They divided their favorites into categories, including lightweight, stability, and innovators.
Best Lightweight Running Shoes
This category focuses on shoes perfect for speed and/or for people who prefer a more minimal feel. Their winner? The adidas adizero Adios Boost. The adios Boost is popping up as the racing shoe of choice for many runners, including many elite. The responsive Boost energy return adds comfy cushioning to traditionally flat racers.
In the runner up category, the Under Armour Speedform. This ultra light, foot hugging shoe was designed in a bra factory and meant to wrap your feet in seamless comfort. It comes in a variety of bright super fun shades.
Read the Women's Running Lightweight Running Shoe Sole Mate Awards.
Best Stability Running Shoes
The winner of this category is the Saucony Guide 7. A long-time favorite, this update uses a lighter foam to shed some of the weight and a decoupled sole to improve flexibility. As Women's Running says, "Settle in for some long miles in the latest update of these buttery-soft cruisers."
Another beloved, perennial favorite, the ASICS Gel Nimbus 15 wins runner up. The 15th version of the Nimbus has a lighter weight, thanks to a gel and foam sole.
Read the Women's Running Stability Running Shoe Sole Mate Awards.
Best Innovator Running Shoes
The winner is the Nike Free Hyperfeel, that work the way your foot moves with a barely-there sock-like feel.
ON Cloudrunner wins a runner-up spot, although I wouldn't be surprised to see them in the winner's circle soon. Their little air pillows offers fantastic cushioning and energy return. The grippy soles make these perfect hybrid shoes, making the road to trail switch super easy.
Read the Women's Running Innovator Running Shoe Sole Mate Awards.