Each year sports brands bring out new shoes and gear claiming it’s ‘next gen’ or ‘even better than the previous edition’. They use words like sweat-wicking, quick-drying, performance-enhancing, and highly technical.
But is it really any better than the previous year? And how do we know which brands are right for us? There are hundreds of different running shoes, leggings, shorts and tops on the market, all designed for different types of running styles, body shapes and weather - it’s the UK, we often get four seasons in a day.
To help break it down for you, we’ve rounded up the best running gear for women, from sports bras to running leggings, running belts to running trainers.
Pro Dri-FIT 3" Shorts
Lightweight and snug, these Nike shorts have Dri-FIT Technology, to keep you cool and dry while you train. They’re mid-rise and sit comfortably on the hips. Perfect for shorter runs and interval sessions.
Varley Kallin Running Short
These easy breezy shorts are stretchy, breathable and moisture-wicking. We love the deep waistband and the inner brief is a game changer. Pair them with the matching Let’s Go Fay Bra for the full look.
On Running Running Shorts
High quality material and a beautiful cut makes these shorts one of our favourites. Super lightweight and quick drying, with a dual layer that helps against chafing. Sleek and sporty.
Girlfriend Collective High Waisted Running Short
Body-sculpting, compressive shorts are becoming pretty popular this year, especially for longer runs. The 4-way stretch ensures you can still move freely. And the best bit? They’re made from recycled water bottles.
Nike Dri-FIT ADV Run Division Epic Luxe Leggings
Supportive but not compressive, these running leggings are sleek and technical. High-waisted with an adjustable bungee cord waist and four pockets to keep your phone, keys - or snacks - safe. Travelling? The pockets combine for a packable design.
Varley Let’s Go Running Legging
A highly technical legging with compressive, stretchy fabric and two convenient side pockets. They also have reflective detailing, perfect for early birds and night owls.
Nike Dri-FIT Run Division Leggings
These ultra-lightweight leggings feel like a second skin, thanks to their supportive fit and thin but technical material. Complete with Nike Dri-FIT technology, they are ideal for summer running.
Lilybod Nile-XR Legging
If you love an extra high-waist, then these are the leggings for you. The thick waistband and flattering lines create a slimming silhouette, so you can look and feel your best throughout your entire run.
Under Armour Tech Vent Tank
Lightweight and breathable with a mesh razorback and flattering dropped hem, this top is made for sweaty summer running. And it’s super soft too!
Nike Dri-FIT Element Crew
Cooler days call for tops that are warm yet breathable. Complete with thumbholes, a side pocket and reflective details the Element Crew ticks all the boxes.
Nike Dri-FIT One Luxe Tank
Buttery-soft, breathable and sweat-wicking, this vest is super versatile from running to HIIT training. The relaxed fit and slight dropped back hem looks great with shorts or leggings.
On Running Performance-T
Got a race coming up? Make this your new competition T. The ultra-lightweight and technical fabric will ensure you stay fresh even when the heat is on.
Under Armour Infinity High Sports Bra
For high support when running, look to the Infinity Sports Bra. Complete with moulded padding and an adjustable cross-over back for extra support.
Goodmove Freedom to Move High Impact Sports Bra
From size A to E, if you’re someone who likes a snug fit, this is the bra for you. The padded cups help shape the bust while the underband helps keep your breasts in place. And no under-wire - result!
Nike Dri-FIT Alpha Padded Zip-Front Sports Bra
This compressive zip-up front bra has a fuller shape to ensure everything stays in place. Ventilation detailing keeps it breathable on even the sweatiest runs.
Nike Alpha Bra
Contoured cups and semi-sheer details give this bra a super sleek look. It’s made to hug and support your body, bringing confidence to every stride.
Still not sure what Sports Bra to go for? Read our post on What to Look for in a Running Bra.
This second gen shoe is miles ahead of the previous model. Super cushioned with a double layer of CloudTec, Helion superfoam midsole, and a SPEEDBOARD for extra propulsion, this shoe is built for clocking up the miles in comfort.
On Running Cloud X
If you like to feel the connection with the ground as you move, this is the shoe for you. The unique On Running CloudTec makes for explosive takeoffs and soft landings, and they’re super lightweight with a locked-in fit for a secure, cushioned run - perfect for your 5-10ks.
HOKA Clifton 8
Prefer a little more cushioning? EVA foam makes for an energetic footstrike with this well-cushioned HOKA. It’s light yet responsive with breathable mesh upper for a comfortable ride. Read our full review here.
HOKA Bondi 7
There’s cushioning and then there’s the Boni 7 - HOKA’s most cushioned shoe. Designed for a plush, smooth ride no matter the distance, and with a secure, slim-fit heel to cradle the achilles.
Veja Condor 2
The first post-petroleum running shoe to hit the market, the Veja Condor 2 is made with 58% natural-based and recycled materials. It’s light, cushioned, and has a grippy sole ideal for road and compact trail runs.
Adidas Ultraboost 22
There’s no denying how comfortable and snug the Ultraboost is with its extra cushioning, Primeknit textile upper and supportive heel. From long walks to long runs, it’s a firm favourite all around.
Perfect when you need a little extra space for your phone, keys or even gels. And the dual design means you can wear it around your waist or shoulder. Ideal for short runs.
Running errands or running around the block, this running belt will keep all your valuables safe. And thanks to the lightweight, contoured design, it will stay snug to your waist without bouncing around.
Keep your hands free and your phone safely attached to your arm with the Lean Armband. Complete with touch screen access through the protective window and camera access for those quick selfies.
Got a plus-size smartphone? This is the armband for you. With all the qualities as the original, it’s snug, secure and has touch-screen and camera access.
Classic and sleek, with a sweat-wicking inner band, this hat’s made for short-mid runs and outdoor training sessions. And the fashionable curved visor means you’ll probably wear it when you’re not running too.
From ParkRun to tempo runs, the Stance Run Light is built to endure the persistent demands of running with a reinforced heel and toe, arch support, and FEEL360 Technology.
Whether you choose black or white, the Stance sock will always deliver. An essential in any runner’s draw, pull them on and put them through their paces - we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
If it’s good enough for Kipchoge, it’s good enough for us! GEL 100 contains just six natural ingredients and uses a unique patent-pending hydrogel technology and a blend of fructose and glucose to enable uptakes of up to 100 grams of carbohydrates per hour. Designed for long runs and racing. And caffeine free too!
If you’re a runner who likes an extra kick of caffeine while you're training or racing, these are the gels for you. Just one gel contains 250 kcals and 100g carb to keep you fuelled and ready to perform. And don’t forget to stay hydrated - try the Maurten Water Bottle.
Whether you’re just starting your running journey, are a regular ParkRun attendee or take part in ultras for fun, our pick of the best running gear will support your every stride.
Find the trainers that suit your style. Will it be the On Cloud Running Shoe with CloudTec performance or the innovative Veja Running Shoe with recycled materials?
Do you prefer your shorts tight and compressive or floaty and free? We’re all different, and what works for some may not work for another. But these running favourites are a good place to start…
Still not found what you’re after? Check out our complete women’s running collection.