What You Need to Know When Picking a Women’s Running Shoe

When it comes to finding the right running shoe, it pays to be picky. Why not choose a version that suits your running style and helps you find success with your fitness goals?

While there is no black-and-white formula to follow when you’re shoe-shopping, here are a few tips that I’ve come to learn over countless hours of training and time invested in the marathon world.

1. Think about the size. A lot of runners choose to size up and purchase a pair that is half a size bigger than what they normally wear.

2. Shop at specialty stores. Running shops, such as Jack Rabbit, will allow you to test the shoes on a treadmill in stores. The staff also consists of runners, who can answer any questions you might have about the best brand for your experience level.

Nike Free RN Flyknit Running Shoe
Nike Free RN Flyknit running shoe, $99.97; nike.com.
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3. Assess the features that are most important to your running style. Many shoes tout minimalist and springy, cushiony features, while others aim to combine lightweight details with comfort and cushion. Think about what dynamic features work best for your body.

4. Check out the Shoe Finder function at Brooks. Brooksrunning.com offers a questionnaire about your running needs and style and then recommends a specific shoe that should suit your needs. Even if you don’t decide to run in Brooks, it’s a great option to determine those important features.

Shoes For Women With Bigger Feet
Women’s Adrenaline GTS 16 running shoes, $78; brooksrunning.com.
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5. Pound the pavement. If you are deciding between a couple of styles, a test run might provide the solution. While out on your run, you can assess which shoes allow you to run with the most amount of comfort and ease.

Asics DynaFlyte Women's Running Shoes
Asics DynaFlyte running shoes, $140; asics.com.
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