Types of Running Shoes

We all have different feet, run in our own ways and even choose different spots and locations to run on. It’s only fair that we all have different running shoes that best suit our feet and running purpose. When it comes to choosing the best running shoes, many people look at the style, brand and comfort without looking at the traction and cushioning. Not considering these two factors can affect the way you run such as how fast or far you run.

Today there are many different types of running shoes that can help us perform better, have a firmer grip on the ground, and offer extreme comfort on our feet. Whether you are running a marathon, jogging around your house or running through your woods, there are shoes that are designed for you!

When looking for the perfect pair of running shoes make sure to consider:

  • Your budget
  • The location you will run such as street, track or field
  • The soles of your feet
  • Comfort

The best running shoes will fit you snug around your arch and still provide a little wiggle room for your toes. The types of running shoes that you choose will greatly depend on the location you are running at.

Road Running- If you are running around your neighborhood on the street or side street, you need road running shoes. These shoes are also designed for marathon running since it is done on the road/pavement. If you are going to be road running for a long period of time, make sure that the heel is thick and can absorb the impact when you run. You also want your road running shoes to be light so that you can enjoy your route.

Track and Field- If you are competing in track and field and cross country races, you need these shoes. Track and field sneakers usually have small spikes at the bottom of the soles to help you stay grounded on the track and prevent slipping. These shoes with spikes are also lightweight which can allow you to run faster.

Trail Running-When it comes to running you always want to challenge yourself and improve. The best way to do this is by running on a trail. Unlike hard pavement or track, trails are less predictable and offer more obstacles such as dirt, rocks, and steep inclines. For this you will need trail running shoes which are usually heavier and fit snug around your heel and arch. Trail shoes should also have some space between the front of the shoe and the tip of your toes. A quarter or half an inch of space is ideal.

These are some of the different types of running shoes that are available today. Wearing the wrong running shoes can lead to injuries, knee discomfort and pain. If you are eager to start running, make sure that you wear the right running shoes that are comfortable and will keep you stable on the road, trail or track.