Choose the Right Type of Running Shoe
Running shoes are usually designed with specific purposes. So you should pick up your running shoes depending on what kind of running you want to do.
Daily running shoe:
- Most durable
- Most versatile option
- Can handle all the running that people commonly do
Lightweight running shoe:
- Best for races or faster workouts
- Less durable than everyday shoes
Trail running shoe:
- Best for running on the dirt
- Typically have a more durable upper
Know the Lingo
Heel-toe drop determines the difference between the amount of material under the forefoot and the amount of material under the heel of a running shoe.
Running shoes commonly have more material under the heel in order to accommodate a stride since the heel is the first part of the foot to hit the ground. This can help absorb the impact of landing. Running shoes that have a lower heel-toe drop accommodate a stride in which the front or the middle of the foot hits the ground first.
Running shoes can be classified as neutral and stability shoes with neutral running shoes making up about 80 percent. They are best for most runners, providing the largest selection.
Meanwhile, stability running shoes are made by technology designed to correct overpronation occuring when the ankle rolls excessively inward with each step, which may increase your chance of injury.
Stack height refers to the amount of material between the foot and the ground. It can vary from minimal to maximal or highly cushioned. Running shoes commonly fall in the middle of the stack-height spectrum.
Those who prefer shoes with minimal cushioning usually enjoy feeling the ground rather than the cushioning to have a more natural running experience. Meanwhile, those who like shoes with maximal cushioning usually like a plush running experience with a lot of impact protection.