I am a firm believer in the importance of having the right gear for any activity you choose to take on. I learned the hard way that you cannot skimp or go for looks alone when choosing the proper footwear for running. Choosing looks or a cheap price tag over bio mechanics is a surefire way to get an overuse injury. It all starts at our feet. If they are not properly supported, the odds of getting an injury further up the chain increase greatly.
Pronation is part of the natural movement of the human body and refers to the way your foot rolls inward for impact distribution upon landing. Understanding your pronation type can help you find a comfortable running shoe.
When I look for a running shoe, I want one that offers stability without adding too much weight, and one that adds plenty of cushion for a comfortable landing. Below are my top 2 picks for the best women’s running shoes of 2019.
#1: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19
Brooks has a long history of offering a great stability shoe that is durable, supportive, well-cushioned, and is more lightweight than a good deal of other stability or motion control shoes. Each year, Brooks seems to make great improvements to an already superior shoe. This has now become my “Go To Shoe” for running. I am a mild to moderate over-pronator and prone to medial knee pain. I have had no issues since switching to this shoe.
Updates made to the GTS 19:
- GuideRails Holistic Support System
Brooks has listened to runners and shifted its focus beyond the feet, to the most injury-prone part of a runner’s body: the knees. GuideRails keep excess hind foot movement in check while not compromising comfort.
- Balanced, Soft Cushioning
BioMoGo DNA and DNA LOFT cushioning work together to provide a soft landing underfoot while maintaining responsiveness and a durable construction.
- Modern Look and Fit
Engineered mesh and the 3D Fit Print saddle pulls from the heel and wraps around mid foot for a secure fit while giving an updated look. No need to compromise fashion for fit with this stylish yet functional shoe.
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 Specs:
- Support: Stability
- Midsole Drop: 12 mm
- Weight: 9.6 oz/272.2 g
- Arch: Medium to High
- Experience Type: Cushion
- Technology: New GuideRails Holistic support system, New DNA Loft Crash Pad, DNA Midsole
- Average Consumer Rating: 4.5 Stars
- My personal Rating: 5 Stars
#2: Asics GT 2000 7
The GT-2000 7 is made for Neutral and Overpronation. Asics is known for their rear and forefoot Gel technology that provides a nice cushion, and their DuoMax support technology that optimizes stability and support. Asics has lead the pack for many years and was long my go-to running and walking shoe. They provide ample support and a roomy toe bed for comfort.
GT 2000 Product Features:
- Extremely lightweight mid sole material provides continuous cushion
- SpevaFoam™ Midsole Material improves rebound and durability of mid sole
- Rearfoot and Forefoot GEL® Technology Cushioning System reduces shock during impact and toe-off phases. It is a bit more rigid than cushioning in other brands
- ASICS design philosophy is said to enhance the foot’s natural gait from heel strike to toe-off.
- Guidance Trusstic System™ Technology allows for great mid sole support while improving gait efficiency.
- Dynamic DuoMax™ Support System offers great stability with reduced weight and increased platform support.
- Guidance Line® Midsole vertical flex groove allows for enhanced gait efficiency.
- ASICS High Abrasion Rubber placed in critical areas of the out sole for exceptional durability.
- Sockliner with exceptional moisture management
- A new two-layer engineered mesh upper that has a wider and taller toe box
- A stiff heel counter that keeps heel locked in to place
Asics GT 2000 7 Specs:
- Support: Stability
- Heel-To-Toe-Drop: 9.7 mm
- Weight: 8.6 oz
- Arch: Medium to High
- Experience Type: Cushion; Stiff
- Average Consumer Rating: 4.4 Stars
- My personal Rating: 4.5 Stars
Brooks or Asics-Two great shoes
Brooks has proven itself to be responsive to the ever-changing needs and wants of the average runner. They continue to improve function while maintaining a good deal of fashion. I have been injury free since switching to Brooks Adrenaline, and the newer versions just keep getting better.
Asics is by no means under-performing in the shoe department and is still a favorite of many. They too are committed to performance and cutting edge technology. Asics have a roomy toe bed and an attractive appearance that suits many runners very well. Both offer great stability and arch support, which are essential for injury prevention for those prone to some level of over-pronation.
I personally feel Brooks offers a more plush cushion experience while maintaining heel stability. Asics is a bit more rigid when it comes to the landing, but offers exceptional stability. Both offer attractive designs that make it possible to incorporate fashion into function. Both are rated high by consumers and are constantly evolving with the needs of today’s runners.
Please feel free to share any experiences you have with these or other women’s running shoes. Here’s to happy feet!
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