A comfortable running shoe is a shoe that fits, but finding one isn’t always that easy. With so much going on in the world of footwear – a new celebrity endorsed model seems to come out every week – it can sometimes be a daunting task when looking for the right running shoe for you.
Since you spend a lot of time in your footwear, it’s worth the time and effort to understand your own requirements before investing in a pair of shoes. Road running shoes (or just ‘general-purpose shoes’, which you may know them as) are designed with two main purposes in mind: to maximize traction and to protect you from impact. Buying the wrong shoes which don’t adequately support your natural movement can potentially incjure your feet injured not properly support and protect them.
One of the most important things to consider when buying running shoes is pronation. Pronation refers to the way that your foot rolls whenever you walk or run. This is important to factor in when choosing the right shoe to buy, as your footwear should always support your pronation pattern. There are a number of different styles of trainer you can get top provide proper support based on your pronation pattern.
Maximum support running shoes are designed for people who overpronate, whose feet roll excessively. This destabilizes the foot, which requires a shoe with high density material on the inner side of the shoe to stop the heel turning on it. These maximum support shoes generally have carbon rubber outer soles (for durability) and are built on a straight last (the structural mould of the shoe) to offer maximum ground contact and stability.
Cushioned or ‘neutral’ trainers don’t typically feature motion control designs, and as a result are the some of the lightest footwear on the market. Built on a curved or semi-curved last to feel softer underfoot and enable faster running, this kind of shoe is great for people with neutral foot types that don’t tend to pronate.
If you have a neutral foot type but are a bit heavier, you may prefer structured cushioning shoes which offer a little more support. Also known as stability shoes, these trainers are for those looking for a mixture of motion control and cushioning. They are a lot lighter than maximum support running shoes, but still offer excellent support for the foot. Generally built on straight or semi curved last, these are the most popular training shoes.
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