Women's Running Shoes


Support is a spectrum that ranges from neutral shoes, which support the natural motion of the foot, to dedicated stability models, which feature motion-control technology that guides the wearer's stride. Stability shoes are often favored by overpronating runners. The material that absorbs the impact of the wearer's foot against the ground. Cushioning may vary in overall amount, density, and firmness. Generally, the more cushioning utilized, the "softer" a shoe will feel underfoot. A shoe's "drop" is the height difference from the heel of the shoe to the forefoot. Shoes with a higher drop tend to be favored by runners who land heel-first. Lower drops are often favored by forefoot or midfoot strikers.
Due to variances created during the development and manufacturing processes, all references to drop heights are approximate.
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Women's Running Shoes

Storm Reid wearing NB activewear and a pair of Fresh Foam X 1080s Storm Reid wearing NB activewear and a pair of Fresh Foam X 1080s

The Fresh Foam X 1080

The Fresh Foam X 1080

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The FuelCell Rebel

The FuelCell Rebel

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Our Best Running Shoes for Women

Speed-seeking. Responsive. Comfortable. New Balance is proud to offer a carefully cultivated collection of women's running shoes that are designed for the ideal, responsive run. Our running shoes for women are designed to support, protect, and cushion while creating a responsive ride, run, and experience.

Lightweight and Comfortable for Running on the Road, Trail, or Track

Whether you're looking for women’s running shoes that feel faster-than-fast or you're looking for comfort that outlasts your longest miles, you can easily find high quality women’s road running shoes, women's track running shoes or women's trail running shoes that move you. From light, breathable, minimalistic styles to structured, protective styles we have a shoe for every type of runner.

With New Balance running shoes for women, you do not need to choose between function and fashion. We are proud to offer fresh, exciting styles that are as modern as they are timeless - created with an ideal balance of aesthetics and function in mind.

How should women’s running shoes fit?

The best women’s running shoes should feel like a natural extension of your foot that’s comfortable, snug, but never too tight. Ideally, your running shoe should fit with a ½ to a full thumb’s width of room between the front of the shoe and your big toe, leaving enough room to wiggle your toes freely without the shoes feeling loose.

What is the best way to wash running shoes?

Spot cleaning is the best option for cleaning your running shoes and encouraging longevity. Opt for dish soap, hot water, and a rag (or an old toothbrush if you’re dealing with stubborn debris) to spot clean mud and stains from your running shoes. Then, stuff your shoes with newspaper and let them air dry—position them in front of a fan for faster results.

How do I pick the best running shoes for me?

The process of finding the best-fitting woman’s running shoe is as unique as every runner. The best approach is to thoroughly research your options and determine what your unique fit needs might be. It also helps to evaluate how you will be using your running shoes. Do you plan to use them for a competitive edge on race day? Are you more interested in a supportive shoe for trail running? Filter your searches on our site to explore the different options in running shoes for women that prioritize stability, motion control, cushioning, and beyond.

What are the best running shoes?

Like most shoes, finding the best running shoe for your preferences will depend on unique factors like your foot, arches, goals, and stability needs. The best running shoe will offer the ideal balance of softness and stability, comfortable fit, and the preferred amount of cushioning for comfort and longevity.

How do I break in my running shoes?

The perfect-fit running shoe still might require a bit of a break-in period for optimal wear. Before you head off on any long runs, it might be beneficial to wear your shoes for shorter runs, activities around the house, and for low-impact running exercises to give them time to properly break-in. While this break-in period will likely be short, it’s best to allow a little time before lacing them up for a long run or a big race.