The Best Running Shoes of 2020 for Women
Updated: Apr 27
Now that you've set you new year's resolution, let's look some running shoes.
The new year is here, which means your fitness journey can finally begin. No longer will your running sessions be sidelined by "I'm too busy" and "I don't have time". Getting serious means investing in the kind of kit that will help push you forward.
Whether you're tackling a road marathon or you’ve just discovered your local 5K parkrun, the most important piece of kit you need is a pair of the best running shoes for women. Finding running shoes that best suit your feet and goals can be the difference between heavily pounding the pavement, and feeling free while you glide through the kilometers.
Choosing the best running shoes comes down to personal preference, what tech goes into creating them and what purpose you want them for. Each person's feet are different and thus finding the right pair can be tricky. Most running ladies that I know tend to stick with a brand that works for them. Others are open to trying the latest or newest brands on the market. Personally I prefer Brooks running shoes, but have tried multiple other brands before.
Top 17 of the best running shoes for women in 2020
Salomon Predict RA - Women's Running Shoe
The Salomon Predict RA women’s running shoes evolve your road runs with an entirely fresh, foot-conforming 360 degree articulated upper. It envelopes your feet in snug-fitting single layer mesh while the OrthoLite insole delivers breathability, durability and cushioned comfort underfoot. EnergyCell+ boosts the rebound characteristics of the midsole for a resilient, energy-returning ride and snappy cushioning that translates into smooth and efficient forward-motion.
Independent support platforms allow the outsole to adapt to your stride and the world beneath your feet – motivating you to navigate the concrete jungle with total freedom.
The Contagrip FA rubber outsole provides high traction on hard and flat city surfaces – ‘biting’ into the tarmac with wide lugs for an ultra-stable and durable ride to rule the road. The Salomon Predict RA is a good sport shoe for women.
Ultra-smooth and stable running sensation for road warriors to train and race
Decoupled 360 degree articulated upper for enhanced flexibility and a foot-hugging fit
Upper made with single layer mesh for cool air flow
Mesh and textile lining for out-of-the-box softness and breathability
Moulded OrthoLite sockliner cradles your foot in breathable comfort with a durable, cushioned feel
3D moulded heel for a soft, locked-in fit
Snappy EnergyCell+ midsole for lively cushioning, reduced energy wastage and smooth transitions
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 - Women's running shoe
The iconic Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 returns with more perforations and engineered mesh in the upper for targeted breathability across high-heat areas. A slimmer heel collar and tongue reduce bulk without compromising comfort, while exposed Flywire cables give you a snug fit at higher speeds.
Perforations on the upper enhance breathability at the forefoot and arch.Full-length Zoom Air unit provides a smooth, responsive ride.Slimmer design reduces bulk for a comfortable, conforming fit. Exposed Flywire cables in the midfoot promote a snug fit at higher speeds.
Cushlon ST foam provides soft, responsive cushioning.High-resiliency sockliner adapts to the contour of your foot for support.Waffle pistons on the outsole help absorb impact and provide multi-surface traction.Reduced tongue weight from the Pegasus 35 contours to your foot. Heel collar tapers away around the Achilles tendon. Both my sister's love the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus.
Weight: 8oz (229g approx.) (women's size 5.5)
Offset: 9.45mm (11.3mm forefoot, 20.75mm heel)
Colour Shown: Black/True Berry/White/Pink
Country/Region of Origin: Indonesia,China
Mizuno Wave Rider GTX - Women's running shoe
The shoe that rendered weather forecasts irrelevant. Sitting in the Wave Rider family, the Wave Rider GTX has you covered for those all-weather runs while maintaining that awesome running experience the Wave Rider is known and loved for.
In collaboration with Gore-Tex, we have created the ultimate all-weather shoe that guarantees protection, inside and out. Featuring a Gore-Tex mesh upper, dual compound midsole and Mizuno Wave technology we have brought together supreme cushioning and unbeatable traction for wherever your run may take you, all while safeguarded from the harshest of weather. One of my Aussie running partners swears by the Mizuno brand.
