A good pair of running shoes is the prerequisite for a lifelong hobby. We have 29 runners asked to 16 pair of road running shoes in the US Virgin Islands, New England, the Pacific Northwest and in Las Vegas too testing. After our testers almost 2. 500 km in five weeks, they agreed that the Brooks Ghost 11 is the best pair of running shoes for most women. Don't worry, if you are looking for stable shoes or natural running shoes, we have also found products that are recommended. The test was carried out by Wirecutter.com carried out in America. For this reason, German products that are not available in the USA may be missing. You are reading the German translation.
Update 20. 3. 2020: The product recommendations remain unchanged, we have updated the prices.
Top recommendation for a women's running shoe: Brooks Ghost 10
We think that the Brooks Ghost 11 the best women's running shoe for leisure and more ambitious S portler Inside is. Our testers gave him top marks for his Toe box made of stretch fabric and its padded but not too thick sole. The Ghost 10 conveys a stable feeling and bounces well. The break-in period was very short. A tester said that at her first 20 km – Run in your shoes “forgot everything”. If you Expect extra comfort , you should probably use another model – the ghost is not all so thick padded like some of the others copies that we tested.
The second place women's running shoe: Skechers GOrun Ride 7
If our top recommendation is sold out or if You a softer , thicker looking for padded shoe is the Skechers GOrun Ride 7 a good choice. Even our most skeptical testers n were inspire vo m seamless upper material of the GOrun Ride 7, one Foot bed, the himself w olken soft to the touch , and the unexpected good elasticity . Lots Shoes with extra-thick cushion cushions feel heavy and chunky, not from he this. Only weak points: the consistently slim fit, the slightly worse grip and fewer traction on smooth surfaces .
Also a running shoe recommendation for women: Brooks Adrenalin GTS 18
If you are looking for a firm Look for shoe that dampens well when it occurs and the Pronation (the one rotate of the foot inside) reduced, is a Stability shoe just the thing for you . The 18. Version of the proven n Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is our top recommendation in this segment . The Adrenaline offers a firm hold, but is not too stiff – otherwise a common problem with this shoe type . Both our narrow and wide feet – testers praised the good fit of this shoe s, the upper shell in a knitted look u nd the stretchy laces. Other highlights: excellent traction, Suspension And shock absorption. The only one Flaw : The shoes are a bit chunky.
Also a running shoe recommendation for women: Altra Escalante
If She egg ne n shoe looking for a “natural” running feeling, is the Altra Escalante a try-on value. The S chuh has one completely flat, flexible sole, an “anatomical” foot shape , the upper material has a woven-like look . The Escalante was created by testers highly praised, who prefer “minimalist” shoes, because he is your n Kick well cushioned , but still enough Ground feeling allowed . However, if you have a very firm, thick padded shoe you should go to another one Grab model .
Why you should trust our women's running shoe test
For the running shoe test for men and this article ran our testers in January 2018 almost 5. 500 km – this corresponds to the distance between Miami, Florida, and Portland, Oregon (and in fact we also had testers on site in both cities). For this test 29 women in five weeks almost 2. 500 km and in each pair Shoes round 150 km completed.
I also talked to five experts to find out what is important (and what is not) when it comes to running shoe design and how to find the right shoes for you:
I started with Jim McDannald, DPM , a podiatrist, treadmill and wirecutter employee based in Montreal.
I talked to Melanie Kann , a former running shoe seller and running trainer from New York. Her almost encyclopedic knowledge of every brand and practically every shoe sold has helped to translate a very long list into a testable field of pointe shoes.
My conversation with Paul Langer , DPM, podiatrist at Twin Cities Orthopedics and partner in a running shoe store, Fleet Feet Minneapolis , gave me insights into current research that shows how running shoes can (or cannot) affect runners' performance and risk of injury.
Jolan Browne, DPT , leading P physiotherapist im NYU Running Lab at the NYU Langone Orthopedic Center, explained the biomechanics of running to me.
