Reviews: Best Lightweight Women's Running Shoes

Looking for a great race day shoe? Try out a pair of lightweight running shoes, and be one step closer to improving that personal best.

Switching to a performance model when the stopwatch is ticking can speed up your pace, and conserve the energy you need to cross the finish line.

Lightweight Running Shoes

Available in Many Differnt Sizes & Color Combinations

 Adidas Adios – 8 oz Nike Lunaracer – 5 oz Nike Zoom Mamba – 4.3 oz Brooks Green Silence – 6 oz
Brooks Mach 12 – 6 oz Saucony Kinvara – 7.7 oz Saucony Fastwitch – 8 oz

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Lightweight is not same as minimalist, though minimalist shoes are often lighter than traditional trainers. A running shoe can be lightweight and still offer stability, cushioning and motion control, all things that a minimalist shoe tries to get away from.

Lightweight running shoes usually offer less features, and are recommended for the efficient and experienced runner. These shoes are ideal as racing flats and for speed work, but not typically for rigorous training schedules.

It is recommended that you alternate them with a more durable shoe for training purposes and longer distance runs. Many runners have two different types of shoes on hand for this exact reason.

When considering a lighter shoe, it is important to note durability. When a shoe manufacturer is trying to shave off ounces, one of the easiest ways to do that is by reducing the size of the rubber outsoles.

They still provide great traction, but may not stand up to frequent use or tough terrains. This is the main reason that we recommend not relying on lightweight running shoes for training, as you will find yourself replacing them quite regularly.

However, when used properly, lightweight running shoes can be amazing and very effective. In a sport where every ounce matters, you will feel as fast as lightening in any of the options we’ve listed below.


Reviews of the Best Lightweight Running Shoes

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Nike Zoom Mamba – 4.3 oz

Nike Zoom Mamba – 4.3 oz

The Nike Zoom Mamba is an elite track and field shoe used in both amateur and professional competitions.

Saucony Fastwitch – 8 oz

Saucony Fastwitch – 8 oz

Lacing up in a pair of Saucony Fastwitch 4 running shoes is like tying two tigers to the bottom of your feet - and they are ready to take off at full throttle.

Saucony Kinvara – 7.7 oz

Saucony Kinvara – 7.7 oz

The Saucony Kinvara is the company’s version of a minimalist shoe, and they struck gold with its design. This shoe has won tons of awards such as “Best Debut” from Runner’s World, 2011’s “Best Gear of the Year” from Outside Magazine, and “Top Ten Gear Picks” from Gear Junkie in 2010.

Brooks Mach 12 – 6 oz

Brooks Mach 12 – 6 oz

The Brooks Mach 12 is pure gold for runners who need a minimalist running shoe that doubles as a racing flat.

Brooks Green Silence – 6 oz

Brooks Green Silence – 6 oz

Save Mother Earth one run at a time with the eco-friendly Brooks Green Silence running shoe. Brooks has combined its desire to create a dynamic minimalist shoe with the need to reduce our carbon footprint one discarded racing flat at a time.

 Adidas Adios – 8 oz

Adidas Adios – 8 oz

The Adidas Adios has been dubbed the “fastest shoe in the world” and for good reason. Legendary Haile Gebrelassie wore this shoe when he finished the Berlin Marathon in 2:03:59 in September 2008, which set a new world record.

Nike Lunaracer – 5 oz

Nike Lunaracer – 5 oz

When wearing the Nike Lunaracer+, you will feel like you are running in slippers. Weighing a paltry five ounces, the Lunaracer comes in as the #1 lightest shoe in our minimalist category.