8 best women’s running shoes to put a spring in your step

Kelsey Chapman
Thursday 04 February 2021 17:20
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We’ve already shown you some of the best running shoes for men on the market right now, so now it’s time we also go through and pick out our favorite options for stylish, active women this season. Here are our favorite styles from some of the most famous makers that will help put a spring in your step now through the end of winter and beyond. 

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Adidas Terrex Agravic Boa Trail Running Shoes

The eye-catching color combination of acid mint, screaming pink, and core black is enough to justify the $150 price tag on these beauties alone, but we’re also impressed with their micro-adjustable “boa” fit and construction from recycled materials. A patented Continental Rubber outsole provides excellent traction in all weather circumstances, and you’re promised energy return from the midsole capsules to enable you to keep going as far as your legs can carry you. 

Nike Air Zoom SuperRep 2

Sure, these are built for maximum running performance, but these sleek Nikes will just as easily take you from track to club (when they open, anyway) with their cutting edge looks and pops of color. Layers of support plus Zoom Air technology help lock your foot into place for intense bouts of circuit training so you can stand tall during a job, lunges,  HIIT, and any other exercise you can imagine. 

New Balance 574

A durable rubber outsole, extended width availability, and ENCAP midsole cushioning for all-day comfort are hugely beneficial when it comes to this classic sneaker shape, but these brightly colored New Balance 574s are also just downright delightful for the eyes. The springlike tones combining the unlikely matchup of teal, electric coral, and just a splash of purple on your feet will put you in a cheery mood while you’re pounding the pavement. 

Danner Trail 2650 Sneakers

If you prefer to do your running on a trail, look no further than these Danners to get you going.  A lightweight suede design and grip-tastic outsole help you keep your footing when ambling over rocks, fallen trees, and nature’s other hurdles, while a removable Ortholite footbed makes you feel like you’re running on air. There are also three other bright colors choices in case the traditional bronze/wheat combo isn’t your speed. 

Zig Dynamica Women’s Shoes

One of the top-selling running shoes on Reebok’s site, these uniquely shaped sneakers feature a zig-zag outsole and fuelfoam midsole that helps distribute and return energy with every step you take. The muted pastel blue color offsets the bold geometry of their build, so you’ll look as cool as you feel in these innovative gems. 

UltraRide Runner ID Women’s Running Shoes

If you have a secret stash or barbies or just enjoy injecting utilitarian objects with a shot of hyper-femme energy, these blazing pink sneakers are perfect for you. They’re light, cushioned with brilliant foam that flexes at the toe, and that bright color does more than look good, it helps make you visible in all weather conditions using 3M technology. Also with the current sale price at $54.99, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better deal this season. 

Women’s Skechers 149011 Air Element 2.0 Looking Fast Running Shoes

Sleek, simple, and possibly dredging up some nostalgia for millennial women who lived through the Sketchers craze of the late 90s, these are an excellent affordable option for runners who don’t want to feel weighed down as they move. Air cooled memory foam helps the shoe conform to your foot shape while a flexible rubber outsole moves with you. These are machine-washable for easy cleaning (necessary when working with white), and a loop at the back helps you pull them on without trouble. 

Asics Novablast

Rose gold isn’t quite as popular as it was when it was everywhere a few years back on accessories, outfits, jewelry, and everything else under the sun, but these Asics runners manage to incorporate the metallic shade into a sleek, almost glamour shoe that will cradle your feet with firm delicacy to protect you while you run. These are for neutral runners and contain patented FLYTEFOAM inside to provide an energetic bounce with each stride. Part of the Platinum series by the maker, you can easily take these from long walk to catwalk thanks to a gorgeous shape and detailing that looks as good as it feels. 

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