RUNNING SHOES SELECTION
To Select Running Shoes
and Where To Get Shoes For Running in Houston, Texas.
Just because the shoe
fits….doesn’t mean you should wear it.
All high-end athletic footwear is designed and manufactured to complement
specific foot shapes. Choosing the proper shoe for you depends on many
factors. Do you have a flat foot or a rigid arch? Do you have a narrow
heel, a wide forefoot? Do you overpronate? Wearing the wrong shoe
can jeopardize the health of your feet, legs, knees, and back and lead
to serious injuries.
- Asics Running Shoes
- Nike Running Shoes
- Sacouny Running
- Mizuno Running
- Adidas Running
- Brooks Running
- Puma Running Shoes
- New Balance Running
At Finish Strong Sports, a houston running store with two locations in
Houston, they help runners to recognize the various types of foot structures
and how to match them with the appropriate shoes. They ask you questions
about your fitness activities and assess your foot type. Then, they educate
you about your unique foot structure and why a particular shoe recommendation
is right for you.
Running shoes can be broken into four major categories: cushioned, cushioned-stability,
motion-control and performance training. We’ve described these types
below. Keep in mind that these are general descriptions. Before you make
a decision, we recommend you visit a a specialty running shoe retailer
that has knowledgeable sales associates that can evaluate your needs and
find several options for you to try.
The Cushioned Shoes
Cushioned shoes are best for medium to high-arched runners who are neutral
(no pronation) or underpronators/supinators (outward foot motion).While
running or walking, a high-arched foot strikes the surfacewith the outside
of the heel, but doesn’t roll or pronateinward.
Cushioned shoes come with extra cushioning in the midsoles to help your
feet absorb shock. Their soles have a curved or semicurved shape that
promotes a normal running motion.
Examples: Nike Vomero, Pegasus & Max Motto, Asics Nimbus & Cumulus,
Mizuno Creation & Rider, Adidas Ride & Glide, New Balance 1063
& 758, Saucony Truimph & Ride, Brooks Glycerin, Puma Velosis.
The Stability Shoes
The stability shoe is best for a normal foot shape or average sized
arch. While running or walking, a normal foot usually strikes the surface
on the outside edge of the heel, then pronates or rolls inward slightly
to help absorb the shock.
The stability shoe has more of an added arch support designed to help
correct mild to moderate overpronation. The general shape of the shoe
should be semi-curved.
Examples: Nike Equalon & Structure Triax, Asics Kayano & 2140,
Mizuno Nirvana & Inspire, Adidas Salvation & Sequence, New Balance
1225 & 769, Saucony Hurricane & Omni, Brooks Trance & Adrenaline,
The Motion-Control Shoes
Motion-control shoes are best for runners with flat feet. While exercising,
a flat-arched foot tends to strike the surface with the outside of the
heel and then roll or pronate inward too much.
These shoes are recommended for runners who are moderate to severe overpronators
and need maximum rearfoot control and extra support on the arch side of
their shoes. Motion-control shoes are the most supportive type of running
shoe and are relatively inflexible These shoes are also best suited for
big or heavy runners who need plenty of support.
Examples: Asics Evolution, Nike Neculus, Brooks Beast & Ariel, Mizuno
The Performance Training Shoes
These shoes are recommended for runners who want a light, well-balanced
shoe suitable for racing, speedwork, or daily training. These shoes are
best suited for fast, efficient runners who want to train or race in them.
Shoes in this category are terrific performance-training shoes, light
enough for racing and speedwork, yet durable and stable enough for daily
training. Many are great marathon shoes for runners who can't normally
wear racing shoes for 26 miles. Moderate overpronators can also race in
some of these shoes.
Examples: Asics DS Trainer & Speedstar, Nike Zoom Elite, Skylon &
Luna Glide, Adidas Adi zero, New Balance 904