The best women’s cheap running shoes

Author: Holly Taylor

Read Time:   |  August 1, 2022

If you're new to running or on a budget, you might fancy spending a lot of money on a pair of running shoes. Here are our favourite cheap running shoes for women...

Running shoes can be pricey, but it’s possible to find your perfect pair for £100 or under. Here are favourite shoes for the runner on a budget, whether you’re looking for road or trail, neutral or supportive. Read on for our favourite cheap running shoes for women.

Got a bigger budget? Check out the best women’s running shoes.

How to choose cheap running shoes

Getting the right pair of cheap running shoes is a balancing act: you don’t want to go over-budget, but you never want to compromise on comfort and durability. You don’t want to give yourself an injury, or end up out of pocket when you have to replace a pair that are falling apart after only a few months.

Fit

Knowing how you run is key to finding your perfect fit. Our guide to choosing the right running shoes has plenty of information about running form, including whether you may or may not pronate, but if you’re still unsure then it’s worth visiting a running shop for a gait analysis to check how you run.

Price

Even if your budget is relatively low, you’d be surprised at what’s out there for a very reasonable price. Avoid buying from fast fashion brands, though: even if the price may seem appealing, these shoes usually haven’t been designed for running and they’ll probably give you an injury, if they don’t fall apart first. Sports retailer Decathlon is a great place to start if your budget is around £30-£60. Beyond that, anything around £100 from a big running brand would be considered quite cheap – and you won’t be compromising on quality.

Run style

Are you planning to pound the pavements or hit the trails? You’ll need to select your running shoes based on how you plan to use them. Most new or returning runners stick to roads, but taking on trails can be brilliant fun and really rewarding. Want to get started? Here are some tips on trail running for beginners.

Want more trail? Check out our full list of the best trail running shoes for women.

The best cheap running shoes for women

Best value for money: KALENJI Jogflow 500.1

Jogflow 500.1 review

KALENJI Jogflow 500.1 technical details

  • Weight: 203.3g
  • Sizes: 3-8
  • Drop: 4mm
  • Price: £34.99

Why we loved them

  • An incredible price for such a brilliant shoe
  • Super lightweight
  • Small drop that makes you feel speedy

Why we didn’t

  • A less supportive fit than other shoes

What our testers said

As soon as I put these shoes on, I could totally see what Kalenji have been talking about: they were so lightweight, it felt as though my feet were floating. The first run I did in them was 6K, and they were comfortable all the way through. They were lightweight, supportive and flexible. These shoes are designed to encourage a more midfoot strike, thanks to a small drop of just 4mm. I noticed it straight away as I ran, and could feel myself adjusting my form. As a result, I felt faster and more in control. The only thing I can critique was the fit around the ankle – for me, it was a little loose, so I didn’t feel totally supported on longer runs as my muscles got tired.

Want more info? Read Kate’s full Kalenji Jogflow 500.1 review.

Best for road running: Under Armour Flow Synchronicity

UA Flow Synchronicity

Under Armour Flow Synchronicity technical details

  • Weight: 236g
  • Sizes: 3-8.5
  • Drop: 7mm
  • Price: £115

Why we loved them

  • Designed specifically for women
  • Very lightweight, and great for shorter, regular runs
  • Breathable upper, perfect for summer

Why we didn’t

  • Comes up long in sizing
  • Not cushioned enough for longer distances

What our testers said

On my first run, I immediately noticed two things with this shoe. The first was that the upper feels so supportive. It’s if it’s binding the shoe to your foot, but also moulding flexibly to your physiology rather than forcing you to adapt to it. The second thing was the knitted upper. It’s extremely breathable, so I could noticeably feel a breeze reaching my feet on every step, which was very welcome during a warmer run. I enjoyed the run in these. They felt comfortable with no hot spots or rubbing. I particularly liked the cushioning behind the heel, which really locked my feet in place. This is a shoe I will return to again for my mid-week easy runs – they’re perfect for that. But I don’t think I’ll be wearing them for longer runs or anything approaching a race.

Want to learn more? Check out Esther’s full review of the Under Armour Flow Synchronicity.

Best cheap shoe for comfort: 361 Fierce

cheap running shoes

361 Fierce technical details

  • Weight: 229g
  • Sizes: 4-9
  • Drop: 8mm
  • Price: €119 (£100.65)

Why we loved them

  • Seriously comfortable
  • Stable and supportive
  • Chafe-free and breathable

Why we didn’t

  • Not as cheap as other budget options

What our testers said

I found the 361 Fierce shoes extremely comfortable and supportive. They feel like an everyday lightweight shoe and they really are easy to wear. The design is streamlined and looks good on the foot – nice and neat – and I really like the high tongue which seemed to help with the overall comfort of the fit. I can imagine wearing these shoes for regular road runs in the summer as the mesh lets through quite a lot of air to cool the foot. Perfect for sweaty runs! Overall, I like the look and feel of these shoes and would recommend them for regular runs.

Best for trail running: EVADICT XT7

EVADICT XT7 technical details

  • Weight: 300g
  • Sizes: 3-8
  • Drop: 10mm
  • Lugs: 5mm
  • Price: £49.99

Why we loved them

  • Great for swapping between road and trail
  • Grippy lugs
  • Comfortable and airy

Why we didn’t

  • Upper cage not as secure as other trail shoes
  • Not waterproof

What our testers said

The perfect shoe for the beginner or aspiring trail runner looking to run on a mixture of road and trail. There are flex grooves along the entire length of the shoe and the rubber sole provides a good grip. The wide spacing of the lugs ensures a secure grip in wet conditions. The cushioning is excellent and it uses an innovative circular system, where a bubble of air is contained in the foam of the heel. They are very comfortable to wear, assisted by the addition of a breathable sock liner and thick foam padding. The laces pocket is a nice touch, ensuring you are safe from tripping. A great all-round trail shoe that certainly represents good value for money.

Best sustainable cheap shoe: TropicFeel Canyon

Tropicfeel Canyon best cheap running shoes for women

TropicFeel Canyon technical details

  • Weight: 198g
  • Sizes: 4-10.5
  • Price: £99

Why we loved them

  • Great for wet weather
  • Comfortable and easy to put on
  • Made from sustainable materials

Why we didn’t

  • Not designed for longer runs
  • Not very responsive

What our testers said

I was intrigued to try these shoes as I’ve never heard of TropicFeel before and, happily, my first impression was a good one. The Canyon is certainly lovely to look at. It has a very basic and understated design but with a touch of elegance and it’s lighter than you’d think it would be. I’m a lazy trainer wearer and rarely untie my laces so I was chuffed to see the slip-on feature on these. I’m not convinced I would use this shoe for longer runs as I’m not sure there’s sufficient support or bounce, but they’ve been created as more of an all-round quick-drying sport shoe. I’ve worn them pretty much every day for short runs, workouts and general life and I’ve been really impressed with the comfort factor. A great shoe that’s attractive, versatile and made from sustainable materials.

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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