UPDATED: February 1, 2017
Hello, Myla here again … Today I am going to share with you some very helpful information that will allow you to purchase the best possible pair of running shoes.
I know just how hard it can be to find an excellent pair of running shoes, so I have done the work for you.
Below I will reveal my top 3 best running shoes for women, and as usual, I will give a choice for smaller budgets as well as larger budgets. I will also point out my top choice of all time.
Before you buy your next pair of women’s running shoes STOP right now and read this.
First let me explain why the correct running shoe is so important.
There is so much more than throwing a pair of shoes on and feeling that they are comfortable.
This is often never thought of, or even taken in to account by 99% of those looking to buy a pair of running shoes …
Doing this alone opens the flood gates to bone, tendon, leg, back, and muscle injury, especially when the shoe that is oh so comfortable is not specifically engineered for running.
The majority of running shoes that you will try on inside a sports store will feel instantly comfortable; however their true test is of course when you hit the running track, pavement or perhaps the running trails.
Most runners realize after they have made their way through a couple pairs of running shoes that selecting one is not as easy as going with the most popular brand; there are various factors that need to be taken into consideration and while your running style has a lot to do with what kind of shoe you should select, there are at least a few shoes out there which deliver strongly on the basics.
So which designs are the best running shoes for women, here you go…
Selecting the Best Women’s Running Shoes : Road running or Trail running Shoes
Before we go discuss brands and products, there are a few things that you should know about running shoes themselves which can help you make the right decision.
Shoes that are designed for road running are a little different from those that are made for trails.
Road running shoes are best used for pavements or areas where a lot of irregularities may not be expected, although a little deviation into the fire roads or nature trails won’t destroy them.
These shoes are light with good cushioning which can prevent injury to the feet while running on a hard surface.
Trail running shoes on the other hand are designed for off road routes.
They look like beefier road running shoes with well built outsoles for better traction; they also provide a lot more stability and support which are very important when you are running on uneven grounds.
You should opt for these shoes if you routinely encounter rocks, obstacles, mud or holes in the ground.
The Mechanics of Running
Each runner instinctively develops a running style based on their physical construction, weight and the shape of their feet.
When you run, your heel will typically strike the ground first, after which the arch rolls over and flattens. Your foot then rolls a little to the outside in order to help propel the next step.
Runners will however experience different levels of this side way movement, here they are in a nutshell:
Pronation: Refers to the feet’s inward roll as the heels strike the ground. This natural movement helps to cushion the impact of each landing and ensuring that the knees or joints do not experience too much pressure.
Basic or neutral pronation is a desirable quality for efficient running.
Overpronation: Overpronation is the result of having flat feet.
This is obviously tilting a little too much to the side as you run. Overpronation is more common than what most people think and can lead to grievous injuries on the knees and/or ankles.
If you are prone to overpronation, then you need to look for running shoes which add more stability to your running.
Supination: Is the inverse of pronation and happens if the runner rolls the feet outwardly. Runners who supinate cannot manage the impact of running well and are prone to injuries.
Shoes with a lot of cushioning and flexibility are recommended for runners with a supinated style of running.
As you will no doubt be beginning to imagine, running shoes really need to be selected carefully as there is a lot of science which goes behind their construction.
For more on pronation, supination, and the motion of walking you can learn more here.
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The 3 Best Running Shoes for Women on the Market!
With the basics out of the way, let’s take a look at what options you have, there are numerous running shoes for women that can help you find that stride, but which are the best running shoes?
But, with so many to select from where do you begin?
I am here to help, that’s my job …
I have ran more miles in my life than you can shake a stick at, and here are my top 3 women’s running shoes:
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17: (Smaller Budget)
I am going to start off with my personal all time favorite running shoe and go from there.
Everyone I have suggested this running shoe to has came back to me with nothing but praise 🙂
Successor to the extremely popular Brooks adrenaline GTS 15, which used to be my all time favorite, the Adrenaline GTS 17 is a great upgrade.
Brooks has a long history of providing some of the finest and best running shoes on the planet, and it holds true for the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17.
The GTS 15 carries on Brook’s legacy of providing shoes which offer excellent running experience.
Seasoned runners call their Adrenaline GTS 17 the finest motion control shoe ever, offering unmatchable stability and support.
With that in mind, Brooks have paved carefully and have not made overbearing changes to the basic design, in this sense, the GTS 17 is an evolutionary leap rather than a revolutionary one and comes with minor revisions such as wider overlays and extra midsole cushioning on the upper; these features have made an already stable shoe even more so.
Here are the main features of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17:
- An element mesh upper – a very light mesh upper that provides weather resistance.
- Internal adjustable support saddle – that secures your foot in place and provides extreme stability.
