The best running shoes for women, from Nike, Asics, Hoka and more

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Whether you're an experienced runner racking up the miles, looking to improve your performance or new to the sport, the importance of wearing the right shoes is unrivalled.

No matter what your budget, you need a shoe which will support your heels, and have cushioning to keep your feet comfortable, made in quick-wicking materials so you'll remain cool.

For pacing the pavements, gravel track, roads or treadmills, we've rounded up the 12 best running shoes to aid you in your pursuit of a PB.

From trainer experts such as Nike, Saucony, Brooks, On and more, we've considered budget, running distance and support.

Marrying form, function and style, here are our top picks for everyday workouts to marathon training. Ready, set, run...

The best running shoes for women

Nike Running Air Zoom Pegasus 38 trainers | £109.95 from Nike

Nike Running Air Zoom Pegasus 38 trainers
Nike's Running Air Zoom Pegasus 38 trainers have a grip sole - ideal for running on pavement, grass, road or track.

This pink and black pair boast a reactive foam midsole for plush cushioning, a durable rubber outsole and a textured grip tread, perfect for outdoor sprints or long distance.

ASICS GLIDERIDE 2 Women's Running Shoes | £145 from John Lewis

  

ASICS GLIDERIDE 2 Women's Running Shoes
This pair from Asics has a mesh upper to increase breathability and keep feet feeling cool.

According to one happy Asics shopper, this aquatic blue pair is, "a really stable ride, robust upper and a decent enough tread for forest trails. Great for everyday training."

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 | £130 from Brooks Running

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22
Brooks' Adrenaline GTS 22 trainer comes with a 90-day test run period, so you can take them for a spin before committing to your purchase.

If you're a road runner, this is the shoe for you. Made for everyday running and racking up your mileage for a new PB, they have soft cushioning and a built-in crash pad for smooth transitions. We also love this coral orange shade.

New Balance Running 520 trainers in purple and yellow | £65 from ASOS

New Balance Running 520 trainers in purple and yellow
This 520 pair from New Balance have a reliably durable rubber outsole.

Keeping with the colourful theme, next up we have this vibrant pair from New Balance. They have a soft midsole for ample underfoot support, a moulded heel, and adjustable lace closures so you can ensure it's a snug fit no matter how narrow or wide your feet are.

Saucony Endorphin Speed 2 Trainers | £155 from Sweaty Betty

Saucony Endorphin Speed 2 Trainers
Put a versatile and speedy spring in your step with Saucony's Endorphin Speed 2 trainers.

Aside from the stylish design, this lightweight running trainer from Saucony will help you increase your speed. It's made with a nylon plate to help you improve your stride and a breathable mono-mesh upper.

Hoka One One Women's Clifton 8 Running Shoes | £99 from Wiggle

Hoka One One Women's Clifton 8 Running Shoes
Hoka One One Women's Clifton 8 Running Shoes.

This shoe from Hoka One has eco-friendly credentials - it's made from vegan materials. It also has a plush tongue and pull tab to make putting them on or off speedy, a mesh upper to keep your feet cool and a compression moulded midsole.

On Cloudflow Women's Running Shoes | £130 from John Lewis

On Cloudflow Women's Running Shoes
On's Cloudflow running shoes offer form and function with a flexible sole and underfoot cushioning.

This unique sole design isn't just for aesthetics, it's part of its foam cushioning to keep feet comfortable and supported. It also offers ventilation on the mesh upper and an elastic strap to keep laces out of your way and a rubber traction sole for good grip in wet conditions.

Adidas Supernova Women's Running Shoes | £85 from John Lewis

adidas Supernova Women's Running Shoes
Lightweight and comfortable, the Adidas Supernova is a great affordable pick.

This monochrome pair are perfect for daily training. They have a breathable knitted mesh upper - which is made from 50% recycled materials, along with flexible cushioning on the forefoot and in the heel.

Lululemon Women's blissfeel Running Shoe | £138 from Lululemon

Lululemon Women's blissfeel Running Shoe
Lululemon's first running shoes have a midfoot frame for extra support and a moisture-wicking liner.

Earlier this year luxe leggings and sportswear brand Lululemon launched its first running shoe, with rave reviews. One shopper said: "These are the first trainers that I’ve found that truly fit in every way (I have high arches & wide feet so it’s a struggle to find well fitting shoes). The arch support is really great & the cushioning in the sole is perfect! They are the perfect mix between soft & firm. Roomy toe box. They also don’t seem to stain easily or absorb loads of water."

Under Armour HOVR Sonic 5 Women's Running Shoes | £105 from John Lewis

Under Armour HOVR Sonic 5 Women's Running Shoes
Under Armour's HOVR Sonic 5 shoes are made for long-distance runners.

This pair from Under Armour can be connected to the Map My Run app to track and analyse your runs to help improve your performance. It also has a quick-drying microthread upper, a removable, anti-microbial sock liner and a rubber heel to absorb impact.

Puma TWITCH RUNNER - Neutral running shoes | £54.99 from Zalando

Puma TWITCH RUNNER - Neutral running shoes
Try the Puma TWITCH RUNNER if you're keen to keep your running distance under 6K.

A colourful twist on your typical white trainer, Puma designed this pair for short distances and walking in mind. They have a reinforced heel, removable padded insoles and a breathable mesh upper.

Nike Running React Miler 3 trainers | £114.95 from ASOS

Nike Running React Miler 3 trainers
Another winner from Nike Running is this React Miler 3 pair with its comfortable midsole and pared-back design.

If you're on the lookout for a classic white pair, look no further than Nike's Running React Miler 3. They have reflective details for visibility when you're running at night ad springy cushioning thanks to ta foam midsole.

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