Finally I talked to Golden Harper , co-founder of Altra Running . Harper's family was in the running shoe business, so he started taking shoes apart at a young age. As an adult, he developed a shoe with reduced heel cushioning for himself and his friends (he said this shoe felt more natural and comfortable). This shoe became the Altra shoe company, which specializes in no-drop shoes (VF Corporation, the Utah-based parent company of North Face and Timberland, recently bought Altra). Our testers had no contact with Harper when creating this article – they chose the Altra Escalante as the best low-drop running shoe regardless of the conversation with the founder.
I also read scientific studies on running shoes and sports injuries; I was supported by Wirecutter's science editor Leigh Krietsch Boerner . And I read many articles about street running shoes, including articles from Runner's World , Wired and The New York Times (the parent company of Wirecutter).
As far as I'm concerned, I've written many fitness-related articles for wirecutter. I'm a running trainer with certifications from USA Track and Field and the Road Runners Club of America, and I run in regional competitions.
Before I wrote this guide, I had spent countless hours researching my two favorite shoes – from New Balance and Merrell – on the Internet. I am not a “typical” runner: I tend to run on the forefoot and prefer light, minimalist shoes with little drop. I like fast short distances rather than long distance. I am on average tall (1, 68 m) and wear shoe size 38. When choosing the tester field, I made sure to recruit as many other types of runners as possible in order to achieve a balanced test result.
Who is this article for?
This article is aimed on the one hand at amateur athletes who run to stay fit; on the other hand also to more ambitious amateurs who regularly take part in competitions. A good pair of shoes is essential for amateur athletes , the wrong shoes can blister, broken cause toenails or worse.
The models in this guide were selected, to cover a wide range of sporting activities: Shoes, the the only couple of a leisure runner are, or a All-round option for competitive athletes who need a shoe for light or recreational runs. Some runners may find these shoes not padded enough for long runs or too heavy for races. This does not mean that you do not hear our recommendations for it e can be – many of our testers have our Top models for both the marathon training and on the tartan track used.
These recommendations are also suitable for Nordic Walkers; Those who go to the gym regularly should, however, apply different criteria: If you have a lot of Weight work or do aerobics, wear better Shoes with a flatter sole and less lateral stability.
In most cases, the men's and women's versions of the same shoe model identically constructed , apart from of width , length and color selection. There are a few women-specific shoes, but they are extremely expensive , and our opinion there are no striking arguments for gender-specific shoes. For these reasons we have these models for this Test Not used . We also have shoes sorted out, the special properties promise (ultra-light, ultra-padded, ultra-stabilizing or basically ultra – everything) – it was important for us to run as broadly as possible. D these additional categories but could in the future as updates in this n Shoe Consultant flow .
Neutral vs. stable running shoes
Most running shoe manufacturers divide their products into two main categories: neutral and stability shoes (or “ motion control ” ). In one neutral en shoe you can normal to run , it cushions and cushions your crotch . Stability shoes, however have a thicker Foam cushion in the area of the metatarsus (the so-called metatarsal bridge) . In the heel area they are usually stiffer to which the sideways movement of the foot to reduce .
With every step you pronate your Lead (ie turn to the inner edge) or supine (turn to the outer edge). Pronation allows your foot to adapt to the ground, and supination drives you forward, explain podiatrist Paul Langer and physiotherapist Jolan Browne. Both pronation and supination are necessary for running biomechanically (PDF ). Running shoe companies make two types of shoes: stable and neutral shoes – based on the assumption that some people's feet roll too far and this needs to be corrected. This overpronation or hyperpronation can cause pain in the feet, ankles and knees.
According to our experts, over-pronators are only a very small part of the population. Langer explained the pronation as a bell curve, with most people being located in the middle of the curve (they do not need additional support when running), and relatively few people whose feet are located at the extremes of the curve (over- or underpronation) . Dr. Langer and his colleague Dr. Jim McDannald point out that there is no medically clear definition of overpronation. Langer says: “[Überpronation] is an overused term, especially in running shoe retail, probably from early biomechanics and sports medicine textbooks from the 60 years The term is not based on a specific study and was never quantified. Basically, it is a dogma that has developed a kind of life of its own. ” And even if you overpronounce, the scientific community is still not sure whether shoes can actually reduce the associated risk of injury (PDF).
