Let’s cut to the chase. You want help finding a running shoe that is well suited for your running style, and you want it to be as light as possible. The world of running shoes is vast, and it is near impossible to try on every shoe. Lucky for you, this guide lays out our top three lightest weight road running shoes for daily training, workout day, and of course, race day.
Saucony Breakthru 3
Men’s: 8.7 ounces | Women’s: 7.9 ounces
Mixing a blend of performance and cushioning, the Saucony Breakthru can double as a shoe for daily running or uptempo runs. At 8.7 ounces, the Breakthru is also Saucony’s lightest weight daily trainer to feature an EVERUN topsole. Relative to other running shoes, the Breakthru offers fantastic value at an MSRP of $100.
Altra Torin 3.0
Men’s: 8.7 ounces | Women’s: 7.5 ounces
With regards to weight, the Altra Torin is the lightest option you’ll find within Altra’s daily trainer lineup. With a stack height of 24mm, the Torin provides a high amount of cushion to lessen the impact of your high mileage training. This versatile trainer also provides a smooth ride along with the classic Altra FootShape™ toe box and zero drop construction.
On the Cloud
Men’s: 7.4 ounces | Women’s: 6.5 ounces
If you haven’t heard of ON Running then the look of the ON The Cloud shoe might surprise you. But make no mistake, the ON the Cloud is a neutral light weight running shoe that can handle your daily mileage. Its unique CloudTec® midsole uses individual rubber cloud pods to absorb impact and provide energy return at take-off. The 3D air mesh upper allows for air flow and cooling while also giving the shoe a stylish pop.
Men’s: 7.8 ounces | Women’s: 6.9 ounces
This year Altra made noise in the world of running shoes with the debut of the Escalante. Built with their novel cushioning technology, Altra EGO, the Escalante is soft yet responsive enough to fuel a forward spring when you pick up the pace. The Escalante is a great companion for workout days, especially for tempo workouts and fast-paced intervals on the road. The Escalante also breaks away from Altra’s standard look with its sleek knitted upper and vibrant color selection.
Skechers GOmeb Razor
Men’s: 7.7 ounces | Women’s: 6.6 ounces
Designed with input from Olympic Silver medalist Meb Keflezighi, the Skechers GOmeb Razor can handle paces that vary from daily mileage to uptempo. The shoe’s magic starts with the 5Gen® midsole that gives runners a soft underfoot with enough bounce back for uptempo running. A knitted upper offers exceptional breathability along with a snug and secure fit.
Saucony Kinvara 8
Men’s: 7.5 ounces | Women’s: 6.5 ounces
At the top of lightweight performance trainers is the Saucony Kinvara. A favorite among many runners, the Kinvara is consistently praised for its light weight and ability to perform. Now in its 8th iteration, the Kinvara features a full-length EVERUN topsole that improves energy return on every foot strike. The combination of a low offset design and a close-to-the-ground feel delivers a natural running experience that is suitable for a variety of paces.
Nike Streak LT 3
Unisex: 5.3 ounces
The Nike Streak LT 3 is a lightweight, affordable racing flat that is built for your next race. The current iteration received a welcoming update that enhances responsiveness and comfort. This guy is common on the start line, as most runners enjoy its supportive arch design and wide forefoot that allows for optimal toe splay. On the outsole, the waffle design gives you enough traction and durability for road races ranging from 5k to the marathon.
Mizuno Wave Ekiden 11
Unisex: 5.2 ounces
Built strictly for speed, the Mizuno Wave Ekiden offers a firm, responsive ride that excels in 5k to 10k road races. For cushioning, a thin U4icX midsole layer provides some underfoot protection while a wave shaped layer in the heel helps disperse shock. Nonetheless, the lack of cushion helps keep shoe weight at an exceptional 5.2 ounces.
Saucony Endorphin Racer 2
Men’s: 4.6 ounces | Women’s: 4.2 ounces
Among road shoes, you can’t get any lighter than the Saucony Endorphin Racer 2. Designed with the competitive racer in mind, the Endorphin Racer design includes only what you need for race day. A thin 13mm midsole with EVERUN placed on the forefoot gives you a responsive toe-off while a razor thin upper wraps your foot for snug, sock-like fit.
Alan has been in the game for 11 years, running cross country from high school through his years at Chico State. Now as our Footwear Marketing Coordinator, he puts his expertise into practice, specializing in knowledge of daily trainers and performance running shoes.