10 Best Training Shoes For Women in 2022

Nicholas Rizzo
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10 Best Training Shoes For Women in 2022

Like any other sports- and fitness-related domain, the training shoe market for women is dominated by Nike and Adidas. In terms of sales and popularity, no one else comes close to these two. But is it the same when it comes to performance?

Here at RunRepeat, we consider it our mission to test more than 200 ladies’ training shoes ourselves so that we can tell facts from exaggeration. 

We present here our top picks, and you can rest assured that this is based on actual experience instead of the promised performance. Hence, you can expect to get acquainted with brands other than Nike and Adidas here.

How we test training shoes

When we took to ourselves the task of separating the excellent from the good, we knew that objectivity is of utmost importance. To make sure of that, we do the following:

  • Test shoes in different workout situations.
  • Use our own funds to purchase the shoe.
  • Gather feedback from other athletes who reviewed these shoes.

Besides our qualitative assessments of training shoes for women, we also come up with a quantitative CoreScore, which helps us rank and compare all these trainers.

Best training shoes overall for women

Nike Metcon 7
Nike Metcon 7
£90
£90
£103
£111
Top pick

Corescore

88
Great!
4.3 / 5 from 350 users
91 / 100 from 16 experts

Pros

  • True to size
  • Stable
  • Awesome grip
  • Very comfy
  • No break-in period
  • Lightweight
  • Very breathable
  • Amazing durability

Cons

  • Not for wide feet
  • A bit pricey

Verdict

This shoe is made to be comfortable, versatile, and performs at a high level, and it hits them all on the head. It is expensive, but they hand you everything you would expect with your money - killer lockdown, great cushion, versatility, and overall performance. Whether you are looking to hit your PR or repping it out to failure, these will be the shoe for you.
See our full review and facts
Nike Metcon 6
Nike Metcon 6
£99
£127
£130
Also great

Corescore

91
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 2,049 users
92 / 100 from 22 experts

Pros

  • Excellent all-arounder
  • Most stable trainer
  • Very comfortable
  • Most breathable Metcon
  • Great lateral support
  • Good for jumps
  • Perfect for rope climbs
  • Comes with Hyperlift inserts
  • Very durable
  • Super grippy

Cons

  • Not for running
  • Not for wide feet

Verdict

The experts unanimously agree that the Nike Metcon 6 is a superior training shoe. One reviewer goes as far as calling it his “favorite training shoe to date,” while another one finds it “the most well-rounded training shoe” on the market. The consensus is that it is THE best Metcon yet.
See our full review and facts

Best crossfit training shoes for women

Reebok Nano X
Reebok Nano X
£66
Top pick

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 19,687 users
94 / 100 from 15 experts

Pros

  • Versatile gym and CrossFit shoe
  • Superb stability for lifting
  • Secure fit and heel support
  • Very durable
  • Spacious toebox
  • Excellent grip
  • Solid lateral support
  • Edgy style
  • Best for weightlifting
  • Doubles as an everyday sneaker

Cons

  • On the heavier side 
  • Not for 2+ mile runs
  • Frail on rope climbs

Verdict

“One of the best” is the consensus among experts regarding the Reebok Nano X. As befits a Nano, it is a versatile cross-trainer which is “not too great at anything, just pretty good at everything.” It is agreed to be a “one-stop-shop” for workouts “IF you are not running.” Contrary to the brand’s statement, the X is not as “runnable” as the experts have hoped.
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Reebok Nano X1
Reebok Nano X1
£49
£67
£88
£88
Also great

Corescore

88
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 8,921 users
89 / 100 from 14 experts

Pros

  • More versatile, less crossfit-specific
  • Upper hugs the foot
  • Lighter than Nike Metcons
  • Cushioned for short runs 
  • Great traction on gym floors
  • Secure lockdown
  • Plenty of toe space
  • Stylish enough for casual wear

Cons

  • Collar rubs the heel
  • Tongue slides a bit
  • Not the best for weightlifting

Verdict

The Nano X1 lives up to its lineage's name, but gears away from Crossfit-centered functionality. Reebok now describes it as the shoe for "ultimate fitness." It is designed for people who love to train hard and don't want to be limited by just one type of workout. As it is not a specialty training shoe for one type of workout, it comes with a couple of restrictions. Keep in mind that it can only go so far when it comes to lifting and running.
See our full review and facts

Best workout shoes for women

Nike Free Metcon 4
Nike Free Metcon 4
£91
£95
£95
£100
Top pick

Corescore

88
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 601 users
88 / 100 from 6 experts

Pros

  • Very plush
  • Solid platform
  • Grippy
  • Lightweight
  • Breathable
  • Durable
  • flexible

Cons

  • Not for wide feet
  • Expensive
  • Not suitable for cycling or running
  • Not for shallow arches

Verdict

The Nike Free Metcon 4 is a great shoe for an all-around application. If you want to buy one shoe to do most of your exercise needs, I don’t think you would regret the Nike Free Metcon 4. They are not running shoes, but they will get it done in a pinch if you need to pump out a mile or two at the end of your routine.
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Nike Legend Essential 2
Nike Legend Essential 2
Also great