How should you decide which type of running shoe is right for your feet? Our experts recommend starting with neutral shoes and switching to stability shoes if you want more support or if a doctor or physiotherapist recommends it. Some “overpronators” can walk comfortably in neutral shoes – two of our testers usually wear stability shoes, but for us they are 20 km in neutral shoes and were satisfied with it. Other runners may simply prefer the feeling of a less flexible, more stable shoe.
What is heel-to-toe blasting?
“ Heel – to – Toe – Drop ”or in German“ Sprengung ” is the difference between the thickness of the shoe sole on the heel and that on the Forefoot (among the Toes) . Traditional Running or jogging shoes usually have one more voluminous Paragraph, at the front the foam pad is thinner. This then corresponds to an explosion of 10 mm to 12 mm. The provides more cushioning under the heel, as you can see in this diagram:
Round 90 percent of runners According to studies heel walker (“hind foot runner”), ie they first appear with the heel and then roll forward towards the toes. A smaller percentage of runners are midfoot or forefoot, i.e. they occur with the metatarsus or toes. Most running shoes have a higher heel-to-toe drop with a thicker, padded heel that helps the foot step on the heel.
The whole thing with the different running styles to say the least, complicated. Some followers of the natural running style claim that the excessively padded heels of modern running shoes promote heel walking. However, the research is not in agreement whether a forefoot or midfoot style is better or worse than a heel strike in terms of risk of injury. All of our experts agreed that your body mechanics (including your appearance) will adapt to what you are wearing on your feet, i.e. you change your movement patterns for each shoe to compensate for discomfort when running. This is further evidence that comfort, however you define it, is the most important factor in determining whether a pair of running shoes is right for you.
If you like a natural running shoe or have not found a traditional neutral shoe that fits you well, then a shoe with less heel clearance might be suitable. I prefer these shoes myself; as a forefoot runner, the high heel pad of neutral shoes feels uncomfortable to me. Many heel runners, including some of our testers, also love low-drop shoes. A low-drop shoe will feel very unfamiliar if you otherwise wear high-heel shoes and put additional strain on your calves at first. So it is best to break in a new pair of low-drop shoes first over shorter distances and only gradually increase.
How should running shoes fit?
Comfort is of course subjective. However, there are some general tips to keep in mind when choosing the right running shoe:
Choose the right width and length : Your feet expand and swell when you run, so wearing shoes that are too short or too narrow will almost inevitably lead to blisters and broken toenails. To avoid this, make sure you have at least a thumb's width between your longest toe and the front end of your shoe. Most people also want enough space in the toe box so that the nails do not hit the upper. It is also important to have a good fit on the heel to prevent the shoe from sliding up and down when you step on it.
Be flexible in choosing your size: Generally it is recommended to always wear a running shoe half or even buy full size larger than your regular shoe size. After talking to brand representatives and industry experts, it became clear to me that shoe size is more an art than a science. Shoes are typically designed around a so-called “last” shape – a three-dimensional model that mimics the shape of a human foot. It is based on the average size of the country in which the manufacturer is located (for Brooks, for example, it is a US 9 or 8½). Based on this standard, the additional sizes are scaled and converted to international sizes based on company-specific tables, so that the shoe sizes of each brand are slightly different. The bottom line: Use your usual running shoe size as a starting point, but don't be afraid to go up (or more rarely down) to find your best fit.
Compare shoes directly with each other: Although you might want to order a few pairs of shoes online , we recommend that you first get advice from a knowledgeable seller in a specialty shop. Try on a few shoes, pick the most comfortable, and then walk around the store with the right and left pairs of different pairs at the same time. Then change your shoes. “Ask yourself which shoe was the” most unobtrusive “and then buy it,” recommends Kann. You should also try different laces, e.g. Variants that grip the distance more tightly or leave more space in the forefoot. Too tight or too loose shoelaces – in the right or wrong places – can significantly affect the comfort of the shoes.
Buy purposefully: You should also consider what you do with the couple Shoes you want to buy, If it's speed, focus on weight and springback. If you are looking for shoes for longer distances, pay attention to the cushioning. “Think about where you are now and where you are in the next 500 to 800 km want to be, “says Kann. (This is how long a pair of shoes should last.)
