9 Best Women’s Running and Athletic Shoes

(Credits: Information from Shape Magazine, May 2010)

When we think about exercising, we also think about comfortable gears and gadgets that assist us to perform our best. We, ladies, want to feel fashionable at the same time. Shape magazine had gathered these shoes that women voted to be the best, regarding to comfortability, style, supports and feelings. I am a runner, I love running in a pair of my Nike Air. Let’s have a look of what the viewers have voted.


Best Shoes for Fitness Classes: Nike Zoom Fly Sister One

Gossamerlike strands on the upper “hug the feet without confining them.” And thanks to multi-directional grooves, the “super flexible” outsole “bends in every direction, so feet can move fluidly.” Kickboxers and steppers raved about the extremely comfortable heel cushioning” that helps absorb impact.

Nike Zoom Fly Sister One


Best Shoes for All-Around Gym Use: Asics Gel-260 TR

Gel-filled inserts under the heel and forefoot provide extra cushioning. “I barely felt the pedals, so I could go for an hour on the elliptical without my feet getting numb,” said one tester. In classes, the outsole “never slips on studio floors” and the ankle padding “supports the heel, even during quick Zumba steps.”

Asics Gel 260 TR


Best Cushioning Women’s Running Shoes: Saucony Triumph 7

With a midsole insert and bands of foam in the heel, this shoe (which comes in two widths) has impact protection covered. The cushioning is “responsive,” and the “flexible” midsole provides “smooth heel-to-toe movement.”

Saucony Triumph 7


Best Running Shoes for Overpronators: Reebok Premier Road Supreme

A plastic ridge in the “comfortably firm” midsole helps the foot “stay stable.” Plus, this shoe “feels lightweight and responsive,” thanks to a “rubberlike insole” that adds cushioning and “puts an extra spring in your step.

Reebok Premier Road Supreme


Best Running Shoes for Distance Runners: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 10

Firm foam on the inner side of the midsole provides extra stability. “I was able to run with a straight, easy gait, even up steep hills,” said a marathoner. A gel-filled midsole insert under the heels gives “generous shock absorbtion,” helping one tester feel “less knee pain” after her runs.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 10


Best Women’s Running Shoes for Speed: Mizuno Wave Rider 13

This neutral shoe offers a smidgen of pronation control. “It’s light and stable, which made me feel fast,” said one racer. The upper has “lots of mesh” to improve ventilation and provide “some give in the toe box.” Nubs on the front half of the outsole enhance traction, which “makes hill climbing easier.”

Mizuno Wave Rider 13


Best Women’s Shoes for Rugged Terrain: Montrail Rockridge

The upper is made of a strong mesh that “keeps toes dry and cool” yet “withstands pokes from branches.” With rock-deflecting lugs underfoot and nubs around the perimeter, the outsole makes you feel “secure enough to run anywhere without fear of slipping.”

Montrail Rockridge


Best Women’s Shoes for Mixed Terrain: Patagonia Tsali

A thin, shock-absorbing plate in the forefoot “provides plenty of support” and keeps the Tsali “much lighter then other trail shoes.” The sticky rubber outsole helps steady feet: “I felt like I could climb any surface confidently,” said one runner.

Patagonia Tsali


Best Women’s Walking Shoe: New Balance WRW760

A plastic bar in the midsole boosts stability, helping one tester “walk miles with no ankle pain.” The toe box provides “plenty of wiggle room,” and the upper “prevents feet from overheating-even on long treks.”

New Balance WRW760

1 comment
  1. Thanks for the great list! With the minimalist movement in full swing, I’m glad to see that there are still some people who enjoy the “traditional” pair of fitness shoes. I’m a little hesitant to buy a pair of minimalist shoes (it looks like they don’t offer much support) but I’m sure I’ll give one a try somewhere down the road.

    Thanks again for the list – those Mizuno Wave Rider’s look really comfortable!

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