Picking out a running shoe can be overwhelming. With so many different choices in the market, how do you choose the right shoe for you? One quick way to narrow down the sea of shoes is to identify if you’re a neutral runner or an overpronator (also called “flat-footed”; with excessive inward rolling of the foot during your gait). For overpronators, you’ll usually find extreme wear on the inner side of your running shoes, and they'll tilt inward if you place them on a flat surface. If you’re a neutral runner, pick a cushioning shoe. If you’re an overpronator, pick a stability shoe.
A cushioning shoe is made for both those with a neutral walking or running gait and for those who supinate (or roll outward) during their gait. If the wear on your sneakers looks even on both the inside and outside of the heel, you are probably a neutral walker or runner. A cushioning shoe is the best choice for you.
A stability shoe helps with pronation control. These types of shoes are designed with technology to prevent overpronation such as a Rollbar, TS2, Extended Web, Stabilicore or medial and lateral posts. If the wear on your sneakers is mostly on the inner tread near the ball of the foot, a stability shoe is a good choice for you.
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