This can mean that you should also buy more than one pair of shoes, which our experts fully support . “If you always wear the same shoes or the same type of shoe, it can affect the biomechanics,” said Dr. McDannald. “It is good to occasionally challenge your body by having to adjust to a different shoe. This way, one-sided loads can be prevented.” If you run on consecutive days, you can leave one pair of shoes “resting” while walking on the other; this allows the damping to spring back completely.
Do not assume that the latest version of your current shoes will also fit right away. “Often people are really fond of their favorite shoes – which can be problematic if the shoe manufacturers change details in the new model,” says Dr. McDannald. Can adds: “Every year or two you should readjust shoes. Your body changes – and shoes change too.”
Check return policy: Specialized running shops sometimes offer return periods of up to one Month for shoes. “Everyone can with a new pair of shoes on the treadmill 30 run for seconds, “says Kann. “What is more important: what happens if you 15 km ran outdoors? ” So make sure that the website offers reasonable return periods.
Do you need a woman-specific shoe?
“There are certainly anatomical, biomechanical and hormonal differences between men and women,” explains podiatrist Dr. Longer. “Women tend to have narrower heel bones and lower ankles and toe misalignment more often than men, and monthly hormonal changes can alter women's neuromuscular coordination and tendon and ligament elasticity.”
Some manufacturers, such as Altra and Adidas, have invested time and research into the development of special shoes for different genders, which based on anatomical foot differences . Other brands like Brooks, Mizuno, and Skechers focus on designing shoes with materials that conform to the wearer's foot and respond to their body mechanics regardless of gender. There are also differences in width: women's shoes are usually in B, i.e. a medium width, and then in A for s chmal or C for broad; Men's shoes are D for medium, C for narrow and E for wide. This gender neutral shoe design strategy can indeed be good for women with larger and / or wider feet (they can wear men's sizes) or for men with smaller and / or narrower feet (they can wear women's sizes).
“Even though there are differences between women's and men's feet, there is still a lot of variability within each gender,” said Dr. Longer. “But I wouldn't care less about whether a shoe was designed for women or men, but more about which shoe has the comfort features that every runner prefers for himself.”
For this article and the corresponding men's running shoe test we tested men's and women's versions of the same popular shoe models In most cases, the shoes were identical except for width, length and color. In some cases (eg Altra and Adidas shoes) the shoes showed tiny changes in detail in women's shoes, such as softer cushioning material and thinner heel cups a couple of high quality, women-specific shoes, but they're extremely expensive, given the advice of our experts, they're probably not worth the money, so we didn't use these models for this test.
This is how we put together our test field
Our first pre-selection resulted in almost 90 pair of shoes so we turned to our experts asking them to evaporate this list. Then we have the ratings on Runner's World , Running Shoes Guru , Competitor Running and RunRepeat and on Amazon as a further criterion.
We were looking for shoes the both soft steamed as well as springback are (“rebound” effect). These two properties often contradict each other: Additional damping swallows the kinetic energy rather than being returned. If shoes were explicitly advertised as combining both properties, we included them in the test field. If possible we preferred lighter models ; however, our experts pointed out that shoes are generally becoming lighter and lighter. Usually, most running shoes have a sole on the heel 10 mm to 12 mm thicker than the forefoot. Most of the shoes we kept on the list fall into this scheme; But since some runners prefer less heel cushioning and a flatter sole, we have included a few options with little or no heel drop (low or no-drop shoes).
The price was also important to us, so we set the limit at approx. 120 Euro drawn – you get good all-round shoes for this, special shoes are, as I said, considerably more expensive.
We finally chose 16 Shoes from 13 Companies decided: 12 “neutral” shoes and four stability shoes.
We have ordered every shoe on our list in triplicate:
- I have all Shoes in our test field in of size 3 8th ordered and am in order to at least on the treadmill and on the street one mile far to run.
- I recruited an egg n Panel of nine Runners who also wear size 8 . All testers rated all shoes according to their initial fit and comfort. Then everyone snapped Runner each one or two pairs for the long-term test .
