Let Us Help You Find the Best Training Shoes for Women After 2017
The right workout shoes will give you support and comfort for safe and effective workouts. The wrong shoes can lead to injury, especially if you’re a runner. That’s why it’s so important to find a pair of trainers that fit you well, and give you just the right amount of arch support.
ASICS Women’s GEL-Fit Sana Cross-Training Shoe
Our favorite for 2017
New Balance Women’s 811 Training Shoe
A very close runner-up
PUMA Women’s Pulse XT Geo Training Shoe
Lightweight – providing great flexibility and comfort
How do you choose the right pair of shoes? We’re going to share our favorite pairs to help make your decision a little easier. Here are some things to keep in mind when comparing them:
- Size: The shoe’s fit is the most important thing. But sizes tend to vary, depending on the brand. Most shoes will say whether they fit as expected, or whether you should choose a smaller or larger size. Pay attention to this information – it may save you from having to exchange the shoe for a different size.
- Material: What is the shoe made of? For running and other cardio-intense workouts, breathable, lightweight materials are the best choice.
- Support: Gym shoes need to provide your feet with ample support to avoid injury and make the shoes comfortable to wear. Opt for shoes that have strategic support in areas where you need it most, particularly if you plan on running.
- Weight: Lightweight shoes are best for all activities, but are particularly important for running and Crossfit. Most modern training shoes are exceptionally lightweight – some less than ten ounces.
- Flexibility: The flexibility of the shoe is important as well. If you’re playing sports, you may also want a shoe that offers multidirectional traction, so you can make quick moves without fighting against your feet.
Reviews – Our Favorite Gym Shoes for Women in 2017
ASICS GEL-Fit Sana – Available in over a dozen colors, the GEL-Fit Sana from ASICS looks just as good as it performs. And its fabric upper is ultra-breathable to keep your feet dry during your workout.
The shaft of the shoe measure about 3” from the arch, making it the perfect height for comfort and support.
The woven band design on the heel cage of the shoe adds style and creates a unique look, while the GEL cushioning in the rear adds comfort no matter what type of exercise you’re doing.
From cardio to weight training and running, the GEL-Fit Sana is a great option for all women who want a lightweight shoe.
Nike Free 5.0 TR – The Free 5.0 TR shoe from Nike features a synthetic and mesh upper with a synthetic sole. Available in a vast array of colors and sizes, you’re sure to find a look that suits your personality.
The shaft of the shoe measures 3” from the arch, making this shoe comfortable for just about any activity.
The lightweight, engineered mesh allows for breathability without weighing you down, and the lace-up closure completes the classic running shoe look. The Nike swoosh logo is featured on the outside of the shoe.
The inner sleeve is neoprene-inspired for added support and comfort.
If you’re looking for a flexible, comfortable shoe that offers ample suppler, the Free 5.0 TR is a great choice.
PUMA Pulse XT Geo – The Pulse XT Geo from PUMA offers a unique look with more than 15 different colors available. A synthetic sole and upper keep this shoe lightweight, while the rear pull-on strap makes it easy to get this shoe on and off.
A breathable mesh upper keeps your feet cool and dry, while the padded collar and tongue make this shoe comfortable to wear for long periods of time.
The ariaprene bootie construction makes the Pulse XT Geo extremely comfortable, breathable and flexible. And with a weight of just 6 ounces, you won’t feel weighed down when running or engaging in intense cardio workouts.
Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit – The Free 5.0 TR Fit is similar to the original Free 5.0 TR, but comes in two unique patterns and offers a slightly different construction.
A herringbone sole offers traction in all directions and allows for quick-response movement. These shoes are great for sports and Crosfit because they help improve agility while still providing you with ample support.
Flywire technology is included, and the inner sleeve adds support for a comfortable fit.
Some users say these shoes are a little on the large side, so you may want to go up a size.
For running and other intense workouts, this lightweight shoe is a great choice.
New Balance 811 – New Balance’s 811 shoe features a leather and synthetic upper, and a rubber sole. With a low-profile, these sneakers are a great option for just about any activity.
The tape-inspired design of the shoe’s upper provides support where you need it most, and the padded collar and tongue add exceptional comfort.
These shoes also have the brand’s CUSH+ midsole.
The lightweight upper makes this shoe a great fit for most activities, including strength training.
Available in 20 colors and an array of sizes, you’re sure to find a combination that fits your personality and style.
Buyer’s Guide – How to Choose the Right Workout Shoes for You
Whether you’re running, using the treadmill, lifting weights or doing Crossfit, you need a pair of gym shoes that will give you the support and comfort you need for a safe workout. You can’t just walk into the store, buy the first pair of shoes you can find, and expect everything to be great.
We already discussed some things to consider when comparing shoes. Here are some other things to keep in mind.
- Style: While the look of the shoe doesn’t affect performance, you still want a pair that you like and that fits your personal sense of style. Most women’s gym shoes come in a wide range of colors, so you should have no problem finding a pair you like.
- Mesh and Padding: Shoes that have mesh uppers and padding in the collar and tongue tend to be more comfortable. They’re breathable and have more cushioning, so you can wear them for longer without feeling discomfort.
- Cushioning: Some shoes, like the GEL-Fit pair, also offer extra cushioning to make the shoes even more comfortable to wear. Gel cushioning will make your feet feel like you’re walking on a cloud – and it won’t weigh you down.
- Price: Gym shoes can be expensive, but a good pair of shoes is priceless. The wrong sneakers can make your feet hurt, and without the right support, you could wind up with an injury. The cost of the shoes should come second to quality and fit. In this case, you’re better off finding the right pair, and saving up if it the shoes are out of your budget.