7 Best Running Shoes For Walking For Women in 2022

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7 Best Running Shoes For Walking For Women in 2022

You don’t have to spend extra money to get a pair of walking shoes. If you’re a runner, you can use your pair of running shoes to cover for your walks. 

For the ladies who are unsure which running shoes fit walking the best, this list will help you. 

We ran and tested several women’s running shoes, and came up with our top ten picks from different categories.

How we test running shoes

All the ladies’ running shoes for walking on this list have gone through a ton of tests. We’ve grilled them down to the nitty-gritties in our independent shoe testing facility. 

And to keep everything fair and even, we also rigidly follow these processes: 

  • Buy them with our own money
  • Run in them for 30 to 50 miles
  • Cut them open
  • Measure their parts in 30 different parameters
  • Calculate their CoreScore through thousands of expert and user reviews

 

Best running shoes overall for women

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 70,269 users
91 / 100 from 18 experts

Pros

  • fits true to size
  • secure fit
  • great stability
  • gusseted tongue
  • soft but not mushy
  • superb durability
  • no lace bite

Cons

  • not for speedy runs
  • could be lighter

Verdict

Thanks for making our daily runs nice and stable, Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21! The upper hugged our feet well, and the midsole is balanced - it's neither mushy nor too rigid. It just kept our motions in check, preventing any excessive movements. It's certainly not a light shoe, but having tested its precursors, we can say that Brooks is heading in the right direction! Apart from support, what stood out to us also is its tank-like durability.
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Best road running shoes for women

Brooks Glycerin 19
Brooks Glycerin 19

Corescore

91
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 38,169 users
89 / 100 from 24 experts

Pros

  • Plushy 
  • Wide-feet friendly
  • Tongue stays put
  • Perfect midfoot lock
  • Soft and stable ride
  • Durable
  • Great grip even on dirt roads
  • Roomy toebox
  • Smooth ride
  • Perfect for daily runs

Cons

  • Lacks pep underfoot
  • Too warm for summer days

Verdict

The Brooks Glycerin 19 is Brooks' softest running shoe yet. It's a long-time favorite daily trainer that's built on comfort and stability. It's not peppy, but if you're looking for a consistent ride, this is it. As a true Brooks, it's a shoe that's built to last!
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Best trail running shoes for women

Nike Juniper Trail
Nike Juniper Trail

Corescore

81
Good!
4.2 / 5 from 668 users
82 / 100 from 1 experts

Pros

  • Great lockdown
  • Fits true to size
  • Lightweight
  • Comfy
  • Affordable
  • Sturdy
  • Good lacing system

Cons

  • Forefoot can slip over the edge of the midsole
  • Lack of rock plate
  • Grip is pretty bad on anything technical

Verdict

The Nike Juniper Trail is an affordable off-road shoe that seems ideal for beginners and people who want a little more grip for easy trails. With durable materials, trail-specific design features, and an excellent ground feel, this is an excellent choice for compact dirt and gravel trails.
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Best Asics walking running shoes for women

Asics Gel Kayano 28
Asics Gel Kayano 28

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 8,715 users
91 / 100 from 11 experts

Pros

  • Familiar Kayano fit
  • Roomier toebox
  • No lace bite
  • Added pep 
  • No medial post
  • Lost weight
  • Kayano durability

Cons

  • Heel slipping
  • Overly plush
  • Runs warm

Verdict

Still staying true to its Kayano roots, we found the Kayano 28 retaining its hallmark on stability and support while seeing some updates to amp up comfort and flexibility. And with better flex, the shoe was just overall fun! Although designed as a daily trainer, we found it fitting as a standalone shoe that you can take out of the closet during race day and on long, slow miles.
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Best Nike running shoes for women

Nike Free Run 5.0
Nike Free Run 5.0

Corescore

83
Good!
4.3 / 5 from 11,914 users
86 / 100 from 1 experts

Pros

  • Insane lightness
  • Glove-like fit
  • Heel loop
  • Easy lacing system
  • Super breathable 
  • True to size
  • Comfotable as an everyday slipper
  • Extremely flexible

Cons

  • Short runs only
  • Lack of proper outsole
  • Insole not removable

Verdict

Ah, the Nike Free Run… Calling this a running shoe is a stretch, but there’s still a vestige of folks out there in the minimalist fan group that likes the slipper-like feel of Nike’s long-running “Free” lineup. The 2021 update steers back toward a less bizarre-looking shoe than we saw in 2020 but continues with the ultralight and ultra-flexible design.
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Best value running shoes for women

Nike Quest 4
Nike Quest 4

Corescore

75
Decent!
4.2 / 5 from 255 users
N/A

Pros

  • True to size
  • Wider than other Nikes
  • Breathable
  • Durable
  • Very affordable 
  • Grippy thanks to mini lugs
  • Sleek modern looks
  • Great, secure fit
  • Outstanding weight

Cons

  • Not a springy ride
  • Short runs only

Verdict

At the entry level, there’s usually not a ton to review or write about, but the Nike Quest 4 fills a niche with a trendy-looking shoe at a bargain price. If you desire that Nike swoosh and have less than $80 in your pocket there aren’t many options, but surprisingly this stylish trainer fits the bill and isn’t all that bad!
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Author
Jovana Subic
Jovana Subic

Whether it's a vertical kilometre or an ultra, climbing in the Alps or exploring local mountains, Jovana uses every opportunity to trade walls and concrete for forests and trails. She logs at least 10h/week on trails, with no off-season, and 4x more on research on running and running shoes. With a background in physics and engineering management, she prefers her running spiced with data.