- I also 16 female runners aged 22 to 61 years who can win a wide range of shoes H – and height cover . This testers belong mostly to two leisure running teams, the Hellgate Road Runners in Astoria, New York, and the Team Red Lizard in Portland, Oregon. each testers received two different pairs of shoes that she Wear over a period of five weeks should , with the task at least 2 5 km in this to run. The average mileage per testers and shoe was just under 50 km (runners are such high-flyers).
Most of our testers describe yourself self as “ ambitious ” RunnerInside . Lots going running, but some to jog Easy to stay fit. However, this “seriousness” was an advantage: each testers could extensive analyze how the shoes felt on their feet. We all have testers reminded that the shoes they tested , For average runners were intended and not , around your personal training goals to fulfill.
were rated :
Damping: The ability of a shoe to absorb or mitigate impacts was critical. We asked the testers both the Thickness the upholstery pillow as well as the quality of each individual shoe.
Springback : We defined the as ” a rebound effect that drives you while you to run. ” Our testers rated both how much they felt this effect and whether they liked what they felt.
wearing comfort : According to our experts, running shoes light and “weightless” during the race feel. We asked the testers who This wearing comfort should be included in the evaluation.
Soil feeling: Running shoes must protect your feet from the ground. However, you should also the unevenness and the structure of the floor through the sole can feel so you can compensate for this during the race .
Fit: The testers paid attention how the length, width and fit of your shoes changed over time . They noted how long it took for a shoe to break in .
sole and Guide : A good running shoe should cover the entire foot of a runner without constrictions, pressure – or chafe marks stabilize. It should be neither too soft yet Feel too tight. Around Mixture of To achieve fit and comfort, the testers were asked to rate both the upper and the sole separately.
Weight: In the pre-selection we preferred lighter shoes; but one Gram value on a scale is just an abstract number. Our testers should also the subjective “heaviness” of the shoes on her feet rate .
Design : Many runners pay attention to whether their shoes are attractive designed are, that's why we have the testers to your opinion on r optics of the running shoes asked.
Where we tested
Our testers completed nearly 2 . 500 Asphalt kilometers in any weather – from the sun and heat of the US Virgin Islands to the bitter cold of the wintry northeast to rain and Wind of the Pacific Northwest and the desert climate of Las Vegas. The runners walked primarily on asphalt or pavement , but also occasionally on gravel roads, ash tracks, snow and ice . Since the tests took place in January, some runners also switched to the treadmill.
Detailed test report: Brooks Ghost 10
No other shoe came with the comfort and versatility of the Brooks Ghost 11 – the next generation of the series and the Successor of our previous test winner – close, which is why we still recommend the shoe. The upper consists of a spacious mesh toe box, a padded tongue, stretchy laces and a comfortable heel counter. The 12 – mm -The sole is padded, but not excessively strong; it feels robust and stable. In our update test, our running testers raved about the gho st 11 : they were even better than the ghost 10, the material is even more stretchy and the elastic sole dampens even better than before. “They just softened the sole to such an extent that it is still responsive and still very comfortable,” wrote one participant who had tested both versions for us.
Die Fit and comfort of the Ghost 11 are the ghost 10 similar, if not better. About the Ghost model 10 one tester said she would have preferred the sole to have more squish, especially with longer runs on the sidewalk. However, the same tester was convinced of the improvements mentioned earlier. “I am very impressed,” she wrote. “I would seriously consider just walking around in it.”
Most testers thought that the ghost fit like a glove. They are comparatively light for an all-purpose shoe and they have proven themselves in our tests to be highly reactive and yet protective, with a solid hold on a wide variety of surfaces. Our runners were amazed that the Ghost didn't have to be broken in first. A tester who trained for the Boston Marathon took the Ghost 10 run for one kilometer. She said she had a hard time judging because she barely noticed the shoes while running – that was exactly what our experts were looking for. “I don't usually walk long in new shoes, and certainly not in a shoe I've never taken a step in before,” she wrote. “I was pleasantly surprised.” With the seat of the Ghost 11 she was just as happy.
