10 Best Speed Walking Shoes For Women

Updated on: July 2021

Best Speed Walking Shoes For Women in 2021


Saucony Grid Stratos 5 Silver/Black/Pink 7.5

Saucony Grid Stratos 5 Silver/Black/Pink 7.5
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021
  • Run at your best with the Grid Stratos 5.
  • Mesh and synthetic upper.
  • Lace-up closure.
  • Brand logo hits at tongue and side.
  • Soft fabric lining and footbed. Heel GRID® system gives dynamic heel strike cushioning. Rubber outsole. Imported. Measurements: Weight: 9 oz Product measurements were taken using size 8.5, width B - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size. Weight of footwear is based on a single item, not a pair.

Brooks Womens Ghost 11 Running Shoe - Navy/Grey/Purple Rose - B - 8.0

Brooks Womens Ghost 11 Running Shoe - Navy/Grey/Purple Rose - B - 8.0
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021
  • SHOE SIZE: "B" = Medium width, "D" = Wide width
  • FOOT SUPPORT: Ideal for runners with a medium to high arch looking for neutral support.
  • BALANCED, SOFT CUSHIONING: BioMoGo DNA and DNA LOFT cushioning work together to provide a just-right softness underfoot without losing responsiveness and durability—yet it feels lighter than ever.
  • SMOOTH, STABLE RIDE: The Segmented Crash Pad is designed to adapt to each foot fall, so no matter how your foot lands, you’ll enjoy the smoothest ride possible.
  • SOFT, SECURE FIT: The newly engineered mesh upper practically disappears on foot with strategically placed stretch and structure where you need it most.

ASICS Women's Gel-Venture 7 Running Shoes, 7.5M, Black/Piedmont Grey

ASICS Women's Gel-Venture 7 Running Shoes, 7.5M, Black/Piedmont Grey
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021
  • Array

New Balance Women's Arishi V2 Fresh Foam Running Shoe, Black/Rose Gold, 9 M US

New Balance Women's Arishi V2 Fresh Foam Running Shoe, Black/Rose Gold, 9 M US
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
  • Synthetic/Mesh Upper
  • NB Response 1.0 Performance Insert
  • Engineered Mesh
  • No-Sew material application
  • Fresh Foam

Brooks Womens Adrenaline GTS 19 Running Shoe - Grey/Lavender/Navy - B - 8.0

Brooks Womens Adrenaline GTS 19 Running Shoe - Grey/Lavender/Navy - B - 8.0
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021
  • SHOE SIZE: "B" = Medium width, "D" = Wide width, "2A" = Narrow width, "2E" = Extra wide width
  • FOOT SUPPORT: Ideal for runners with all arches looking for support. Our new Guiderail Support System focuses beyond the feet to the most injury-prone part of a runner’s body: the knees. GuideRails keep you moving comfortably by keeping excess movement in check.
  • CUSHIONED FEEL: Soft and protective, these shoes provide just the right amount of cushion in each step to let you float through your run, walk and everyday life.
  • BALANCED, SOFT CUSHIONING: BioMoGo DNA and DNA LOFT cushioning work together to provide a just-right softness underfoot without losing responsiveness and durability—yet it feels lighter than ever.
  • MODERNIZED FIT: Engineered mesh and the 3D Fit Print upper provide the structure and proven fit of this Go-To Shoe with a streamlined look.

ASICS Women's Gel-Contend 5 (D) Running Shoes, 9.5W, Metropolis/Fuchsia Purple

ASICS Women's Gel-Contend 5 (D) Running Shoes, 9.5W, Metropolis/Fuchsia Purple
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
  • AmpliFoam Midsole - Engineered to maintain durability at softer densities, providing better flexibility, comfort, and platform adaptability ideal for natural running.
  • Rearfoot GEL technology cushioning system - Attenuates shock during impact phase and allows for a smooth transition to midstance.
  • Ortholite Sockliner - Moisture management (Ortholite is a registered trademark of ATP Manufacturing LLC).

Brooks Womens Glycerin 17 Running Shoe - Black/Fiery Coral/Purple - D - 8.5

Brooks Womens Glycerin 17 Running Shoe - Black/Fiery Coral/Purple - D - 8.5
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021
  • SHOE SIZE: "B" = Medium width, "D" = Wide width, "2A" = Narrow width
  • THIS SHOE IS FOR: Neutral runners obsessed with softness and cushioning. Sleeker than in the past, this shoe will appeal to people who love tons of cushion but — until now — haven’t loved the style.
  • SUPER-SOFT CUSHIONING: The DNA LOFT cushioning provides a soft, luxurious feeling underfoot without losing responsiveness or durability, while the OrthoLite sockliner provides premium step-in comfort.
  • THE PERFECT FIT AND FEEL: The plush feel of an internal stretch bootie surrounds your foot and moves and expands with your stride. The engineered mesh upper and 3D Fit Print technology only enhance the fit.
  • SMOOTH TRANSITIONS: The DNA LOFT transition zone makes every move from heel to toe feel incredibly soft and smooth.

