Best Running Shoes for Women
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Whether you’re an experienced runner racking up the miles, looking to improve your performance, or new to the sport, the importance of wearing the right shoes is unmatched.
Whatever your budget, you need a shoe that will support your heels and cushioning to keep your feet comfortable, made with quick-wicking materials to keep you cool.
For pounding pavements, gravel tracks, roads or treadmills, we’ve rounded up the 12 best running shoes to help you in your quest for a PB.
From training experts like Nike, Saucony, Brooks, On and more, we considered budget, running distance and support.
Combining form, function and style, here are our top picks for daily workouts and marathon workouts. On your marks, get set, go…
The best running shoes for women
Nike Running Air Zoom Pegasus 38 Trainers | £109.95 from Nike
This pink and black pair features a responsive foam midsole for plush cushioning, a durable rubber outsole and a textured tread, perfect for outdoor sprints or long distances.
ASICS GLIDERIDE 2 running shoes for women | £145 from John Lewis
According to one satisfied Asics shopper, this aqua blue pair is “a really stable ride, sturdy upper, and decent enough tread for forest trails. Perfect for everyday training.”
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 | £130 from Brooks Running
If you are a road runner, this is the shoe for you. Designed for everyday running and racking up your mileage for a new PB, they have soft cushioning and an integrated crash pad for smooth transitions. We also love this coral orange hue.
New Balance Running 520 purple and yellow sneakers | £65 at ASOS
Keeping with the colorful theme, next we have this vibrant pair from New Balance. They have a soft midsole for ample underfoot support, a molded heel, and adjustable lace-up closures so you can make sure it’s a snug fit no matter how wide or narrow your feet are.
Saucony Endorphin Speed 2 Trainers | £155 from Sweaty Betty
Besides its sleek design, this lightweight running trainer from Saucony will help you increase your speed. It features a nylon plate to help improve your stride and a breathable mono-mesh upper.
Hoka One One Clifton 8 Women’s Running Shoes | £99 from Wiggle
This shoe from Hoka One has eco-friendly credentials – it’s made from vegan materials. It also has a plush tongue and pull tab for quick on or off, a mesh upper to keep your feet cool, and a compression molded midsole.
On Cloudflow Women’s Running Shoes | £130 from John Lewis
This unique sole design doesn’t just look good, it’s part of its foam cushioning to keep feet comfortable and supported. It also offers ventilation on the mesh upper and an elastic strap to keep the laces out of your way and a rubber traction sole for good grip in wet conditions.
Adidas Supernova Women’s Running Shoes | £85 from John Lewis
This monochromatic pair is perfect for daily training. They have a breathable knitted mesh upper – which is made from 50% recycled materials, as well as flexible cushioning in the forefoot and heel.
Women’s Lululemon Blissfeel Running Shoe | £138 from Lululemon
Earlier this year, luxury leggings and activewear brand Lululemon launched its first running shoe, to rave reviews. One shopper said: “These are the first trainers I’ve found that really fit in every way (I have high arches and wide feet so it’s hard to find shoes that fit well). The arch support is really great and the cushioning in the sole is perfect!They are the perfect blend of soft and firm.Roomy toe box.They also don’t seem to smudge easily or absorb a lot of water.
Under Armor Women’s HOVR Sonic 5 Running Shoes | £105 from John Lewis
This pair of Under Armor can be connected to the Map My Run app to track and analyze your runs to improve your performance. It also has a quick-drying microfil upper, a removable antimicrobial sock liner and a rubber heel for shock absorption.
Puma TWITCH RUNNER – Neutral running shoes | £54.99 from Zalando
A colorful twist on your typical white sneaker, Puma designed this pair with short distances and walking in mind. They have a reinforced heel, removable padded insoles and a breathable mesh upper.
Nike Running React Miler 3 Trainers | £114.95 at ASOS
If you’re looking for a classic white pair, look no further than Nike’s Running React Miler 3. They have reflective details for visibility when running at night and elastic cushioning thanks to the foam midsole.