10 Best Long Distance Running Shoes For Women in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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10 Best Long Distance Running Shoes For Women in 2022

Durability, cushioning, and stability are key to choosing the perfect running shoe for long distances for women. Whether going for a weekend solid long slow distance (LSD) session or prepping for a marathon, wearing a shoe that comes with a fine-tuned cushioning to absorb ground impact, as well as energy return and responsive technology are crucial to get that I-could-run-forever feeling.

For us, ladies, of course, we don’t just settle for less when it comes to women’s long-distance running shoes. But there is a gazillion of options available out there. So how do we know we pick the best shoe that suits our needs? This is where we come in.

We have tested over 100 shoes to find out which ones will make the cut for our top selection.

How we test running shoes

Our aim at RunRepeat is to make the lives of runners easier and more fun. One thing we can achieve is by providing them with the most recent updates and honest reviews about the best running shoes available so that they can pick the perfect shoe for their training and long-distance races.

Here is our process:

  • We buy running shoes with our own money.
  • We go outside and run. After logging in 30 miles or more, we take note of everything – our personal experience running in each pair of shoes.
  • Not only that, but we also cut the shoe open, literally, to see everything and gain more perspective.
  • Intricately, we check and measure 30+ parameters that contribute to the overall performance of the shoe
  • We curate available feedback from real runners, shoe experts, and regular users of the shoe.
  • For fast and easy comparison, we present all the gathered data in a summary format.

Finally, each shoe we tested and dissected receives a CoreScore. You will see a number from 0 to 100 that shows how great (or not so great) a particular shoe is against all other models.

Best women's long distance running shoes overall

Brooks Ghost 14
Brooks Ghost 14
£100
£111
£128
Top pick

Corescore

93
Superb!
4.7 / 5 from 30,995 users
91 / 100 from 15 experts

Pros

  • All about comfort!
  • True to size
  • Lots of padding
  • Smooth ride
  • Really stable, even on light trails
  • Breathable
  • Great out of the box
  • Built for longevity (500 miles, easily)
  • Great grip 

Cons

  • Lacks breathability for hot summer days
  • Not the best for long distances

Verdict

The Ghost 14 from Brooks really fits the bill as the shoe for all runners. It's a workhorse that's comfy enough for easy days, responsive for tempo sessions, and is heavy-duty to handle light trails. Overall, a no-fuss daily trainer that will work for all your runs!
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Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit 2
Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit 2
£92
£131
£155
Also great

Corescore

87
Great!
4.3 / 5 from 1,602 users
89 / 100 from 19 experts

Pros

  • Exceptional flywire lacing
  • Soft & cushioned ride
  • Great for heavier runners
  • Incredible grip (road)
  • Very breathable
  • Padded heel collar
  • No heel slipping
  • True to size
  • Durable 

Cons

  • Tongue rips apart
  • Lacks pop for tempo runs
  • Slippery on snow and ice

Verdict

In the Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit 2, our feet just felt locked in place! And even after rough wear testing, this daily trainer proved itself a durable shoe. It's loaded with lots of cushion that's not too soft nor too rigid, making it supportive and ideal for heavy runners. As a daily running shoe, it sticks to what it's designed to do - it's not going to make you run fast, but it does offer a smooth, easy ride.
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Best road long distance running shoes for women

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22
£113
£128
Top pick

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 5,723 users
95 / 100 from 8 experts

Pros

  • Fits true to size
  • Promising durability
  • Stability for all directions
  • Improved aesthetics
  • Phenomenal grip
  • A firmer, faster midsole
  • Consistent in all conditions
  • Reliable daily runner

Cons

  • Very heavy
  • High price point for stability aimed at beginners
  • Midsole is too hard for some

Verdict

One of Brooks’ most revered and popular stability shoes gets a well-needed modern update for 2022. This daily runner is loved by many because it’s seen as the Jack of all trades running shoe thanks to a bi-directional correction for different over-pronation. With fresher looks, it’s now an even more attractive option.
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Brooks Glycerin 20
Brooks Glycerin 20
£137
£148
Also great

Corescore

88
Great!
5.0 / 5 from 5 users
92 / 100 from 2 experts

Pros

  • Plush cushion
  • Awesome step-in feel
  • Responsive ride
  • Breathable during hot days
  • Tank-like build
  • Weighs less than it looks
  • Great-value choice
  • Comfortable fit
  • Grippy even on wet road and gravel

