best running shoes for women 2016

Best Running Shoes For Women 2016

Are you looking to purchase a new pair of shoes for your next race but struggling to identify the best shoe for you? With such a wide range of running shoes for women available on the market it can be difficult to determine which is the best shoe for you and your particular foot strike. As such, the team at have compiled a short list of some of our favorite running shoes for Women 2016.  These shoes are tried and tested by women runners and will help to give you the necessary comfort and support you need on your training runs. What is more, we’ve chosen shoes for a wide range of runners, so no matter if you’re a neutral runner or someone who overpronates, we have a recommendation for you.

Also, for those how are new to running or those who are still unsure what type of running shoes for women you require we have a simple test to help you identify your foot strike. This is referred to as ‘the wet foot test’.  The test is used to identify your arch type. This will provide you with a good indication as to your foot strike. This is important, as it will help you identify the correct type of running shoe for you’re your foot. For a more accurate assessment, the team recommends visiting a podiatrist having a gait analysis to quickly and accurately determine your foot strike.

Put simply, there are three types of arch height.  Firstly, there are individuals who have a low arch/flat foot. People with this arch type typically overpronate. It is important for overpronators to purchase appropriate shoes as this can cause, if let untreated, cause a range of injury problems for runners. We would normally recommend purchasing a stability shoe that will provide a number of measures to reduce the amount of overpronation.  This will help to reduce the negative effects of overpronation and avoid injury.

The second type of arch height is high arches. Lady Runners who have high arches tend to underpronate.  Lastly, if you have a normal arch type you will typically have a normal pronation pattern and will require neutral running shoes.

running shoo wet foot test

The Wet Foot Test

As we mentioned previously, the wet foot test is a very simple and quick way to determine what type of arch you have. There are three stages to the test and these are listed below –

  • Fill basin with water and then place a piece of paper next to it.
  • Place your foot into the basin and then step out onto the dry paper.
  • After 5 seconds, step off the paper and look at the footprint that has been left behind.

If your footprint shows a flat foot with hardly any arch then you have low arches or what is referred to as flat feet. In contrast, if there is a very big curve between the ball of your foot and the heel then you have high arches. If your foot is somewhere between the two descriptions then have a normal arch and what is referred to as a neutral gait. Runners with a neutral gait will show a slight curve between the ball of your foot and the arch.

Our Top 10 (Current) Best Running Shoes for Women 2016

asics gel pursue mens running shoesAsics Gel Pursue

Foot Type – Neutral

Our view – Are you looking to take your training to the next level with more intensive training. If so, the new Asics Gel Pursue offers a firmer and more responsive running shoe for faster runners. The shoe contains a number of new and innovative technical features including a Guidance Trussic and Guidance Line that help to increase the comfort and ride for the athlete. The shoe also features a patented Heel Clutching System ensures a snug fit while the Fluidride midsole ensure the shoe remains responsive and is awesome for faster runs. This shoe will allow runners to clock up the miles in comfort and is best suited to runners with a neutral gait. We would also recommend this shoe for mild underpronators or mild overpronators.

nike free 5.0 mens running shoesNike Free 5.0

Foot Type – Neutral

Our view – this is the latest version of Nike’s best selling free running shoes and like the previous shoes it offers exceptional lightweight cushioning and support which allows runners a more natural and minimal experience. The shoe features Nike hexagonal flex grooves that allows for greater flexibility and a more natural foot movement. The shoe also features a three layer mesh upper which when combined with the flywire cables integrated with the laces provides a comfortable fit and support for the runner. This also ensure that the shoe remains super lightweight. The shoe also features a molded sock liner that mimics your foot’s shape and provides added support to keep you cool and comfortable on your longer runs.  All in all, this is a shoe that is perfect for faster runs or racing from 5K through to marathon.

Adidas-Supernova Sequence Boost 8 womens running shoesAdidas Supernova Sequence Boost 7

Foot Type – Overpronator

Our view – The Adidas Supernova Sequence Boost 7 is the latest version of this shoe and provides a great combination of features to support runners who overpronate. The shoe provides enhanced stability throughout the stride but still manages to feel light and responsive. This latest version also features a new energy -returning boost midsole that affords a powerful stride that doesn’t feel overly cushioned. The shoe also features a built in breathable air mesh with supportive synthetic overlays that provide additional support for the runner. The shoe also features a Continental rubber outsole that ensures grip in wet and slippery conditions. Our runners loved the support and ride provided by this shoe which would suit medium-severe overpronators.

new balance 1500v2 mens running shoes New Balance 1500v2

Foot Type – Neutral

Our view – the New Balance 1500v2 provides a light and responsive shoe with a plastic bridge under the arch providing support. This offers some light stability for runners with mild overpronation. The women’s shoe features New Balance’s responsive REVlite cushioning which provides a comfortable and responsive ride and can be used for 10K races through to a full marathon. This shoe would be perfect for those runners who are looking for a shoe to rake their training to the next level and is ideal for races or shorter tempo runs.

