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TOP 35 Best Running Shoes for Women and Shoe Reviews 2021
If we ladies learned anything from growing up watching Cinderella, it’s that the right shoes can change your life!
The right running shoes help you zip faster, feel lighter, and run farther then you could before.
So what are the best running shoes for women?
Glad you asked.
I have lined up 35 favorite running shoes and offer a quick review of each one.
As to which one is the best depends on so many things.
Do you run on the street, track or trail?
Are you looking for a trusty training shoe or a race day rocket?
Do you Supinate, overpronate or have a “normal” gait?
Do you have wide feet, narrow feet or are you the goldilocks in the middle, with a “just right” width?
It’s easy to see what is perfect for one gal may not be the right fit for another.
That’s why this list of the 35 best running shoes for women includes trail runners, stability shoes, race shoes, everyday trainers, minimalist shoes, maximalist styles and just about every running shoe style in between.
Review: Nike Odyssey React is both responsive and comfortable, plus the midsole foam is long lasting, and retains its bounce even after 300 miles.
The sole has extended rubber coverage compared to other models and will resist wear well. The long lasting nature of these shoes makes them a great choice for everyday training and you can rack up the miles in confidence because the bounce will last.
Light breathable jacquard upper.
Long lasting React midsole foam.
Light stabilization provided by mid height heel counter.
Larger forefoot that the Epic react.
Best Nike running shoes for women for everyday training.
Review: Adidas Ultraboost shoes excel at energy return. The ultraboost foam, flexible rubber outsole and low weight of these shoes will have you bounding ahead with a spring in your step mile after mile.
This is a neutral running shoe with a durable sole that has a feather weight and is designed for high mileage.
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Adidas Ultraboost ultra responsive cushion.
Continental rubber outsole withstands high mileage.
Primeknit upper conforms to your foot keeping the shoe secure.
Wider in the toe than Adidas fans are used to.
Best long distances running shoes because they are a durable and lively ride.
Best Running Shoe for Heavy Set or Overweight Women - New Balance 860v9
Review: This shoe provides a high level of stability and cushion which makes it a great running shoe for overweight runners and those who overpronate or have flat feet. Look here for more running shoes for heavy runners.
New balance uses their proprietary T beam technology in this stability shoe. T beam is a flexible TPU shank mid foot that supports the arch, prevents twisting, adds stability, and will not compress or collapse under pressure.
TruFuse Midsole cushion supports low arches and added weight.
Dual density medial posting support the foot arch.
TPU heel counter offers stability in the heel and prevents overpronation as you strike.
Available in wide and EXTRA wide.
Surprisingly, some found the toe area too narrow.
Best running shoes for overweight women who need a stability shoe or who overpronate.
Review: This shoe is light on stability and support, which puts your foot in closer connection to the ground.
With its barely there weight and minimal drop, this shoe allows your foot to move naturally. The shoe does provide some underfoot cushion which excels at giving back the energy you put into each stride.
Spritely and energetic Everun midsole.
Flexfilm layer upper adds light structure and strength to the upper without adding weight.
Neutral firm running shoe.
Slightly more narrow than the Kinvara 8.
Responsive running shoe with natural movement.
Best Race Day Shoes for Under pronation - Altra Duo
Review: 3 cushion and shock absorbing features stand out to me causing me to choose this neutral running shoe as the best cushioned shoe in the lineup.
The U4ic midsole, that has a soft heel , the Cloudwave plate in the midsole that compresses as your foot strikes, taking on shock, and the U4icX heel all work together to make this shoe very plush.
Cloudwave midsole plate provides cushion and impact protection.
U4icX midsole in the heel provide an added layer of cushion.
12mm drop neutral running shoe.
Great shoe for Peroneal Tendonitis thanks to ample cushionGreat shoe for Peroneal Tendonitis thanks to ample cushion and a 12mm drop. Find and a 12mm drop. Find more shoes for Peroneal Tendonitis here.
Review: This highly cushioned trail running shoe from Salomon provides protection from the elements, plenty of underfoot padding, and light stability.
It can be used for everyday training and is well suited for heel strikers. The shoe guards against mud and rain with a built in mud guard that encircles the upper, the water resistant material used in the upper keeps rain and water out, and the sole of the shoe has strong grip in wet and muddy conditions.
Review: These barefoot style running shoes have more stretch in the upper than previous versions, while maintaining the flexible sole that offers good connection to the ground and plenty of feedback while you run.
The ultra-flexible design of the shoe allows your foot to move naturally as the shoe moves with you.
Rounded heel rolls in a smooth natural motion as it hits the ground.
Flyknit upper is now more stretch and form fitting, like wearing no shoes at all.
Flexible sole moves with your foot.
Runs small, not available in wide width.
The most liberating Nike Running Shoe available with minimal support, cushion or restriction.
Best for a Supportive Trail Runner - Inov-8 Trailroc 285
Review: This is a stable yet energetic running shoe by Puma. The shoe has two technologies that afford excellent energy return, the NRGY beads Midsole and Ignite midsole foam cushion the foot and give back what you put into your step.
The heel cage stabilizes the foot and provides light stability.
NRGY Midsole beads provide energy return.
Ignite midsole foam is cushy and comfortable.
EvoKNIT upper allows air to circulate.
Adjusting the laces is challenging.
A responsive ride with a bit of stability at an affordable price.
Review: The Salomon Sonic Aero is an excellent everyday running shoe for short distances. It is designed with a super sticky contra-grip tread on the outsole which gives grip in all conditions and is designed to be grippy going downhill.
The sole is reinforced with denser rubber around the heel and big toe area so the shoes will last. The shoe has a 10mm drop to move you forward and the quick lace system will have you in and out of the shoe quickly.
Contra Grip outsole, good for all weather.
Removable ortholite insole to customize level of cushion.
Full length Energy cell midsole for lively energy return and comfort.
Review: New Balance is known for making shoes that feel good and support your foot. The Fresh Foam 1080v8 is no exception.
This roomy shoe is offered in wide and EXTRA wide widths to fit just about any runner.
The fresh foam cushion underfoot is not only comfy, but delivers a good amount of bounce and energy back into your stride, which is why runners like this shoe. If you are a runner with wide feet, give this shoe a try.
Available in Wide and Extra wide.
Ortholite insert insole adds a layer of plushness.
Neutral running shoe, appropriate for under and normal pronators.
Review: The Minimus line from New balance is easily one of the most popular trail running shoes ever made, and no wonder, they are exceptionally well designed.
Don’t expect a lot of support or stability from these shoes, they are made in the minimalist style with just a little light padding. It is the grippy sole, foot hugging fit and an odor resistant treatment so you can wear them without socks.
Review: Runners love this shoe because they say it allows them to train for long distances without experiencing pain in the heels, knees, arches or other injury prone areas.
They also praise the shoes durability. The action reaction technology built into the sole plays a part in injury prevention as it is excellent an taking on shock, and the high rebound EVA sole combined with Newton’s own Newtonium foam make a comfortable underfoot feel no matter how many miles your run takes you.
Newly redesigned high performance laces.
Action-reaction technology built into the sole.
Molded internal heel counter for a bit of stability.
Busy wife and mother of four. Katie is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to Garage Gym Power. What makes her credible is the fact that she made her own home gym from scratch and she is a true time-management wizard! She guards her gym time jealously, and would rather miss a PTA meeting or get takeout for dinner than miss a workout!