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Best trainers for women for every kind of workout

Exercise just got a whole lot more stylish with our edit of the best trainers for working out

best womens trainers
Melanie Macleod
Wellness Editor
Updated: 4 May 2022
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There's nothing like a new pair of workout trainers to put a spring in your step – exercise suddenly seems so much more fun with a new pair of shoes on your feet.

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Exercise trainers do so much more than look good, though – check out fitness influencers and exercise-mad celebs and you'll notice they often have a different pair of shoes for every workout. 

Choosing different trainers for different workouts isn’t just a style choice – trainers tailored to your workout can actually improve performance, as well as provide the support you need, be it for running, spinning or hiking.

Read on for our edit of the best trainers for the gym, running and at-home HIIT workouts. 

Best comfortable running trainers


HOKA Kawana trainers, £125/$140, HOKA


Recently launched in the UK, HOKA's Kawana sneakers are tipped as the pair for runners looking for a comfortable yet resilient trainer. Incorporating a new foam sole that provides a solid rebound, they use recycled material to give maximum comfort, whatever the activity, whether it's a marathon or a couch to 5k session.

They're vailable in three colourways, including black and white, for whatever your workout style.

Best supportive running trainers

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adidas Ultraboost 4.0 shoes, £140/$190, Adidas


They're a splurge, but the adidas 'Ultraboost' running trainers have rave reviews from shoppers for their cloud-like comfort and excellent support.

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Best sustainable running trainers

Veja running trainers

Veja Condor trainers, £130/$205, Net-A-Porter


One of Meghan Markle's favourite sneaker brands, Veja, has created running trainers - and they're sustainable, too. The 'Condor' trainers are made from a recycled synthetic upper, recycled polyester and organic cotton lining, and the sole is springy enough to propel you on. Ideal if you want to keep fit and be more green in 2022. 

Best trail running trainers

best trail running trainers

New Balance Women's Fresh Foam X More Trail v2, £140/$164.99, New Balance


If you're into off-road running, these are the trainers for you. They have a super-grippy sole for all those rough terrains you'll be tackling, plus they're light and breathable, with a soft foamy inner sole to keep them bouncy and comfortable. Not a fan of the earthy green? They also come in a more glam ruby red shade.

Best weightlifting trainers

best weightlifting trainers

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Shoes, £150/$200, Reebok


Undeniably pricey, but if you're looking to up your squat game, look no further than these weightlifting shoes from Reebok. They have a solid, raised base to keep you stable when you're squatting, allowing you to drive up from the heel. "Weightlifting shoes are solid which allows you to generate as much force from the ground as possible," explains personal trainer Niko Algieri. "This means when you drive your heels and feet down into the ground, you are using your muscles for maximum output rather than the shoe absorbing the downward force."

Best low impact workout trainers

Nike training shoes

Nike Legend Essential 2 Premium trainers, £59.95/$60, Nike


Nike's Legend trainers feature a flat, stable heel with flexibility under the toes as well as side to side support, making them ideal for lifting and low impact workouts. 

Best trainers for HIIT

best hiit trainers

Reebok HIIT Training 2 Shoes, £75/$100, Reebok


If you like to get seriously sweaty, with workouts that include burpees, star jumps and jump squats, these are the trainers for you. They hug the foot in tight for maximum comfort, they're lightweight so you're not weighed down in your most explosive moves, plus they're flexible, so you don’t feel constrictive. Wins all round.

Best trainers for hiking

best hiking trainers

The North Face Vectiv Exploris Futurelight Hiking Shoes, £140/$159, The North Face


For everyone that got hooked on hiking during the pandemic and now heads out to the hills every weekend, these are the hiking trainers you need. They have a slightly rounded sole that makes them super-comfy and smooth to walk on (you rock, ever so slightly), plus they offer amazing grip for slippy conditions underfoot, and they're waterproof if you encounter puddles or streams. Plus they look stylish, which is no mean feat when it comes to hiking attire.

Best shoes for spinning


Nike SuperRep Cycle, £76.97/$67.97, Nike


Any seasoned spinner knows that a spin shoe makes all the difference to your indoor cycling performance. Once you're clipped in it's easier to go faster and stand up on the bike. These look sleek and help your feet keep cool, yet they're snug on the foot to stop your heel from sliding about. They have rubber on the outersole too, to stop you slipping when you walk to and from your spin class.

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