Welcome back to the Odor Zapper blog! If you caught our previous article, we discussed the finer points of how you’ll know when your running shoes are in need of a reboot and how to go about the refitting process. Finding the perfect running shoe is a crucial part of keeping your fitness levels high and enjoying physical activity. The shoe is such a crucial portion of a workout, especially if you mainly participate in sports with quite a bit of running involved or if you’re a straight outrunner. Finding the right show starts with a category and finishes off with factors including your gait and the activities you participate in. Once you find that perfect pair of trainers, keep them smelling fresh so you can get the expected 500 miles of use out of them before they start to smell up the entire bottom floor of your house.

Reading Your Gait

While this might seem like something you’re going to need help to determine, it’s actually easy to do on your own. Determining how you run, as in where you put pressure on your feet naturally will not only determine the right fit, it’ll decide how you wear your running shoes down first. Rather than try and video yourself running, merely look at your old pair of tennies and check out where the sole is worn down most. There are, in general, around three ways that the sole will wear down, though there might be some variation. Neutral pronation will show wear on the on the balls of your feet and the bottom outer corners of your heels. This imitates the natural inward roll of the foot as the heel absorbs the initial impact. Neutral pronation is known for absorbing impact and easily relieving the pressure on your knees. It’s the run of a practiced runner.

If your running shoe shows overpronation, it’ll look like lots of pressure was put on the inner portion of the ball of your foot and the heel. It’s an exaggerated demonstration of your foot’s inward roll as you run. Many runners have this trait and does nothing to help with your knees and joint issues of the future. If you see signs of overpronation on your shoe you probably need more motion stability in your next pair of trainers. If you have signs of supination on the sole of your running shoes, you’ll see wear on the outer edges of the shoe more than anywhere else. It’s a result of your foot rolling outward at each impact and although very few runners supinate if you find evidence of this habit on your shoes you’ll want to look for a shoe with more cushioning and flexibility. The other type of running is a barefoot or minimalist runner. Most running shoe sort of encouraging your heel to hit the ground first but barefoot shoes have the impact rest on the forefoot or midfoot area and have the proper cushioning to protect your foot in this case.

Choosing Your Type of Running Shoe

Once you have the idea of how your running style works, you can start to determine the proper selection of running show. Understanding the types of running shoes and how that affects your gait will help you make the right selection process so you won’t have to return a couple pairs before finding the one that will treat you right.

Neutral running shoes are, as you’d guess, great for neutral pronators and can even work really well for supinators. They’re classified but their balanced level of shock absorption and arch-side support. You can find a variety of these called super-cushioned shoes that provide 50 percent more cushioning than the traditional versions and have, therefore, even greater shock absorption. If you’re looking for a show to suit your tendency to overpronate, you might look to a “stability shoe.” They prominently feature a post that reinforces the arch side of your midsole and helps to relieve the pressure of overpronation while slowly training your gait away from the bad habit that will certainly take a toll on your knees over time.

Other types of running shoes include “motion control shoes” that can also help people who are known for overpronation their strides. You’ll find they provide a stiff heel and designs that are meant to straighten-out the stride and stop the overpronation. Barefoot shoes provide the bare minimum in protection from potential hazards on your run and have almost no cushion in the heel. They feature what’s called a “zero drop” from your heel to your toe, meaning that the height of the toe and heel are exactly level. You’ll find these will produce a mid-foot strike rather than the heel heavy strike that most running shoes are known for. There’s even the minimalist shoe that will feature extremely light construction and no arch support or heel drop. It encourages a natural running stroke in combination with cushion and flex. Though they are on the rise, they’ll likely only last an avid runner around 300 to 400 miles

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