With so many top names in running shoes, it can be a bit overwhelming when you are trying to find the right pair. A good running shoe can correct an unbalanced strike pattern, provide support where you need it, and offer the appropriate cushioning for different terrains. Whatever level of runner you are, it’s critical to get the right level of support in your shoes, otherwise you can end up with serious injuries. To help you narrow down your search for the best pair of running shoes, I have put together a list of the top 8 best running shoes for women in 2014, all of which are going to provide the support and comfort, whether you run long or short distances, in an indoor track or outside.
The Asics Gel Kayano 19 gives you premium comfort out on the road. Supportive elements correct overpronation, gently guiding you along. Soft fabric and minimal seams provide a secure and comfortable foot environment. The Kayano’s padded midsole soaks up impact mile after mile, to give you a carefree running experience.
The GT-2000 caters to mild-to-moderate overpronators – those whose feet roll mildly to significantly inward after heelstrike. This Running Shoe offers a comfortable, stable feel throughout your run. GEL cushioning absorbs shock, while the midsole Trusstic system maintains the shoe’s structural integrity. The Impact Guidance System improves your natural stride. For a personalized, comfortable fit, the running shoe is designed with two layers of memory foam in the collar.
The GEL-Venture 4 is an entry level trail shoe for the off road trail or mountain runner who seeks aggressive traction and a supportive fit at an entry level price. The mesh uppers provide breathability, while the AHAR® trail-specific outsoles offer durability and traction. The rearfoot GEL cushioning system delivers shock absorption at the point of impact. Removable sock liners. Lace closures.
Designed for the everyday runner seeking support and stability in a training shoe, the Guide 6 includes integrated, responsive IBR+ pads that improve flexibility, as well as three independently responsive pods for smoother transitions.
This Saucony shoe is a truly a “5-tool” prospect for any neutral runner, possessing the cushion for any type of run, the flexibility to provide a seamless transfer through your gait, and lightweight attributes to help you achieve a PR at any distance! This shoe is built with a 4mm drop from heel to forefoot, so is perfect for someone who achieves that sought after midfoot/forefoot strike. Heel strikers, fear not, Saucony uses their highly durable XT900 carbon rubber on those pesky quick wearing spots in the heel and midfoot.
The Nike Free 5.0+ Shield Women’s Running Shoe provides the foot strengthening benefits of natural motion, along with the cushioning, traction and underfoot protection of a traditional shoe. Water resistance, reflectivity and a fleece collar make it ideal for running in wet, dark and cold conditions.
The Mizuno Wave Rider 16 running shoe is built for the neutral to underpronator who requires enhanced cushioning. The protective midsole absorbs impact while retaining a springy and responsive feel that pushes you forward with every step. A soft upper fits your foot securely, allowing plenty of air through for great breathability. With a slightly firm underfoot feel, this shoe is a top choice for high mileage training needs.
The Brooks Womens Adrenaline GTS 13 running shoes are fit for those who require a shoe with stability features for an average or low arched foot that pronates. These features will help to keep the foot in alignment and provide the necessary amount of cushioning and shock absorption.