If you're looking to start training, we've found the best trainers for running, the gym and more...

Everyone’s wearing training shoes, celebs from Miranda Kerr to Anne Hathaway are rocking their own stylish pairs inside and outside the gym.

Here at Fit & Well we think it’s time to invest in a new pair – after all nothing incentivises working out like some new eye-catching kit.


When it’s time to buy new trainers you can’t just pick any pair off the shelf. You need to make sure that the shoes you choose are right for the type of workout you’re doing.

Different design features dictate whether a trainer is better for high intensity interval training (HIIT) classes or hiking or simply your walk to work. Here we’ve selected our best running trainers for you, so you can up your training and your style status.


Best running shoes for women

What to look for:

  • Each pair needs to suit your gait (how you land on your feet when you run). This can be assessed through a gait analysis test, which can be done at most good sports shops.
  • The further you run, the more cushioning you’ll need, so make sure you choose a pair that are seriously comfortable and won’t cause you blisters.
  • Choose trainers that have a higher proportion of mesh to keep your feet cool during your hot and sweaty workout

adizero-adios-boost-2-wBuy now Adidas Adizero Adios Boost, £110, adidas.co.uk




Brooks-running-cascadiaBuy now: Brooks Ravenna 6, £110, brooksrunning.co.uk



Helly-Hansen-W-Panarena-VTR-lowBuy now: Helly Hansen W Panarena VTR, £80, hellyhansen.com


Best gym trainers for women

What to look out for:

  • Choose a low-profile trainer, which will be lightweight and flexible. This will allow to have better control if you’re lifting weights.
  • Trainers with extra cushioning are a must for high-impact dance or aerobics classes – so you can keep going to the end.
  • Select a shoe that is built up more around the ankle to provide support for forward and lateral movement.

Nike-Studio-Trainer-2-Print-@-JD-Sports-£55-www.jdsports.co.uk Buy now: Nike Studio Trainer, £55, jdsports.co.uk

Saucony-Zealot_£115Buy now: Saucony Zealot ISO, £115, saucony.co.uk

Tamaris-@-Task-PR-£49.99-23701_863_seite_50_LB_FS15Buy now: Tamaris Touch It, £49.99, tamaris.eu


Best commuting trainers for women

Here are our top tips of what to look in a commuter trainer:

  • They need to have strong ankle support, so they keep your foot and ankle protected, however far you’re travelling
  • They should be flexible through the ball of the foot to allow for a great range of motion while walking
  • They need to have a firm grip, so you can stay steady on your feet in all weathers.

Le-Coq-Sportif-Milos-Vintage-@-JD-Sports-£60-www.jdsports.co.ukBuy now: Le Coq Sportif Milos Vintage, £60, houseoffraser.co.uk

New-Balance-Pique-Polo-Pack-WL574POABuy now: New Balance 574 Pique Polo Pack, £70, newbalance.co.uk

Puma-aril35765906-ARIAL-NASTURTIUM-PBuy now: Puma Aril, £60, uk.puma.com


Best hiking trainers for women

What to look out for:

  • Choose a trainer that has a suitable grip – this means a deeper tread to provide traction when travelling over rough rocky terrain and tree roots.
  • Trainers with harder wearing and more durable uppers are key, as they won’t mind a few bumps and scrapes on your advnetures.
  • Choose a lower profile shoe that will respond quickly to changing terrain.

Brooks-Cascadia-10 Buy now: Brooks Running Cascadia, £105, brooksrunning.co.uk

New-Balance-off-beaten-track-wt00gr2_2Buy now: New Balance Minimus Zero Trail v2, £80, amazon.co.uk

The-North-Face_WHedgehogFastpakGTX_DarkGullGreyFortunaBlueBuy now: The North Face Women’s Hedgehog Fastpack Gore-Tex Shoe, £110, thenorthface.co.uk