Jargon buster for buying running shoes
When it comes to choosing the right type of running shoe, it is easy to get lost in all the different brands and styles. There are many types of running shoes, and they all suit slightly different running styles and foot shape.
Running shoe types explained
- Lightweight – for speed workouts, sprints and races, lightweight shoes are the optimal choice.
- Trail – if you’re looking for go for some offroad running, consider trail shoes. They offer better stability and control over rough terrain.
- Stability – stability shoes offer a good mix of cushioning and support. They help prevent overpronation.
- Motion control – for runners with more serious overpronation, motion control shoes help limit the foot rolling while running.
- Cushioned – perfect if you require extra cushioning while running or often feel discomfort when running for long distances.
Running shoe jargon buster
- EVA: The cushioning material in most running shoes.
- Breathable: Man-made fabrics are, cotton isn’t.
- Cushioning: Personal, some shoes are hard, some are soft. Go with what feels comfortable to you!
- Knitted upper: Gone are leather, rigid uppers; now they fit like a sock using a knitted fabric for fit and support.
- Venting: Essential in every running jacket, bar none. They can be zipped or permanent.
- Aggressive lugs: Longer for mud (5mm and longer), less are better for road and hard surfaces.
- Zero drop: Be wary. 0mm is flat, 12mm is closer to your everyday shoe. 8mm is a good punt.
- Pronation: We all pronate to protect our knees, but some collapse inwards resulting in the need for a support shoe.
For more useful information about the different types of running shoes, visit our tips and advice page.