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7 Performance Running Shoes Made Especially for Women

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The shrink-it-and-pink-it days with the best running shoes for women could soon be in the distance. Athletic market mainstays are keeping the nuances of the female form in mind, making sneakers specifically for a woman’s foot. 

Industry leaders with a presence in multiple performance categories including Reebok, Puma and Adidas have styles made specifically for the female foot, as well as running industry standouts Hoka One One, Saucony and Mizuno. Also, female-focused Ryka has road-ready looks for the woman interested in running for cardio.

Shop some of today’s best running shoes for women made specifically for the female foot.

Reebok Floatride Energy 3 Adventure

REEBOK’s latest performance running shoe is the Floatride Energy 3 Adventure, a look built for transitions from the road to the trail. And as with all the brand’s running shoes for women, it is made on a last with a narrower heel and smaller ball girth.

Floatride Energy 3 Adventure
Floatride Energy 3 Adventure.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Reebok

Adidas Adizero Boston 10

For the ADIDAS Adizero Boston 10, the brand opted to use its newest lightweight Lightstrike Pro midsole cushioning compound rather than the Boost technology found in past iterations. And as with all Three Stripes running shoes, the style is made on a last that’s different from the men’s, using data from 1.2 million scans of women’s feet to build the right fit and feel.

Adidas Adizero Boston 10
Adidas Adizero Boston 10.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Adidas

Puma Deviate

PUMA crafted the women’s looks in its all-new Nitro shoe range with designs specially engineered for female runners, and built the styles on women’s-specific lasts. One of the looks from the collection is Deviate, created with the PumaGrip rubber compound for all-surface traction, plus lightweight engineered mesh uppers.

Puma Deviate
Puma Deviate.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Puma

Saucony Endorphin Pro 2

For the women’s versions of its shoes, SAUCONY has used testing and consumer research to create a fit specific for her. The brand continues this practice today, applying it to its pinnacle Endorphin Pro 2 road running shoe. The latest Endorphin look features the brand’s lightweight and springy Pwrrun PB cushioning and FormFit tech to hug the foot.

Saucony Endorphin Pro 2
Saucony Endorphin Pro 2.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Saucony

Ryka Ultimate Running Shoe

RYKA’s Ultimate Running Shoe is one of today’s best running shoes for women with an affordable price point. The road-ready style is a tech-loaded look equipped with lightweight molded EVA midsoles and TPU midfoot shanks. Other performance features include comfort-focused Memory Foam insoles and uppers made with breathable mesh and leather.

Ryka Ultimate Running Shoe
Ryka Ultimate Running Shoe.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Ryka

Mizuno Wave Rider 25

After more than a decade of making shoes with a female-specific heel and midfoot construction — most noticeable in the locked-in feel of its heel counters — MIZUNO continues to cater to her with the Wave Rider 25. The look is built with energy-returning Mizuno Enerzy cushioning and breathable engineered mesh uppers.

Mizuno Wave Rider 25
Mizuno Wave Rider 25.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Mizuno

Hoka One One Tivra

The HOKA ONE ONE Tivra is a road running shoe made specifically for women, equipped with a forefoot design made to improve balance and support the female foot during 360-degree movement. Also, the look features straps on both sides of the upper for extra support and security.

Hoka One One Tivra
Hoka One One Tivra.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Hoka One One
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