Buying something new can be a lot of fun, but it can also be very frustrating. Buying a pair of running shoes is no different, and due to the nature of our bodies, I wouldn’t recommend running in a pair of shoes just because they’re cheap or affordable.
There are no two people who have exactly the same foot; However, manufacturers have divided the shoes into three different categories: cushioning, stability, and motion control. Within these three categories, there can be many variations, but it’s a good basic guide to start with.
Cushioning: Shock absorbing shoes are shoes that have little or no lateral support. These shoes are ideal for runners who don’t need this support and have neutral feet. Generally this type of shoe will be for the high arch runner. The cases where this type of shoe is not suitable is a case where you are a pronator or an overpronator.
Stability – Stability shoes are a mid-range shoe category that offers a balance of cushioning and motion control. This shoe is for a runner who has a normal arch, lands on the outside of the foot and rolls forward. If you’re not sure where to go, this category is a good place to start.
Motion Control: The motion control category is for runners who really need support in a running shoe. Extreme pronators and overpronators can benefit from a shoe for motion control, as can a runner with weak ankles and other foot problems who would benefit from a shoe with high stability.
Of course, with only three categories as I said above, there is a lot of room for variation. This should only be used as a quick guide on things to look for in running shoes. I would recommend visiting a sporting goods store and asking an employee to look at your feet to give you a good idea of the category your feet fit into. If you have severe foot complications such as extreme pronation, drooping arches, etc., I recommend that you visit a pediatrician. as running shoes alone may not be enough. You may need braces or even simple strengthening exercises to get up and stay standing.
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