Best Overall Women's Running Shoe
Brooks Ghost 9 - Women's
For the second year in a row, our Editors' Choice Award for women's road shoes goes to the Brooks Ghost 9 - Women's
. The Ghost remains the Editors' Choice for its balanced performance in comfort, weight, durability, and responsiveness. This iteration of the Ghost didn't score a perfect 10 in a single category, but it earned high numbers across the board. The neutral support, coupled with the highly adaptive and cushioned sole, makes it the most versatile combination in this review. The fit design for the Ghost respects female anatomy, accounting for the narrower heel and wider forefoot. The balance of features in this model makes the Ghost 9 an ideal daily trainer at a great price of $120. This is an all-around classic road shoe.
Best Bang for the Buck
ASICS Gel-Cumulus 18
The Asics Gel Cumulus 18 - Women's
won our Best Buy Award for many of the same reasons that the Brooks Ghost 9 was our Editors' Choice Award winner. The Cumulus accommodates a wide range of runners with the postings in the outsole that provide a dash of stability. We appreciate the mega even and comfortable ride delivered through the extensive guidance features. While prices for the Ghost and Cumulus are close, the durability of the outsole, gel cushioning, and upper in the Asics model make it a great buy.
Top Pick Award for Comfort
Brooks Glycerin 14 - Women's
Our most comfortable shoe is the Brooks Glycerin 14 - Women's
. It's also one of the most stable. How? Flex grooves allow a smoother transition from the heel to toe, plus the Super DNA midsole has great cushioning. We love this shoe.
Top Pick Award for Support
Nike Air Zoom Structure 20 - Women's
We can't get enough of the Nike Air Zoom Structure 20 - Women's
. We adore the neutral running shoe for its stability and supportive ride. It has extra protection for those romped up workouts over unforgiving pavement. For the price, adding the Nike Air Zoom Structure 20 into your gear rotation is a no-brainer. It's a great way to mix up a more traditional shoe collection. The Nike design team nailed some great color combos with the Structure 20's overlay design and we found ourselves wearing these with our everyday attire.