Running Shoes – What Do You Need?

With many company’s producing hundreds of models in athletic footwear, it can be difficult to find the right shoe for you. There are many factors to be considered such as, your biomechanical foot type, what sport or activity you intend on participating in, the intended running surface, the use of Orthotics (will the shoe alter their prescribed function?) etc.

Broadly, athelic footwear can be categorised into three main groups. These are, motion control, stability and neutral shoes.

Motion Control

This type of shoe has structural features best suited for those runners who over-pronate severely. Most athletes will not require this level of control. We recommend models such as Brooks Beast, Asics Gel Evolution and New Balance 1012 among others.

Stability

The most popular athletic shoes can be found in this category. The structural integrity of these shoes can minimize mild over-pronation while providing a high degree of cushioning and flexibility. The level of stability provided in this category varies greatly between brands. We recommend models including Asics Gel Kayano, Brooks Adrenaline and Mizuno Wave Alchemy.

Neutral

Neutral footwear generally has little or no structural stability or motion control features. These shoes may feature a high level of cushioning and often suit runners who are not excessively pronating or prone to injury. We recommend Brooks Glycerin and Mizuno Wave Enigma among others.

If you have Orthotics or are considering having them made for you, we recommend that you see a Podiatrist before purchasing your new Trainers. Some models may adversely effect the prescribed functioning of your Orthotic devices and this wiil need to be taken into consideration when choosing the correct shoe for you.

To arrange an appointment with one of our podiatrists, give us a call on 08 9304 1898.