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Choosing Running Shoes

Running Shoe Buying Guide

JUN 14 2008

Each body make up is different, that includes the feet. Runners must choose foot gear specifically fit and appropriate for their foot shape and condition.

Others to be considered would be weight, running surfaces and conditions, and many more factors.

Running Shoes are often categorized as cushioned running shoes, stability running shoes, motion control running shoes, lightweight running shoes, and trail running shoes. Most have been classified based on a personís biomechanics.

Cushioned running shoes give softness and comfort, convenience and ease, to the wearer. They are padded or fitted with cushioning along the midsoles. They would have less medial support. Cushions are often curved in design for maximum flexibility and motion. This feature is advantageous for those who deal with underpronation as a foot condition wherein oneís feet are immobile or rigid. Those with high arches also benefit from cushioning.

Stability running shoes provide good support for those who deal with overpronation, wherein oneís feet roll inward. This condition can be mild to excessive. Overpronation gives undue and unhealthy stress on the ankles, legs, knees, and even the back. If untreated, expect lots of injuries most especially if you are a regular runner. Stability shoes inhibit and correct overpronation. With good midsoles or rollbar fitting, overpronators benefit much from using them. If you are an overpronator, these shoes will be good for you.

Motion control running shoes are known for firmness and durability. They can be quite heavy though, and a lot expensive. Overpronators will find these shoes of great help with their condition. With good stability and firm support, expect your condition to improve. People wouldnít really need to wear them unless their condition really warrants for such use. Also, if you are simply an occasional or infrequent runner, you may opt to use regular running shoes.

Lightweight running shoes are definitely designed for optimum speed. Sprinters, fast paced runners, and short distance runners would find these shoes ideal for their running program or vocation. Flat footed runners and overpronators may not find them suitable since motion control features are lacking, often absent.

Trail running shoes have deep soles. Their design was meant for rough course running. Traction is well supported and complemented and bumpers are present so as to protect a runnerís toes. Waterproofing or repelling features are built in to ensure good support and usability during bad running conditions.

Running shoes are also classified as performance training running shoes, racing shoes and off-road running shoes. Choose the kind based on the frequency and seriousness of your running habits/discipline and choose the kind based on the path you often expose your feet to.

Performance training running shoes are the same as lightweight running shoes. These shoes are often best for professional and longtime runners. Cushioning is a bit lacking so weigh all options and know your exact foot support requirements before getting these.

Racing shoes are super lightweight, ideal for the fastest runners. Condition and design is the same with performance training running shoes, little cushion and stability.

Off-road running shoes are the same as trail running shoes. They are great for uneven pathways, hills, hikes, and etc.

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