10 Best Pink Running Shoes Reviewed
Ah, spring is in the air! A great time to debut a fresh pair of running shoes in the ultimate color of spring: pink.
Recently, pink is no longer exclusively ultra-feminine. It represents strength, determination and bravery. So take a couple of our recommended powerful, spring pinks for a run and see how strong pink can be.
- Merrell All Out Crush Light
- Reflective Details
- New Balance Vazee Rush
- REVlite Midsole Cushion
- 361 Degrees Sensation
- Quickfoam Midsole
1. Merrell All Out Crush Light
Trail shoes require so many nearly mandatory elements that style is sometimes compromised in favor of function. But the Merrell All Out Crush Light does its best. The unifying style theme is taken from the triangular lugs that comprise the sole. Merrell incorporates this pattern into the design of the upper to create a united, attractive look. Happily, on the women’s side, Merrell resisted the all-too-prevalent camo pattern, so this bright pink is most welcome.
Particularly for a trail shoe, the cushioned ankle collar and internal padding matched by the light, bouncy feeling make this a comfortable shoe. Designed for mud runners, it provides ample outlets for water and drains well, adding to the comfort.
Good value, but on the inexpensive side for quality trail shoes
- Good traction
- Very Bright Pink – even the mud will not disguise this pink.
- Some runners felt the cushioning was not as substantial as it should be.
- Perhaps because of the “light” element, some runners felt the sole did not last as long as desirable.
2. 361 Degrees Sensation
The 361 Sensation makes the most of its traditional design by using very bright pink (and of course, other color offerings as well) to add a dash of interest. The shoe features integrated, welded overlays to prevent slippage, a comfortable ankle collar and very well-cushioned sole.
Good comfort elements. The padded tongue and interior are most welcome and the welded overlays and upper mesh make this a comfortable trainer.
Good value - about average for a quality running shoe and a lot of pink for the investment
- Positive integration of overlays with design
- Available in fun colors
- Angled strike heel for impact absorption
- Some runners find the shoe is not as breathable as they would like.
- Some runners find the shoe a bit heavy for an everyday trainer.
3. New Balance Vazee Rush
If you look at a profile of the Vazee Rush, you can see the turn-up of the toe that encourages each succeeding step. This glowing pink shoe has a bright white contrasting sole, making the pink appear even pinker.
Runners and exercise rats alike enjoy the comfortable elements of this shoe. This shoe is lightweight and bouncy with a design that promotes the next step, which is a feature most owners appreciate.
Good value for a solid and very bright pink
- Well-received upper for breathability and support
- Lightweight and sturdy
- Attractive pink offset by super white sole
- Some runners feel the outsole does not last as long as it should.
- Some runners find the shoe a little stiff in the supported midsole.
4. Zoot Makai
There is nothing conservative about Zoot styling. There is always a design element that is evocative of Hawaii, the home base of this colorful shoe manufacturer. The main color of this shoe is brightest pink, though the scent of Hawaii is strong in the detailing.
This a comfortable shoe once you can adjust the laces properly. You might have to use standard laces for proper fit.
More toward the middle of the elite shoe range
- Soft upper
- Anti-pronation while still being a neutral shoe
- Good heel fit
- Some runners think the laces are too light to lock in place.
- Some runners think the shoe runs large.
5. Asics Fuzex PR
The Asics Fuzex has style to spare. There was some genius at work when Asics elected to extend the pink into the sole for a pink confetti foundation. The black heel color serves to emphasize the rounded heel cup shape. The small breast cancer ribbon is visible without stealing the show.
Seamless construction helps prevent blistering and other foot discomfort. Tthe sock-liner wicks moisture away from the foot while cushioning the gait.
A little more expensive, but the floral pattern is well worth it.
- Waterproof upper
- WOW Design incorporating roses and celestial images into a wonderful, pink collage that extends into the sole
- Antimicrobial sock coating to prevent unwelcome interior guests
- Some runners find the upper uncomfortable.
- Some runners feel it runs narrow.
6. Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 31
The Zoom Air Bag, rather than foam, cushions the heel making for a quicker, more responsive shoe. Additional re-design elements minimize deformation with weight transfer, creating a newer, faster Pegasus.
The pink Pegasus 31 is hard to forget. Through the mesh upper, a lime green under-layer is just visible enough to add interest and highlight to the already brilliant pink. This green is carried into the mid and rear sections of the sole, offset by the white sole support and black forefoot base.
The trademark in blackest noir serves to slenderize the heel and rear area as well as emphasizing the brand dramatically.
Though not plush, the Pegasus 31 is a comfortable shoe. The Zoom Air Bag is a cushion of fibers attached to a urethane sack in the heel area that provides impact protection and transition for the rest of the gait. Additional comfort is provided by the flared outsole and interior cushioning.
- Fast shoe for daily workouts
- Remarkable variety of colors available
- Firm, supported ride
- Bouncy rather than squishy
- This is not the Pegasus of versions 1-30 and traditional fans don’t like the changes.
- Some runners find this Pegasus 31 too firm.
7. Inov-8 Race Ultra 270 P
Some may argue that this shoe is more “melon” than pink, but it certainly qualifies as a member of the pink family, hence its enrollment on this list. Many trail shoes don’t aim for fashion, but the Inov-8 270 is not among them. By adding blue touches in the laces, interior and sole, the shoe has a fast but light appearance sure to intimidate the competition.
Not everyone will agree, but the cute little foot on the toe is a darling element that also reminds us of the toe box protection in this model.
Even veteran trail runners extol the feeling of speed and springy lightness of this shoe. The traction enables you to feel and read the trail without pulling you to the earth. The internal cushioning is just right for this race shoe.
Excellent value - especially for a trail shoe
- Cool styling and colors
- Great draining trail shoe
- Generous toe box
- Durable and breathable
- Collar and tongue padding is minimal.
- Some runners say it runs small.
- Some runners say the upper is stiffer than necessary.
8. Mizuno Wave Creation 17
The elevated heel of this shoe and the open sole give this shoe an attractive, high-tech appearance. Featuring the traditional wave-pattern sole, this shoe invokes beachy memories.
Cushioned heel strike, breathable uppers and ample toe box are some of the comfort elements in this 17th version of the Wave Creation.
- Good use of pink
- Strong uppers
- Available in interesting colors
- Good traction
- A bit pricey
- Some runners report durability issues.
- Some runners find them too stiff.
- Some runners feel the shoes runs a little wide.
9. Salomon Speedcross 3
The toe box is well-protected to prevent those nasty ouchies on the trail and the inside cushioning makes this a comfy trail shoe.
This cool looking shoe offers fashion-forward colors. There is something about the easy on/easy off laces that lowers the lace profile and makes them more attractive. Salomon designers add contrasting, brighter coloring to the supportive bands that run on both sides of the mid-shoe area, narrowing the appearance and giving it a fast look.
Salomon provides the Speedcross 3 with an Ortholite foot bed for cushioning, very good toe protection with room for toe splaying.
- Sweet color choices
- Very good grip on wet trails
- Excellent traction
- Sticky grip that is still soft
- Some runners feel it runs a little narrow.
- Some runners stated that this shoe can’t transition to the road.
10. On Cloud
These are popular light, responsive shoes with good cushioning and a unique style.
Some runners are still adjusting to the appearance of the On Cloud, but the sales figures suggest that they are certainly coming around. It is difficult to imagine requiring more color options than this shoe offers.
The pink version is more "baby pink" than the other shoes on this list, but is indisputably pink. The contrasting yellow/orange laces and sole detail make this look like a summer time ice cream novelty rather than a serious shoe. Though it certainly is a serious shoe.
- Interesting, non-traditional styling using mixed media
- Colors galore
- Sole provides road cushioning while enabling road read
- Good shoes in the gym
- Road shoe only – the long trench in the sole means you pick up rocks and sticks and every kind of flotsam if you go off-road.
These are our selections for pink running shoes this spring. These will make you feel in the pink of health as you stride into the new season. Enjoy!