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How to choose running shoes?

Running shoes are the most important piece of equipment a runner has. They help prevent injury and may help the runner's performance.

How to choose runnning shoes:

All runners need the best protection that running shoes can provide. The running shoe needs to absorb shock, control motion, be flexible and be durable.

Which is the best running shoe?

The Answer: There is no "best running shoe." Every runner is different, and each model of running shoe is different. The challenge is to match the features of each runner to the features of a particular model of running shoe.

What are the different types of running shoes?

Low/Flat

needs Motion
Control

Motion Control Shoes

Motion Control shoes are for runners who generally have a low or flat arch and are moderate to severe overpronators. These shoes have extra support on the medial side to slow excessive pronation. Also good for heavier runners.

Medium/Normal

needs Stability

Stability Shoes

Stability shoes are for runners who have normal or medium arches (the majority of runners), and who are mild to moderate overpronators. These shoes have some medial support and good midsole cushioning.

High/Neutral

needs Cushioning

Neutral Cushioning Shoes

Neutral Cushioning shoes are for runners with a high arch who do not pronate effectively, as well as runners with a midfoot or forefoot strike. These shoes do not have medial supports, but are more concerned with midsole cushioning for extra shock absorption.

How does your foot react when it hits the ground?

Severe Overpronation

Severe Overpronation:

The outside of the heel strikes the ground first and the foot rolls inward excessively, which means the foot and ankle cannot properly stabilize the body.

Recommendations:

Motion Control shoes
Mild Overpronation

Neutral:

The outside of the heel strikes the ground first, and the foot rolls properly to support the body. Your ankle and foot maintain the vertical line of the lower leg.

Recommendations:

Stability shoes
Mild Overpronation

Mild Overpronation (most common):

The outside of the heel strikes the ground first, and the foot rolls properly to support the body. Your ankle and foot maintain the vertical line of the lower leg.

Recommendations:

Stability or motion control shoes
Mild Overpronation

Supination:

The outside of the heel strikes the ground first, but the foot does not roll inward during the gait cycle. This decreases shock absorption.

Recommendations:

Neutral Cushioning shoes with single-density midsoles

Find Your Running Shoes

* Purchase and run in a pair of select technical running shoes and if you are not completely satisfied, return the shoes, in the original box, with your receipt within 15 days of your purchase and exchange them for another pair of select technical running shoes. Exchanges must be made in-store only. Price adjustments may apply. No cash back on returns. Store credit available if price adjustments apply. Standard terms and conditions of the return policy shall apply. Ask a store associate or click below for a complete list of technical running shoes included in this promotion. Excludes Merrell, Salomon, and The North Face.