Although it might seem merely cosmetic at first glance, women’s running shoes do differ from men’s in terms of shape, support, and pronation control. A women’s shoes generally have a more flexible sole, more lightweight midsole material, a narrower fit (particularly in the heel), and added pronation control. The same categories of pronation control apply here: neutral, motion control, and stability, and you’ll find minimalist designs too. Choose your shoe based on the correct size, the pronation control you need, and any preferences you have in the way of cushioning. Keep in mind that shoe fit varies between brands (read some reviews for fit clues) and avoid buying a shoe based on looks alone.
Here, you’ll find aggressive tread patterns for traction, highly durable materials to protect your foot, and the possibility of waterproof or water-resistant materials for wet-weather protection.
These shoes are for running on asphalt and concrete. Lightweight materials and low-friction tread patterns help you fly across hard surfaces.
Minimalist shoes keep things simple and allow your feet to flex and absorb impact naturally. Ultralight uppers, cushioning, and soles are their hallmarks.