Best running shoes for women
“A sound mind in a sound body”, a noteworthy translation from the inspiring Latin axiom, anima sana in corpore sano, and the acronym for the ASICS sneakers brand. Whether you are an aspiring Usain Bolt, prefer to rough it on uneven trails, or enjoy jogging around the neighborhood with your dog, a sound mind and body are key elements to leading a healthy lifestyle. After you have the motivating drive, you need to make sure you have the proper shoe support to ensure you experience all of the positive benefits of exercise. Luckily Asics, Brooks, and Nike have your back, and your feet, with a great range of running shoes to choose from.
Here are our top picks of best running shoes for women when it comes to overall stability and support, wherever you may find yourself running.
- Asics GT-1000 Women’s Running Shoes. A great value for a performance fit. Asics’ cushioning system eases shock impact while also stabilizing your foot to make your stride more controlled and efficient.
- Brooks Adreneline GTS 13 Women’s Running Shoes. With its ‘anatomical Brooks DNA’, the cushion gives you support that is customized and forms to your individual feet.
- Nike Free Run +3 Women’s Running Shoes. A lightweight shoe that provides a good balance between the popular barefoot running style while still giving you the comfort and protection of a shoe.
If you are beginning to train for a marathon or similar athletic event and need a more specific pair of running shoes, here are some key things to consider
Your arch: do you have a high, medium, or flat arch?
How your foot strikes the ground: does your heel come down first, your midfoot or your forefoot?
What motion is each stride:
- Underpronator – if your foot rolls outward and you mainly push off from the small toes on the outside of your foot.
- Normal – if you foot rolls in only slightly and you push off evenly from the front of your foot.
- Overpronator – if your foot rolls significantly inward and you push off from the large toes on the inside of your foot.
Don’t let yourself get too overwhelmed with all of your options though where it ruins the experience. A good pair of running shoes is an important investment that takes time to research to ensure you protect yourself from any injuries.
If you want more information on environmentally friendly alternatives, be sure to check out Be Heeled’s post, “How to be green even while you’re exercising”. You can also check out the post “Helpful tips for your running shoes” for more information on how to shop at a specialty running store.