Jargon buster for buying running shoes
- 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.