Neutral running shoes are cushioned styles without motion control features. While visiting your doctor and testing out shoes is the key to finding a comfortable style for you, neutral running shoes are typically ideal for people who don’t require extra stability features. A good pair should feature a softer midsole and ample cushioning for a plush yet responsive ride. With this in mind, we rounded up some of the best models on the market for women. Our list includes styles with noteworthy cushioning technologies from brands like Adidas and Brooks. They’re also pretty stylish, designed to complete any workout outfit effortlessly.
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1. Brooks Glycerin 16
The Glycerin 16 features a 3D Fit Print mesh upper and internal stretch bootie that surrounds your foot to move and expand with your stride.
Pros: Super DNA midsoles provide soft, adaptable cushioning for a luxe underfoot feel. DNA LOFT transition zones make your every step feel softer and smoother. They come in 6 colors and 4 widths, extra-narrow, narrow, regular and wide.
Cons: They run slightly small.
2. Adidas Ultraboost 19
This Adidas shoe has an engineered Primeknit 360 upper that's lightweight, breathable and supportive.
Pros: Meanwhile, dual-density Boost cushioning on the medial side promotes stability for a smooth, responsive ride. Torsion Spring embedded in the midsole gives support during landing and propulsion at toe-off. Stretchweb outsoles made with Continental rubber provide superior traction and flexibility. These come in a wide range of colorways.
Cons: They run big.
3. Altra Escalante 2
The Altra Escalante 2 is built with women-specific Fit4Her technology to cater more closely to the anatomy of a woman's foot, including features like a higher instep, longer arch, narrower midfoot and heel and softer cushioning.
Pros: A knit upper with perforations allows for enhanced breathability.A Dri-Freeze heel liner improves comfort. Altra's EGO midsole and outsoles offer a responsive, soft and flexible feel. InnerFlex grid-like grooves in the midsole let your foot flex for more speed. FootShape toe boxes let your toes relax and spread out, naturally encouraging stability. These come in seven colors.
Cons: Some wearers may find them a bit stiff.
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