Some people are often confused by the wide array and different types of running shoes that are available in the market today. Walk into an athletic shoes store and chances are you will find yourself faced with so many choices it will be next to impossible to find the running shoe that's right for you. While you can pick any one pair to do your running with, you will still be faced with the risk of acquitting foot injuries from inadvertently picking the wrong one. Choosing the correct running shoe can be a complicated matter that can spell either success or failure for your foot health.
Wearing incorrect and ill-fitting shoes not built for running will put you at risk for injury. For instance, picking a shoe designed for walking will give you a difficult time pushing forward because the front part of a walking shoe is more rigid. Picking a basketball or tennis shoe for running will only get you a twisted ankle as these types of athletic shoes are made for side-to-side movement, and not the font-to-back motion design of running shoes.
Running shoes are a sport-specific type of footwear that must provide good cushioning for your heel and should be designed with shock absorption in mind. Running shoes should have a flexible forefoot for maximum momentum when you push your foot off the ground, and an Achilles notch at the back.
The first thing you need to do to ensure your foot health is to go to an athletic shoe store that specializes in running shoes. These stores are usually owned or managed by running experts who have their own running experiences and have the necessary knowledge about which running shoe to pick for the shape of feet you have, the amount of stability and cushioning you need, and the kind of running you are planning to do.
For competitive runners, the best type of shoes are known as Running Flats. Running Flats are good for short distances, particularly if you happen to be a biomechanically inefficient runner. Another running shoe category is one that comes with spikes. Spikes work well if you are a track sprinter, and some spiked shoes are built to go long distances.
Lightweight trainers are a category of running shoe that is designed with more cushioning and support compared to racing flats. It is build as light as possible for long distance running as well as short distance racing. Lightweight trainers are a favorite training shoe of competitive runners. A stability running shoe, on the other hand, is designed to control pronation but comes with limited cushioning.
With motion control running shoes, while no cushioning is provided, it stabilizes the foot and controls extreme pronation. Trail running shoes are moderately stable and have bottom parts that are designed to give more traction
With these factors and categories in mind, you will have an easy time picking out the best pair of running shoes guaranteed to give you comfort, support, traction, momentum, shock absorption, and above all, optimum foot health.