Running Shoe Selection – Part 2
Hello there! I’m Dr. Tanner Melnick from Movemend Rehab and Performance. In this post I’ll be discussing shoe selection for running. I often get questions about the best shoes to buy, especially for those dealing with injuries. I understand that choosing the right pair can be confusing and complex. Personally, it took years to figure out what works best for me.
In this blog post, I aim to shed light on various shoe characteristics to help simplify your selection process.
In today’s market, there’s an abundance of shoe options, each with unique characteristics. However, there’s no one-size-fits-all advice, as finding the right shoe often requires some trial and error. I recommend trying different types of shoes with varying characteristics to determine what works best for your feet and body. When making a purchase, whether in-store or online, ensure there’s a good return policy, allowing you to exchange the shoe if it doesn’t meet your needs after a trial run.
Key Elements of Shoe Selection
Today, I’ve selected a few shoes from my personal running collection, each with distinct characteristics (see video below). Let’s delve into these to help you understand the key elements that different shoes possess.
- Daily Trainer Shoe: This shoe is my go-to for everyday running. It offers decent flexibility, with a medium to high stack height, providing the right amount of cushioning and support. It strikes a balance between flexibility and rigidity, making it ideal for average mileage runs.
- Specialized Speed Work Shoe: Designed for speed workouts on tracks, this shoe is less tall with increased rigidity, providing minimal ground feel. It’s perfect for intense training sessions, offering excellent support and responsiveness.
- Racing Shoe: This shoe is specifically meant for long-distance, high-intensity efforts like marathons. It features a large stack height, considerable stiffness with carbon elements, and is extremely lightweight, ensuring optimal performance during races.
When selecting a running shoe, consider factors like stiffness, foam material, and stack height. Every brand uses different foams to achieve distinct running characteristics. It’s advisable to have a shoe rotation, even with just two pairs, to vary the forces on your feet and body, ultimately reducing the risk of injuries.
Remember, finding the right shoe is crucial, and your preferences may evolve over time. Stay open to trying new options, and prioritize what feels best for you.
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Thank you for reading!