Gore-Tex upper mesh to protect the foot for all weather conditions with perfect fitMizuno
Wave delivers cushioning, stability and response, for a smooth ride
Outsole pattern for additional traction for all surfaces
Asics Gel-Nimbus 22 - Women's running shoe
Experience the lasting comfort with GEL-NIMBUS 22 running shoe from ASICS. Packed with technologies to improve the performance of neutral runners, the newest iteration of this iconic running shoe delivers soft cushioning and a responsive stride, featuring a softer GEL cushioning unit in the heel for excellent shock absorption.
Improved forefoot GEL technology further reduces the load on feet, while the FlyteFoam Propel technology in the midsole delivers more energetic ride. TRUSSTIC technology under the arch of the shoe, this thermoplastic piece provides stability, reduces weight, and helps extend the life of the shoe.
The lightweight, engineered mesh upper allows your feet to experience improved breathability, offering a supportive and adaptable fit. Designed with high mileage runners in mind, the GEL-NIMBUS 22 shoe implements more foam in the midsole to reduce the severity of harsh impact. Additionally, a lightweight AHAR outsole reduces the overall level of wear, allowing you to spend more time focusing on your running workouts.
Whether you're a seasoned pro or a beginner, the GEL-NIMBUS 22 performance running shoe is designed to deliver soft cushioning and a more responsive stride. Asics Gel-Nimbus have always been seen as one of the best running shoes.
GEL technology to the forefoot
GEL technology to the rearfoot
Soft, breathable upper
Engineered monofilament upper
FlyteFoam Propel technology to the midsole
Lightweight AHAR outsole
Moulded EVA sockliner
New Balance FuelCell Rebel - Women's running shoe
The New Balance FuelCell Rebel women’s running shoes quicken the pace of your tempo runs, keeping your feet light and energised.
Engineered with the data gathered during the development of the FuelCell 5280 racing flat, the FuelCell Rebel is tuned for lightweight performance.
With a 6mm low-profile offset, it offers a reliable partnership for midfoot and forefoot strikers. A bootie construction creates a locked-in fit and custom feel. The 2-component FuelCell midsole improves propulsion of the forefoot, boosting responsiveness in every stride. The translucent outsole places rubber strategically to deliver traction in a lightweight package. The New Balance FuelCell Rebel is a new running shoe and will make it's mark in 2020.
Ultra-lightweight running shoe to shred seconds off your tempo runs
Low-profile ideal for midfoot and heel strikers
Trace Fibre on upper elevates midfoot support with strategic stitching
Upper creates a sleek, comfortable fit
Bootie construction works with deconstructed heel counter for an enhanced fit and breathability
FuelCell midsole for explosive propulsion of the forefoot and optimal cushioning
Translucent rubber outsole keeps weight to a minimum for a fast running sensation
Data-driven lug pattern
Mizuno Wave Sky Waveknit 3 - Women's running shoe
The Mizuno Wave Sky Waveknit 3 women’s running shoes are a fan-pleaser with a soft and stylish Waveknit construction paired with an ultra-plush ride. AeroHug technology creates a precise and comfortable fit for longer runs, allowing you to transition smoothly and naturally through the gait cycle.
The traditional rigid Wave Plate has been traded in for two innovative foams, XPOP PU and the Mizuno Foam Wave. They work harmoniously to provide smoothness, plushness and a satisfying bounce to outrun its predecessors - you’ll feel the difference the moment you lace up. On push-off, the foam feels firm for snappy propulsion and responsiveness. On landing, it feels soft to dampen impact forces and provide a cloud-like feel.
The U4icX midsole evolves the comfort further, offering softer cushioning at a lighter weight than U4ic. The blown rubber outsole strengthens your top running shoe, preventing the midsole from degrading prematurely and providing road-ready traction, even on slick pavement. This Mizuno Wave Sky Waveknit 3 looks a lot like the Brooks Cascadia 12 trail running shoe and is a real contender for the best running shoe for women in 2020.
