Running may be a sport practiced by many, but that doesn't mean it's one size fits all. Every athlete and every body is different, and therefore, everyone requires a different running shoe. How can you decide which one is right for you?. Choosing a running shoe starts with considering where you run. Location, location, location: In other words, the gym, the streets, or trails?
If you're an everyday runner, "road shoes" are a great choice. Designed for pavement and occasional runs on packed surfaces, they are made to cushion and stabilize the body during repetitive strides on hard, even surfaces, like sidewalks, roads, or treadmills. If you prefer to take your run off the beaten path and onto the road less traveled, Eastbay also has a wide selection of trail shoes designed for off-road running. They feature aggressive outsole patterns that provide traction and stability on uneven trail surfaces. Many also have a water-resistant upper to keep your feet dry.
Next, it's important to determine your running gait. Every runner moves differently, and in order to prevent injuries, you need find a shoe that supports and matches your movement. There are three different kinds of running gaits: neutral pronation, underpronation, and overpronation. A neutral stride is the product of your body running and absorbing impact in the safest, most efficient way possible. If you are a neutral runner, you land on the outside portion of your foot, but as you move through the gait, it rolls slightly inward, dispersing the shock of impact across your entire foot. Neutral runners generally have a normal arch. Choose cushioned running shoes to keep your feet comfortable mile after mile.
If you suffer from running injuries like stress fractures, muscle strains and sprains, shin splints, or plantar fasciitis, it might be due to under- or overpronation. Underpronation, or supination, happens when you land on the outside of your foot. Due to a high arch, your weight stays on the outside of your foot throughout your entire stride, causing the impact to be concentrated there. This results in a lack of natural cushioning of the foot. If you're an underpronator, choose a cushioned running shoe to support your high arches and better disperse the forces of impact while running.
Overpronators, your stride begins the same way, striking on the outside of the foot. However, after impact, your feet roll inwards severely. Caused by flat arches, overpronation can lead to severe ankle, shin, knee, and hip pain. If you're an overpronator, look for motion-control or stability shoes to correct the rolling of your feet and allow a more comfortable run. No matter where or how you run, Eastbay has a large selection of running shoes to fit your needs in a wide array of sizes, widths, and colors. As your one-stop shop for all things running shoes, Eastbay won't let anything slow you down.