For any runner the most important part of their running kit is what they wear on their feet. Whether you call them running shoes, trainers, sneakers, runners, or anything else for that matter, it is key to be sure what you buy and what you need as a runner to have to hand the very best running shoe for you and your needs. |
Different types of running shoes:
Neutral - These trainers are for runners who are neutral or under-pronate. Some shoes in this category may also be suitable for mild over-pronators. Under-pronators should look for a flexible pair of well cushioned neutral shoes.
Support - These still have the same kind of cushioning technologies as neutral shoes but in addition to this they have a number of other overall features to give extra support and guidance to slow and reduce over-pronation.
Motion Control - People who over-pronate more severely and heavier runners who over-pronate can choose these shoes that provide extra support and guidance.
Trail - specifically designed for off road running .
Lightweights - for use in fast training or racing. Less protection than regular training shoes. These shoes are also either neutral or supportive.
Racers - Made for racing or very fast training (eg track work). These shoes are very light but offer limited protection. Some offer some support for over-pronators.
To find out all about the shoes in each of these categories see our guide to running shoes where we review the trainers to let you know what is suitable for which uses.
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