The 5 Best Running Shoes for Women 2017!
Finally shoe companies around the world have started to realize that women in the sport of running is massive, and only growing! Last year women represented 58% of all 5K races in the USA, 61% half marathons and 43% of ALL marathons! Besides that, they’ve also finally realized that women bodies are different than mens. In this guide we will teach you why and how to choose The 5 Best Running Shoes for Women 2017!
While the need for women’s specific running shoes isn’t immediately obvious, there are several factors about a typical woman’s biomechanics that require consideration during the design phase of running shoes.
Well, first of all, women tend to have smaller heels in relation to the forefoot, so the shape of the running shoe is significantly different. Besides that, women got a smaller body mass, that means less foam in the midsole of the running shoe. Men and woman also have different q-angles, and woman got wider hips than men, which requires a slightly different type of cushioning in the running shoe.
1. Asics GEL-Nimbus 19
- Decent Cushion
- Good Traction
- Upper is quite breathable
- Narrow Toe Box
- Not as cushioned as advertised
The Asics GEL-Nimbus models, have been around for ages, and they keep redesigning them and making them better, this was no doubt my experience. The new Asics GEL-Nimbus 19 blew my mind, never have I ever runned in a so comfortable and light shoe before, it was a phenomenal experience, and that’s why I chose to rank it as Top 1!
They’re also a super eye catching running shoe, which is also a plus in my eyes 🙂
They have an aggressive upturn to the toe-off area and have a very fluid feeling during your entire stride. I noticed this especially while pushing the tempo. The sole unit really responded during tempo and speed work.
The upper has been redesigned to be almost completely seamless. The knit fabric of the upper results in a very breathable, and soft feeling upper.
The laces work well and keep the shoes tight while not constricting. The tongue is well cushioned and still breathable.
However, with how breathable it is, the upper also is lets a decent amount of water in during runs in rainy conditions.
The biggest issue with the upper is in the fit. Although it fits true to size in length, the actual fit of the upper is disappointing.
The upper feels good in the heel, where it has a well built cup. Through the midfoot, it keeps cradling the foot and feels good throughout your run.
However, the tightness of the midfoot never splays out into a wide toe box. Instead, the toe box keeps the feeling of tightness — one that I usually associate with racing flats and speed shoes. This tightness of the toe box made for uncomfortable long runs.
In my opinion, the best running shoe for women is this one, definetely!
2. ASICS GEL-Kayano 23
- Asics’ trademark cushioning and seamless construction create a comfy ride
- The Kayano 23 continues to be Asics’ flagship stability shoe
- It is lighter than the earlier model
- The cushioning is a pleasure to run-in
- The 23rd ride of the Kayano is still a bit pricey for most
- Narrow toe box
- A handful of Kayano loyalists noted that it is clearly stiffer than any of the past models.
The Kayano 23 continues to live up to the lofty standards set by its predecessors. An influx of some technologies makes it lighter and more durable while it remains to be very well-cushioned and stable. Despite being always on the more expensive side of things, the Kayano is an established name where cushioning and stability are needed by runners. All in all a great running shoe for women.
3. Adidas Supernova Sequence 9
- Adidas’ STABLEFRAME plus Boost foam midsole offers a near perfect ride for mild to moderate overpronators.
- A solid plastic shank in the midsole of the medial heel keeps the support base unwavering no matter how long the run.
- The upper is nicely locked down in the midfoot which maintains a snug feel…
- and opens up in the toe box (a pro if “roomy toe box” is on your list of must-haves).
- Somewhat lightweight, lighter than the previous model.
- This shoe is a bit stiff but not bad considering the support that it offers.
- The molded height aspect of the toe box is a “con” for my particular preference; it stands 1/8” higher than what I’d call typical for a running shoe, and my foot needs a more snug toe box
The adidas Supernova Sequence 9 road-running shoe is a top tier stability shoe that offers a superbly cushioned ride together with support coming from both the midsole and the overlays locking down the engineered mesh of the upper.
Despite the bulked-out features of the shoe, it’s surprisingly light, coming in at 1.2 ounces less per shoe than the previous model in its line.
Sequence 9 offers a “floaty” ride which adidas correctly terms as “endless energy” that is disrupted only a tad by some stiffness in heel-to-toe transition. This shoe comes with a significant price tag, but the fit and function do a good job justifying it. According to running shoes for women, this one I can really recommend!
4. Brooks Ghost 9
- Light feeling
- Lower to the ground than last year’s model
- Very breathable upper with a wider toe box
- Well cushioned, while not being pillowy
- Incredible grip for a road shoe
- Large heel-toe drop
- May not have enough cushion for heavier runners
- The upper can let in more water than you may like.
The Brooks Ghost 9 is a cushioned neutral trainer that keeps propelling you forward. The high mileage trainer feels fast and well cushioned for longer runs.Although the heel-toe drop stays the same at 12mm, the lower heel stack makes the ride of these shoes feel more grounded.
Brooks uses their signature BioMoGo DNA foam to cushion your every step. This cushioning does a very good job of adapting to your stride and displacing pressure on the soles of your feet.
It also does a good job of transitioning momentum and energy from foot strike point to your toe off. This energy transfer makes the ride comfortable at all times, and at all distances.
Through the use of new engineered mesh and well placed overlays, the new upper hugs your feet in the right places without putting too much pressure on one spot over another.
However, this upper’s greatest strength can also turn into its greatest weakness on certain runs.
The breathability mean air can come in and keep your feet cool, but it also means that if the rain is falling, your feet are going to get soaked.
On one run — the only time it rained in a month of testing — my feet came back pruned and close to blistering because of the amount of water that entered the upper.
The other big change with the upper from the 8s to the 9s is a much wider toe box. This is something that I appreciate in any and all high-mileage trainers, as it allows your toes to spread out as is intended.
A clear top 4 in the best running shoes for women in 2017!
5. Hoka One One Vanquish 2
- Unique soft ride
- Rocker technology
- Narrow upper
The goal of the Vanquish line is to provide an ultra cushioned shoe while maintaining a “springy” and responsive ride.
The first thing I noticed about this shoe is the softness of the dual layer midsole. I could feel my foot sinking into the cushioning while standing still. It feels a little narrow throughout but fits true to size.
When looking at the shoe you can see that the shoe is constructed differently. You can see the foam from the first midsole layer and how the outer midsole layer wraps around it.
It gives the shoe an interesting look. Putting the shoe on made me eager to run in and experience this type of cushioning for the first time. A clear top 5 in the best running shoes for women in 2017!