11 Best Brooks Women’s Running Shoes for 2018

11 Best Brooks Women’s Running Shoes for 2018

The best Brooks women’s running shoes are designed to help you rethink what you put on your feet. For decades, the dominant factor in running shoe design has been pronation: do you have a neutral footstrike, or do you need support shoes? But there’s a lot more to it. Some runners have a neutral footstrike but appreciate a stable ride, or their footstrike might fall somewhere between neutral and overpronated. More importantly, Brooks wants you to ask yourself: what kind of experience are you hoping to have? Brooks has divided its running models into four categories: • Cushion, if you’re looking for shoes to soften impact; • Energy, if you’re looking for shoes that put extra bounce in every step; • Connect, if you want shoes that promote a more natural running movement and let you feel the ground; • Speed, if you want to go fast, and everything else is secondary. Choose your desired experience, and keep reading for the Brooks shoes that other runners recommend from each of these categories.

Number 11

Brooks Hyperion

Brooks Hyperion

One look at the Brooks Hyperion says: Speed. It doesn’t get much lighter than the Hyperion, which weighs just 5.6 ounces in a women’s size 8, and its flexibility is unparalleled. The Hyperion has a snug fit, so there are no surprises about exactly where your foot is going to land, a firm and fast ride for quick transition from footstrike to toe-off, and enough of a heel for longer road races. For uncompromising performance on race day, the best Brooks running shoes start with the Hyperion.

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Number 10

Brooks Transcend 5

Brooks Transcend 5

The Transcend 5 flies the Cushion flag high and proud. Like the Adrenaline, the Transcend is a support shoe adapted to the running mechanics of overpronators, but with the plush cushioning you would expect in a premium support shoe. Stability features coupled with an unstinting commitment to the comfort of your feet make the Transcend one of the best Brooks running shoes for pronation.

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Number 9

Brooks Ravenna 9

Brooks Ravenna 9

The Ravenna 9 is a support shoe with great stability for overpronators like the Transcend, but that’s where the similarities end. The Ravenna belongs to Brooks’ Energy line, so it’s an ounce lighter, and the sole provides higher energy return for a more responsive, springier feel. If you’re looking for the best deals on Brooks running shoes and a pair of shoes with some zip in it, look no further: the Ravenna 9 has earned a Runner’s World Best Buy award.

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Number 8

Brooks PureFlow 7

Brooks PureFlow 7

The minimalist running movement claimed that human beings were born to run, so running barefoot or in the most minimal shoe possible was the way to go. And they had a point. Unfortunately, running over pointy sticks and rocks, let alone concrete and asphalt, turns out to be pretty miserable. Brooks’ Pure Project helped translate the principles of minimalism into functional running shoes, and the PureFlow 7 illustrates the results. The sole height drops only 4 mm from heel to toe for a more natural foot strike, and the shoes are light and flexible so that you can feel the ground beneath your feet—or Connect with it, as the best Brooks shoes from the Connect line are designed to do.

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Number 7

Brooks Launch 5

Brooks Launch 5

If the terrific price of the Ravenna and the springy soles of the Energy line appeal to you, but you have a more neutral footstrike, the Launch 5 is what you need. Some people find that the lightweight and extremely flexible Launch are some of the best Brooks running shoes for daily use, but I find that the Launch works best for tempo runs and workouts where I’m ready to roll through longer road intervals.

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Number 6

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18

Although the Adrenaline GTS 18 is considerably less expensive than the premium Transcend, its soft heel and forefoot are right on pace with the Transcend, and it offers even more stability than the Transcend and many other support shoes. If you’re looking for Cushion and support, Brooks wants the Adrenaline GTS 18, possibly the best Brooks stability shoe, to be your go-to shoe (or GTS for short). The Adrenaline’s forefoot cushioning and stability make it one of the best Brooks shoes for walking, too.

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Number 5

Brooks Ghost 10

Brooks Ghost 10

If the Adrenaline sounds good and Cushion sounds great, but you don’t need a support shoe, the Brooks Ghost 10 provides everything you’re looking for. That doesn’t mean that the Ghost isn’t stable—it actually has terrific stability for a neutral shoe, so it’s a great option for people who aren’t sure what kind of footstrike they have or whose movement patterns fall somewhere in between neutral and overpronated. Runners looking for the best Brooks shoes for plantar fasciitis often need a shoe with a soft heel. The Ghost 10s stands out for the softness of their heel cushioning, making them the best Brooks women’s running shoes for plantar fasciitis. As for what Brooks running shoe is best for me, maybe you prefer Energy or Connect or Speed, but I keep coming back to the cushiony Ghost (and the people who pick the Runner’s World Editor’s Choice awards do, too).

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Number 4

Brooks Glycerin 15

Brooks Glycerin 15

If a stable ride in a neutral shoe like the Ghost sounds good, but you think Brooks’ best shoes in the Cushion family would be even better with plush padding and luxuriously soft cushioning, the Glycerin 15, Brooks’ premium neutral trainer, has just what you’re looking for. Like the Ghost, the Glycerin has a notably soft heel, so it will also be one of the best Brooks running shoes for plantar fasciitis.

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Number 3

Brooks Cascadia 12

Brooks Cascadia 12

When it comes to the top Brooks running shoes, don’t forget about the other kinds of tops: hill tops and mountain tops. That’s where the Cascadia 12 is right at home. As a trail running shoe in Brooks’ Cushion family, it provides a smooth and stable ride and the features trail shoes need to protect you from the elements, including a rock plate to protect your sole, a lugged outsole for traction across mixed terrain, and a water-shielding upper.

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Number 2

Brooks PureCadence 7

Brooks PureCadence 7

The PureCadence 7 is similar to the PureFlow and shares the moderate minimalism of other models in the Connect family. The two models are nearly identical in weight and have the same low 4 mm heel-toe drop for a natural-feeling ride, but the PureCadence 7 includes moderate support features for additional stability. The PureCadence 7 is ready for your next uptempo road session, but the best Brooks road running shoe in its Connect line wants you to feel the road, not forget about it.

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Number 1

Brooks Levitate

Brooks Levitate

Newly released from the experimental labs at Brooks, the Levitate belongs to the Energy family along with the Launch and Ravenna. While those models get their bounce from their light weight and a firm forefoot for that extra snap on toe-off, the Levitate is all about energy return. Brooks’ new DNA Amp midsole is more than a match for the bounciest Boost soles from Adidas, so the Levitates can be both highly energetic and softly padded in the forefoot and heel. The smooth and springy ride of the Levitate has sent it to the top of the charts—it’s also number one on the list of best men’s Brooks running shoes.

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