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The 17 Best Running Shoes for Women, According to Runners of All Levels

Glamour [Articles and Slideshows] Logo By Abby Gardner, Jake Smith of Glamour [Articles and Slideshows] | Slide 1 of 18: Scooping up the best running shoes for women can help you recommit to your fitness goals, whatever they may be. Whether you’ve taken up long-distance running, have your sights set on a future marathon, or want to complement your other exercise routines with some light jogging, investing in a high-quality pair of shoes is always a good idea.  After all, those crusty sneakers lurking in the corner of your closet are probably begging for an upgrade. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, your footwear should be replaced every six to eight months, whether you’re running or walking.  To help match you with a pair, we talked to a variety of runners—from pros and fitness influencers to women who just like to knock out a couple of miles from time to time—to find out what the best running shoes for women actually are. (Don’t be afraid to pop into a local sports store for personalized recommendations, either.) Before we dive into their picks, here’s what to look out for in a running shoe, and also, why men’s running shoes and women’s running shoes are more different than you’d think.  What should I look for in a running shoe? First and foremost, pay attention to fit and comfort (you’ll be putting miles on these, after all). In terms of fit, look for a shoe that gives you room to wiggle your toes and a heel that doesn’t slip. Look at the reviews on each shoe to make sure it’s durable. Last but not least, find a shoe with some style. Chances are if you love it, you’ll be more excited (and motivated!) to lace up.  What’s the difference between men’s running shoes and women’s running shoes? Women’s feet tend to be narrower than men’s, so running shoes designed for women are made with a narrower heel. Men’s running shoes are also generally heavier with a less cushioned midsole, due to the fact that men’s shoes, in general, have to support more weight. Everyone, of course, has a different body and different foot shape, so if a woman finds that a man’s shoe fits her more comfortably, there’s nothing wrong with opting for a men’s running shoe (or vice versa). Ahead, the 17 best running shoes for women in 2022. 

Scooping up the best running shoes for women can help you recommit to your fitness goals, whatever they may be. Whether you’ve taken up long-distance running, have your sights set on a future marathon, or want to complement your other exercise routines with some light jogging, investing in a high-quality pair of shoes is always a good idea. 

After all, those crusty sneakers lurking in the corner of your closet are probably begging for an upgrade. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, your footwear should be replaced every six to eight months, whether you’re running or walking. 

To help match you with a pair, we talked to a variety of runners—from pros and fitness influencers to women who just like to knock out a couple of miles from time to time—to find out what the best running shoes for women actually are. (Don’t be afraid to pop into a local sports store for personalized recommendations, either.) Before we dive into their picks, here’s what to look out for in a running shoe, and also, why men’s running shoes and women’s running shoes are more different than you’d think. 

What should I look for in a running shoe?

First and foremost, pay attention to fit and comfort (you’ll be putting miles on these, after all). In terms of fit, look for a shoe that gives you room to wiggle your toes and a heel that doesn’t slip. Look at the reviews on each shoe to make sure it’s durable. Last but not least, find a shoe with some style. Chances are if you love it, you’ll be more excited (and motivated!) to lace up. 

What’s the difference between men’s running shoes and women’s running shoes?

Women’s feet tend to be narrower than men’s, so running shoes designed for women are made with a narrower heel. Men’s running shoes are also generally heavier with a less cushioned midsole, due to the fact that men’s shoes, in general, have to support more weight. Everyone, of course, has a different body and different foot shape, so if a woman finds that a man’s shoe fits her more comfortably, there’s nothing wrong with opting for a men’s running shoe (or vice versa).

Ahead, the 17 best running shoes for women in 2022. 

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