Saucony Triumph ISO 2 womens running shoesSaucony Triumph ISO 2

Foot Type – Neutral

Our view – Saucony have come up with another amazing shoe in the women’s Saucony Triumph ISO 2. This is the latest version of the ISO series and provides a neutral runners with a comfortable but slightly firmer ride than the previous version. The shoe features a thin layer of Sauconys Everun material offering a greater return from the midsole whilst keeping the shoe exceptionally lightweight. The Everun material sits above the midsole and just below the removable inner sole providing great comfort and stability.  The shoe also features a new TRI-FLEX outsole that provides better grip for runners in wet and slippery conditions. The Saucony Triumph ISO 2 upper features ISOFIT which provides a closer fit to keep you comfortable on longer runs.

Nike air zoom odyssey mens running shoes Nike Air Zoom Odyssey

Foot Type – Overpronator

Our view – For those runners who have moderate overpronation the Nike Air Zoom Odyssey is the shoe for you. The shoe has a number of features to reduce overpronation and enhance stability. Firstly, the midsole has been segmented and features a triple-density foam midsole and dynamic support platform which work in tandem to reduce the rate of pronation. This providing support for your foot as you transition through the foot strike and will help to reduce your chances of injury. The shoe also features a heel clip for support and a plush sock liner for cushioning which we really liked. Also, the shoes outsole features a flex grooves which allow more natural foot movement and ensure that the shoe feels responsive. The shoe provides a great combination of motion control features and a light and comfortable ride and is an ideal running shoe for women who look for regular training runs or faster tempo runs.

Asics Gel Nimbus mens running shoesAsics Gel Nimbus

Foot Type – Neutral

Our view – Asics has a long produced some of the best running shoes on the market. This includes the Asics Gel Nimbus and this latest version offers the classic comfort and cushioning you have come to expect. However Asics have dramatically reduced the weight with a completely new upper featuring Asics FluidFit upper that ensures a luxurious and comfortable fit. We also liked the new a new FluidRide midsole and an extended rearfoot and forefoot Gel Cushioning System. The combination of these new features works well providing incredible comfort, performance and a light and flexible ride. This is a great all round training shoe and an ideal first running shoe for those who are just starting out.

brooks launch 3 mens running shoes Brooks Launch 2

Foot Type – Neutral

Our view – Brooks have updated the 2009 model by adding more cushioning to the forefoot and improved the upper. The shoe features a segmented crash pad and the result is a springy ride and comfortable ride that allows for easy transition from heel to toe. Brooks have also improved the groove in the heel of the shoe to ensure that it adapts to any landing style. The shoe also has an air mesh upper that keeps your feet cool and comfortable on runs and is an ideal training shoe for faster runners with a neutral gait.

Under Armour Speedform Gemini mens running shoesUnder Armour Speedform Gemini

Foot Type – Neutral

Our view – Under Armour have entered the running shoes for women arena with a number of great shoes including the new Speedform Gemini. This shoe provides a great combination of cushioning with a nimble and responsive feel. This is due to the midsole which contains Under Armours Charged Cushioning that provides plenty of cushioning but remains responsive allowing the runner an easy hell to toe transition. The shoe also offers a seamless heel cup with a foam collar which provides an incredible fit and the perforated upper features ultrasonic seals which provides great breathability on longer runs. Our runners couldn’t believe how comfortable these shoes were. This is a great first shoe for neutral runners who are looking for a highly comfortable and responsive shoe for easy runs.

asics gel kayano 22 mens running shoesAsics Gel Kayano 22

Foot Type – Overpronator

Asics Gel Kayano offers runners an incredible combination of stability and comfort allowing you to complete your training runs in comfort. The latest version of the Gel Kayano features a new mid-foot fitting system that secures the position of the shoe to maintain biomechanical efficiency. The shoe also features an upgraded External Heel Clutching System to aid the transition from heel through to toe. On the outsole, the shoe features more numerous and deeper flex grooves which aides a more powerful transition. This Gel Kayano is an awesome all round shoe that would suit moderate to severe overpronators and is ideal for runners who are looking to train for half-marathons or a full marathon.

We hope you enjoyed our Best Running Shoes for Women 2016 guide. Stay tuned to our updates for regular updates on new shoe releases throughout the year.