The spring season is almost here meaning it’s a great time to give every part of your wardrobe a refresh — including your running shoes. Whether you’re a new runner or a seasoned pro, the perfect shoe for you is out there. The right running shoe can make you feel strong, fast and completely in control, whether your training plan is for your first 5K, half marathon or working toward your third marathon. (And if the latter applies to you, we bow down.)
Here’s the biggest reason finding a solid pair of running shoes matters: A good pair that fits just right can help you run safely and prevent potential injuries — from blisters to shin splints and fractures — that could keep you off track for months.
We’ve put in the miles and found the best running shoes to keep you going all spring, even if you’re a new runner doing that 5K for the post-run brunch. If you like a slower pace, check out our feature on the best women’s walking shoes, too.
The Best Running Shoes for Women
If you’re a seasoned runner, and you haven’t tried a Hoka shoe yet, you’re missing out. If you’re trying out different shoes, you’ll notice the thick midsole and broad outsole for a wider foot. They’re perfect for the long distance run, be it a 10K or prepping for a marathon. The extended heel in Hoka One One’s Clifton 8 is designed to provide some of the smoothest impact on unpredictable terrain.
Truth: Some people’s feet sweat more than others. Thankfully, the mesh upper on these shoes help your feet breathe – even on super-hot outdoor runs. And with the extra cushioning in this running sneaker, you’ll feel like you’re running on marshmallows instead of hitting the pavement.
If you’re looking for a good trail running shoe, the Altra Lone Peak is the one trail runners stand by. It has cushioning to help position your heel and forefoot to encourage better alignment and a low impact landing. It also has enough room in the toe box for all your toes to splay, no matter what your foot type is.
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