Running Tech....Intro Class is in Session

Posted on August 22, 2015 by Greg Lehmann | 0 comments

So why should you visit the gang here at Play when its time for new running shoes?  If our wide selection of the best of breed shoes, deep size availability, runner's lounge complete with espresso and ice cold water, and an amazing team of shoe specialists isn't enough of a reason....well let's go deeper into the science of great running shoes.

I'll try to keep this pretty high level.  We could get all runner-geeky pretty easily....but we'll leave that up to other web sites to deal in some of the minutiae. 

Let's first figure out what type of runner you are....although basic....if you don't know that, its going to be tough to get the shoe for your running style.

If you look at anyone running, it looks like everyone is doing essentially the same thing....other than crazy fast runners who appear to be floating above the ground....but I'll assume, for now, you don't fall into that category.  But if you look closer at exactly what the foot is doing, there are some pretty significant differences in running style which will significantly impact which shoe models you should consider purchasing.

The majority of runners start their running stride with their heel impacting the ground first.  The arch then absorbs the impact, rebounding with a gentle inward roll (pronation) allowing the front of your foot to then propel forward to complete the stride.  That's a pretty basic breakdown....but sufficient for now.  There are degrees of difference in each of these stages, and that's where shoe technology comes into Play.

If you look at your current pair of running shoes, it is pretty easy to see which category you fall into:

Pronation shows a wear pattern centralized to the ball of the foot and a small portion of the heel. It is the foot's natural inward roll following the heel striking the ground.

Basic (neutral) pronation helps absorb impact, relieving pressure on knees and joints. It is a normal trait of neutral, biomechanically efficient runners.

Over-pronation is identified by wear patterns along the inside edge of your shoe, and is an exaggerated form of the foot's natural inward roll.

Over-pronation is a common trait that affects the majority of runners, leaving them at risk of knee pain and injury. Over-pronators need stability or motion control shoes.

Supination (also called under-pronation) is marked by wear along the outer edge of your shoe. It is an outward rolling of the foot resulting in insufficient impact reduction at landing.

Relatively few runners supinate, but those who do need shoes with plenty of cushioning and flexibility.


Let's leave it there for now....if you understand how exactly your foot is managing the running process, you can start the selection process of your NEW favourite running shoes.

Class is over....head down to Play to apply some of what you've learned.  We carry shoes in all of the categories from all the leading shoe manufacturers - Nike, Saucony, Brooks, New Balance, Asics, and more.



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