to add comfort to your travels. The mesh upper ensures ventilation while the blown rubber outsole increases durability.
Altra’s FOOTSHAPE toe-box creates a roomy area for toes to spread naturally, which gives stability and power during your runs, but also adds to your comfort during travel because it gives your feet room to breathe.
The materials are durable and lightweight without giving up on cushion, stability and support. This is an awesome shoe to travel with.
- Made for fast pace on road
- Maximum cushioning
- Drilex lining to hold feet in place
- Roomy design
- High profile, not easy to pack away
- Limited styles and colors
Asics Noosa FF 2
This shoe was actually designed for triathletes, but what it gives to them, makes it an excellent shoe for travel as well.
Both the men and women’s designs have been recreated with FlyteFoam technology to combine the comfort and bounce back of foam with organic super fibers that are designed to stop the foam from packing out on impact.
This shoe features seamless construction to reduce irritation and friction from seams and stitching that can occur with other shoes. This is especially important when the shoe is wet, since wetness only keeps seams closer to the foot.
In addition the 10mm heel gradient shifts body weight forward to reduce stress on the legs. However, it also means a thicker shoe, which is difficult to pack, as we have seen in previous reviews.
Finally, the Wet Grip outsoles on the Noosa FF 2 enhance traction on wet surfaces, so you will have optimal traction regardless of where you are traveling to.
- Secure fit with minimal rub
- Wet Grip outsole
- Higher heel for decreased leg fatigue
- Not incredibly comfortable
- Large heel gradient takes up more room in suitcase
- Sizing not accurate
Hoka One One Cavu
Hoka One One makes the kinds of shoes that work well for almost all runners. The Cavu features neutral stability and pronation control with extra responsiveness that is excellent for practice or for short, intense runs.
The PROFLY cushioning adds a softer feel to the heel to absorb shock while keeping the forefoot firm to add energy and propulsion to your run. In addition to this technology, the Cavu’s outsole has zonal RMAT for traction.
This is a lightweight shoe with a mesh upper for breathability. It has a lycra comfort-fit bootie beneath the mesh for seamlessness next to your skin. This is excellent for travel because you can wear these shoes sockless if you please.
The internal reinforcements in this shoe add support and stability, so whether you’re wearing them on planes, people-movers and escalators or you’re going for a morning run in a new city, you will never have to worry about losing your footing.
- Excellent stability
- Lower profile for easy packing
- Can be worn sockless
- Very little cushioning
- No pronation control
The sole on the Cloud offers CloudTec technology for a smooth ride, as well as increased grip pads and a central channel that fits almost any activity. This is an innovative shoe that is ideal for travel and for running.
The sockliner on the Cloud is well loved for its comfort. It has been updated with the newest version of Cloud with dual density material to take your comfort even further.
The V-molded heel adapts to your foot to give you a snug fit that will give your feet the feeling of freedom without sacrificing stability and support.
Our favorite feature of this shoe is the easy entry speed-lace system. This is an ideal feature for travel. Imagine walking through security in your most comfortable pair of running shoes and not having to take the time to untie and retie your shoes!
This shoe is an ideal option for everyday running and traveling with ease.
- Small enough to pack away
- Easy on lace system
- Excellent traction
- Durability may be an issue
- Stones or other small objects can enter outsole during use and cause discomfort
Skechers GOmeb Razor 2
These are some of the lightest Skechers shoes on the market .They are true to size, so you won’t have to worry about a poor fit when ordering, and they offer superior comfort and support for almost any condition.
These shoes have a mild stiffness to them, but that only encourages forward motion and adds energy to your run. The addition of cushions to reduce pressure and sensitivity on the heel on impact just add to the comfort of the GOmeb Razor 2.
This shoe is virtually seamless thanks to FITKNIT supportive upper. The upper adds comfort and breathability to the shoe. The FLIGHT GEN cushioning midsole adds comfort mid stride, and the molded heel keeps your foot in place.
The pull tab on the heel makes this shoe easy to put back on after heading through security at the airport, making them an ideal travel shoe when you add this detail to all of the comfort and support the shoe offers.
- Aesthetically pleasing
- Provides energy to your run
- Cushion is not too much to take away from support
- Thin tongue can cause discomfort.
- Stiff mid foot can be uncomfortable for travel