Best Running Shoes For Women: 7 Ladies Trainers To Go The Distance
Enjoying a long run. Picking up your pace. Hell, beating your Parkrun time. So much harder if you don’t own one the best running shoes for women. Trust us.
This year we’ve made it our mission to find the best running shoes for women.
But we didn’t stop there.
We also tested the best ladies trainers for every kind of run. So if you’re looking for a pair of running shoes that’ll take you to the next level of your game, look no further…
BEST WOMEN'S RUNNING TRAINERS FOR CUSHIONING
The Reebok Floatride won a award for best debut shoe so it's hardly surprising it comes in as one of our best women's running trainers.
As the name suggests these are designed for a seriously cushioned ride. If you like the Boost technology in adidas but struggle with the lateral movement, these have a rim around the outside and heel for added support.
BEST SUPPORT & STABILITY RUNNING SHOES
NEW BALANCE 860v7
Been told you overpronate? You'll need a stability running shoe. This New Balance women's running trainer is designed with a midfoot 't-beam' to stop your foot rolling inwards.
While some styles for this kind of runner can feel quite heavy and stiff, this pair of ladies running shoes strikes a balance between cushioning and stability.
BEST RUNNING SHOES FOR SPEED
NIKE ZOOM FLY
Running fantics will be well aware than in 2017 Nike tried to do something very special: Break the 2 hours marathon time. This would have involved taking a whopping 3 minutes off the time that stood before.
While they didn't quite manage it, Eliud Kipchoge got tantalisingly close with a time of 2:00:25. Why is this relevant to what you put in your online shopping basket?
Well, Nike have released a pair of ladies running shoes that are perfect for speedy runs or a race PB effort. A curved sole and 'Lunarlon' cushioning makes for some serious energy output.
BEST ROAD RUNNING SHOES
SAUCONY FREEDOM ISO
If your Sunday Runday ends with brunch go the distance in these trainers.
The continuous cushioning gives you just as much support in the middle as it does at the toe and heel while providing great traction and durability, so you can keep going. Plus the all-black design looks sleek when socialising.
BEST FOR SHORT DISTANCES
PUMA SPEED IGNITE NETFIT
Like your trainers to fit like a glove? These are for you. The combination of sock-like shape and knit fabric, with custom lacing options and Ignite foam midsole, these will offer the perfect level of snug bounce.
Puma Speed Ignite Netfit, £120
BEST RUNNING TRAINERS FOR HEEL STRIKERS
If you've been for a gait analysis or have looked at the wear on the sole of your shoe, you may be aware that you heel strike. This means you land with your weight on your heel first.
Keen runners may already know – this isn't the most efficient way to move. While we can all have that delicate Mo Farah style of gliding over the roads, there are shoes that can help you feel like you get a little closer.
These have gel technology in the heel that encompases the energy release from that point and encourages you to 'toe off' (that means making full contact with the ground all the way to your big toe).
BEST WOMENS RUNNING TRAINERS FOR SUSTAINABILITY
ADIDAS X PARLEY ULTRA BOOST
If you don't already know about the Ultra Boost, where have you been? Boost technology makes for a seriously smooth ride while the knit upper is perfect for those without much lateral movement in their running style.
But it gets better. Adidas has teamed up with Parlety to create some of the best women's running trainers made from recycled ocean plastic. Incredible.
adidas x Parley Ultra Boost, £145.95
Picked your running shoes for women? Time to buy those weight lifting trainers and gym shoes.