Best of Shoekicker

Best shoes for Women with lighter builds who land on their midfoot

Being light can certainly help with running. Not only does it mean less weight to propel forward, it reduces the risk of injury and cuts down the pounding in your shoes. But not every running shoe is meant for light runners. Clunky shoes meant for bigger "clydesdale" runners aren't perfect for lighter runners, nor are shoes that run super wide. That's why it's so important to know what shoe type fits your body type.

From Chi-Running to natural running, many run coaches have been touting the benefit of midfoot running over the past decade. Midfoot running means landing on the center of your foot--not the front (forefoot) or back (heel). Many advocates say this is the natural way to run, and the way humans would be running if our stride wasn't corrupted by hard pavement and clunky shoes. However, because not all running shoes tailor to midfoot runners, people who land in the middle of their foot have to find the right shoe meant for this type of stride.

Brooks Glycerin 13

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Flexible
  • Light
  • the amount of cushion and support in the heel for my ankle tendonitis

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with plantar fascitis and flat feet.

Brooks Glycerin 13

Brooks Pureflow 5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Comfort
  • The lighat weight nature.
  • Soft

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with bad blisters.

Brooks Pureflow 5

Saucony Kinvara 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Lightweight and flexible
  • It is very light, comfortable and supportive
  • Flexible fit

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with IT band syndrome and runner's knee/patellar tendinitis.

Saucony Kinvara 7

Brooks Glycerin 14

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The support of the whole foot
  • support while being lightweight.
  • Comfort

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with plantar fascitis and runner's knee/patellar tendinitis.

Brooks Glycerin 14

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The wave plate in the sole
  • Breathable
  • No additional unnecessary cushion

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with achilles pain and plantar fascitis.

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Solid cushioning and great support
  • Keeps me from pronating
  • Fits my stride just right

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and plantar fascitis.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16

Brooks Ghost 8

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It's weight
  • Fit and cushioning
  • Stability

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and IT band syndrome.

Brooks Ghost 8

Brooks Ravenna 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • good support and stability
  • Durability
  • Support

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and runner's knee/patellar tendinitis.

Brooks Ravenna 7

Brooks Launch 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • its lighter than my last shoe, feels like I can crush all my PRs
  • The perfect amount of cushion
  • Really light but also supportive for my high arches

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and plantar fascitis.

Brooks Launch 3

Adidas Ultra Boost

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It's ride
  • Flexible and feels like running on clouds
  • The shoe itself is very comfortable on landing. The boost material makes it really easy on the shins. The top is very breathable.

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with achilles pain and a bad back.

Adidas Ultra Boost

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It is comfortable
  • Flexible
  • extremely comfortable and light. Still has plenty of support.

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and achilles pain.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33

Liked this list? Try these: