The 20 Best Running Shoes for Women -- Saucony, Nike, Brooks, On, Asics and More

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Starting a new workout plan? First things first: you'll need a great running shoe. With so many options available, from training to balance to everything in between, it can be confusing to figure out exactly what you need to meet your running goal (especially if you're a beginner runner) -- just thinking about it is getting our heart rate up already!

If you need a good running shoe to get you started and you haven't met your "solemate" yet, we've got a few to show you. Whether you're a new runner or a seasoned pro, the perfect shoe for you is out there. The right running shoe can make you feel strong, fast and completely in control, whether your training plan is for your first 5K, half marathon or working toward your third marathon. (And if the latter applies to you, we bow down.)

The biggest reason finding a solid running shoe matters: A good pair that fits just right can help you run safely and prevent potential injuries -- from blisters to shin splints to fractures -- that could keep you off the road for months. 

We’ve put in the miles and found the best running shoes out there -- even if you’re a new runner doing that 5K for the post-run brunch. Check out our feature on the best women's walking shoes, too.

Shop our favorite running shoes for women, below.

ET's Picks for Best Running Shoes for Women:

The Saucony Kinvara 12 brings comfort to every run with PWRRUN cushioning, a lightweight material to make daily training a joy.

The Karhu Ikoni 2020 were developed so that they fit comfortably for a wide range of different foot shapes while still delivering a performance-minded and comfortable run.

Countless reviewers praise this pair's super-soft soles for the way they protect knees and hips. And we know that running isn’t all about fashion, but they come in a zillion on-trend shades for your running style. Just saying.

Mile after mile, you'll be thanking yourself for getting the Brooks Glycerin 19. The rubber sole ensures traction with each step while the DNA Loft provides plenty of cushioning. All together, that makes it the right shoe for road running and cross training. 

If you're looking for tennis shoes made for a wide foot, these are stability shoes have enough cushion to avoid foot pain like plantar fasciitis.

The ASICS GEL-Nimbus 23 is a classic that has been out for over two decades. ASICS used two GEL cushioning units, one in the heel and one in the forefoot to create the comfort associated with these timeless running shoes.

The Nike Women's Joyride Run Flyknit are ranked as one of the best running shoes for women. It's a lightweight shoe developed to make running feel easier by incorporating tiny foam beads into the sole to help cushion your foot. Shop now to get them for more than $100 off the regular price.
$180$42 AND UP

The On Cloud X mixes training and running into a light and comfortable running shoe. They are lightweight trainers are suited best for gym sessions, workout classes, short runs, mixed-sports training and road running.

The ALTRA Escalante 2.5 prioritizes toe box comfort. Altra designed the toe box to match the real shape of your foot which is wider through out the midsole and forefoot with a more squared-off toe. While this is a great women's running shoe, it's also good for trail running and you can't beat this price for a trail shoe. 

The Saucony Ride 13 is crafted with three layers of cushioning to conform to everyone's unique foot shape, weight and gait pattern. This technology helps facilitate a dynamic fit that works for every runner.
$64 AND UP

If you're a trail runner, the Salomon Sense Ride 4 is one of the best trail running shoes out there. 

In addition to the perfect pop of color for your athleisure styles, these Nike running shoes have a high arch to give you the support you need for a long run or marathon training.

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21 running shoes feature the GuideRails support system tp help protect your knees by reducing excess movement. They also have an updated mesh upper with 3D print for structure and support. 

The Adidas Ultraboost 21 Shoes are speed-friendly racing shoes. We can't promise that you'll set your new PR in a pair of these, but with with arch support and a spring embedded in the midsole (instead of midsole foam), there's a definite chance that you'll look like a blur during your next sprint.

Brooks Ghost 13 are a solid choice in running shoe for just about any athlete. It features a responsive foam that works with its cushioning technology for shock absorption and comfort while maintaining shoe stability. 

The Allbirds Tree Dasher is a neutral shoe and is a highly rated women's running shoe for just about any foot type. It has a knitted one-piece upper made from eucalyptus tree fiber for a comfortable, sustainable shoe.

On Cloud Swift
Truth: Some people's feet sweat more than others. Thankfully, the mesh upper on these shoes help your feet breathe -- even on super-hot outdoor runs. And with the extra cushioning in this running sneaker, you'll feel like you're running on marshmallows instead of hitting the pavement.

If you're a seasoned runner, and you haven't tried a Hoka shoe yet, you're missing out. If you're trying out different shoes, you'll notice the thick midsole and broad outsole for a wider foot. They're perfect for the long distance run, be it a 10K or prepping for a marathon. The extended heel in Hoka One One's Clifton 7 is designed to provide some of the smoothest impact on unpredictable terrain.

Whether you're a sprinter or a marathon runner, this Mizuno Wave Inspire 16 road running shoe delivers cushion and lightness with every step on race day.
$61 AND UP

Even if you're a neutral runner, the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 running trainer has more perforations, a must for increased breathability while on your feet and running.


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