The Best Running Shoes for Women

One of the best running shoes on the market right now is the Brooks Ghost 11 the pair is a neutral running shoes for most women. This shoe, an update to its equally great predecessor the Ghost 10, remains our pick due to its comfort, fit, and lightning-fast break-in. If you’re looking for something more stabilizing, there’s a few other pairs you can try out.

 

We found the Brooks Ghost 11 to be the best women’s running shoe for casual and serious athletes alike. It has stretch-fabric toe box and padded-but-not-pillowy sole, which led to improved comfort and, by proxy, happier runners. The Ghost 11 has a stable, sturdy, responsive ride and took almost no time to break in, unlike other shoes that felt stiff or tight out of the box. If you want more “squish,” you may want to look elsewhere—the Ghost isn’t as cushy as some of the other models we tested.

 

If your size of the top pick is sold out or if you’re looking for a softer, more cushioned shoe, the Skechers GOrun Ride 7 is a good choice. Even our most skeptical testers were floored by the GOrun Ride 7’s seamless upper, cloud-like footbed, and unexpected springiness. Many super-plush shoes can feel like bricks on your feet, but not this one. Still, its consistently narrow fit, reduced ground feel, and not-so-great traction on slick surfaces knocked it to the silver medal.

If you’re looking for a shoe that moderates the motion of your foot as it strikes the ground and reduces pronation (the inward rolling of your foot), you want a stability shoe. Now in its 18th iteration, the tried-and-true Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 was the top choice for our testers who wanted stability shoes. The Adrenaline offers firm support that’s not overly stiff—a common issue with this type of shoe. Both our narrow- and wide-footed testers remarked on this shoe’s good fit, thanks to its knit upper and stretchy laces

If a “barefoot but better” shoe appeals to you, the Altra Escalante 1.5 is our recommendation. It has a totally flat, flexible sole, an “anatomical” foot shape, and a fully woven, slightly stretchy knit upper. The Escalante earned high praise from our minimalist-minded testers because it protected their feet from the ground with light cushioning but minimal interference. 

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