Thinking about running a 5K, 10k, or half-marathon? Don’t know where to begin? Start off by buying a great pair of running shoes!
The Runner’s World can help you to find the perfect shoe, by directing you to find your shoe type. The information below will help you find the perfect fit!
Cushioned Shoes: You should wear cushioned shoes if you are a runner who needs maximum mid-sole cushioning and minimum medial (arch-side) support. These shoes are best suited for bio-mechanically efficient runners (you don’t over-pronate), and mid-foot or forefoot strikers. Runners who do best in cushioned shoes often have moderate to high arches.
Motion Control Shoes: You should wear motion-control shoes if you are a runner who over-pronates moderately to severely. Motion-control shoes will give you maximum rear-foot control and extra support on the medial (arch) side of the foot. Motion-control shoes are also best suited for big or heavy runners who need plenty of support and durability. These runners often have low arches (flat feet).
Performance Training Shoes: You should wear performance-training shoes if you are a runner who wants a light, well-balanced shoe suitable for racing, speed work, or daily training. These shoes are best-suited for fast, efficient runners who want to train in them. Moderate over-pronators can also train and race in some of these shoes.
Racing Shoes: You should wear racing shoes if you have a bio-mechanically efficient stride, don’t have any current injuries, and want an exceptionally fast, lightweight shoe for races. Many runners use performance training shoes or their regular training shoes for races.
Stability Shoes: You should wear stability shoes if you are a runner who needs medial (arch-side) support and good mid-sole cushioning. These shoes are best suited for runners who are mild to moderate over-pronators, and/or need added support and durability.
Trail Shoes: You should wear trail shoes if you are a runner who frequently runs off-road, and are looking for rugged shoes with great out-sole traction and some weather- and water-resistant qualities. Many trail shoes are built low-to-the-ground for added stability on rough trails.
What is pronation? –> When you run or walk, you land on the outside edge of your foot and roll inward. This entirely normal inward rolling is called pronation. For most runners, the pronation stops at a healthy point. However, some runners roll inward too much. This excessive inward rolling is called over-pronation. Runners who over-pronate should wear motion-control shoes, which contain special foams and devices that are designed to limit over-pronation.
How can you tell if you over-pronate? Here’s the easiest way. Take off your shoes, whether your normal workday shoes or your running shoes, and put them on a table with the heels facing out toward you. Now study the heels. If they are fairly straight and tall, you do not have an over-pronation problem. If the heels tilt inward (toward the arches), on the other hand, you are probably an over-pronator, and should try motion-control shoes. Many (but not all) over-pronators are bigger, heavier runners with flat feet.