Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Types of Running Shoes

We have prepared a Running Shoe guide to show you the variation in running shoe types in relation to your individual running action (gait).

- Over pronation / Stability (1st in the photograph): For runners with an less stable foot strike, rolling from the outside edge of the heel inwards through to the ball of the foot. These shoes incorporate a stability structure along the middle of the arch to help control this movement.

 - Neutral (2nd): For runners with a more stable and straighter heel to toe foot strike. These shoes will offer a balanced level of support and cushioning for the whole of the foot.

- Minimalist (3rd): For runners wanting a more natural bare foot running experience, forcing a more forefoot landing running gait. These are very light but with less cushioning and under arch support. Lightweight Race day shoes can also fall under this category, and are available in both neutral and stability versions.

- Trail (4th): For runners looking to run off-road in woods, fields, over muddy ground and loose rocky surfaces. They have a more aggressive and deeper tread for better grip, with tougher materials used for shoe upper. Some maybe made waterproof for added comfort (Available in both neutral and stability versions).

- Cross-Trainer (5th): These are for people who do a mixture of running, gym classes or other indoor activities. These shoes offer more support for twisting and sideways movement. Many will often use less mesh material on the upper of the shoe, favouring leather or synthetic leather panels.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We offer a free Running Shoe assessment service at both Stores. Where you can be assessed using our Motion Quest Cube, to help us identify the best type of shoe in relation to your individual running gait.

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