Are some running shoe brands better than others for females?
You can recommit to your fitness goals by choosing the best running shoes for females by Stringer Sports. No matter if you’re taking up long-distance running, planning on a marathon, or just starting a socially distant jogging regimen, investing in a high-quality pair of shoes is always a good idea for females. To figure out the best running shoes for females, we spoke to a variety of runners, from experts and fitness influencers to regular runners.
“So what is the best running shoe right now for females?” The question has been asked too many times. It would be nice to have the option of naming the best shoe every year, giving a star rating (9 out of 10), or simply giving a thumbs up or thumbs down to new shoes.
There is no easy answer to this question. Different types of running shoes are designed for different kinds of feet, strides, and running styles. Even though it may be my “perfect” shoe for one person (which is a myth), it may be completely wrong for another person. It is possible that the very characteristics that I like in a shoe may make it uncomfortable for you.
Most brands have a variety of shoes for various runners, from minimal racers to motion-control masters. The fact is that each shoe company has a unique last – the shape of a foot around which the shoe is built. So if one Adidas shoe fits your foot shape, arch height, and toe length, another on the same last is likely to do the same.
Moreover, each company also has different lasts for different shoe categories. For example, the Brooks Launch last differs significantly from the Brooks Ghost last. At the same time, a different last underpins the New Balance Fresh Foam than the New Balance V4 series. Companies constantly change their designs, so what you liked last year might no longer be relevant.
There is almost no way to generalise the performance characteristics of one entire brand of running shoes. There are a ton of different models offered by big brands like Nike and Asics, ranging from minimal cushion to maximum cushion, stability to neutral, race-oriented to training-oriented, high-cost to affordable.
Here are some points that justify whether some running shoe brands are better than others or not.
Target market: Asics running shoes are aimed at more performance-oriented athletes who do not place a high priority on style, while Nike running shoes target both performance and style-conscious athletes.
Technologies and foam types: Nike uses a wide variety of technology for its cushioning, such as Zoom, Lunar, and Free, and a variety of upper construction technologies, such as FlyKnit and Flywire. On the other hand, Asics shoes are made with EVA foam and GEL technology.
Currently, Asics only makes running, cross-training, and volleyball shoes. Compared to Asics, Nike makes shoes for just about every sport. Additionally, Nike is a larger and better-funded company, allowing them to produce a broader array of running shoe models at a faster pace. Also, Nike spends more on marketing than Asics, so they have more overall appeal.
In general, proclaiming that one brand performs “better” than the other is a claim that simply cannot be substantiated by facts. Some models are better than others, but even then, this is highly dependent on individual preferences.
The bottom line is that running shoes and runners are too diverse to be able to provide an overall rating. There is only one question a shoe guide or shoe guy can answer for you: “Would this shoe be comfortable for someone like me?”.
A highly trained staff at Stringers Sports Store can provide you with complete sizing and fitting services in-store. Doing so can ensure that the shoes you wear are comfortable, regardless of their brand. We have the best shoes on the market, so drop by today to find your perfect fit. You can shop online if you are unable to visit our store.