The 11 Best Sneakers of 2022, According to Women’s Health
Every part of your routine deserves award-winning products. Earlier this week, we had Glamor with the best in beauty, Consumer Reports with the best in vacuums, and now Women’s Health shares the best in footwear.
The publication announced the winners of its 2022 Women’s Health Sneaker Awards this morning, and Women’s Health editor Liz Plosser stopped by TODAY to detail some of the top picks. Whether you need a new pair of trainers for summer walks or are looking for a reliable pair of trainers to up your fitness game, these picks won’t let you down.
From classic Asics styling to a sluffer-inspired sneaker you can take on the trails, keep reading to discover all of the award-winning shoes for 2022 from Women’s Health. Trust yourself, your feet will thank you.
2022 Women’s Health Sneaker Award Winners
Best Running Basketball
Lululemon Blissfeel Women’s Running Shoe
Lululemon released these sneakers last week. These are the brand’s first foray into the footwear category and have been designed specifically for women – by an all-female team. This is the first of four shoe styles the brand will release in 2022, and it comes in several fun colors that are suitable for virtually any workout or run. They accommodate the shape of your feet with the wider forefoot and narrower heel and also help soften impact and minimize chest movement when your feet hit the ground, according to the brand.
Best Cross-Training Sneaker
Hylete Circuit II Cross Training Shoe
This training shoe is customizable, which means you can swap out the insoles and go from one type of training to another, while wearing the same shoe. It includes three different insoles – one for training, one for running and one for lifting – and comes in three different colors.
Best plyo and power sneakers
For anyone who does a lot of cardio or workouts that include a lot of jumping, Women’s Health says these sneakers are a winner. A Women’s Health editor said the shoes, recommended to her by her podiatrist, saved her from shin splints while teaching group cardio dance classes. She found that they not only absorb shock, but also help protect her feet.
Best outdoor/trail sneaker
The sluffer shoe trend continues with this choice for the outdoors. They’re as stylish as your favorite down jacket (and are water resistant), but have a soft, snug fit that makes them perfect for camping trips, hiking trails, or backpacking. The outer buckle is also adjustable, allowing you to ensure a tighter fit, if needed.
Best Walking/Active Living Shoe
Everyone needs a simple pair of white sneakers in their wardrobe. This retro-inspired pair looks clean and polished, and Women’s Health editors say they feel great as soon as you put them on. Reebok’s classic trainers are easy to dress up or wear (and did we mention, super stylish?) and are ready for just about anything the day throws at you. You can walk for miles with it, making it a great shoe for commuters. The comfortable sole (which Plosser says resembles an orthopedic insert) also makes it ideal for low-impact workouts.
Best Specialty Sneaker
Ollie Gray Maternity OG Maternity Sneakers
These sneakers are designed for pregnant and/or postpartum women, but Plosser says you definitely don’t have to be a new mom or mom-to-be to love them. Standout features include the stretchy knit outer (which allows feet to change size or swell) and the slip-on heel that makes them easy to slip on and off.
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This walking sneaker is a neutral pick that features a sleek leather exterior and has an American Podiatric Medical Association seal of approval. They are available in size options for extra wide, narrow, regular, and wide feet, in sizes 5 through 12. They are available in just three colors: gray, white, and black.
This sneaker is the colorful result of a collaboration between New Balance and Staud. To match the colorful exterior, the shoes also come with seven sets of interchangeable laces and feature removable insoles.
Hoka Rocket X Responsive Racer
The brand describes these trainers as lightweight, responsive and “built for race day.” Even if you don’t clock miles every week, you’ll probably appreciate that they’re designed to be breathable, cushioned, and shock-absorbing.
If you’re looking for shoes that offer traction, this sneaker is designed to keep you stable while you move. With a cushioned footbed and “Floatride Energy” midsole (which allows for a responsive ride), they’re designed to support you through many different types of workouts.
This sneaker is designed to grip wet and dry ground, so you can use them for indoor and outdoor workouts when the weather improves. The upper is made from a mesh fabric that allows for a better fit and can help prevent blisters, according to the brand.
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