Are you looking for a more advanced, versatile pair of trail running shoes for those muddy obstacles AND the treadmill? In our brief list, we’ve narrowed the selection down to five of our favourite Women’s running shoes around at the moment, whether you’re looking for an ultra stable heel or you’re a chronic over-pronator, we’ve got you covered.
The Best for… Bang for your buck
The Brooks Ghost has been around for a while now, and if you’re lucky you can pick up a pair at a relatively cheap price. For this kind of price, you’re getting a great deal of shoe for your money. With a thick cushion-y BioMoGo DNA midsole, these shoes were made for those searching for extra cushioning without adding extra weight to their running shoe.
They are fantastic if you want a variety of width choices, coming in a 2A Narrow, B Medium or D Wide. Also, if you’re slightly fashion conscious, they come in a variety of different funky colors, including a psychedelic lime punch and berry combo.
Hoka One One Clifton
The Best for… Lightweight
The Hoka One One Clifton is definitely not a shoe to be overlooked, weighing in at less than 8oz a shoe (or under 225 grams), they’re one of the lightest shoes on the market currently. This is no mean feat, seeing as they also offer some of the best cushioning and protection; lightweight AND protective? Is that even possible?
Well yes, with the Clifton it really is. Hoka One One are self-proclaimed ‘maximalists’, meaning they try to provide the most complete package possible in your running shoe. This is evident in the Clifton, from its durable strategically placed rubber to its EVA midsole, this running shoe is not one to be disregarded. They are ideal if you’re looking for a long distance running shoe, or even just for the treadmill.
Asics Women’s Gel Kayano
The Best for… Overpronation
Possibly the most recognisable running shoe on our list, the Japanese giants Asics have been producing high-end running shoes for well over 60 years now. Though it’s only in the last few decades where Asics have truly been recognised as a powerhouse in the footwear market, with the Gel-Kayano being one of their best selling shoes throughout the last twenty or so years.
The Gel-Kayano’s FlyteFoam technology allows them to be ultra-responsive and super lightweight, enabling a more comfortable run. They also have a fitted heel clutching system for a tight, yet not restrictive, fit.
REMEMBER: Asics seem to have been making the Gel Kayano slightly narrower each model that they produce; this means that the Asics Gel Kayano 23 have quite a narrow toe box and low height. If you’re looking for a regular fitting running shoe and you’re thinking of ordering the Gel Kayano, it might be worth ordering them in a size above your regular shoe size. It’s definitely worth considering ordering them in a larger width as well; they come in three different widths (2A for narrow fit, B for normal fit and D for a wide fit).
Salomon Womens Speedcross
The Best for… Trail Running
If you’re looking for a shoe that can adapt to multiple terrains comfortably then the Speedcross is probably the shoe for you. They come with an abundance of features, including:
- Climashield technology enabling the fabric to dry extremely fast
- Waterproof upper generally to help keep the feet as dry as possible. Of course, they aren’t going to keep your feet completely dry if you’re submerging your feet fully in water, but as running shoes they are probably the most water-resistant around and are incredibly easy to drain out
- QuickFit lacing for incredibly simple on/off and one pull tightening
- Contragrip outsole suited to a variety of terrains; from mud to snow they offer fantastic traction
- OrthoLite lining, which again supports the water-resistance of the shoe as well as added cushioning
- EVA footbed and Sensifit system for ultimate stability and helps ensure a secure, precise fit
Now, usually we’re not massive fans of all these trademarked names like ‘Contragrip’ that apparently make a shoe a million times better, but in this case Salomon’s attempt at adding all these new-tech features together has definitely prevailed, producing one of the best running shoes on the market today.
Nike Air Zoom Structure
The Best for… Stability
If you’re looking for a stable shoe that also looks the part, then the Air Zoom Structure is probably the best running shoe for you. Also, if you have flat feet and are looking for the appropriate footwear, you should check out our guide to flat foot running shoes. Nike have a slight reputation as being worn by those concerned by fashion, insinuating that in their price range you can find better options; fact is, you really can’t. There’s a reason why Nike are the biggest seller of running shoes globally and it isn’t just about their iconic brand. They keep producing quality products again and again, evident with their Air Zoom Structure series.
With their dynamic fit, they are ideal for those looking for an ultra stable pair of running shoes that won’t fully restrict flexibility but will also stop you from over pronating (when your feet fold inwards whilst running, basically).