The Ultimate List of Running Shorts for Women (Lululemon, Adidas, Nike and More)

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With the explosion of athleisure wear (especially during the pandemic) you can now find shorts for basically any activity, especially running. It can be done anywhere, anytime, and it’s a perfect way to get your steps in and test your stamina. Keep reading for our ultimate list of running shorts, from Puma to Adidas to Girlfriend Collective.


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.


The BMW M Motorsport Street Women’s Shorts from Puma feature dynamic motocross graphics to give you that edge you’re craving. The shorts go just above the knee and are made from tight but breathable cotton fabric. Because of the one-of-a-kind graphics, make sure you’re washing and ironing inside out.

Utilitarian chic, anyone? The Puma x Felipe Pantone Shorts in a vivid shade of pink are futuristic, modern and completely daring. The transparent mesh pockets allow plenty of room for all your essentials and have button closures for safe storage. There’s an aesthetic reflective Puma logo on the left leg.

Puma is all about bold colors and prints, and the Graphic Woven Running Shorts are no exception. They have reflective features so you don’t have to worry about drivers not seeing you in low light conditions, plus the moisture wicking fabric keeps you dry as you hit your next mile. There’s a matching jacket, too, if you’re looking for something long-sleeved to wear as we enter the cooler months.


Keep it classic with the Adidas Marathon 20 Shorts. Like the Puma Graphic Shorts above, this pair has 360-degree reflectivity for evening runs. Reviews say they’re ideal for running and lounging during your down time (or during your next WFH shift). Buyers also raved about the comfort level and perfect fit. Sometimes simple is best.

The Primeblue Designed 2 Move Sport Shorts by Adidas are a gorgeous shade of dark red. They’re constructed with Primeblue, a recycled material made with environmental organization Parley Ocean Plastic. The side slits allow easy mobility, which let you throw on these shorts for running, training and any other activity that’s on your schedule.

Adidas teamed up with Finnish fashion house Marimekko to create a line of on-the-go, athletic pieces for women. These shorts have built-in tights and a striking black and white design. Some reviewers say they run a bit small, so it might be a good idea to size up.


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.

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