This year, shoes got faster, lighter, and more comfortable than ever. Whether you’re looking for something with extra support and cushion for long runs, shock absorption for speed days, durability for muddy trail runs, or just a solid running shoe that’s also cute, we’ve got you covered. These are the best running shoes for women in 2019.
Saucony Ride ISO
Saucony’s latest manages to be both lightweight and incredibly cushy, with layers of foam in the topsole for major propulsion and energy return—especially great for maintaining race pace during endurance events. Another bonus: The ISOfit lacing system, which allows you to control exactly how tight you want your laces against the top of your foot—something every runner is VERY particular about.
Best for 10Ks or Halfs: Adidas EdgeBounce
The EdgeBounce is designed specifically for women, who tend to pronate more because of their wider hips. A wider forefoot and heel platform provide more stability. A springy midsole and a comfortable, stretch-mesh upper makes it a great shoe for mid-distance races.
Best for Tempo Runs: Nike Epic React
This is Nike’s first running shoe to feature a proprietary foam, called Nike React, and the bouncy return keeps your feet feeling good mile after mile. It’s light for a foam shoe, and the sole is cushiony without being too soft, so you’ll feel protected but still springy while on the run
Best for Recovery Runs: Hoka One One Clifton 5
Hoka’s made its name on shoes that promise plenty of cushion. But the latest iteration of the Clifton delivers major support without adding a ton of weight. That curved sole keeps your stride smooth, and the redesigned upper keeps your foot snug and centered.
Best for Stability: Asics Gel-Nimbus 21
This classic Asics shoe has been upgraded with a roomier toe box and even more bounce—two of the big tweaks making us want to rack up marathon miles in ’em. You’ll still get the gel cushioning you expect from Asics, as well as Guidance Trusstic System Technology, which helps improve gait efficiency. And that makes a big difference over long runs.
Best for Any Run: New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Pursuit V1
A fast, low-profile pick that doesn’t skimp on comfort (hello, bootie construction around the ankle!) and is clutch for everyday runs. It’s sleek and lightweight enough to keep you moving fast, but the midsole foam still offers plenty of cushion as you hit the ground.
Best for Trail Runs: Merrell Choprock
Splashing though muddy puddles on the trails? No problem. A sock-free bootie plus drainage ports mean these shoes can really go anywhere. Bungee lacing allows you to easily adjust the fit as you go. Vibram soles will keep you stable over slippery roots and rocks and protect your feet from underfoot debris.
Best for Wide Feet: Altra Torin Knit 3.5
This shoe takes in to account a woman’s typically narrower heel, higher instep, and longer arch, and it offers the roomiest toe box of any brand, so your toes can spread out and grip the ground as you run. So, if you’ve got wide feet, they won’t feel squished in these. Plus, Altra shoes have zero-drop construction, meaning the heel isn’t stacked higher than the toes. It’s personal preference whether you’ll like a stacked heel or zero drop, but if you’ve felt uncomfortable in traditional running shoes, these are worth a try.
Best for Everyday Speed: Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo
Pro runner Shalane Flanagan races in the Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4 percent—but runners who aren’t chasing records will love the more accessible Pegasus Turbo. The shoe uses the same comfy ZoomX foam technology in the midsole as the Vaporfly. It also has a light mesh upper that’s breathable but super-supportive, along with an aerodynamically shaped heel that’s built to boost your speed. Plus, the rubber sole features technology that will absorb the impact, no matter how fast you’re racing down the road.