- Moisture managing element sockliner – that provides a cool environment for your feet while keeping them dry throughout your run.
- Full length BioMoGo midsole – a midsole cushioning technology that provides maximum comfort and does not get worn out.
- Omega flex grooves – provides a more natural forefoot movement allowing for a very smooth ride.
- Progressive Diagonal Rollbar – which controls pronation and provides a very smooth transition throughout the entire gait cycle.
- HPR plus outsole – that is indestructible and will last forever.
The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 comes in a stylish design in a variety of colors, and is ideal for women who require more than usual padding for their run.
From day one I knew this womens running shoe was special, and to this day is still my all time favorite, which is hard to believe because I was totally in love with the GTS 15.
It is priced fairly, given the amount of support and features it offers.
Women who have overpronating or supinating feet will really appreciate the added running comfort.
It is definitely worth the money, and will last longer than any running shoe you have ever owned.
This running shoe truly is a top of the line running shoe that you need to treat your feet and body to!
Asics Gel Nimbus 17: (Larger Budget)
The Asics Gel Nimbus 17 is the successor to the ever so popular Gel Nimbus 16, which was an extremely popular running shoe.
Asics continues to provide exceedingly fine quality footwear and with the Nimbus 17, they have nailed it yet again!
As an Asics owner, you might be tempted to ask what possible changes the already comfortable Nimbus 16 could be followed up with.
Asics indeed has kept the latest update more or less the same, with some modifications to the upper construction, which makes putting the shoe on a little bit more comfortable.
The sole unit in Nimbus 17 is more or less identical to the previous version, with some slight tweaks.
The following are some of the advancements of the new Asics Gel Nimbus 17:
- Fluidfit upper- which uses a higher amount of foam, makes for a far more comfortable glove like ride.
- Guidance Trusstic system – for improved gait efficiency and much more midfoot structural and support integrity.
- Fluidride midsole – which uses good quantities of Gel in the midsole and forefoot for cushioning, allowing you to push yourself further than before.
- Light weight reinforced vamp – for increased durability.
- ComfortDry X40 Sockliner – provides excellent moisture control and breath-ability.
- Rearfoot and forefoot gel – a cushioning feature that lessens impact shock and allows your foot to freely move through the gait cycle.
- Heel clutching system – an exoskeletal heel counter to improve the shoes fit as well as much more overall support.
Asics fans can rejoice! The Nimbus 17 is a worthy successor to the proud line and builds upon the success of its predecessors.
This is a very solid running shoe with tons of fantastic improvements.
The price is a little higher, but given that the new shoe brings some new features, the price is not all that bad.
New Balance W990: (Larger Budget)
New Balance is back with their ever so popular 990 series.
In its latest iteration, the New Balance W990 V3 builds on the popularity of its predecessors, offering all of their winning features while adding new ones.
The W990 comes in a classic design that has made most of New Balance’s shoes popular.
It has a premium pigskin upper that comes with a mesh insert for greater breathability.
Like all latest shoes from New Balance, the W990 has ABZORB cushioning as well as ENCAP which uses soft EVA under the heel to provide unparalleled comfort to the feet and a good gait.
These shoes are the perfect multipurpose footwear!
Given their advanced features, you could put them on for a 5 mile run, or even use them for daily wear.
The shoe has been getting rave reviews on merchant sites.
Many have commented that it is perhaps the most comfortable shoe to put on, that New Balance has created!
Here are some of the main features that the shoe offers:
- Dual Density Collar: Uses a softer foam on the outside to cushion the foot, and firmer foam in the inside for support.
- 10mm Heel to Toe Drop: For better support and gait.
- Reflective Details: For enhanced visibility.
- Available in Multiple Styles
- Sued and Meshed Upper: A light weight and classic approach that provides excellent support along with a comfortable fit. Meshed uppers are breathable as well making them perfect for trail running too.
These are an extremely well built pair of womens running shoes.
You can immediately tell that the moment you pick them up. The W990 has great arch support so if you are suffering from over-pronation, then look no further.
This shoe may seem a little pricey, but remember that you are paying for top quality here.
Unlike most other companies out there, New Balance takes great pride in the fact that their shoes are manufactured in the US.
The 990 will help you get through any terrain without much difficulty so think of the price tag as an investment in quality.
Any of these three shoes will do well to help you find your stride, make sure that you know how you run before making a decision though; all the products discussed above could be classed as superb running shoes for women and each will feel instantly comfortable, however you would really make the most of your investment if the shoe you go with are in line with your style of running.
Looking for a shoe to keep your feet dry on the rainiest of days? Check out my review on the top 3 waterproof running shoes for women.