Choosing a running shoe is a highly personal decision. Ideally, you'd go to your local running equipment store and be fitted by a trained specialist. Plus, if you have medical foot problems as I do, you'd also want to speak with your podiatrist and/or orthopedist before selecting a running shoe. That said, sometimes neither of those is practical. Amazon is a great resource; you can get a decent price and you can have it shipped quickly. Some sellers also offer free returns.

Note that the prices can vary widely based on the color and size you choose, and prices do change frequently.

For the overpronator: ASICS Womens GT-1000 6 Running Shoe

This is my everything shoe. I'm a severe overpronator (flat feet), and my podiatrist suggested I get into a shoe like this.I wear this shoe all day every day and not just for my workouts. When this pair wears out, I'll be repurchasing again and again.

$60+ at Amazon

Solid choice: ASICS Women's Gel-Venture 6 Running-Shoes

Before I sought medical advice, this neutral shoe was my comfortable daily driver. I've had it in many colors over the years, and it can usually be found for under $50. This shoe is designed for shock-absorbance and comfort.

$42+ at Amazon

Cute and comfortable: Adidas Women's Cloudfoam Pure Running Shoe

These popular shoes from Adidas are probably more suited to running errands than running the track, but they are indeed marketed as a running shoe. Plus, they're adorable.

$51+ at Amazon

For the underpronator: Saucony Women's Cohesion 10 Running Shoe

This shoe is built for neutral (normal arches) to underpronators (high arches). The shoe is well-cushioned for comfort and an external heel counter gives extra heel stability.

$50+ at Amazon

Cushioned support: New Balance Women's 1080v8 Fresh Foam Running Shoe

"Fresh Foam" midsole cushioning delivers support and comfort. The midfoot saddle is designed to support the foot while still allowing flexibility.

$110+ at Amazon

The Swoosh: NIKE Women's Revolution 3 Running Shoe

With a breathable mesh upper and a soft foam midsole for responsive, lightweight cushioning, this shoe could be your daily driver.

$50+ at Amazon

Tire-inspired: Under Armour Women's Micro G Pursuit Sneaker

This shoe has a breathable mesh upper, foam cushioning around the ankle and under the tongue, and a Micro G foam midsole for explosive take-offs. The outsole pattern is inspired by tires, for traction and flex.

$49+ from Amazon

Pricey but popular: Brooks Women's Glycerin 14

Some people swear by the Brooks brand, which doesn't run cheap but is known for plush cushioning and comfort. This particular model is for neutral to people with underpronation or supination.

$150+ at Amazon

Striking looks: Salomon Women's Speedcross 4

The Quicklace design means no tying your shoelaces; just pull and go. This lightweight shoe is designed to maximize performance on soft, technical trails.

$100+ at Amazon

Soft and responsive: Mizuno Wave Rider 21 Women's Running Shoes

Mizuno's Wave technology offers enhanced cushioning and responsiveness. This shoe is designed to maximize breathability, movement, and offers just the right amount of hold.

$100+ at Amazon

All of these shoes are popular and highly rated on Amazon, but my personal pick is the ASICS Womens GT-1000 6 Running Shoe. This shoe is designed for overpronation, or low arches, which is what I have. However, if you have neutral or high arches, I'd go for the Brooks Women's Glycerin 14. Happy trails!

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