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The women’s running shoes we’re clamoring for

Pick out your perfect sneakers from our helpful list of the best women's running shoes money can buy

Written by
Jasmine Dilmanian

Instead of taking a shoe salesperson’s word for it, you should take ours when it comes to women’s running shoes. Crafting a sports shoe is like making a piece of art – one wrong move and the whole thing comes crumbling down. Marathon runners and occasional gym-goers alike deserve the most comfortable, stable and breathable shoe for the job. Based on a mixture of the solid elements of shoe design, your personal needs and, of course, fashion, we've formed a rundown of the best running shoes for women on the market today, whether you need a stability shoe or a neutral one. Pick your perfect pair and you’ll hold onto these babies for years to come.

Fabulous ladies running shoes

Swiss Ms.

1. Swiss Ms.

Engineered in Switzerland, the Cloud running shoe is On Running’s masterpiece. These sneakers are made with a CloudTec sole, Zero-Gravity foam, and feature a speed lacing system.

$84.99 on

Light as a feather

2. Light as a feather

Featherweight sneakers are a runner’s best friend. The Mizuno Wave Rider 18 running shoes are made to minimize bulk and maximize speed.

I’ll race you

3. I’ll race you

Welcome to a proper racing shoe. The Air Zoom Streak LT4 sneakers from Nike are engineered for road, cross-country, and track runs and excel at responsiveness.

$90 on

Runaway stride

4. Runaway stride

The Adizero Adios running sneakers are the result of a collaboration of great minds – Adidas and Stella McCartney. This violet pair weighs next to nothing and has glow-in-the-dark elements.

$168 on

Go the distance

5. Go the distance

This Hoka pair has a super-thick sole that makes full-ground contact and a fitted sock lining so you can wear them even on your longest runs without worries.

$130 on

On the rebound

6. On the rebound

From time to time, Nike serves up avant-garde designs that leave our jaws unhinged. The Shox Gravity running shoes are super-secure and designed with twin plates with foam cushioning between them for maximum rebound.

$150 on

A big hug

7. A big hug

A running shoe that feels like a foot-hugging sock and looks like a 3D mind game? Count us in. Wear these high-traction shoes for casual days out or on hard-core runs.

$33.74 on


8. Supra-duper

Though it started as a skater brand, the Supra line has grown to include some awesome running shoes. These are padded, super lightweight, and breathable thanks to all-around mesh.

$56.25 on

Black and white

9. Black and white

This simple and sophisticated Reebok pair takes the fuss out of shopping for running shoes. These are recommended for 5Ks, daily workouts, and versatility wear.

$99.95 on


10. Trailblazer

The Nike Air Zoom Wildhorse shoes are design for trail running, emphasizing arch support so you can handle even the roughest terrain.

$110 on


11. Newer balance

Who doesn’t love a good throwback? These very updated New Balance sneakers use innovative Fresh Foam technology to provide a super-supportive and natural-feeling midsole.


12. Runner-up

These top-rated Brooks running shoes are made with comfort, support, and sturdiness in mind. A toe bumper helps you feel secure and helps the sneaker keep its form long-term.

$64.97 on

Quality control

13. Quality control

A top-rated running shoe, the Adidas Supernova sneakers offer quality above all else. We’d love to score an invite to your marathon!

$69.99 on

Sneaker style

14. Sneaker style

The APL Techloom Phantom sneakers are a fashion-forward runner’s dream. They feature an alond toe shape, gradient textile upper, and super-bouncy sole. These are win-win.

$165 on

Toe separator

15. Toe separator

Measure your feet in inches and get ready to separate your toes. The Vibram FiveFingers running shoe is ultra-flexible, slim, water resistant, and minimalist – perfect for low-impact use.

$130 on

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