The Best Women's Running Shoes

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The Best Women's Running Shoes
Women's running shoes are specifically designed to fit women's feet (lady running from back image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com)

Women's running shoes carry many of the same characteristics that men's running shoes have, features like supportive midsoles, breathable uppers and durable outsoles are common among shoes regardless of gender. However, women's feet tend to differ from men's, and women's shoes are designed specifically to fit a woman's foot. The best running shoes for women are made with the same durable, high-performance materials as men's, but they generally feature smaller toe boxes and a narrower profile to provide women with the perfect fit.

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Adidas Supernova Adapt

Adidas’ Supernova Adapt shoe strikes a balance between cushioning and stability. With a snug arch wrap, a seamless, breathable upper for comfort on long runs, and Geofit construction for a women-specific fit, the Adapt is built for logging miles in comfort. In an Editor’s Choice review on Runnersworld.com, editors recommended the Adapt as a high-mileage shoe, with one tester noting that “the shoe provided a great balance between cushioning and stability."

Asics GEL-Trabuco 11 WP

The combination of a waterproof and breathable upper and a rugged outsole for off-road traction make Asics' GEL-Trabuco 11 WP an ideal train running shoe for women. In a review on Trailrunnermag.com, Elinor Fish lauded the GEL-Trabuco for its water-repellent capabilities and aggressive outsole, which she said "gripped well on slick grass and rocks" and also "chewed up technical climbs and descents," while a tester also lauded the shoe's supportive fit, and reiterated its traction on slick terrain.

Brooks Addiction 9

Brooks’ Addiction 9 running shoe blends stiff motion control with a healthy measure of cushioning. The foam padding in the midsole provides a firm base while simultaneously softening the blow of each foot strike. In a review on Runnersworld.com, the editors recommended the shoe for runners who needed support, but didn’t want to sacrifice comfort, and a tester reinforced this, noting that “it’s soft for such a supportive shoe.”

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