With summer sprinting towards us, we here at Vegan Banana continue our leap into the realm of sportswear with vegan women's running shoes! Last week we covered men's running shoes and had some pretty good finds.
There is some crossover here from that post, some of these shoes are the women's versions of that particular kind of shoe. So, if you saw something you liked from last week it might just be in here!
Alright, lets get going, and this time it's all about the ladies.
This is a fairly durable "do anything" kind of shoe. It fairs well in everyday situations, at the gym, hiking, or out running. The Olukai Women's 'Eleu Trainer Shoe is simply a nice, well rounded shoe. They also are designed to dry quickly, so if you are out running through the trails and end up crossing a stream, you aren't going to be miserable and soggy for long.
Merrell has made a really nice vegan running shoe with this one. It works nicely for both flat surfaces like roads and rougher terrain, so if you're wanting to run trails this particular shoe should have you covered. I've also read that it's simply an all around great shoe for hiking. The mesh upper is really breathable, so your feet aren't going to get to hot or sweaty.
People, far more experience people than I, have said that these shoes are a really nice minimalist trail running shoe. They fit snug and hug your feet, so you don't have to worry about that "sloshy" feeling when a shoe is just a little to big. Some other people have noted however, that this latest incarnation of the Pace Glove series isn't quite as "minimalist" as it once was, and have shown some concerns that the line is starting to gear more towards the casual runner.
If you're looking for really good arch support in a vegan women's running shoe, this probably isn't the shoe for you. If you're wanting something that's a bit more minimalist with decent enough cushion for comfort and control, then these Merrell Women's Bare Access running shoes are worth looking into. Plus, they are pretty stylish, which is always nice. They'll be good for that added cushion when out running on the trails, but they'll work nicely for running along roads or on the treadmill too.
Vibram Five Fingers? We agree with Tina Fey these look like gloves for your feet and had trouble taking them seriously at first even though they are vegan. However, they have really caught on in some circles and the folks who love them really L.O.V.E. them.
For example we are told they are "insanely cute and ridiculously comfortable" by one happy customer who currently owns 8 different pairs. She tells us they have "quickly become her favorite pair of vegan shoes for... boxing, kickboxing and running! Being the lazy bums we are we will take her word for it.
Here is another great, more minimalist or barefoot vegan shoe from Merrell. They are good for people who really want to "feel" the ground when they hike or run, to have that connection. Though giving you that nice minimal feel, they also keep your feet well protected, so if you were to go running through the trails, you'll be decently protected from anything that might otherwise want to stab your foot.
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