ALTRA Women's Lone Peak 3.5 Running Shoe, Black, 9.5 B US

ALTRA Women's Lone Peak 3.5 Running Shoe, Black, 9.5 B US
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2021
  • DESIGNED TO IMPROVE: Natural Foot Positioning, Toe Splay, Comfort
  • PLATFORM: Fully cushioned Zero Drop platform with FootShape toe box. CUSHIONING: Moderate. STACK HEIGHT: 25mm. LAST: SD6-M.
  • MIDSOLE: Dual Layer EVA with A-Bound. OUTSOLE: MaxTrac Rubber with TrailClaw. INSOLE: 5mm Contour Footbed. UPPER: Quick-Dry Air Mesh.
  • OTHER FEATURES: Sandwiched StoneGuard Rock Protection next to the foot, Natural Ride System, 4-Point GaiterTrap Technology.
  • IDEAL USES: Trail Running, Hiking, Fastpacking, Trail Racing. WEIGHT: 8.7oz./247g.

New Balance Women's Nergize V1 FuelCore Sneaker,CONCH SHELL,7.5 B US

New Balance Women's Nergize V1 FuelCore Sneaker,CONCH SHELL,7.5 B US
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2021
  • NB Memory Sole Comfort Insert
  • RevLite Midsole

Brooks Women's PureFlow 7 Black/White 9.5 B(M) US

Brooks Women's PureFlow 7 Black/White 9.5 B(M) US
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021
  • SHOE SIZE: “B” = Medium width
  • FOOT SUPPORT: Ideal for runners with a medium to high arch looking for neutral support.
  • CONNECTED FEEL: Provides a lightweight and flexible feel that lets you move naturally and connect to your run.
  • MINIMAL CUSHIONING AND FULL-BODY ALIGNMENT: BioMoGo DNA midsole cushioning dynamically adapts to your stride, while the flexible sole disperses impact away from your body for a plush, yet minimal cushioning so you feel more in touch with your run. Rounded heel promotes better alignment, helping to minimize stress on the joints.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT, CLOSE-TO-FOOT FIT: The stretch-woven upper and soft internal bootie allow your feet to feel comfortable and unrestrained. The clean and simple design provides a lightweight shoe that won’t weigh you down.

Power Walking or Race Walking?

Power walking has no rules, race walking does. Either can be used to reach your fitness goals.

Power walking can be done almost anywhere, without any rules, it's noncompetitive (except for personal goals), I've never seen a power walking competition, wouldn't know how it could be judged and it's what most people are more likely to pursue.

In power walking, like racewalking, the entire body is used to propel the walker down the road. If you've seen world class runners you know that most look anorexic at best, corpses at worst. That's not the case with power walkers and, to a lesser degree racewalkers. Every muscle comes into play to go from A to B within a reasonably short period of time and get a good workout. The arms are pumped, as if reaching forward and grabbing a pin to pull the body forward. The legs are thrown forward to gain as much distance in each stride as possible. The feet are set down without shock or jarring and, once the lead foot is on the ground, all the muscles from toes to head are used to pull the body forward to the next step. In power walking, the body's weight can be anywhere that's comfortable to the walker, usually the knees are slightly bent and the walker can lose contact with the ground (picking both feet off the ground at the same time). The last items, and some other minor differences, including our goals, is where racewalking differs.

Racewalking is a world class athletic event and very popular Olympic sport, except in the US and, in my opinion, to the detriment of many fitness minded people in the US. In racewalking, the support leg, the leg that's supporting the body's weight, has to be straight when the body's weight passes over it. In other words, you can't have a bent knee when the leg holding up the body's weight is directly under the torso. This is a difficult thing to judge for most self professed racewalking judges and some world class judges as well. The second rule is: there must be contact with the ground at all times. All of the body can be off the ground except for a portion of a toe or heel, but contact must be maintained and illegal if you want to compete. One must have a very well-trained eye to tell the difference between legal and illegal when the cadence picks up.

In order to be a fast racewalker, besides increasing the cadence, you can do one, or both, of two other things. One thing you can do is swivel the hips. Swiveling the hips allows the walker to gain a few more inches per stride. Olympic distances for racewalking are 20K and 50K. 20K is a half marathon and 50K is 32 miles. (If you think completing a 26 mile marathon is difficult, try power walking or racewalking for 32 miles). A few inches gained with each stride amounts to a lot of ground over those distances. If you've ever seen the label on a Johnny Walker ® rum bottle, you can get an idea about the second trick for speed.

I stumbled onto that, pun intended, one day while training and going down a slight incline. In order to keep my balance, and not stumble, I had to throw my legs, straight legged, out in front. I also found, in order to maintain that style and include the swivel hips, I had to be walking in the low eight minute miles or faster. In order for me to do that, I have to train with nothing else in mind, no family life, no fishing, nothing but hit the road walking every day, day after day and many miles after many miles. For me, life really is too short to spend it all at the office, no matter where your office might be. Swivel hipping in my opinion, and arguably, isn't as fast overall

By adding wrist or hand weights when power walking, the walker can increase the workout. The primary objective for most power walkers is aerobics and by adding weight(s) the workout can become anaerobic. Or, the focus can be shifted from endurance to muscle mass accumulation or to lean muscle mass maintenance. Each of us is an experiment of one where determining what we want to accomplish is concerned, and how we can best achieve our goals.

If we want to reach our fitness goals, we may find it necessary to ignore other people's comments and lack of knowledge. Most believe unless you're running or doing aerobics at the gym, you're really not interested in getting an aerobic workout and only fooling yourself. If they were to ignore their BS (belief system), not let peer pressure run their life and give either one a serious try, they'd have the opportunity to discover a whole new physical fitness regimen capable of taking them to new heights of lifelong health and wellness.

Larry R Miller was an alternate on a US Olympic racewalking team.

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