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9 Best Narrow Running Shoes for Women for 2019

By Jonathan G

1/7/18 9:11 AM

It seems like every shoe on the market advertises its “sock-like fit.” A snug fit is easy for runners with normal or wide feet, but a narrow foot can leave the same shoe flopping around like a flat tire. And no, instructing runners to wear thick socks, tie the laces extra tight, or add a foam wedge is not the same thing as designing the best women’s running shoes for narrow feet.

Updated: January 20, 2019 

Meanwhile your wide-footed friends are raving about their new shoes and asking if you can’t just get them in a narrow. People can be so cruel. Good luck finding narrow sizes online, let alone in a store. But based on survey responses from 11,000 runners, some shoes do get it right. There are a lot of outstanding running shoes on this list, including a lot of light, responsive, fast shoes. So you can lace up a pair that fits your narrow feet like you were born in them and leave those insensitive clods in the dust.


 Women's Brooks Launch 6

9. Women's Brooks Launch 6 MSRP $100

The Brooks Launch 6 leads off the list of best running shoes for narrow feet. At only 7.5 ounces in size 8, the Launch is also one of the shoes for when you want to get in touch with your faster side. It’s popular not only for being lightweight, responsive, and flexible for key workouts, but also for being a very comfortable shoe for everyday running. 

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8. Adidas Energy Boost 3, Men's, Women's MSRP $160

The Energy Boost’s stretchable upper even fits narrow feet snugly, according to survey results. The full-length Boost sole provides both softer heel cushioning and higher energy return than almost any other running shoe, making the Energy Boost great for long runs and for workout day when responsiveness counts.

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7. Women's New Balance Vazee Prism v2 MSRP $100

You need a shoe for narrow feet? And you need a stability shoe? And you want to hit your target paces in workouts? New Balance has achieved a running shoe trifecta with the Vazee Prism, a comfortable shoe with a breathable upper and stability features, but also a fast shoe that grips the road or the track. And it’s tied for the least expensive model on this list. Does that make it a four-fecta? It certainly makes it a strong candidate for the best running shoe for narrow feet.

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6. Women's New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v4, MSRP $100

Match the Vazee Prism’s exceptional fit and unbeatable price, then cut the weight by over an ounce and lower the heel-toe drop to 6 mm. What you get is a fantastically fast, responsive, and comfortable shoe for gliding through workouts or powering toward the finish line at top speed—and a Runner’s World Editor’s Choice

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Women's Asics Gel-Nimbus 21

5. Women's Asics Gel-Nimbus 21 MSRP $160

The GEL-Nimbus is well known for providing premium comfort and supreme cushioning. But Asics has also taken the radical step of offering the Nimbus in narrow widths. Seriously, the GEL-Nimbus is one of only two shoes on this list that comes in narrow sizes. When it comes to the best running shoes for women with narrow feet, that (and the luxuriously soft padding) make the GEL-Nimbus a daily trainer you’ll want to try on.

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4. Women's Mizuno Wave Inspire 14, MSRP $120

If you don’t need a neutral shoe for daily training like the Nimbus, but a support shoe with stability features, the Mizuno Wave Inspire is tops on the list of best running shoes for narrow feet. Mizuno seems to have perfected the art of combining reliable stability with a lightweight, high-performance feel—and a great fit.

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W Saucony Kinvara 10

3. Women's Saucony Kinvara 10, MSRP $110

Is the top runner on the cross country team the odds-on favorite for the state title? Is there a local road warrior who regularly takes first overall at every distance from road miles to half marathons? Chances are she’s wearing Kinvaras. At just 7 ounces and with an aggressive 4 mm heel-toe drop, the Kinvara is a shoe with an attitude, urging you to treat every interval like it’s your last one and start your finishing kick the moment the starter’s pistol fires.

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 Brooks Ghost 11

2. Women's Brooks Ghost 11, MSRP $120

The Brooks Ghost is the top daily drainer for neutral runners on this list, and another Runner’s World Editor’s Choice. The Ghost line has become synonymous for reliability and quality in construction. With three models in the top nine, Brooks clearly knows something about designing shoes for narrow feet. For one thing, Brooks knows to offer the women’s model of the highly popular Ghost in narrow widths, making it one of the best running shoes for narrow-feet women.

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1. Women's Brooks PureCadence 7, MSRP $110

If you’re looking for the Brooks fit and need stability features, but your workout style is less “jogging for health” and more “kicking down the competition and taking names,” Brooks has the shoe for you. The PureCadence is an uptempo shoe with a natural feel and a 4 mm heel drop like the Kinvara, and only a half ounce heavier. The newly updated upper is nearly seamless, and based on survey results, the PureCadence keeps its promise of a sock-like fit even for runners with narrow feet. All this makes the PureCadence a versatile and supportive shoe that also offers uncompromising performance.

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