Run hard and land soft with Mizuno's new, ultra-plush ride
Durable for daily training and racking up high mileage
Sleek Waveknit upper for zero restrictions to mobility and fresh style points
Adaptive AeroHug fit for optimal stretch and structure
Open knit pattern at forefoot allows heat and humidity to escape
Padded tongue for a cushioned feel
Upgraded with a premium sockliner
PEBAX Wave Plate
U4icX Strobel Lasting Board elevates comfort
XPOP PU and Mizuno Foam Wave – innovative foams for cloud-like comfort in a responsive package
Hard-wearing blown rubber outsole shields your feet on road surfaces and extends the lifespan of your favourite running shoes
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20 - Women's running shoe
The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20 women’s running shoes are ideal for loyal fans of this popular stability running shoe family and road warriors new to the series craving a blend of support, cushioning and flexibility.
A fresh engineered mesh upper with 3D Fit Print cuts back on non-essential weight and bulk for a more contemporary, streamlined ride. It stays true to the precise fit, structure and comfort the Adrenaline family prides itself on.
BioMoGo DNA provides adaptive cushioning and works in harmony with the DNA LOFT Crash Pad for softer impacts to flow into every stride – delivering the next evolution of smooth. The GuideRail holistic support system reduces injury risk to the knees by stabilising your movement and aligning your body in motion. It provides support only as needed - like when you feel fatigued after long, tough miles. Guiding rather than controlling your motion, the GuideRails allow you to maintain your body's natural and most efficient stride, like running on autopilot. Both my husband and I have the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20 running shoe and loved it.
20th generation of the Brooks Adrenaline for a lighter weight, support on-demand and a super smooth ride
Engineered mesh upper modernises your fit
3D Fit Print for enhanced flexibility and structure
BioMoGo DNA adapts to your unique body mass, stride and pace for personalised cushioning
DNA LOFT cushioning lets your feet run happy – absorbing shock for cloud-like impacts
Integrated GuideRails gently guide and align your body into its natural running form and helps you stick to it - avoiding excess movement of the knees that can increase your risk of injury
Updated outsole flex grooves allow you to flow smoothly into every stride
Hoka One One Challenger ATR 5 - Women's running shoe
In its fifth iteration, the Challenger furthers its reputation for versatility. Fast and light on the trail, its midsole geometry ensures a smooth ride on the road. While the distinctive multi-lugged outsole leaves you in no doubt as to its trail heritage.
Arranged closer together towards the heel for a smoother, more consistent ride, the lugs have a wider spread in the forefoot to help with grip on the trail and in wet conditions. The Challenger ATR 5 also features midfoot overlays for improved lockdown as well as a supportive heel counter for lateral and medial security. It looks fast and goes fast.
Dual-layer mesh balances support, durability and breathability
Textured TPU toe reinforcement for added durability
Internal heel counter provides support on all terrains
Early stage Meta-Rocker for a smooth ride
Lightweight and oversized EVA midsole provides signature HOKA ONE ONE® cushioning
CMEVA foam midsole provides stable footing and absorbs impact points
4mm lugs provide all-terrain traction
Podular outsole design provides stability on uneven terrain
Adidas Solar Glide 19 - Women's running shoe
Go the distance in the Adidas Solar Glide 19 women's shoes designed for long runs. The breathable mesh upper features reinforced zones for targeted support, and the Torsion System delivers a smooth ride. Built with our most responsive cushioning ever, the shoes return energy to your stride mile after mile.
The stretch web outsole flexes naturally for an energises ride, while the Continental Rubber gives you exceptional traction. The seamless haptic print overlay work inconjunction with the breathable mesh upper. The midsole uses adidas' Boost technology which creates a responsive ride while the Energy Rail midsole helps guide the. The Solar Glide boasts a breathable stable feeling from the inside.