We are not alone with our enthusiasm. The shoes are now for the seventh time in a row Editorial recommendation of Runner's World ; the side emphasizes the shoe as particularly ideal for new runners and as a versatile, higher-quality recommendation also for competition runners. They also received from RunRepeat considerable 98 of 100 points and thus achieved a top position on the list of the best running shoes – you can't do much wrong with it.
The Ghost 11 are in women's sizes 35, 5 bis 44, 5, available in three different widths and in different color options. Chances are that you will find your shoe in the perfect fit and style. Also since Brooks his ladies shoes are no different designed as for men , women with the size 40 or larger also the color and size options of the men to choose from.
Although our testers were very happy with the fit of the Ghost, you should buy it a size larger if you have to wear orthotics or insoles; one tester noted that the toe of the front of the shoes leaves relatively little space for the toes, even though it doesn't have exceptionally high feet. However, given the variety of sizes available, we are confident that almost anyone can find a pair that is right for them.
Detailed test report: Skechers GOrun Ride 7
If our top recommendation is sold out in your size, you could use the Skechers GOrun Ride 7 like. Its almost seamless upper material gives it a very good fit, which our testers described as extremely comfortable. The sole is padded and surprisingly light and springy – a formula for success that is difficult to top. Usually, a shoe with a lot of padding feels heavy and does not spring dynamically enough – but not with the GOrun Ride 7.
The 6 mm heel of this shoe ensures a flatter sole than the Brooks Ghost 10 – but although this drop is smaller than with many other shoes, none of our testers bothered it. Our athletes rather emphasized the good suspension of the shoe, which is probably due to the rocker-like shape of the sole. An athlete ran 11 km in ride 7, over half of it at a faster pace and remarked: “They felt super natural and allowed me to increase the pace without having to torture myself … I hardly noticed them – that is exactly what I like about a shoe “. A tester was also very pleased that thanks to the stretchy upper material, her shoe inserts easily found space in the Skechers – with other shoes this was not always possible.
If you are wondering ” How long has Skechers been making serious running shoes? “, You are not alone – several testers have expressed similar skepticism. The marathon runner Meb Keflezighi has been supporting the brand since 2011 and the Skechers GOrun Ride 7 is the seventh iteration of the shoe. Skechers only launched the GOrun Ride 7 shortly before our test, so there were only a few reviews from other specialist media at the time of this writing. But the blogger of Doctor of Running was able to test the shoes and was “blown away”. The men of Road Trail Run also gave him a top rating in the all-round running shoe category.
The Ride 7 is our runner-up because some testers complained that they couldn't feel the ground clearly enough due to the thick damping material; the shoe also has a slim fit. A tester feared that the relatively smooth sole might not have enough traction even on wet surfaces – but this fear was not confirmed in practice.
The GOrun Ride 7 has a perfect length, but is narrow in width. The shoe is available in six colors, but no wider variant is offered. Since the only difference between men's and women's shoes from Skechers is the range of sizes, women with larger feet can also choose from the six colors of the men's model.
Bonus: Depending on the size and color, the Skechers are available at Amazon from around 49 Euro, it belongs therefore one of the absolutely cheapest shoes in the test field.
Detailed test report: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18
All of our testers praised the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 , our recommendation for runners who want or need a motion control shoe. The four runners who tried this stability shoe (and the three others in our test field) call themselves overpronators, and each of the four found that the adrenaline was comfortable and the shoes hardly had to be broken in. The main reasons for the top comfort of the Adrenaline are the elastic upper, the spacious toe box and the stretchy laces. (The laces of this shoe are the same as the Brooks Ghost 10, the adrenaline is anyway similar to the ghost in many ways).
A tester wrote: “This is one of the most comfortable running shoes I have ever tried on! It feels comfortable on my feet, nowhere does anything rub, the shoe sits comfortably everywhere despite my wide feet and my hollow foot. ”
The adrenaline has a well-padded sole with 12 – mm-blasting, which does not completely swallow the bumps; too often, stability shoes have soles so rigid that it is almost impossible to feel bumps such as cracks or potholes. One of the testers was pleasantly surprised by the excellent traction on every surface – from the treadmill, concrete pavement, asphalt or dirt road to grass and snow.
