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The Light Weight Running Shoe

Benefits of Lightweight Running Shoes

JUN 15 2008

More and more people are choosing the lighter way to live life. Walking and running is a part of everyone's daily routine. Whether for exercise, going to work, or doing everyday chores the basic thing we do is use our feet to get us to where we want to go.

The use of lightweight running shoes is the "thing of today" for running shoes. Gone are the bulky, high-cut, 'boat-size' trends.

It's not the fashion that matters anymore, but the comfort. People look for protection and durability in shoes. But at the end of the day, people drag their feet to bed, toss their heavy-duty shoes, rest their worn-out feet and wish their feet would stop killing them.

Lightweight running shoes are designed to give comfort and more running efficiency with its lightweight materials. Lighter yet as durable as the former heavy materials. The weight itself is a big factor. Walking and running becomes fluid. It's just like going barefoot but with thicker soles. It's important that the leg feel the foot as part of the body. Heavy shoes can change the feeling psychologically, deteriorating speed and acceleration.

Almost all kinds of running shoes are available in lightweight. Each one is designed for different use and preference. Some are designed with thin soles, ‘Lightweight Flats’, with lesser materials, is the lightest of them all.

Also known as Racing Shoes, as the name indicates they are for racing, oftentimes referred to as ‘Racing Flats’. These shoes have minimal amount of cushion and support. Studies have shown that racing flats can lower times by four seconds per mile. This is ideal for steady running or walking for those with a natural gait. It is recommended for those who weigh sixty kilos or less.

‘Lightweight Trainers’ are designed for racing and speed work. This type of shoe basically has no medial support. If you use these shoes for daily training, beware of costs of the light weight because it has fewer cushions, less stability, and less durability. ‘Lightweight Stability’ shoes are sometimes referred to as support shoes. They are designed for mild to moderate overpronators. Stability shoes give medial support to slow down pronation. The majority of runners can run well in stability shoes.

‘Lightweight Cushioned Stability’ shoes have more advanced cushioning and stability. It is generally considered a high-end stability shoe. It is ideal for heavier people. The cushion absorbs more pressure and gives a more comfortable feeling when hitting the ground. This is also ideal for people who over pronate, or for those who have flat arches. It gives stability and support to prevent users from having injuries caused by over pronating.

‘Lightweight Neutral’ running shoes are designed for biomechanically efficient runners who do not need active support inside their shoes. ‘Lightweight Trail’ shoes feature aggressive traction, water resistance, extra upper protection, and generally a darker color scheme. These have added stability for uneven trails and extra forefoot protection to prevent stone bruises.

‘Lightweight Walking’ shoes are aimed towards the fitness walker who wants the varied stability and comfort of a running shoe but with the conservative visual appeal of a walking shoe. It is important to wear the right kind of running shoes, so know and choose the right one for you.

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