The Adidas Solar Glide 19 are neutral running shoes that feature energised cushioning that works with a flexible outsole to deliver a smooth and comfortable ride. With the addition of a stability rail it keeps your stride in line, and a moulded heel counter locks in the fit while allowing the Achilles to move freely.
Brooks Levitate 3 - Women's running shoe
Energized Cushioning Offering our best energy return, the Levitate 3's DNA AMP midsole technology gives you back more of the effort you put in.
Quick Transitions A flexible, arrow-point pattern on the outsole helps you move from heel to toe quickly without losing energy.
Intuitive Fit, Incognito Comfort A redesigned knit upper with a pseudo-integrated tongue provides a secure, sock-like fit that moves with you.
Additional Benefits An internal bootie maximizes in-shoe comfort. The covert wraparound integrated collar treats your feet to plush comfort. A sueded heel tab protects your Achilles from irritation.
What's new Updated flat-knit upper for improved fit. Updated integrated collar for more sock-like fit. Psuedo-integrated tongue for one-piece comfort.
The Brooks Levitate 3 is a very comfortable running shoe.
Saucony Hurricane 22 - Women's running shoe
First-class long runs are lighter than ever with the Saucony Hurricane 22.
For those who crave the ultimate in protective cushioning, the Hurricane 22 is our most cushioned shoe, giving you everything you need to cruise through the longest of runs. Make running hangovers a thing of the past.
PWRRUN+ gives you a springy and responsive underfoot feel that keeps you strong and feeling fresh.
FORMFIT acts like a luxurious bucket seat for your foot, conforming to you for the perfect fit and providing comfort from every angle.
Cushioning that's 25% lighter than our previous best, the lightweight comfort of these shoes means you'll never feel like something is holding you back.
Medial posted midsole
Shoe Category: Guidance
Pronation: Moderate, Severe
Construction Type: Stability
Surface: Road, Track
Arch: Normal (Mid), Low
New Balance W1080K V10 - Women's running shoe
New Balance has recently release one impressive shoe after another. We have been looking forward to testing the long-awaited New Balance 1080 V10 – and the shoe certainly does not disappoint!
New Balance 1080 is the top-range model for the neutral runner by New Balance. It is the brand’s most luxurious, shock-absorbing, and comfortable running shoe. The shoe now has even more shock-absorption and has become even more comfortable to wear than earlier.
The long-awaited New Balance 1080 V10 does in no way disappoint! It is a world-class running shoe, which is now markedly lighter than its predecessor. In spite of being very comfortable and having maximum shock-absorption, the shoe still remains among the fastest mileage training shoes on the market. This makes it ideal for daily training and long, relaxed runs, but it is also excellent for faster runs! New Balance 1080 V10 is, to my mind, a very all-round running shoe that would fit most runners. Wow, it’s nice!
Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 - Women's running shoe
A TURBO-CHARGED TRAINER THAT'S LIGHTER AND SLEEKER.
The Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 is updated with a featherlight upper, while Nike ZoomX foam brings revolutionary responsiveness to your long distance training.
Light, Ventilated, Secure
Knit fabric at the upper is lighter than its predecessor. Its fast-looking design makes it look as breathable as it feels. A midfoot band helps secure your foot with every step.
An ultralight Nike ZoomX midsole delivers Nike Running's greatest energy return yet. When using Nike ZoomX, every step creates more momentum, springing you forwards as you run.
Engineered heel collar tapers away from foot for comfort around your Achilles tendon.
Engineered heel collar tapers away from foot for comfort around your Achilles tendon.Angled heel optimises initial touchdown and provides a smooth transition.An exaggerated Swoosh design extends over the midsole as an emblem of Nike ZoomX.
Asics Gel-Kayano 26 KAI - Women's running shoe
Inspiring limited edition colours are here to take you through the finish line—and beyond. Embrace your natural running style and enjoy remarkable comfort with the Asics GEL-KAYANO 26 KAI running shoe, featuring GEL technology to the forefoot and rear for high-density shock absorption and a comfortable feel over long distances.
