Best Running Shoes for Women
Controversial subject, I know. I might as well have titled it, “My Opinion on Gun Control,” but I’m much more well-versed in the similarly-heated topic of running shoes. In this post, not only will I share with you my favorites in each category of neutral, stability, and minimal shoes, but I will also give 3 very important tips on how to tell which running shoes are right for you.
I attest much of my running knowledge to the time in which I worked at Fleet Feet after graduation. It was overwhelming the amount of information I was taking in during my 5 weeks of training, but I’d never been more excited to learn about a subject in my life.
The most important thing I learned was how to “fit” people for their shoes, which is something that Fleet Feet has down to a science. It makes me cringe thinking of how some people go to big box stores and grab a pair off the shelf without first being measured and analyzed for the right pair.
How to Look for a Running Shoe
Shape of your foot
Each brand of running shoe is generally shaped differently. For example- Asics and Addidas tend to run narrow where as New Balance runs wide throughout and Saucony and Brooks are typically more spacious in the toe-box. If you don’t have a Fleet Feet or a specialty running store around you, start by looking at your feet to determine if they are particularly wide or narrow. You don’t want the upper of the shoe blousing, but you definitely do not want to be spilling over the sides either. If your big toe is about the bust the inside seam, it’s not a good sign of compatibility.
Do you need a neutral or a stability shoe? This could be a blog post in itself, but in order to find the right shoe for your gait, you need to know if you over-pronate, supinate, or stay pretty neutral. If your ankle rolls in when you walk (most common), then you pronate. This certainly isn’t a problem, but if you over-pronate then you probably need a stability shoe or maybe a neutral with an arch support to keep that navicular bone and cuneiform from collapsing inward. If your ankle rolls to the outside then you supinate. The worst thing you could do in this case is buy a stability shoe that would push you even more to the outside. Here I would suggest a neutral shoe and possibly an insert after consulting with a professional. If your gait is neutral, you’ll wear a neutral shoe. See, you’re catching on.
This is where you really to think about what you will be using the shoes for and what you want out of them. If you carry extra weight or are on your feet all day, you probably want a shoe with more cushioning. You can tell how much cushioning a model has by the price. The softer, the more expensive. If you are using your shoes for the track or racing, you might find that too much cushion is heavy and could slow you down. In this case, I would look at a light weight trainer or minimal shoe.
Once you define these, you can begin looking in the right category, brand, and design of your shoe.
Best Running For Women 2020
There is so much information out there on running shoes and it can be difficult to decipher between what is truly best for you and what someone is just trying to sell you. For this post, I will be using affiliate links, but in no way am I being paid to advertise for these companies. These are a list of my favorite shoes based on my experience and my personal opinion. I don’t have a shoe on here that I’m not a fan of or that I haven’t run in.