While we might be reaching peak fashion sneaker, sometimes you need a bit more — technology, support, strength — in a shoe you’re going to work out in. Whether you need something for double-dips at Barry’s or traversing 18 miles of asphalt, we spoke to 12 fitness-minded women to find out the best workout shoes for any activity. Also check out our megalist of the best running gear for women, and the best workout leggings.
Hoka One One Women’s Bondi 5
“When I was training for an Ironman (after coming back from knee surgery), a friend who had done the race a year before recommended I check out Hokas. The sort of clown-looking shoes? I thought. But after going to the gym and doing a five-mile run in them, I was hooked. They look big and bulky to put on, but feel amazingly light when running. The toe box is just a touch wider than a standard running shoe, which gives a noticeably more comfortable and relaxed fit without feeling like your foot is sliding or shifting around. And thanks to the ample amount of cushioning packed into the outsole, I have far less aches and pains in my knee compared to other sneakers when running long distances.” — Jen Ator, 31, fitness director atWomen’s Health magazine, running on treadmills and outdoors