The Best Women's Running Shoes of 2014

It's never too cold to get out and run. Here are our six favorite all-season kicks. (Inga Hendrickson)
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It's never too cold to get out and run. Here are our six favorite all-season kicks.

Puma Faas 500 S

The Faas 500 S ($100) is a lightweight midfoot striker with a good bit of cushioning. As one tester put it, it’s the "perfect amount of plush without feeling like mush." We loved the simple, snug, retro-styled upper. (7.1 oz; 4 mm drop)

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Puma Faas 500 S

The Nimbus ($145) is the pillowiest neutral shoe on the road, with a high-off-the-ground feel, luxurious tongue, and bottomless crash pad for heel strikers. Best for easy cruising and social runs: all that cush sucks up a bit of energy with each squishy step. (9.4 oz; 13 mm drop)

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Adidas Adistar Boost

Part heel-striking stability shoe, part trampoline, the Adistar ($170) is a high-mileage comfort trainer cushioned with Adidas’s specially formulated Boost foam, which has a lively spring to it. Best for women with narrow feet. (9.5 oz; 11 mm drop)

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Merrell Trail Glove Ascend GTX

Barefoot idealism meets the reality of winter. A waterproof upper, flexy rock plate, and thick Vibram outsole add protection and traction to this zero-drop favorite. Low, corrugated lugs transition to roads flawlessly, but they also perform surprisingly well on rocky steeps. (9 oz; zero drop)

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(Inga Hendrickson)


La Sportiva Anakonda

Some testers wanted a bit more padding in the Anakonda ($125) (the midsole is extremely thin), and others wished it was more breathable. But everyone raved about the secure fit and big-time traction in the rough stuff. (10 oz; 4 mm drop)

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(Inga Hendrickson)


The North Face Single-Track Hyasa II

Versatility is the Hyasa II's ($110) strong suit. A cushy but surprisingly light road-to-trail shoe, it didn’t excel on any particular terrain, though it tackled everything pretty darn well. The flat lugs feel better on firm dirt than in mud. (7.6 oz; 8 mm drop)

puma faas 500 s asics gel-nimbus 15 adidas adistar boost merrell trail glove ascend gtx la sportiva anakonda the north face single track hya running shoes womens women's winter gear running jogging exercise best of 2014 winter season
(Inga Hendrickson)

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