How to Choose the Best Road Running Shoes
A neutral runner usually has high arches and the ideal gait for avoiding injuries, especially over long distances.
You supinate and pronate at the right levels so your feet stay balanced as you run. You should go for a neutral, lightweight trainer.
Runners with high arches usually need a neutral shoe to ensure they’re getting the right support without controlling or restricting the foot.
If you overpronate your foot rolls too far inward when you walk or run, causing pain and unnecessary strain on the overall alignment of your body. Usually overpronators will have flat feet or low arches.
Unfortunately, overpronation is one of the main causes of the most common running injuries so your trainers are vital. Well cushioned and supportive trainers will keep your feet and ankles stable allowing you to run securely.
Underpronation, or supination, is when your foot either doesn’t roll inward at all or rolls outward as it hits the ground. This decreases shock absorption and causes the smaller toes to do most of the work during push-off.
Less than 5% of the population are underpronators and are commonly runners with high arches. You’re best opting for a cushioned but neutral and lighter weight running shoe that will encourage flexibility and motion rather than preventing it.
These features won’t make affect the level of support and cushioning your running shoes give you but they will affect your performance and comfort.
Breathable but water resistant mesh uppers are essential for allowing the sweat and heat to escape while keeping the rain out, ensuring your feet stay dry and comfortable and reducing your risk of blisters, whatever the weather.
Traction is especially important if you’re running in wet weather, even if you’re sticking to pavements and paths. Look for durable soles with a good tread on the sole.
Reflective or hi-viz detailing helps you stand out on the road in the dark and low light conditions.
It sounds silly but the thickness of your sock can make a big difference to the fit and feel of your shoe, especially as your feet expand in the heat. Always wear the socks you intend to run in when you go for a shoe fitting.
Consider a good, technical running sock specifically designed with added arch support and extra padding across the ball of the foot, toes, and the heel.