A Good Running Shoe

First and foremost, the most important thing when running is to make sure you wear the correct shoe. There is no single shoe that works for everybody. Things such as your bio mechanics, your weight, the surfaces you run on, and the shape of your feet help determine which shoe is best for you. One person’s ideal shoe can be terrible for another person.

Running shoes are divided into four main categories:

Stability
Recommended for runners who are mild to moderate over pronators and who generally have low to normal arches. These runners tend to need a shoe with a combination of good support and mid-sole cushioning.

photo 2      BROOKS ADRENALINE

Performance
Recommended either for racing or, if you are  bio mechanically efficient, for training. They have varying degrees of support and cushioning, but they’re generally lighter and narrower than other running shoes.

photo 4     SAUCONY COHESION

Neutral
Recommended for runners who need maximum mid-sole cushioning and minimum medial support. These shoes are best for bio mechanically efficient runners (with minimum pronation) and mid-foot or forefoot strikers with high or normal arches.

photo 1     BROOKS GLYCERIN

Minimalist
Recommended for bio mechanically efficient runners who want maximum responsiveness and a stripped-down shoe while retaining an element of cushioning. These are seen as the mid point between neutral cushioned and performance shoes

photo 3     NEW BALANCE 730V2

If you are unfamiliar with what shoe is right for you, it’s best if you check out your local running store so that a expert can guide you. Here are some links to some running stores in the Austin area:

Luke’s Lockerhttp://www.lukeslocker.com/

Rogue Runninghttp://www.roguerunning.com/

Hill Country Running Companyhttp://www.hillcountryrunning.com/

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2 thoughts on “A Good Running Shoe

  1. This was really informative. I never knew there was so much variety in running shoes and know I think I know why I never can find running shoes that feel comfortable. I will totally keep this information in mind next time I buy some new sneakers.

  2. This post was very helpful to me by giving me exactly what I need to know when buying a running shoe. Most people just go with the normal nike or adidas; this post gives insight to brands that specialize in running shoes. Now when I go shopping I will not only know what brands to keep an eye out for but I will know what each shoe has to offer when it comes to the arch, width, ect..

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