Let's continue focusing on how to choose your running shoe. So far, we've looked at the types of running shoes out there, our feet and the bimechanics of our running style. Please keep in mind for the best result in figuring out your running style, it is best to consult a podiatrist or physical therapist. Another couple of suggestions are on your next run, take a friend along and have them record your running from behing focusing on the foot action. Or better yet, take a look in your closet. If you own a well used pair of running shoes check the ear pattern on the soles.
If you have a neutral stride, your sole wear is centralized to the ball of your foot and and small portion of the heel.
Overpronation is identified by wear patterns along the inside edge of your shoe.
Supination is marked by wear along the outer edge of your shoe.
All Road Running Shoes and Trail Running Shoes come with each of these special features, be sure to choose the one specific to your running style and foot.
Cushioning Shoes provide elevated shock absorption and minimal medial (arch) support. Mostly for those who have high or normal arches. Cushioning shoes are also good for neutral runners on pavement or hard packed surfaces.
Stability Shoes helps decelerate basic pronation. They're good for neutral runners who exhibit mild to moderate overpronation. They often include a "post" (firmer areas added in the shoe to create harder-to-compress sections in the midsoles). Due to their extra support features, virtually all trail running shoes fall into the stability style, with very few in the cushioning.
Motion Control Shoes offer features such as stiffer heels to counter overpronation. They're best for runners who exhibit moderate to severe overpronation.
I hope you enjoyed these articles, be on the look out for the "Shoe Construction 101" article that will be coming soon.