Like the Brooks Ghost short Runners World the adrenaline GTS 18 to the Editor's Choice – ” since nearly 20 years a reference product – and it gets better and better “. A male reviewer at Running Shoes Guru gave him a 9 out of 10 points and referred to him as “the recommendation for over-pronators”.
There were only a few criticisms. A tester found the adrenaline a bit too heavy, especially for fast races; for leisurely runs or for long distances, she still liked to put it on. She also liked the feather comfort of the shoe. Some runners who normally wear neutral shoes found the Adrenaline's sole cushioning too tight and the upper too tight.
The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 is very precise, you can also order it in a narrow or a wider version. 12 colors are available Selection, (however, as with the Ghost, not all colors are available in all sizes). Women with larger feet can also access the men's models here (from size 40), there is also an additional one 10 design variants.
Detailed test report: Altra Escalante
The Altra Escalante is a good choice for runners who already know they prefer low or no drop shoes, or for those who want to try a barefoot shoe. The testers emphasized the low weight, the spacious fit and the completely seamless upper. A tester said: “I was surprised that a shoe can be so stable and flexible at the same time” – which is exactly what Altra tries to achieve with this design.
(We interviewed Golden Harper, co-founder of Altra, as part of our research for this article. However, our testers did not contact Harper during the tests – they chose the Altra Escalante as the best low-drop shoe regardless the conversations.
testers don't like the Escalante only that they love it and rave about both the fit and the look of the model. The Escalante – like all Altra shoes – differs fundamentally from most other running shoes. Typically, such models have an explosion of 10 mm to 12 mm, whereby the heel of the foot sits one centimeter higher than the toes; Altra shoes are completely flat. The Escalante (and all Altra shoes) have a very spacious toe box; According to Altra's website, this is meant to support toe movement throughout the stride. For this reason, you should buy this shoe based on your foot length (and not the width), especially if you are wearing an intermediate size. When changing from neutral shoes to the Escalante, it is advisable to start with shorter running distances and then gradually increase so that the calves and Achilles tendon are not overused from the start.
Other media also praise the Escalante: Runner's World chose the shoe as Editor's Choice , with good suspension and an extremely dynamic sole. RunRepeat gives him 95 of 100 points ; the Altra ranks behind the Brooks Ghost 10 because of its “optimal damping” and the solid construction in second place. The review also noted that the Escalante “managed to convert a number of other brands' followers to Altra.” So if you're considering a no-drop shoe, try it.
The ladies escalante is available in six colors in the sizes 35, 5 to 43, 5. Altra constructed the women's shoes differently Lich, so that we can not guarantee that the Escalante in larger men's versions is also suitable for women.
More women's running shoes in the test
The Mizuno Wave Rider 21 just missed a top position because the shoe usually falls half Size smaller than models from other manufacturers, which makes ordering online difficult. Many testers praised the excellent springback of the Wave Rider 21 and the firmly padded sole with 12 mm detonation. However, some testers noted that they would prefer the shoes for shorter runs.
Although many testers of the New Balance 880 v7 “good hold”, “springy running feeling” and ” easy break-in “, others complained that the shoe lacked sufficient cushioning for long runs:” I have a 10 km run and my forefoot un d my toes on my left foot hurt a lot at the end. Very frustrating “.
The thickly padded heel area and the extra spacious fit were both a blessing and a curse for the Adidas Supernova Most of the testers loved the soft running feeling and the lively rebound: “It felt like I was walking on clouds and that Springback was amazing, “wrote a tester. Others found the shoe too much of a good thing:” The upper material gives little grip … and the heel cushioning is exaggerated “. Some testers found the shoe too big.
There was agreement about the good fit of the Under Armor Charged Bandit 3 and the comfort of the shoe. However, those testers who ran longer distances in the shoe were not as exuberant. The sole was described as “flat”, “blunt”, “stiff” and “rigid”. Another tester complained about his traction and said, “If I had to choose not to run at all or to run on a muddy track, I would always stay at home.”
