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Best Running Shoes for Women

Last Updated: 13 April 2020
Jenny Campbell-Jones
Product Review by Jenny Campbell-Jones

On top of parenting, work, socialising, and everything else that comes with being an adult, it can be hard to keep on track with your exercise regime.

Running is a super convenient sport that anybody can get into – and can be done pretty much any time and any place – but first, you need to find the best running shoes for your style, technique, and size.

The wrong running shoe can cause blisters, sore feet, and bad posture (which leads to a whole load of problems), so keep reading for our reviews of 5 of the best running shoes for women.

Our Reviews

1

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Pursuit V1

Most of us have heard of new balance – we’ve either owned something by them or heard about them from word of mouth.

Their rep keeps getting better, and the release Fresh Foam Zante Pursuit V1 only improved their rising reputation.

With a range of stylish colors to choose from, you’re bound to find a pair that matches your favorite running kit.

The overall design of the shoe has been thoroughly thought out by the New Balance design team. The New Hypoknit upper was designed to provide specific areas of stretch and support on areas that need it the most.

Support isn’t the only thing these shoes offer. They’re super comfortable thanks to the full-length fresh foam midsole. There’s also a soft foam collar, which offers comfort mile after mile.

These neutral running shoes are perfect for forefoot strikers. It’s rare that you find the perfect balance of comfort and responsive ground connection – but these shoes have certainly hit the mark.

The specs of the shoe are:

  • Type: Cushioning
  • Weight: 173 grams (6.1 oz)
  • Fit: True to size

Pros

  • Budget-friendly
  • Lightweight design
  • Super breathable

Cons

  • Some users complain that it can be difficult getting your foot inside the shoe
2

Asics Women’s Gel-Nimbus 21

If it’s stability you’re after, then look no further than the Asics Gel-Nimbus 21. This top-quality running shoe will keep your feet stable and secure thanks to the comfortable and supportive design.

It’s clear ASICS knew what they were doing when designing this shoe.

One of the best parts about this shoe is the use of FlyteFoam Propel Technology – an energetic foam formulated by ASICS that provides supreme bounce thanks to a unique elastomer compound. Running can take its toll on your joints, but these shoes are certain to minimize the negative effects.

Every part of the shoe has its purpose and comfort features, including the AHAR Outsole (an acronym for Asics High Abrasion Rubber). The rubber has been strategically placed in areas of the outer sole that usually wear down quickly, so they’ll serve you well mile after mile, without wearing down.

You’re sure to get a great fit with these shoes thanks to the Heel Clutching System Technology. ASICS has used an Exoskeletal heel counter, which provides your foot with great support as well as giving an even better fit.

Running in the dark can be dangerous, but the risk is significantly lowered thanks to the reflective materials used in making this shoe – so you can run in the early mornings, late nights, and winter months while being spotted by vehicles.

Pros

  • Great foot support
  • Reflective - great for night time or early morning runs!
  • Durable

Cons

  • The toe area can be ill-fitting for wider feet
3

Nike Women's Epic React Flyknit Running Shoe

This is a pair of shoes made by another one of the leading sports brands – Nike. The company has been around for over 50 years, and has become a household name, famous for their high-quality sports clothes and accessories.

Our favorite thing about these shoes is the Nike React technology. This technology is specifically designed to deliver an incredibly smooth ride, and it also helps prevent injury, which can be common if you’re a frequent runner. The molded heel contributes massively to the support provided.

The upper on this shoe is full-flyknit constructed, so it delivers lightweight stretch and support, giving your feet and ankles the freedom to move.

It’s rare that you find a shoe that has the perfect balance of softness and support, but these shoes offer a cushioned and supportive sole, without being too soft on your feet.

Some shoes can be a pain to get into, but these shoes are super easy to slip on, as they’ve been ergonomically designed for easy entry. A Bootie contoured collar is low cut right below your ankle, giving a snug, secure, and comfortable fit.

Pros

  • Wide range of colors to choose from
  • The shoes have a super stable feel
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Pricey
4

Brooks Women's Levitate Running Shoe

Brooks are a popular provider of running equipment, and it’ll become clear why they’re so popular after reading our review of the Women’s Levitate Running Shoe.

If you’re a frequent runner, then you’re bound to love the Brooks Women’s Levitate Running Shoe. As the name suggests, you’ll feel like you’re levitating while wearing these shoes due to the springy, responsive sole of the shoe.

There’s nothing worse than shoes that don’t give your feet the support they need – but thankfully this pair has you covered. These are the perfect choice if you have a medium to high arched foot and want the correct support.

Your feet are sure to appreciate how comfortable these shoes are. The inside of the highly adaptable Fit Knit upper holds a host of comfort features, ensuring your feet stay comfortable even on the longest of runs.