Corescore

85
Great!
4.1 / 5 from 1,055 users
100 / 100 from 1 experts

Pros

  • Insanely cheap
  • For light & moderate gym exercises
  • Doubles as a casual sneaker
  • Lightweight
  • Breathes well
  • Snug fit
  • Adequate grip
  • Looks great

Cons

  • Not for wide feet
  • Not the most durable

Verdict

Apart from crucial comfort, other reasons why the Nike Legend Essential 2 works great as a workout shoe is that it provides stability and flexibility. This combination of attributes yields excellent support to let the wearer perform their workout efficiently. To top it off, this Nike training shoe is budget-friendly, offering great value for money.
See our full review and facts

Best weightlifting training shoes for women

Nike Romaleos 4
Nike Romaleos 4
£180
£181
Top pick

Corescore

89
Superb!
4.4 / 5 from 154 users
91 / 100 from 12 experts

Pros

  • Excellent stability
  • Premium materials and craftsmanship
  • Better lockdown with two straps
  • Comfortable for a lifting shoe
  • Breathable
  • Efficient traction
  • Appealing looks

Cons

  • Heel might slip for some
  • Not for wide feet

Verdict

Nike's fourth iteration of the Romaleos has been welcomed with wide arms by most lifters. The shoe's updated design includes a supportive midsole, wide and flat outsole, and two broad straps over the laces. These features have received high remarks in the stability and comfort departments. The mentioned misfire is reported to be not that bad and tolerable. Overall, the Nike Romaleos 4 is an excellent addition to your rotation.
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Nike Savaleos
Nike Savaleos
£99
£99
Also great

Corescore

77
Good!
3.6 / 5 from 56 users
86 / 100 from 6 experts

Pros

  • Versatile for a lifting shoe
  • Superb stability
  • Reasonably priced
  • Secure lockdown
  • Velcro doesn’t damage laces
  • Excellent grip
  • Visually appealing
  • Great for beginners

Cons

  • Not for heavy weightlifting
  • Not for wide feet

Verdict

It's clear that the Savaleos from Nike is designed to adequately perform in both lifting and working out. If you're looking for footwear that can switch between these two endeavors, this shoe could be the answer. However, if you're a dedicated lifter, investing in a specialized lifting shoe is better. In a nutshell, the Nike Savaleos is a versatile, entry-level lifting shoe that could double as a workout buddy.
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Best value training shoes for women

Nike Renew In-Season TR 10
Nike Renew In-Season TR 10

Out of stock in all 34 shops

Nike women's training shoes  
Top pick

Corescore

85
Great!
4.6 / 5 from 3,033 users
N/A

Pros

  • Comfortable in-shoe feel
  • Well-cushioned
  • Supportive construction
  • Budget-friendly
  • Quite durable
  • Breathable
  • Sleek design

Cons

  • Not for wide feet
  • Not for Crossfit

Verdict

The Renew In-Season TR 10 is a women's exclusive Nike workout shoe that highlights plush cushioning, comfort, and energy return. This is brought on by the readjustment of the Renew midsole to be deeper than its older sibling. Despite a few minor misfires, the Nike Renew In-Season TR 10 is still a competitive workout shoe and provides the essentials, making it worth the try.
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Adidas Futurenatural
Adidas Futurenatural
Also great

Corescore

82
Good!
4.4 / 5 from 258 users
N/A

Pros

  • Very springy
  • Great for jumps
  • Impressive grip
  • Perfect for quick multidirectional moves
  • Very light
  • Stable for moderate lifting
  • Well-made
  • Highly unique design
  • Cozy upper
  • Doubles as an everyday sneaker
  • Recycled materials used

Cons

  • Lacks a pull tab
  • Narrow shoe opening

Verdict

The Adidas Futurenatural is a training shoe designed to be an ideal companion in a wide range of exercises. It highlights a futuristic design, a foot-mimicking shape, and a wide base for stability. It is most recommended for gym sessions, agility-based moves, sprints, and short runs.
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What are the cheapest women's training shoes in 2022?

  1. Reebok Nanoflex TR - from £21
  2. Puma Fuse - from £22
  3. Puma Provoke XT - from £27
  4. New Balance 577 v5 - from £41
  5. Puma Enzo 2 - from £41
  6. Under Armour Charged Aurora - from £41
  7. Inov-8 F-Lite 270 - from £41
  8. Nike SpeedRep - from £41
  9. Under Armour Charged Breathe TR 2 - from £42
  10. Reebok Mega Flexagon - from £43
  11. Nike Legend Essential 2 - from £46
  12. Nike Renew In-Season TR 11 - from £48
  13. Reebok Speed TR - from £51
  14. Nike City Rep TR - from £51
  15. Under Armour TriBase Reign 3 - from £54

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Author
Nicholas Rizzo
Nicholas Rizzo

Nick combines 10+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry and a background in the sciences in his role as the Fitness Research Director. During his competitive powerlifting years his PRs have him sitting in the top 2% of bench presses (395 lbs), top 3% of squats (485 lbs) and top 6% of deadlifts (515 lbs) for his weight and age. His work has been featured on Bodybuilding.com, LiveStrong, Healthline, WebMD, WashingtonPost, and many more. Along the way, collaborating with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.