The 8 best running shoes for women who want to look good while exercising
If you’re going out for a run, consider slipping on one of these eight cool kicks that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are fit for your workout.
It always helps if you look good while working out too – aside from having a pair of running shoes that protect your feet, don’t disregard the aesthetic side of things, too.
We’ve picked out some fly pairs for the ladies that rank high on both performance and looks – and we promise they don’t come in overtly saccharine palette of pink, purple or pastels that only appeals to five-year-olds.
ASICS GEL-KAYANO 27, S$259
You may already know about the lightweight foam in the shoes that gives extra bounce and the gel pockets that boost shock absorption but did you know that the ladies version of this shoe features an extra 3mm of midsole height to reduce strain on the Achilles? Now you know.
NIKE REACT INFINITY RUN FLYKNIT, S$239
Designed to reduce running injury, the Flyknit combines Nike’s React technology and the benefits of racing shoe Zoom Vaporfly 4% to provide a soft (read: lots of foam cushioning in the sole), responsive shoe for runners who love the feeling of running on clouds.
SAUCONY KINARA 11, S$111
A firm favourite with serious runners, this award-winning pair – Runner’s World’s Best Running Shoes for Every Type of Run, Gear Patrol’s Best New Running Gear for Spring 2020 and Conde Nast Traveler’s 9 Best Running Shoes: “Best for Speed” – uses a premium midsole and FORMFIT technology that increases durability and bounce.
Its lightweight, flexible sole is designed to quickly transition from landing to take-off at a snap.
APL TECHLOOM WAVE, US$245 (S$335.79)
The original APL running shoe was famously banned by the NBA for providing an unfair competitive advantage to its wearer. But that didn’t stop founders Adam and Ryan Goldston from pursuing their dream of creating the world’s most luxurious and innovative athletic footwear.
Enter this pair of tech-forward running shoes. The high-elastic 3D stretch TechLoom Upper is dynamically woven to move with the feet while the proprietary Propelium technology provides unparalleled support and cushioning.
VIBRAM V-RUM WOMEN, US$130 (S$178.17)
They may look like socks at a glance but bona fide runners will attest to its prowess. Tested on the world’s highest peaks and in extreme temperatures, its thin sole construction allows the runner to better feel the run. Talk about a true barefoot running experience.
ON CLOUD CLOUDVENTURE WATERPROOF, S$269
In a nutshell, this is a pair of lightweight, waterproof trail running shoe with extreme cushioning and grip. The advanced On membrane is waterproof yet breathable.
The Missiongrip outsole combines multiple grip patterns so you always stay close to the ground, no matter the terrain. Its Zero Gravity Cloud cushioning absorbs impact on inclines. The elastic loop feature on the tongue helps keep your lace ends from trailing over wet ground or becoming a trip hazard.
UNDER ARMOUR UA HOVR PHANTOM 2, S$229
This sock-like shoe isn’t just a shoe. It is part of an intelligent system that helps you become a better runner. The shoes comes equipped with UA MapMyRun that offers real-time coaching and training plans.
The shoe’s proprietary UA HOVR technology (helps eliminate impact), UA HOVR foam (offers souped up cushioning) and SpeedForm 2.0 sockliner (underfoot support) gets you safely across the finish line.
NEW BALANCE FUELCELL SPEEDRIFT, S$279
Speed demons rejoice. Designed for optimal performance, the Speedrift allows your feet to feel the sensation of drifting, thanks to a Pebax plate that delivers enhanced spring and responsiveness with each stride.