Many modern running shoes feature energized cushioning, but none have as much energy return as these high-performance running shoes. The DNA AMP midsole technology gives you back more of the effort you put in, making running a breeze.

Pros

  • Perfect if you have a medium to high arch
  • Great level of cushioning
  • Thick, supportive sole

Cons

  • Some people complain that they come quite wide
5

Adidas Women's Cloudfoam Pure Running Shoe

Even if you’ve never exercised in your life, you’ll have heard of Adidas. It’s one of the world’s leading brands of sportswear, and you know their products are always going to be of high quality.

The Women’s Cloudfoam Pure Running Shoe is certainly no exception. These foot-hugging shoes are the perfect choice for the everyday runner, as they provide maximum comfort and support.

The cloudfoam memory sock liner and the thick rubber sole will give your feet all the support you need, even on the rockiest of terrain, so it’ll feel like you’re running on soft, bouncy clouds.

The measurements of the Cloudfoam Pure Running Shoe are:

  • Shaft measures approximately 0-6″ from arch
  • Platform measures approximately 0-3 inches
  • Boot opening measures approximately 6-12 inches around

Although these shoes are made for running, they look great, so can be worn for a walk in the park, or to go get coffee. The design is simple, with the standard Adidas logo across the front – so they can be worn with shorts, leggings, trousers, and even skirts and dresses.

Pros

  • Super comfortable
  • Great support
  • Trusted brand
  • Variety of colors to choose from

Cons

  • Some users complain that it can be difficult getting your foot inside the shoe

There are so many different types, brands, colors and designs of shoes out there that it can be difficult to know what to look for when purchasing a running shoe. Keep reading for some tips that should help you make an informed decision.

Type

It’s important to consider which type of running shoe is best for you. The main types are everyday, lightweight, and trail-running.

Everyday running shoes are pretty much the standard – they’re suitable for most locations and environments. If you’re after a super-fast run though, you may want to go for a lightweight shoe.

If you plan on running on the dirt, or along a trail, then you’ll want a pair of trail-running shoes. These are specially designed for better grip, and the upper area is more durable.

Comfort

With any shoe (maybe excluding stilettos), comfort is a must-have. First of all, you want the shoe to fit you well. It’s generally recommended that you opt for a shoe half a size larger than your shoe size, so your foot has enough movement-room when running.

Comfort is extremely important when running, but be wary if you decide to shop in a store – what might be comfortable when walking around might not necessarily be suited to your running style.

Breathability is also something to look out for in running shoes. Check the material – is mesh material used at all? Will your foot be able to breathe? If you’re going to be running in hot weather, then breathability is a must.

The arch of your foot can determine how much support is needed. Stability is great for lower arches, but if you have a higher arch, you’re best off going for something cushioned and comfortable.

If you’re not sure how arched your foot is, then don’t fear – there’s a simple test you can do. Wet both feet, and stand on a piece of cardboard or a brown paper bag.

If there’s a distinct curve around the inside of your foot, and a little band connecting your heel and toe, then you’ve got a regular arch.

If the imprint shows most of your foot without a clear curve along the inside of your foot, then you’ve probably got a low arch.

You know you’ve got a high arch when the curve along the inside is super noticeable. Unlike the outline of a normal arched foot, there may not be a section connecting your heel and toe.

Support

Not many shoes have the perfect balance of support and comfort – so you may have to decide what’s more important – comfort, or support?

Super supportive shoes are generally more rigid than the regular running shoe – so if you’re after good support, then opt for something with a defined ankle and a sturdy design.

If you have any known foot injuries, you’re best off speaking to a doctor to find out what may be the cause – it may be due to the pronation.

Pronation

To decide where you need the most support, you’ll need to know your pronation. If you’re not sure, then check a pair of your worn running shoes.

If you have basic pronation (wear on the ball of your foot and the heels), then go for a more neutral shoe – that offers a standard amount of stability and comfort.

For overpronation (wear along insides of shoe), then look out for shoes that offer maximum support and stability.

If you have supination (wear along the outside of the shoe), look out for neutral shoes.

Durability

Nobody wants a shoe that will come apart while you’re in the middle of a run – which is why you should always see which materials are used.

A good running shoe should last you anything between 400 and 500 miles of running – so be sure to go for shoes that are made of high-quality – usually, if you go for a known-brand, you’ll be safe.

Recap

Every foot is different, but every foot is sure to appreciate Asics Women’s Gel-Nimbus 21 – which is why it’s our top choice.

These shoes really have it all – they’re even made with reflective materials to keep you safe on your night-time runs.

They offer exceptional durability in the places that need it, and supreme comfort. You can’t really ask for anything else from a running shoe.

Have you tried any of these shoes? If you have, do you agree with our review?

Let us know in the comments section below, and be sure to share our roundup review with your friends!

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