Whether you’re training for a race this fall or just want to get motivated, these hot new running shoes will help you complete your goals. There are a number of newer versions of popular fan favorites that have been around for years as well as intriguing new options. Many shoes have a range of fresh colors and styles, not to mention more lightweight material along with improved support and cushioning. If your feet are a tricky size, keep in mind that some models come in wide, regular, and narrow widths. It’s also a good idea to choose a shoe that matches your level of pronation, such as neutral or moderate. If you’re ready to spring for a new pair of shoes, here’s a look at the latest and greatest options for fall 2015. Shopping on a budget? Check out these top best running shoes for women under $100.
1. Brooks Womens Ghost 8
The Brooks Ghost is a highly popular neutral running shoe. Many runners rave about the soft cushioning and superb fit, and this latest Ghost model is no exception. This model features a segmented crash pad to ensure smoother heel-to-toe transition and maximum efficiency. Whether you’re gearing up for a marathon or just want a reliable road shoe, you’ll appreciate the newly engineered mesh to help keep feet cool and dry. With a weight of just 8.8 ounces, your feet will feel light and energetic on runs of any length. The Ghost 8 is best for those with medium to high arches.
Price: $114.99 – $120.00
- Soft cushioning
- Weighs 8.8 ounces
- Best for medium to high arches
- A bit stiff
- Runs narrow
- A few consumers complain of blisters
2. New Balance Women’s Vazee Pace Running Shoe
The women’s Vazee Pace is a lightweight neutral running shoe geared towards speed. Weighing in at just 6.5 ounces, these are the shoes you’ll want to use for faster running workouts. Don’t let its lightweight construction fool you, though, as this shoe is outfitted with REVlite foam to ensure the proper amount of midsole cushioning. This latest model features a sleek and comfortable midfoot bootie design that acts as a second skin for your feet. Other highlights include lightweight support where it’s needed most and a no-sew material application. Available in regular and wide.
Price: $99.95 – $109.95
- Neutral cushioning
- Weighs 6.5 ounces
- Ideal for faster runs
- Rigid soles
- Could have more arch support
- Runs small
3. ASICS Women’s GT-1000 4 Running Shoe
The newest version of the Asics GT-1000 features a new upper mesh construction for enhanced breathability and cooling. Supportive overlay reinforcements also provide protection for your feet without feeling too bulky or cumbersome. An impact guidance system absorbs shocks and offers the right amount of support. The midsole is soft and bouncy, keeping your feet feeling fresh and light as you pound the pavement. This shoe is best for mild to moderate overpronators and comes in narrow and wide.
Price: $89.95 – $124.97
- New upper mesh construction
- Soft, bouncy midsole
- Available in narrow, regular, and wide widths
- Runs narrow
- Stiff cushioning
- Can take awhile to break in
4. Brooks Women’s Glycerin 13
The women’s Brooks Glycerin 13 comes with optimal pressure zones to help spread out impact, keeping feet happier and pain-free on the road. These road-oriented shoes are also equipped with upper overlays for added structure and flexibility. Another highlight is the adaptive midsole cushioning. Runners of all levels will appreciate the conforming saddle construction, which hugs the feet to ensure a comfortable and snug fit. The rounded heel ensures better alignment and less stress on your joints. This 9.3 ounce shoe caters to runners with medium to high arches.
Price: $144.99 – $150.00
- Best for medium to high arches
- Adaptive midsole cushioning
- Conforming saddle construction
- Wears a bit quickly
- Some consumers wish there was more cushioning
5. Saucony Women’s Breakthru Running Shoe
The Breakthru is a lightweight trainer for everyday running demands. With a weight of 7.3 ounces, this neutral shoe keeps feet feeling light and free on runs. Features include a heel-to-toe platform with just the right mix of cushioning and responsiveness. There’s also a supportive upper with minimal overlays to ensure adequate cushioning and breathability. You can use this shoe on the road or the track thanks to a moderate amount of cushioning that provides support in all the right places. This shoe is ideal for those with normal to high arches.
