The Best Running Shoes for Women

Investing in a pair of well-fitting running shoes is key to getting the most out of any run. The right pair should offer shock absorption and mold to the natural arch of your foot, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association.

To help you find your perfect match, we’ve rounded up a range of top running shoes to fit any need — whether you’re training for a half marathon or are simply an everyday runner. These styles offer modest to elevated treads for tackling all sorts of terrain, as well as various levels of cushioning to support different foot types. Read on to shop them all.

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1. Salomon XR Mission Running Shoe

Complete with proprietary technologies and an ultra-sturdy design, the Salomon XR Mission is made to seamlessly transition you from road to trail runs.

Pros: The style includes the brand's signature Sensifit and Sensiflex tech to support the natural movement of the foot, as well a tough Contagrip outsole for traction on muddy trails. A breathable mesh upper prevents moisture buildup, as a Quicklace system lets you tighten laces in one pull for a customized, no-fuss fit. The design also includes an oversized tendon for smooth transitions with energy return during long runs. From the inside, an EVA foam footbed offers extra comfort by reducing friction with each stride. The style is available in three different colorways.

Cons: Tends to run a half size too small. Laces may be harder to loosen when you take the shoe off.

Salomon XR Mission Running Shoe


2. Asics GEL-Venture 5

This supportive style from Asics combines moderate cushioning with an exceptionally spacious toe box, making it a great option for runners at every level.

Pros: The style includes convenient heel loops for easy on and off access. Foam sockliner can be removed to accommodate orthotics. The brand's signature GEL cushioning provides great arch support and is even ideal for people who suffer from plantar fasciitis. It's available in wide width sizes as well as 10 vibrant colorways at an affordable price.

Cons: May not be the best option for people with pronation issues (cushioning is moderate). Traction may not perform well on wet surfaces or trails.

Asics GEL-Venture 5

3. Brooks Ghost 11

The latest model in Brook's Ghost series, this ultra-lightweight style features soft yet responsive DNA loft cushioning to maximize performance.

Pros: This option offers optimal support for people with medium to high arches, including those with plantar fasciitis. It also features segmented crash pads to provide shock absorption where you need it most. You can also nab these in narrow to wide width sizes and choose from 10 different colorways.

Cons: May not be the best option for people with pronation issues (cushioning is moderate). Toe box may be too narrow for some feet.

Brooks Ghost 11

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