Product Awards 2020: Best Support Shoes - Women's Running

Product Awards 2020: Best Support Shoes

Author: Holly Taylor

Read Time:   |  October 2, 2020

The best support shoes in our 2020 Product Awards...

Best Support Shoe: Winner
BROOKS Transcend 7

We were bowled over by Brooks’ latest iteration of their classic support model, the Transcend. Brooks has really ramped up the style as well as the cushioning in these support models. “I usually run in Brooks Adrenaline so I was interested to try a different support model,” said Hannah. “They fitted well and I liked the colours.”

Tina was equally impressed: “The upper felt snug and remained comfortable on longer runs. The guide rail system feels firm at first, so expect to take a few runs to get used to this, but the benefits of this, if you do over pronate, are that your feet feel really stable. And the cushioning is awesome, so much better than you’d expect in a support shoe, and so much so that even after tough sessions or long runs, it’s noticeable how good your legs feel.”

Best Support Shoe: Best Value
SKECHERS Max Cushioning Elite £85

You probably won’t find a better value trainer on the market at the moment, according to Hannah. “Really soft and comfortable, like a memory foam mattress for your feet. I loved the colours. Great price and I’d definitely recommend these to a newer runner who needs a supportive shoe, but doesn’t want to spend more than £100.”

Best Support Shoe: Editor’s Choice
HOKA ONE ONE Arahi 4£85

“The Arahi 4 are winning shoes, both bouncy and responsive, and really comfortable, supporting ankles and knees,” said Esther. “The sizing is spot on and there’s room in the toe box for toe wiggle.” HOKA describes this as a shoe that “provides a ride that is smooth and supportive and still prioritises performance” and you can really feel this. Perfect for long races, the shoe has what’s called a ‘rocker’, which allows for smooth impacts, toe-offs and transitions.”

Written by

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor is the digital editor of Women’s Running and co-host of the Women’s Running podcast, where she shares her running journey as well as the inspiring stories of women runners all over the country. She’s never been the sporty type, but running is the first time she’s felt real joy in getting active. She loves talking about running with a community of inclusive and supportive runners, and Women's Running is the perfect space for this. She's currently aiming for a half marathon PB!

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