Running shoes categories
Cushioned, Motion Control, Stability, Lightweight, Trail


Why running shoes categories? Because there are different shapes of feet and different amounts of foot motion, the shoe companies develop shoes that do different things. High arched feet are curved, flat feet are straight. Some shoes are curved to meet the needs of high arched feet, and some are straight for flat feet. The rest of the shoes are made semi-curved, we recommend shoes for the shape of foot they fit, and the kind of foot motion they are designed for.

Cushioned shoes are made for feet which have no excessive motion, they donít roll inwards or roll outwards. They are not very shock absorbing, instead they send shock up through the joints to the spine. Cushioned shoes are designed to reduce this shock.

Motion Control shoes are made for feet which roll inwards too much, they overpronate. This is a good shock absorbing foot, which is fine for barefoot activities, but can cause injury if a shoe breaks down and wonít allow the natural movement of the foot. Motion Control shoes keep the foot lioned up so the shoe can absorb the shock without breaking down too quickly.

Stability shoes are a compromise between Motion Control shoes and Cushioned shoes. They inhibit extra motion, at least a little, but also provide a good amount of cushioning.

Lightweight shoes are light. They may have cushioned characteristics or stability characteristics (Motion Control shoes are heavy so won't be Lightweight). They are classified here as being under 315 grams for Men's size 9.

Trail shoes have outersoles and features which make them suited to rocky, brushy, dusty, uneven, muddy... you know, trails


Text: © Run The Planet

This article has informational purpose and  isn't a substitute for professional advice.

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