With spokeswomen like gold-medalist Kathy Freeman and marathon world-record-holder Paula Radcliffe, Nike is a leader in women's track apparel. It offers more than 80 models of women's running shoes. These shoes range in price from $45 to $195. The most expensive models are customizable; runners can choose their shoes' colors and have a special ID printed on the sole.
Nike's running shoes are divided into five different categories: Barefoot Ride shoes, Dynamic Ride shoes, Cushioned Ride shoes, Stable Ride shoes and Racing shoes.
Nike's Barefoot Rides shoes are intended to simulate the freedom of a barefoot run while providing the support and protection of a sneaker. The most expensive model is the Free Run 2 iD, which comes with not only customizable colors, but also a customizable midsole.
Nike's Dynamic Ride shoes have extra support and cushioning. Dynamic Ride shoes are extremely comfortable for under or overpronated feet. If you have such a condition, be sure to try on any sneakers before you purchase them and make a decision based on comfort instead of style.
Nike's Cushioned Ride shoes are designed to decrease the impact of running. One popular model is the LIVESTRONG Free Run+ 2, which was designed in partnership with the nonprofit LIVESTRONG. It is not only cushioned, but also designed to have a barefoot ride.
Nike's Stable Ride shoes are made to provide extra stability. The highest rated model is the Zoom Structure Triax+ 13 iD, which, like many Dynamic Ride shoes, was specially designed for overpronated feet.
Nike's Racing shoes are designed to maximize your speed. The best value is the Jana Star Waffle IV. At $45, it is the least expensive model in the entire Nike line. If you are feeling a little more ostentatious, go for the Zoom Ja iD. It comes in gold.