Whether it’s for walking or running, knowing which trainers to buy can boost your performance and lessen the risk of injury. As HEALTH explains…
Remember, when buying your trainers for fitness, it is not about the latest trend or fashion but what’s ideal for the type of runner you are. Understanding key factors like high arch, overpronation, and neutral is important.
Foot pronation is a key point in selecting the ideal shoe and in fact, running shoes are developed exactly for different pronation styles. Pronation means how the foot rolls when you walk and
run. It is included in the natural movement that helps the lower leg cope with shock, and happens at the joint under the ankle right after the foot hits the ground. Some individuals pronate more—known as overpronation while some less—known as underpronation, than others. Knowing your particular pronation style is a big factor when choosing a pair of trainers.
Neutral: These are suggested for runners who need optimal midsole padding and are ideal for biomechanically skilled runners who have just a bit of pronation in their foot strike.
Support: These are advised for runners who are mild-to-average overpronators with low to normal arches in their feet.
Performance: These are advised for training and still have support and padding, however weighing around 250 grams or less, are more slender than other shoes.
Minimalist: These are advised for biomechanically skilled runners who want optimal response and a pared-down shoe while keeping some cushioning.