Finding a decent pair of women’s athletic shoes can be a rather daunting task especially for someone who is just starting out. Having an active lifestyle and working out or running requires comfortable shoes that will keep your feet protected. You need shoes that have the right weight, stance, a decent price and durable materials. Out of all the models available only a handful are worth mentioning. Here are the top 10 best athletic shoes for women in 2017.
Table of Contents
- 9. RYKA Women’s Desire Running Shoe
- 8. ASICS Women’s GT-2000 Running Shoe
- 7. ASICS Women’s GEL-Craze TR Cross-Training Shoe
- 6. adidas Performance Women’s Thrasher 1.1 W
- 5. ASICS Women’s GEL-Exalt Running Shoe
- 4. ASICS Women’s GEL-Kayano 20
- 3. Saucony Women’s Cohesion 7
- 2. PUMA Women’s Voltaic 5
- 1. ASICS Women’s Gel-Contend 2
While they might not be the most attractive running shoes the Desire model made by RYKA are extremely comfortable to wear during the warm season. The materials used offer a superior airflow inside the shoe to prevent the foot from sweating. They are light, low priced and comfortable which would recommend them to pretty much everyone if they do not mind their design.
While most other athletic shoes switched over from the classic design to the new low tops the ASICS still uses the classic form factor. The GT-2000 are not only light for their size but also comfortable to wear while working out, going for a hike or just running around the neighborhood. They have a rubber sole and a synthetic and mesh built that allows air to ventilate the inside of the shoe.
ASICS has quite a few models that use a gel cushioning system. While it might take a bit to get used to the system does provide extra comfort and protection for the foot. Their TR Cross-Training model is one such example of a light pair of shoes with a gel cushion system. Due to their build they are also quite flexible thus making them fit great.
The adidas Performance Trasher shoes are not for everyone. This particular model was designed with hikers in mind. The outsole has an aggressive pattern that is meant to provide excellent grip when climbing a slope. Last but not least it is worth mentioning that the materials used add extra durability to help them survive in harsh conditions.
A lot of people complain about pain in their heels while running or working out for longer periods of time. ASICS found a solution for the problem by making the Exalt Running Shoe. They use extra thick heels. Despite their size they are quite light and extremely comfortable to wear. Most of the shoe is made of a mesh material that allows air to ventilate and keep the foot from sweating.
The Kayano model from ASICS is one of the few models designed to protect the entire lower part of the foot. To achieve this superior level of comfort the model uses a thicker construction and a gel padding to absorb shocks when running. The mesh material used on the outside helps prevent the foot from sweating while its low weight construction ensures that they do not become a burden when running longer distances.
Not everyone has an unlimited budget for athletic shoes. The Saucony Cohesion 7 are extremely affordable and offer a comfortable sensation when used for running or hiking. Despite their low price the shoes are quite light and well-built with their mesh and textile exterior and flexible forefoot.
PUMA shoes are well known for their attractive design and build quality. The Voltaic series is their most successful line of products designed for active women. They a rubber sole, mesh on the top side and reflective panels that make it easy to spot them even when running at night. They are light weight, comfortable and quite affordable.
What makes the ASICS Women’s Gel Contend 2 shoes so great is the price and build quality. Being part of the lower end in terms of pricing does not mean that these shoes are not up to par in terms of quality. They had a padded tongue and collar and a gel cushioning to protect the foot. The outer side is made of a mesh material that allows air to ventilate the interior. Overall the Gel-Contend 2 model can compete with much more expensive models in terms of functionality and quality.