7 Best Sneakers For Women, 100+ Shoes Tested in 2022

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7 Best Sneakers For Women, 100+ Shoes Tested in 2022

With over 2000 women’s sneakers to choose from, selecting the best and right one for your beautiful feet can easily turn into a nightmare. It’s a good thing that RunRepeat’s sneaker-doting queens are here to tell you which ones are worth your time and money.

Whether you’re into chunky kicks or minimalist tennis shoes, we got you covered. We even went the extra mile by buying and weartesting the shoes ourselves to know which one is indeed the best choice. So, if you’re in dire need of our help, just sit back, relax, and read on.

How we test sneakers

Imagine choosing the best sneaker out of over 2000 models from 60+ brands. That will surely take a lot of time. So to help you out, we already did all the dirty work for you. To find the best one, here’s a rundown of some of the things we did:

  • As mentioned, we buy the shoes with our own money and wear them like crazy. No free shoes were used to avoid biased or one-sided reviews.
  • Apart from testing the shoes out ourselves, we also collect reviews from other users and experts.

And since we already have a bunch of data on hand, we might as well put these to good use. CoreScores are calculated (based on all the data collected) and are assigned for each shoe. The ones with the highest scores are the most liked.

Best sneakers overall for women

Nike Air Force 1 07
Nike Air Force 1 07

CoreScore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 189,854 users

Pros

  • A classic
  • Lasts for years
  • Great summer shoe
  • For active and semi-formal attires
  • Roomy toe box
  • Excellent, basketball-type traction
  • Snug fit
  • Adds inches to your height

Cons

  • Heavier than expected

Verdict

Want to know what the best women’s sneaker is in our books? The answer is Nike’s Air Force 1 07. 

Yes, this shoe isn’t in any way new. In fact, it’s an old-style that’s been around for years, and this is what makes it so appealing! Just look at it, it has a retro look that never goes out of style. 

More about its looks, we’re sure every gal in the room will agree that this sneak sure looks cute. We tried the neutral-hued AF1 07 kicks and enjoyed every second of it. It looks good with almost everything. It’s so easy to style, it’s the shoe we’d put on every day without any second thoughts.

Now, this wouldn’t be the best sneaker for women if it isn’t comfy and durable. As mentioned, we used this every damn day and each time, it just feels cozy-cool on feet. Yes, it isn’t in any way as bouncy and light as your Air Max kicks, but they’re comfy, PERIOD. 

Part of the reason why this shoe is so comfy is its cool interiors. Despite its crisp leather upper, this shoe still feels breezy, all thanks to the perforations. Surprisingly, these tiny holes actually work. They also last for years, which is a plus!

So, for just $90, this sure is worth it. We can’t wait to see more of this in cute colors. Once we do, we’ll buy one for sure without second-guessing. 

Nike Air Force 1 07 full review

Best tennis sneakers for women

Adidas Stan Smith
Adidas Stan Smith

CoreScore

93
Superb!
4.7 / 5 from 419,174 users

Pros

  • Classic silhouette
  • Numerous colorways and collaborations
  • Easy to style
  • Durable
  • Weatherproof

Cons

  • Runs large
  • Lack of support
  • Takes some time to wear in

Verdict

When it comes to tennis-turned-lifestyle kicks, the first shoe that comes to mind is the Adidas Stan Smith. It’s a classic, it’s minimalist, and it's a style icon through and through. True, this has been around for ages (1965 to be exact). But this one still tops the list when it comes to the best tennis sneaker. 

Choosing the color that will work for you is downright confusing considering the numerous options. We, however, just had to get the classic white Stan Smiths with the signature green heel tab. Why? Since we’re a bunch of vintage-loving shoe geeks, we might as well stick with the most classic-looking of them all. 

Style-wise, this kick is just so simple and basic. Honestly, there’s not much to tell. But, thanks to its no-frills look, you can wear this with almost anything. We tried pairing this up with jumpsuits, tie-dye skirts and ripped jeans, and it just looks great.

What’s also great about these sneakers is that you can wear this rain or shine. Its leather upper is weatherproof. Small puddles were nothing against its water-resistant upper. Cleaning it up is also easy so don’t worry too much about stains. Gunk and mud can be easily removed by just wiping them off. 

When it comes to fit though, you might need to size down. It runs large and its leather insole tends to get slippery, so getting that snug fit is ideal to experience its cozy interiors and to avoid heel slips and the like. Overall, it’s a good buy for its price. Just a word of advice, though, make sure to wear socks with these. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Adidas Stan Smith full review

Best mid/high top sneakers for women

Converse Run Star Hike
Converse Run Star Hike

CoreScore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 10,248 users

Pros

  • Stylish
  • Uniquely-modified Chucks
  • Comfy
  • Elevated
  • Lightweight
  • Pairs well with any attire
  • Supportive

Cons

  • Gets dirty easily
  • Laces are too long
  • Lacks traction

Verdict

Looking for the best high-top sneaker for women? Look no further. When it comes to women’s high-top sneakers, the first place goes to Converse Run Star Hike. 

