Welcome to our best running shoes for women guide. Rather than write multiple guides based on different seasons (i.e. Fall, Winter, etc.) we have decided that we will simply 3 one-for-all guides. These guides will include one for a comprehensive overview of the best running shoes, and two that are catered specifically for men and women individually. These individual guides will get updated throughout the year with new running shoe models and new brands based on whether they meet our grading system. We believe that this method will offer readers a greater value as it consolidates several different guides into unified guides. Running shoes are ordered by brand (alphabetically) for easier navigation and then based on the release date of the individual models.
This guide has been catered specifically for female body-types. The female body differs significantly from the male body and as such, we believe that the shoes suggested to women should reflect that. Some of the main differences between men and women include the larger hips/waist, decreased musculature in the legs and upper body, decreased bone-density, lower body heights, and generally a decreased body weight level. Because of this, women’s shoes should have adequate cushioning but also but as light as possible so as to reduce the weight being carried by women’s feet during their running gait. The cushioning must be enough however to still take into the impact force hitting the ground during the running gait, while also taking into account women’s pronation. We believe a shoe with the correct support mechanics, responsive cushioning system, and high durability for increased force impact are essential for a proper running shoe. Based on these factors, we have chosen the shoes that we believe will make the for the best running experience for women. Several of these shoes will likely appear on multiple lists (like our best running shoes and best running shoes for men guides), but that it to be expected as we funnel down from all the shoes that we review. Read on below for the best running shoes for women!
Asics Gel-Nimbus 18
The GEL-Nimbus 18 sits atop of Asics cushioning and neutral category, providing an extremely plush and supportive run. This version has several improvements made to the upper as well as the heel gel-cushioning placement, coming together to provide an extremely bouncy ride. The price tag however may be a deterrent for certain buyers as it comes with a premium retail price.
The 33-DFA2 is a minimalist running shoe that still provides ample cushioning for a more plush and supportive ride. Coming in with a 4mm heel-to-toe differential and weight of 9.0 Oz, it’s a relatively lightweight shoe that lets one increase his or her pace with ease during their runs.
Brooks Ghost 9
The Ghost 9 is one of the staple go-to shoes for neutral runners. It gives an overall package that hits all the required categories; performance, design, and price. This year’s iteration brought with it several changes, some to the sole and many to the upper.
Brooks Glycerin 14
The Glycerin 14 is the newest iteration in the lineup that Brook’s claims is ultra-cushioned. It’s great for neutral runners that looking for a more plush and responsive ride during their workouts and it also provides great durability that will last well into higher milage counts. At an MSRP of $150 it stand on the higher end of the price range for neutral runners, but the cushioning could more than easily make it worth it for you.
Mizuno Hayate 2
The Hayate 2 is a lightweight trail shoe from Mizuno that offers runners a speedier and more flexible option. It uses Mizuno’s x10 outsole technology to give top-notch grip and traction for extreme weather conditions. It performed great and with the added Wave plate incorporated into the midsole there is an element of stability and control.
Mizuno Wave Hitogami 3
The Wave Hitogmai 3 is a neutral running shoe designed to give a more fast-paced and speedy run. It’s lightweight, has a low heel-to-toe differential, and a fantastic MSRP of only $100. Overall, a solid candidate for anyone looking for a new neutral runner or looking to add an additional one into their already existing arsenal.
New Balance Vazee Pace V2
The New Balance Vazee Pace V2 is a pair of comfortable and durable running shoes that can help you run efficiently for long distances. With a sturdy feel and a firm toe spring, the Vazee Pace V2 is perfect for hardcore runners and racers who are ready to deal with major mileage. It offers a cushioned and comfortable choice for faster tempo days.
New Balance Vazee Prism
The New Balance Vazee Prism is perfect for runners because it is light and fast. It has an amazingly sleek and slim fit and is stable enough to make your long runs comfortable. This name is new in the running shoes market, but in no time, it has made its place in the market. You’ll start admiring the Vazee Prism shoes the moment you glance at them as they come in bright and attractive colors.
Nike Free 5.0
The Free series of Nike shoes have always been one of the most in demand choices among runners for some time now. It’s a unique combination of comfort, aesthetics, and function. This year brings with it a complete revamp of the shoe from the sole to the upper. The Nike Free 5.0 for is light and boasts its minimalistic design while imitating the movement of being barefoot and offering cushioning, traction, as well as underfoot protection.
Nike Free Flyknit 4.0
The Nike Free Flyknit 4.0 introduces the Flyknit into the 4.0 Free lineup from Nike, whilst also changing up the outsole. It is extremely flexible and lightweight due to the innovations, providing supreme comfort for runs of any distance.
Nike Lunaracer+ 3
The Nike Lunaracer+ 3 is a performance running shoe designed specifically for anyone training for a marathon or half-marathon. While it’s not intended as a high-mileage trainer, it’s a popular choice for competitive runners looking for a highly cushioned shoe that enables them to run fast on flat surfaces. And, at a price point of $110, the Lunaracer+ 3 is priced competitively with other running shoes in the same category.
Pearl Izumi Trail N2v3
The Pearl Izumi Trail N2v3 is a spectacular shoe that has an array of impressive qualities. The pair is heavy-duty, robust and bests all other running shoes. To our utter dismay, the brand will not be manufacturing any new models.
Under Armour Charged Bandit 2
The Under Armour Charged Bandit 2 is a must-have pair of running shoes for marathoners and heavy runners. If you’re looking for a pair that can bear the brunt of a daily workout regime, you have found the perfect item. These running shoes are very versatile and worth every dollar you spend on buying them. However, you should be careful when you’re running in the rain – these shoes don’t have as good of a grip as they should.
Under Armour Speedform Gemini 2
The Under Armour Speedform Gemini 2 is one of the most widely-bought running shoes that offer runners additional support, stability, and cushioning. It is perfect for daily training as well as running on the road.