Featuring a jacquard mesh upper and FLYTEFOAM Propel technology for a lightweight quality that allows your feet to breathe, this ASICS running shoe offers excellent support and stability for those big mile days.
The EVA sockliner provides great rebound and cushioning, while the Guidance TRUSSTIC SYSTEM technology brings a new level of stability to the shoe, helping to control torsion along with the contoured midsole. Meanwhile, the SpEVA 45 lasting puts a spring in your step by improving bounce-back characteristics and decreasing midsole breakdown.
Do your feet roll inwards when running? Don't worry, the DUOMAX midsole will help to support your arches, offering smooth overpronation control with its two different density materials.
Complete with an AHAR rubber sponge to reduce excessive wear, and reflective details to keep you safe after dark, the Asics GEL-KAYANO 26 KAI women's running shoe is in a league of its own.
Saucony Triumph 17 - Women's running shoe
The Saucony Triumph 17 women’s running shoes are engineered for runners that prioritise responsive cushioning to transform hard road surfaces into plush, ultra-smooth transitions.
The ISOFIT of earlier evolutions has been replaced with a soft mesh that conforms to your natural foot shape.
FORMFIT technology envelopes your feet in a natural, precise fit for comfort that moves with you. Cushioned with padding at both the midfoot and heel, the upper wraps your foot like a plush skin.
Saucony have modernised their cushioning with the innovative PWRRUN+ foam that sheds even more weight from their previous performance midsole (being 28% lighter according to Saucony). It creates a luxurious, cloud-like feel underfoot to turn the tarmac into your personal runway.
All up it translates to a soft, energy-returning ride to propel your stride forward, fight off fatigue and coast over long miles in your personal slice of running bliss.
The most highly cushioned shoe from Saucony to keep your feet feeling light and energised over long runs
Soar over tough kilometres with a ride that cradles your feet in cloud-like plushness
Soft and flexible feel
FORMFIT creates a custom fit for personalised comfort
Padded midfoot and heel for an all-round plushness
PWRRUN+ is the ultra-lightweight evolution of Saucony cushioning – combining snappy energy return with pillow-soft impacts
Protective cushioning in a springy and responsive package to focus on your performance, not on aching feet
Adidas Ultraboost 20 - Women's running shoe
Confidence from the ground up. These adidas running shoes are designed to turbo charge your daily miles. The knit upper offers stitched-in support based on motion capture technology. A soft, comfortable elastane heel allows for natural movement of the Achilles. Responsive cushioning helps keep transitions smooth and the energy flowing.
The Adidas UltraBoost 20 running shoes are fit for those who require a premium cushioned running shoe for a high arched and/or rigid foot type as they will provide the necessary shock absorption and flexibility.
Premium cushioned running shoe
Primeknit material adapt to foot shape
External heel counter
Brooks Bedlam 2 - Women's running shoe
Energized Cushioning Built with our best energy return, the DNA AMP midsole gives you back more of the effort you put in.
GuideRails Holistic Support System We've shifted our focus beyond the feet to the most injury-prone part of a runner's body: the knees. GuideRails support keeps you moving comfortably by keeping excess movement in check.
Secure, Sock-like Fit Redesigned flat-knit upper provides a secure sock-like fit that moves with you.
The arrow-point Midfoot Transition Zone is shaped to go from heel to toe quickly.
A new integrated collar treats your feet to plush comfort.
A sueded heel tab protects your Achilles from irritation.
Updated flat-knit upper for improved fit.
Updated integrated collar for a more sock-like fit.
The Brooks Bedlam 2 is my pick for the best running shoe for women in 2020.
This is a list of my Top 17 running shoes for women in 2020. Although I haven't tried all of these running shoes before, I have used most of these brands in the past. Expert advice is needed when you fit a pair for your feet. I do not get paid by any of these brands, but might earn commission when you click and buy from their websites.