Women’s Running Shoes: The Best of the Best in 2020

Women’s running shoes have come a long way in terms of comfort, functionality, support and style.

Today’s shoes take advantage of technology, sports science, and the latest in lightweight, comfortable and energy-efficient materials.  Take a look below at some of the best indoor and outdoor women’s running shoes available today.

Best Women’s Indoor or Treadmill Running Shoes

New Balance Women’s Fresh Foam 1080 v10 – This is a well-cushioned, well-designed, relatively lightweight and durable shoe ideal for solid daily training.

Style: aesthetic, sleek, and a more organic look and feel

Comfort:  plush and stable, lightweight, cushioned but firm, rocker feel

Weight: 8.4 ounces

Midsole drop: is 8mm

Price: $150

Asics Women’s Roadhawk FF – The Roadhawk FF is not only excellent on the treadmill and indoors, but excellent for outdoors too.  The seamless construction also enhances the comfort as there are no seams that cut into the foot.

Style: graceful, aerodynamic stylish uppers and made to last

Comfort: lightweight, well-cushioned, and well-ventilated shoe 

Weight: 6.7 ounces

Midsole drop: 8mm

Price: $100 

Saucony Women’s Liberty ISO – This is a well-engineered shoe that provides a precise fit, stability, flexibility, and ample support,

Style: stylish and modern with 11 color options including futuristic, metallic colors

Comfort: – well-ventilated, good cushioning and support, stable yet flexible

Weight: 8.7 ounces

Midsole drop: 4mm

Price: $160.

Best Women’s Outdoor Running Shoes 

Brooks Ghost 13 – An excellent shoe for the road and for the track, the Brooks Ghost 13 is super comfortable and works well for most people. By most accounts, it’s the best Brook’s Ghost version yet.

Style: classic, no fuss, durable style and look

Comfort: smooth and consistent fit, plenty of cushion due to excellent foam composition

Weight: 8.8

Midsole drop: 11.5

Price: $130

HOKA Bondi 6 – One of the most comfortable shoes around thanks to Bondi’s five-star cushioning, the Hoka is suited for running on the road, walking, training, and even for standing at your standing desk for long stretches of time. 

Style:  a maximalist design with cushioned, wide midsoles makes the shoe a little clunkier than more streamlined designs, but it’s a look that’s been trendy for couple seasons now

Comfort: excellent padding, responsive, and protective design and fit

Weight: 8.6 ounces

Midsole drop: 4 mm

Price: $150

Saucony Ride 13 – The Saucony Ride offers a very comfortable fit thanks to its layered cushioning that makes the shoe conform to your foot’s unique shape and gait pattern. 

Style: a clean, modern refreshed look that belies the comfort and high-performance of this shoe.

Comfort: spacious, good cushioning and structure, and customizable lacing provide a reliable and comfortable overall fit.

Weight: 8.6 ounces

Midsole drop: 8mm

Price: $130 


At the end of the day, choosing a running shoe is highly subjective. The best shoe for one person may not be the best shoe for someone else given the physical differences and unique preferences of every individual, but the shoes listed above are an excellent place to begin your search for the right shoe for you.