Price: $88.99 – $99.99
- Lightweight everyday trainer
- Weighs 7.3 ounces
- Can be used on track or road
- Low heel
- Feels stiff
- Very bright exterior colors
6. SKECHERS Women’s Go Run Ultra 2
The Skechers GOrun Ultra 2 is an updated version of the popular GORun Ultra. The new model features a soft midsole and more rigid outsole for enhanced support and cushioning. Many runners find that this extra cushioning ensures a comfortable ride on runs of any distance and intensity, including long distance runs and recovery runs. Another benefit is aggressive traction control, which keeps your feet steady on all types of terrain. This shoe promotes a mid-foot strike and features a 4mm heel drop without the insole and an 8mm heal drop with the optional insole.
Price: $79.95 – $114.99
- Aggressive traction control
- Extra cushioning
- Great for runs of any distance and length
- Tight toe box
- Limited color options
- Not available in narrow or wide widths
7. ASICS Women’s Gel-Cumulus 17 Running Shoe
Now on its 17th version, the highly popular and award-winning Cumulus continues to change and evolve. Don’t worry if you’re a fan of the older models, as the latest edition remains true to its roots in many ways. However, there are several new changes to celebrate. For example, the 17 has a new FluidRide midsole for improved cushioning and support. There’s also a sleek new seamless construction for a better fit and less irritation as you run. Forefoot and rearfoot gel cushioning keeps feet feeling supported and pain-free. This shoe, which caters to underpronators and mild overpronators, weighs 9.4 ounces. It’s also available in narrow, regular, and wide.
Price: $109.95 – $139.97
- Improved cushioning and support
- Seamless construction
- Best for underpronators to mild overpronators
- Runs small
- Lacks arch support for higher arches
- A bit narrow
8. Altra Women’s Torin 2.0 Running Shoe
This heavily cushioned shoe is ideal for running, walking, fitness, and core training. The Torin 2.0 features a plusher midsole along with improved durability in the upper and outsole portions of the shoe. Your feet will stay cool and dry thanks to the quick-dry air mesh upper, which promotes airflow and circulation. This shoe is designed to improve toe splay and running form. It also stands out for its superior stability and comfort. In fact, at least one consumer likens the shoes to a pair of fluffy slippers. A zero drop platform ensures a more natural alignment and low-impact landing.
Price: $119.99 – $129.99
- Quick-dry mesh upper
- Designed to improve running form
- Heavily cushioned
- Frustrating laces
- Wide heel
- Runs small
9. Saucony Women’s Ride 8 Running Shoe
Tired of struggling to find wider or narrower shoes? You’ll appreciate the fact that the latest Ride is available in wide, regular, and narrow widths. There are also three color schemes: coral, silver, and deepwater blue. Standout features include heel-to-toe cushioning for a smooth and responsive ride. There are also no-sew overlays for a better fit without the added bulk. The latest Ride model is also constructed with an eco-friendly and lighter weight injection blown rubber material that provides more cushioning than traditional rubber. This innovative material helps to fortify and protect the outsole zones. Runners seeking a neutral support with plush cushioning will particularly like this latest model. The shoe weighs 8.5 ounces and is available in narrow, regular, and wide.
Price: $100.00 – $195.00
- Comes in wide, regular, narrow widths
- Lightweight injection blown rubber material
- No-sew overlays
- Runs small
- Could have more cushioning in toebox
- Not as many color options as some other manufacturers
10. Women’s Newton Running Motion IV
Want a shoe that can keep up with your distance running demands? The Motion IV delivers, making it a top choice for endurance training and racing. It also works well as a daily training shoe that holds up well on faster tempo runs or during a race. This shoe is built with optimal forefoot and heel coverage to keep pain at bay. One new feature is an extended medial bridge along the outsole to provide additional comfort for runners. This is particularly helpful for controlling pronation and providing support for runners with flatter arches. If you’re running in low light conditions, the 360 degree reflectivity adds an element of safety.
Price: $135.00 – $182.69
- Ideal for endurance training
- Plenty of forefoot and heel coverage
- 360 degree reflectivity
- Limited color choices
- Not available in wide or narrow widths
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