The Best Running Shorts Brands for Women

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With the explosion of athleisure wear (especially during the pandemic), you can now find shorts for whatever type of exercise, or leisure, you’ll be practicing. New brands like Girlfriend Collective are giving giants like Nike some fierce competition. Keep reading for our ultimate list of running shorts, from Nike to Girlfriend Collective.



Under Armor

Girlfriend Collective


The Hotty Hot High-Rise Short from Lululemon has everything you need for running: four-way stretch, mesh panels for maximum ventilation, swear-wicking fabric and multiple pockets. There’s also a drawcord that won’t let tangled up in the wash like other pairs. This short type is only sold online.

The Speed Up Short is good for those who like low-rise pairs. The ultra-smooth and lightweight waistband has connected gel pockets for storage (plus it looks super cute to boot). The liner is quick-drying with additional Lycra fiber. One reviewer said this pair is their holy grail when it comes to running shorts.

Brighten up the grey days ahead with the Track That Mid-Rise Lined Short in a bright shade of lemon yellow. The waistband is flat and won’t dig in while you’re hitting the track. This short type has a variety of different hues, so if you’re not into the neon shades, check out the other 16 options.


First up are the Nike Swoosh Repel Shorts. The mesh-lined fabric provides you with a high-rise fit that’s roomy and comfortable. It has an elastic waist and drawcord, which I love, as you can personalize the fit for running versus chilling out at home before your workout.

Let’s glow! The Nike Aeroswift shorts in a bright shade of mint green are both athletic and aesthetic. The trimmed details add a nice touch of flair, while the ventilated waistband provides breathability, no matter how far you travel. “NIKE RACING” is emblazoned on the black and white drawcord.

Reach for the moon with the Nike Eclipse Shorts. This pair was made with at least 75% recycled polyester fibers, so it’s good for the planet and good for your exercise regimen! We absolutely love the smokey gray color and think it’s ideal for the fall and winter months.

Under Armour

These are the best of both worlds, as the iconic Hannah Montana would say. Under Armour’s UA Play Up 2-in-1 Shorts have sweat-wicking material, anti-odor technology and breathable mesh panels.The knit compression shorts underneath give you all the coverage and support you need for your next 5K. Plus, the elastic waistband is super soft and stretchy.

And the award for coolest pattern goes to…the HeatGear Armour Mid-Rise Printed Shorty! The waistband sits right at your hips and the four-way stretch moves with you, whatever you’re up to. No need to worry about uncomfortable chafing, either. You can wear these alone or layer under your favorite pair of loose-fitting running shorts.

Under Armour’s UA Run Track Shorts let you have total control over your routine. With lightweight fabric and a built-in brief for extra coverage, they’ll take you from the track to a Target run and everything in between. We also live for the crossover hem that adds an athletic touch.

Girlfriend Collective

Okay, this Earth-toned color is absolutely stunning. The High-Rise Run Short from Girlfriend Collective is ultra chic and made with your speed in mind. This pair has tons of positive reviews, with one buyer saying they don’t bunch up or give you wedgies. Score!

Lightweight and airy, the Gazelle Short is named for the world’s fastest land animal. It has a built-in underwear lining, a drawstring waist and roomy zippable pockets. One reviewer said the pockets are sturdy enough to hold her phone, keys and wallet. We also love the inclusion of an older model – they’re rockin’ it!

These have serious 90s vibes! The Trail Short is high-rise and water-wicking. The built-in compression shorts are made from 79% recycled plastic just like the outer ones, along with 21% Spandex. You can also stick a mask or your phone in the convenient zippered back pocket. Pair with legwarmers and a scrunchie for the ultimate nostalgic look.

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