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The Best Rated Nike Running Shoes for Women

author image Andrea Cespedes
Andrea Cespedes is a professionally trained chef who has focused studies in nutrition. With more than 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, she coaches cycling and running and teaches Pilates and yoga. She is an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer, RYT-200 and has degrees from Princeton and Columbia University.
The Best Rated Nike Running Shoes for Women
A woman is wearing Nike running sneakers. Photo Credit Pablo Cuadra/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Nike makes shoes appropriate for all runners -- regardless of running style and choice of terrain. The top rated shoes tend to be those that provide extra cushioning and arch support, such as the Air Pegasus+26 and the Air Zoom Structure Triax+11. "Triathlete" in its 2013 fall review of shoes gave the cushioned Nike's Lunar Glide 5+ and the light, flexible Nike Free FlyKnit+ top honors. Even when shoes come with high accolades, try them on before you buy. Just because a magazine or friend recommends a pair of shoes doesn't mean it will work for your foot type and stride pattern.

Who Benefits

Runners who pronate mildly, meaning their foot turns inward, or who supinate, the foot turns out, benefit from the Air Pegasus, Air Zoom and Lunar Glide. The cushioning in the Air Pegasus and Air Zoom Structure may also help neutral runners who run on uneven trails. The Nike Free FlyNit is slightly more supportive than other "free," or minimal, shoes, explains "Triathlete," but it still gives your feet a chance to feel natural and unencumbered as you run. This type of "free" shoe is best for neutral runners who do not need motion control or stabilization. Your local running store can help you determine your stride pattern. Ask for a free gait analysis the next time you shop to make sure you're getting the right shoe for you.

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