If you’ve seen it, you’d know why. Converse somehow managed to breathe new life into their classic Chucks and add tons of spunk into it. The result is the Run Star Hike. 

Its spiky platform sole just looks crazy cute! Yes, it’s definitely something that would get anyone’s attention. So, if you’re planning to strut these kicks, make sure to do it confidently. 

We wore these and we couldn't help but smile the whole day. A day with these kicks on equates to a day filled with compliments - not just from family and friends, but also from bystanders. 

Now, one thing worth mentioning about these chunky kicks is their cozy interior. The thick soles didn’t just amp up the shoe’s looks, but they also boosted its comfort levels through the roof. So, for that, Converse deserves a pat on the back. 

Unfortunately, this sneak’s canvas upper is a dirt-magnet, So, you might want to choose the dark-hued colorways. But, if you have time to brush the dirt off, the white is still a great choice. We personally like it since it’s a color perfect for summer and it’s also easy to style. 

Overall, we really dig the look of these kicks. It simply gives us that runway look that you wouldn’t often get in a pair of classic Chucks.

Converse Run Star Hike full review

Best Nike sneakers for women

Nike Tanjun
Nike Tanjun

CoreScore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 410,194 users

Pros

  • Secure fit
  • Nice in-shoe feel
  • Like running on the clouds
  • Breathable
  • Durable
  • Matches many outfits

Cons

  • Tight toebox
  • Weird sole
  • Break-in period

Verdict

The Nike Tanjun is comfortable, lightweight, breathable, extremely durable, and has a price that fits! Buy them. You won’t regret it!
Nike Tanjun full review

Best chunky sneakers for women

Puma RS-X3
Puma RS-X3

CoreScore

91
Great!
4.6 / 5 from 2,211 users

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Neck-breaking futuristic style
  • Premium materials
  • Highly recommended
  • Durable
  • Well-ventilated
  • Affordable

Cons

  • A bit tight forefoot

Verdict

Yes, chunky kicks are still in! And if you ladies are looking for a pair of comfy, high-quality, and nice-looking pair of chunky sneakers, your best bet is the RS-X3 from Puma. 

True, this shoe has been around for a few years, but who’s counting?! What matters is that they still look gorgeous. 

And have you seen the colorways of these shoes? There are so many, it’s hard to pick which one is the best. The pink ones look so dreamy. But then again, if you’re the practical type, the neutral-colored ones are a smart choice since they go with everything.

Comfort-wise, these shoes’ multi-layered RS cushioning didn’t fail to impress us. They’re so supportive and bouncy, long walks and short runs felt like a walk in the park. They’re just so darn comfy! 

Now, if your feet are a bit broad, just note that this shoe’s toe box might feel a bit cramped. So, it’s best to consider sizing up a bit. Once you do get the right size, everything else is history.

One more thing worth mentioning is its quality. For $110, these shoes’ materials look so premium. The stitchings are also perfect. Puma really did a fine job and we’re loving every bit of this retro, chunky kick!

Puma RS-X3 full review

Best value sneakers for women

Vans Authentic
Vans Authentic

CoreScore

91
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 131,999 users

Pros

  • Eternal silhouette
  • Fits true to size
  • Durable canvas upper
  • Breathable
  • Easy to slip on and off
  • Perfect lifestyle shoe

Cons

  • Could use some more padding
  • Vans' canvas shoes always attract stains
  • Not a great year-round sneaker

Verdict

When it comes to budget-friendly women’s sneakers, Vans is the place to be. And if you want the best of them all, the spot goes to the very first Vans shoe ever created - the Vans Authentic.

After over 50 years, this classic shoe is still seen all around the globe and it’s easy to see why. Apart from its $50 price tag, this shoe comes with a look that never goes out of style. It’s so clean and simple, it’s the type of shoe you’ll choose to wear every single day because it goes with everything.

We got the all-white color that effortlessly blends with any outfit. Name it - this just looks good with anything, including skirts, rompers, and skinny jeans. It’s better, though, to keep these away from mud and gunk because these shoes’ canvas upper are difficult to keep clean. 

On the upside, the canvas material in these sneaks is pretty durable and airy. We walked for miles on these kicks under the hot summer sun and our feet felt cool and dry all day. Now, since it’s airy, it’s obviously not water-resistant. So, don’t expect these to keep your feet dry once it rains.

When it comes to comfort, this honestly can use more cushioning and arch support underfoot. But considering its price, who are we to complain?! After all, it’s still a cute pair of kicks that are made to last.

Vans Authentic full review
Author
Sheena
Sheena

Sheena is a wordsmith turned sneaker addict. Her sneaker fixation intensified as her passion for writing grew. A hands-on mom of two sweet yet spunky kids (plus three dogs and two cats), she finds solitude in leafing through shoe catalogs to find the next "it" sneaker. Scrutinizing hugely popular and underrated kicks is her favorite pastime.