Where to Buy the Best Workout Shorts 

Having a good (not to mention fashionable) workout wardrobe is one of the driving motivators to actually get you to, well, go and work out. Because of this, we've made it a goal to search the internet for the top-rated, sweat-wicking, comfortable, and stylish athletic wares. We've already shared with you some of the best exercise shirts to wear during the summer months, so today, we're covering another sporty essential: the all-important workout shorts.

Whether you're running, cycling, or killing it at a kickboxing class, it's so important to have properly fitting sports pants that don't budge but still allow for ease of movement. So, to find the best workout shorts currently on the market, we looked to customer reviews that spoke to each piece's fit, coverage, comfort, and overall design (added pockets, etc.). What we found was that retailers Nordstrom, Amazon, and Target offered a great selection, all at very affordable prices, and we're certain you will find a pair that will adequately suit your exercise needs. Read on to shop 15 of the best workout shorts, period.


"I've been wearing these running shorts for over 10 years, and they are still my absolute favorites. The waistband is now wider, and it makes them even comfier! Don't hesitate, just get them!"

"These Nike running/athletic shorts are amazing! I bought them in every color they had. They are super light and breathable with built-in underlining. And oddly flattering for exercise shorts! They are my go-to shorts for everything. So comfortable, I practically live in them!"

"I bought these on a whim, and I'm so glad I did! They became my go-to shorts for the rest of the summer. Love the color, easy on/off, and perfectly sized snap pocket for storing essentials."

"Excellent for walking, hiking, and even the gym! Has a zip pocket in front for keys. Very comfortable and breathable fabric!"

"Super comfortable for running! True to size and very flattering!"

"I know what I'll be wearing all summer! These shorts are cool, comfortable with some stretch, nice looking, and have an inner 'bottom' for worry-free coverage. They wash and hang dry in no time. The price is very fair for something I'll love wearing so often. Even at size 2X, I feel put together and comfortable. I'll be looking for more colors!"

"These are the perfect shorts for summer! Not too short but you can tie them up if you want a shorter look. Very comfy, and the fit is great too."

"Comfortable and stylish! My favorite pair of shorts. Bought all 3 colors!"

"These shorts are a perfect fit and sit comfortably above my hips. I really like the light lining inside too that doesn't feel like it's squeezing you like some other brands do."

"Fits perfectly. Waistband not too tight. Light and airy for runs, and I like the liner for additional coverage for training sessions."


"Great lightweight shorts for workouts or wear in hot weather. Great fit and seem to hold up well in the wash without any shrinking."

"These are my favorite walking shorts. I bought multiple colors and will definitely buy more. Fit at the waist (you can roll the waistband down 1 turn if you prefer low riders), which I love, and just the right leg length. Loose fit but not sloppy. I don't like pockets, so these are just right."

"I was looking for soccer/running/workout shorts that were longer than the ones I could find in stores. These are perfect. Long enough to stay covered but don't look old-fashioned or like boys shorts. Good quality and durable."

"Very comfortable. Keeps you cool in the heat of summer. Bought one pair and then another two because these are so great for exercise in the summer heat. Would definitely buy again!"

"These are probably the most comfortable shorts I have ever had, I love how deep the pockets are as well—so my phone can slip in without the fear of it falling out."

"Love these shorts! Light, breathable shorts, and the waistband is very comfortable. Will definitely order again and definitely recommend."

"These shorts are perfect and fit so comfortably. I really appreciate the quality and design—the pockets are roomy and well placed, including the back pocket … and sit nicely without adding bulk. The waistband is very comfortable, and the fact that the style of the shorts actually looks fashionable, not sloppy, just adds to my delight."


"These are the most comfortable shorts I've ever owned! I bought 1 pair and after about a week I ordered 2 more."

"As a longtime wearer of Nike and Brooks running shorts, I was totally surprised by how much I love the fit and performance of these shorts! I ended up buying both patterned versions and get compliments on them all the time! LOVE them and wish they came in other patterned options!"

"I love these! I would wear these all day and all night if I could."

"These are the BEST active shorts ever. Love, love, LOVE the longer inseam because I have heavier thighs and most active shorts are not long enough for me to feel comfortable leaving the house in them. Please make more active shorts this length and don't ever get rid of these."

"For whatever reason, I usually tend to have issues finding shorts that are a comfy material, fit just right, and look cute. Well, these shorts fit the bill."

Next up, shop the best workout shirts for summer, all of which would great with any of these sports shorts.