What To Look For In Running Sneakers

Learn the important factors in choosing a running sneaker, and get a shoe that's right for your needs.

Every runner has their own personal needs and requirements for their runnings shoes.Thankfully, today running sneakers and trainers come in such a wide variety of options and styles that runners are able to personalize and choose among a huge number of options and accessories.So check out this quick guide to running shoes and their features, and find out what you should keep an eye out for when buying your next pair.

Shoe Type:

A running shoe is more than just something you wear on your feet, they are designed to protect and assist the movement of a runner's feet, and to absorb shock and make it as easy as possible to run.Thus, running shoes must be able to react and perform according to a runner's specific needs.Each runner's feet are different, and have a different shape as well as motion while running.Thus, a running shoe should match the type of foot and the style of running of its wearer.There are three basic types of feet, and three types of running shoes which correspond to them.

Flat Foot: A foot with a low arch, flat feet generally have an inward motion.When running, the foot strikes the ground with the outside of the heel and rolls inward.Over time, this can cause injury or fatigue.A motion control or highly stable running shoe should be used to reduce the amount of roll.

Arched Foot: The opposite of the flat foot, an over-arched foot does not have enough contact along the middle of the sole.This makes them poor shock absorbers, and over time can lead to foot injury.Cushioned running shoes with increased flexibility should be used to reduce shock and encourage motion in the heel.

Normal Foot: A normal foot should strike on the heel and roll inward slightly to reduce shock.Because these feet are fairly good shock absorbers and have sufficient sole contact, they do not require motion control shoes.Most straightforward running shoes are designed for normal feet.

Shoe Material:

Next, there is a range of materials used in various types of running shoes, each with its own benefits and uses.Many shoes use a combination of these materials, to balance the performance of a shoe in many categories.The various parts of a running shoe all have their own design.

Outer Sole: The bottom of a pair of running shoes, the hard outer sole is usually made from some kind of rubber, for extra durability and grip on the road.The outer sole can be made from carbon rubber, with a dense and stiffer feel, or blown rubber, which is lighter and more flexible.

Mid Sole: Mid soles are designed to provide cushion and shock absorbency for a runner's feet.Because of the importance of proper cushioning, the mid soles are one of the most important parts of a running shoe.Most mid soles are made out of either EVA foam or Polyurethane. Polyurethane tends to last longer than EVA foam, but is slightly heaver and has less bounce.EVA, on the other hand, may be lighter but has less stability and strength.Some running shoes use a combination of materials in the mid sole, or use advanced design, such as air-filled bladders or compressed materials to increase a shoe's performance.

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