Best Jogging Shoes for Women

11 Best Jogging Shoes for Women for 2019

In the immortal words of Cinderella, “One shoe can change your life.” And just like that iconic gal, women joggers know that a great jogging shoe can make the difference between jogging to live and living to jog. For years now, women have been entering marathons, half marathons, and 10Ks in record numbers and shoe companies have taken notice. But, what’s the difference between men and women’s running shoes? It’s not just smaller sizes and pastel colors. Read on for a list of the 11 best jogging shoes for women…because you’re not chasing after Prince Charming, you’re chasing after that next mile.

Number 11

Hoka One One Clifton

Hoka One One Clifton

If it seems like the Clifton 5 has been on every list of running shoes you’ve seen over the past year, that’s because it has. It’s one of the most popular women’s jogging shoes because what it does, it does so well. Hoka One One is known for cushioning and while the Clifton 5 is not the most cushioned shoe in Hoka’s fleet, it has the perfect blend of cushion and firmness with the brand’s EVA midsole cushioning throughout the midsole. Like all of Hoka’s shoes, it has a patented Metarocker design that makes for a low heel-toe drop and a rounded sole to propel you smoothly forward. The wider toe box of the Clifton 5 suits a woman jogger perfectly, as a wider forefoot and narrower heel is more typical of a woman’s foot. As an upgrade from the Clifton 4, this latest model has a newly engineered mesh that makes the shoe more breathable and looking super fresh.

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Number 10

Adidas Pureboost X

Adidas Pureboost X

One again, Adidas does it what it does best by blending style and function in a shoe you can wear while pounding roadways or window-shopping. The Pureboost X 3.0 is the latest version of the brand’s Pureboost line to boast Boost cushioning technology. This cushioning material is made of tiny Boost beads that come together like Styrofoam to provide an extremely responsive yet bouncy ride. Combined with the flexible Stretchweb rubber on the outsole that provides a soft, comfortable landing, this shoe feels noticeably springier compared to other jogging shoes. But Adidas wouldn’t be Adidas without finding some way to stand out from the crowd and the uppers of this shoe are what set it apart. Yes, Stella McCartney designed several in this line. But what makes them even more unique is that the tongue is attached to the upper and the engineered mesh is extremely thin, both of which make for a superior sock-like fit that can conform to the shape of a woman’s foot.

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Number 9

Saucony Freedom ISO

Saucony Freedom ISO

Saucony is a brand that many joggers feel will never steer them wrong. The great thing about the Freedom ISO 2 is that it takes Saucony’s impressively long history and combines it with the most modern features to make a cool-looking and high quality women’s jogging shoe. The brand’s Everun cushioning runs the entire length of the shoe in a continuous layer of cushiony support. The outsole is made of the brand’s extremely durable “crystal rubber” that has superior grip on wet roads for those damp morning jogs. Similar to Adidas’ Pureboost X 3.0, the upper of this latest edition Freedom is what steals the show with Saucony’s new Isoknit technology. It’s a snug, knit fabric that provides maximum breathability with a conforming fit that is both flexible and supportive.

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Number 8

Mizuno Wave Sky

Mizuno Wave Sky

Though some may think Mizuno has always flown under the radar, their name is well known to long time runners. The Wave Sky 2 has all the unique hallmarks of the brand with two layers of their Cloudwave cushioning, the bottom layer being softer than the firmer top layer to provide a blend of softness and stability. Meanwhile, the brand’s patented plastic Wave plate along the arch helps promote arch support and disperse impact while the outsole is outfitted with carbon rubber in the heel and forefoot, increasing durability and traction. Like the other shoes on this list, the Wave Sky 2’s upper also got a makeover with a more breathable mesh and the use of ventilated fabric wraps along the midsole that give the shoe a secure fit. All told, this solid shoe is one of the best women’s shoes for both walking and jogging with these latest upgrades.

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Number 7

Hoka One One Tracer

Hoka One One Tracer

The Tracer 2 was designed to be a racing shoe and is noticeably lighter than other Hoka shoes as well as the shoes of many other brands, weighing under 7 ounces for a women’s 7.5. What’s pretty amazing about it is that it maintains this weight while still possessing all of the cushioning that characterizes the brand and is similar to the Clifton 5 in that it uses it’s cushioning to be a combination of both softness and firmness. One aspect that keeps the shoe light is that rubber is only used on the forefoot and heel of the outsole, with Hoka’s patented PROFLY cushioning making up the remainder of the outsole and providing an extra layer of softer protection around the heel. In what seems to be a trend among the next generation of many shoes, Hoka also revamped the upper with a newly engineered mesh that has a more secure fit in comparison to the original model. Hoka One One is certainly a name that lands in many “best of” categories and this shoe is no exception by being one of the best jogging shoes for women.