The entry of the fully padded Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34 took longer than with other shoes we tested. Testers also criticized that the Pegasus 34 in the standard width was cut relatively narrow, and some were skeptical whether the shoes had enough traction on smooth surfaces. On the other hand, they liked the stylish design of the shoe.
The Reebok Harmony Road came on our list because Runner's World marked the shoes as “best debut”: Our testers praised the comfortable and stabilizing midfoot bridge and the spacious toe box, as well as the light feel of the ultra-padded 10 mm-heel sole. For some, however, the shoe was too well padded, and a tester said that the Harmony Road felt “a little chunky”. In fact, “chunky” was a word that appeared in some test reports and ultimately made this shoe lag behind our top recommendations. Even though we generally don't overestimate the fashion aspect of running shoes, nobody liked the look of the Harmony Road. “These shoes look rather inharmonious,” wrote a tester.
Note: After the end of our test phase, Reebok released a second version of the shoe, but which has no significant change compared to the tested variant. Nevertheless, we will keep an eye on the model for future updates.
Despite its comfortable appearance, the New Balance 860 v8 with his 10 mm- Drop sole gives testers a firm, springy feel. Since it is less versatile due to its slightly too high weight, the New Balance just missed a top position. It is suitable for simple or long runs, but not if you want to run fast, for example in competitions.
The testers praised the supporting upper material of the Asics GT 2000 v6 – model that is comfortable, firm Shock absorption and the sure-footed feeling in any terrain, but this shoe was too narrow in the “medium” option. However, it is also available in a larger width in some color variants.
A tester loved the “quick and easy” feeling of Nike Zoom Structure 21 , others criticized the lack of suspension and damping. The worst criticism came from a runner who, despite having different socks, experienced numbness in two separate runs. Two testers also reported that the shoelaces kept coming loose.
The Hoka One One Clifton 4 polarized: Some testers liked the curved, rocker-like sole with its 6 mm drop, others found the fit and the running feeling uncomfortable. Although I like minimalist shoes, I found them remarkably smooth and light. A less satisfied tester complained, “I thought I was going to get a luxurious, pillow-like running experience, but it felt like I was walking in bricks.”
The On Cloudflow has a firm sole with 7 mm heel drop and thus differs significantly from everything else in our test field. On the one hand, a tester liked how light the shoe was and how springy it felt both on the sidewalk and off-road. On the other hand, another complained about too little support in the midfoot area. Most testers attested a good fit, one runner felt that the cloud flow was a little long and narrow.
The Topo Fli-Lyte 2 is characterized by a wider toe area, an anatomical fit and a small drop of 3 mm and is therefore similar to the Altra Escalante. A tester praised the generous toe box, the low weight and that you hardly feel any pressure marks, even in wet road conditions. The parallels ended, however, when the testers described the feeling of running as “stiff” and “clumsy”, even though the shoes themselves weren't heavy.
Outlook: These new women's running shoes are coming up
We test soon new versions of our Top models the Brooks Ghost 11 and Altra Escalante 1.5 . In the future we want light test competition shoes and more padded models for long distances runner. Also “ smart “Shoes with microchips and software for A Analysis of the biomechanics de r Carrier in are on our test program.
- Jim McDannald, DPM, Podiatrist, running trainer and wirecutter employee, Montreal , telephone interview, 28. November 2017
- Melanie Kann, running coach, New York City, personal interview, December 1 2017
- Paul Langer, DPM, Podiatrist at Twin Cities Orthopedics and partner in the running shoe business Fleet Feet Minneapolis , Tele foninterview, 23. January 2018
- Jolan Browne, DPT, lead physiotherapist in the NYU Running Lab in the NYU Langone Orthopedic Center , telephone interview , 24. January 2018
- Golden Harper, Co-founder of Altra Running , telephone interview, 21. December 2017
The article “The best women's running shoes in the test” is the German translation of the article “ The Best Running Shoes for Women ” of wirecutter.com . The test was conducted in the United States and was first published in English on the Wirecutter website. The translation is based on the version from 13. 7. 2018. The CHIP test center was not involved in the investigation. We removed products that were not available from Amazon Germany at the time of translation.