Cons

  • Laces don't stay tied
  • Blocky ride

Verdict

"The hype is real." This is how runners find the Glycerin 20 from Brooks. They even hail it as the best Glycerin to date. With its luxe comfort and a touch of pop, it's a fun and lively workhorse that works perfectly for recovery days and long miles on the road. Overall, the Brooks Glycerin 20 is a tried-and-true daily trainer that's a cozy and reliable pick for both beginners and seasoned road runners.
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Best trail long distance running shoes for women

Altra Lone Peak 5.0
Altra Lone Peak 5.0
£74
£76
£99
£99
Top pick

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 5,179 users
89 / 100 from 19 experts

Pros

  • Great for wide feet
  • Superb grip (rocks, mud, ice, snow) 
  • Stiff and durable 
  • Sheds mud easily
  • Great water drainage
  • Balanced and stable ride
  • Removable Ortholite insole
  • Great for road-to-trail transitions
  • Extremely breathable
  • Rock plate for technical terrain
  • Gaiter-friendly
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • No ground feel
  • Too cold for winter days

Verdict

The Altra Lone Peak 5.0 is a trail shoe that will make you run with confidence! It's sturdy underfoot, supportive, and it's got the right blend of comfort and responsiveness. Throw in any terrain, and this shoe will bite its way through them!
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Nike Wildhorse 7
Nike Wildhorse 7
£82
£101
£108
£108
Also great

Corescore

85
Great!
4.6 / 5 from 507 users
73 / 100 from 9 experts

Pros

  • True to size 
  • Superb grip in dry conditions
  • Rock plate for extra protection
  • Semi gaiters keep the debris out
  • Built for off trails
  • Pushes you to run
  • Great for hiking as well
  • Awesome looks

Cons

  • Needs breaking in
  • Runs hot
  • Heel might slip
  • Not for a wide forefoot

Verdict

Pacing it through rocky and off-trail terrain, hands down, the Nike Wildhorse 7 just rocks! It made each of our steps confident and its protection just took everything to a whole new level. For a trail shoe, this is what we consider comfortable. It's not pillowy soft but has enough give to keep the foot cushioned and strain-free. All of this, however, comes at the price of heft.
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Best value long distance running shoes for women

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38
£59
£76
£76
£81
Top pick

Corescore

86
Great!
4.3 / 5 from 2,306 users
88 / 100 from 21 experts

Pros

  • Wider than Pegasus 37
  • Very stable ride
  • Peppy toe-off
  • Hugs your feet 
  • Padded upper
  • Very durable (400-500miles)
  • Grippy even on dirt roads
  • Legit workhorse
  • Doubles as a gym shoe
  • A joy to run in

Cons

  • Runs warm
  • Above-average weight

Verdict

If there's one thing we can't take away from the Pegasus 38, it's that it's the GOAT of all workhorse shoes in our arsenal! It oozes with plushness, stability, and pop. It can do slow days, tempo sessions, and even gym workouts. If you want a fun ride, take the Pegasus 38!
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Asics Gel Venture 8
Asics Gel Venture 8
Also great

Corescore

80
Good!
4.5 / 5 from 49,005 users
N/A

Pros

  • True to size
  • Secure fit
  • Extremely durable
  • Grip on wet, muddy surfaces
  • Responsive
  • Very comfortable
  • Little to no break-in
  • Feels light and not bulky
  • Super affordable

Cons

  • Narrow toebox
  • Sweaty on hottest summer days

Verdict

At an affordable price, the Asics Gel Venture 8 does a fantastic job on the trails! It's extremely grippy even on wet and muddy sections, comfortable, and secure. And all these come in a light and durable package! The Gel Venture is a shoe we'd consider for anything short to mid-distance.
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What are the cheapest women's long distance running shoes in 2022?

  1. Adidas Duramo 10 - from £25
  2. Salomon Sonic 4 Balance - from £26
  3. Reebok Lite Plus 3 - from £28
  4. Adidas Supernova - from £32
  5. Adidas Sensebounce+ Street - from £32
  6. Reebok Floatride Fuel Run - from £34
  7. Asics Jolt 3 - from £35
  8. New Balance FuelCell Propel v3 - from £38
  9. Asics Gel Contend 7 - from £38
  10. Salomon Predict Soc - from £40
  11. Nike Juniper Trail - from £40
  12. Under Armour Surge 2 - from £42
  13. Asics Gel Venture 8 - from £44
  14. New Balance Nitrel V4 - from £44
  15. Adidas Fluidflow 2.0 - from £45

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Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.