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Number 6

Asics GEL-DS Trainer

Asics GEL-DS Trainer

If you’re a lifetime jogger, chances are you’ve owned a pair of Asics along the way. The brand is time-tested and has multiple versions of classic models that continue to remain relevant with every trend. The GEL-DS Trainer is now in its 23rd edition and has the brand’s trademark GEL cushioning in the heel for increased cushioning right where you need it most. They’ve updated their Flytefoam technology so that it now uses organic fibers that don’t lose their shape over time. The Duosole rubber of the outsole is lighter than typical rubber soles, making the Trainer 23 lighter than many other Asics models, while their more stable and durable High Abrasion Rubber is reserved for the heel and forefoot. Asics prides itself on research and has made upgrades to all its women’s running shoes to better support a woman’s more variable arch height. The brand also uses a lower density midsole cushioning to allow for greater impact absorption and responsiveness while still accommodating the lighter female runner. This gender-specific attention to detail has certainly earned Asics the devotion of many women runners over the years and the GEL-DS Trainer is no exception.

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Number 5

New Balance 1260

New Balance 1260

Sometimes you just need the greater support of a stability shoe and New Balance’s 1260v7 delivers that benefit without looking like your grandmother’s shoe. This shoe has New Balance’s new Abzorb cushioning throughout with a lateral piece of Fuelcell cushioning from the heel to the midfoot to better absorb shock from each heel strike. An asymmetrical heel counter promises better heel stability while the mesh upper has underlays that wrap around the midfoot to provide better arch support. New Balance wants you to keep jogging even if you require a little more stability from your shoe and the 1260v7 promises to do just that. Fortunately, it looks so good that only you and New Balance will know that’s it’s a stability shoe.

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Number 4

Brooks Levitate

Brooks Levitate

When Brooks designed the Levitate series they were looking to make a more responsive shoe. If reputation is any signifier, they succeeded and only added to the line’s popularity with upgrades in the Levitate 2. Right off the bat the new upper is apparent, as it’s made of knit, not mesh. This makes for an extremely conforming and supportive fit and Brooks highlights this difference even more by providing the Levitate 2 with flashier colors than is typical of the brand. But the responsiveness for which this line is known comes from the DNA Amp cushioning that resists expanding upon impact with the ground and instead returns the energy of the impact (but not the shock) to the runner, making her feel propelled forward. Even though this shoe is on the heavier side, this responsiveness is a huge mitigating factor for its weight so your last mile is as full of energy as your first.

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Number 3

New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo

New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo

New Balance cracks our top three best jogging shoes for women with a shoe that consistently performs for not just jogging, but for walking, standing, and generally being an extremely comfortable and supportive shoe for any activity. The FreshFoam Vongo v3 was designed with overpronaters in mind but the extra stability that design creates can benefit anyone who is on their feet a lot in the course of a day. The subtle wedge of the shoe guides the overpronated foot into a straighter gait and the extra Freshfoam cushioning throughout provides increased softness. To counteract the extra cushioning, the upper was constructed with a sock-like fit and what New Balance calls a 3D screen print midfoot cage right across the middle to provide greater security for your foot. You can literally do almost anything in this shoe and it will provide you with the cushioning and support you need to do it.

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Number 2

Nike Epic React Flyknit

Nike Epic React Flyknit

Just because the Epic React Flyknit comes in a variety of pinks doesn’t mean that it’s any less of a tough girl. Not to be outdone by anyone, especially Adidas, this shoe has the super trendy knit upper in a variety of colors with a seamless tongue and a “bootie” design that allows you to easily slip the shoe on and off. And speaking of slipping around, the Epic React Flyknit has a foam heel clip inside the shoe to keep the heel from slipping and provide stability to the entire rear of your foot. The patented React foam continues to evolve cushioning beyond just being soft and supportive by providing responsiveness with the road as well. This shoe harnesses the energy you put out and gives it right back so you feel almost thrust forward. Like so many of these shoes’ outsoles, rubber is only used on the heel and forefoot so you stay as light as a feather while still maintaining traction where you need it most. But that Nike swoosh is something none of these other brands will ever have and, for a Nike lover, there’s just nothing like it.

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Number 1

On Cloudflow

On Cloudflow

Our number one spot on the list of the best jogging shoes for women goes to a company that that is a baby in the century old field of running shoes but a giant in the world of runners. On is a ten year old Swiss company that set out to revolutionize running by not correcting your stride, but adapting to it and making it the best it can be while still remaining uniquely yours. The Cloudtec cushioning On uses is a series of “cloud pods” on the outsole of the shoe that provide cushioning only when On says you need it: when your foot hits the ground. Upon doing so, it provides you with the ultimate cushioning support and then firms up again to give you the ultimate in energy return as you propel forwards. The Cloudflow has eighteen cloud pods; more than any other On shoe, and these clouds are rounded to provide even more propulsion forward. The outsole is primarily made up of the brand’s Zero-Gravity Foam with their Rebound Rubber on the sole and forefoot. And because these cloud pods are hollow, this shoe is one of the lightest you can find, at just 6.7 ounces for a women’s size 7. The On Cloudflow is pretty much a glass slipper for the 21st century: it will help you run right past Prince Charming to your personal finish line.

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