Whether you pound the pavement, hit the treadmill or train for an epic trail run, having the right running gear is key. Nothing can take you out of your stride or ruin your runner’s high like chafing, wedgies or sweat-soaked underwear. Luckily, the best high waisted running shorts can keep you comfortable and focused as you push yourself to new PRs.
Choosing the right running shorts is an important decision that comes down to your personal preferences, fitness level and budget. There are many options on the market, from classic woven styles to lightweight performance fabrics and even compression-style shorts. You can also choose from a variety of lengths and styles, such as dolphin hems or long inseams. Then, there’s the fit—you want a pair that feels great on your body and stays put while you move.
For our updated guide to the best high waisted running shorts, we relied on our team’s collective experience and research. We updated our original picks, while adding some of our own favorites. These high-waisted running shorts are designed to be versatile enough for easy, base-building runs and HIIT workouts, as well as longer distance races and marathon training.
Our top-pick Oiselle women’s running shorts have a flattering cut, an internal key pocket and a sexy, striped racing stripe that will turn heads as you pound the road or blaze down the trails. The four-inch inseam offers plenty of coverage to prevent chafing and abrasion but is still lightweight and breathable. The back of the shorts features a subtle zippered pocket that’s perfect for carrying identification or a few dollars. The inside of the waistband has a small elastic cord to attach your key and is also big enough for a little storage.
These Nike women’s high-waisted running shorts feature a curved hem that allows for a full range of motion while keeping you cool. The breathable Dri-FIT fabric is designed to draw moisture away from the skin and has mesh insets on the side to increase ventilation. The wide waistband with an adjustable drawcord helps you get a snug, comfortable fit. There’s even a drop-in back pocket for storing your phone.
Nike’s best high-waisted running shorts offer a sleek look that can be dressed up for a casual post-run brunch with friends. The lightweight, simple design is comfortable for easy runs and HIIT workouts. Senior Product Analyst Emma Seymour loves these shorts for their soft, stretchy feel and versatility. They’re available in 26 colors and sizes XS-3XL, and the looser waistband design accommodates thighs of all shapes and sizes.
The Nike Aeroswift running shorts combine comfort, style and performance to help you achieve your next PR. The breathable and sweat-wicking Nike Dry fabric keeps you comfortable during your fastest runs. The curved hem and side-split detail promote a free movement, while the adjustable drawcord gives you a dialed-in fit. The pockets are useful, too; the rear drop-in pocket can hold your phone, and the front pocket has an opening for a key.
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