There are 3 main shoe types for running, with any number of hybrids. The type that is best for you depends on how your feet and how they move when you run. All 3 types come in many different brands. Brand is usually not nearly as important as fit and type. The team at the Run Clinic can help guide you in your future shoe selection.

A motion control shoe helps to control excessive medial (toward the middle) motion, often referred to as pronation with dual density midsoles, roll bars or foot bridges. This medial (inside support) support slows the rate of over pronation.

Stability shoes combine cushioning features and support features into its design to provide support and shock absorption.

Cushioned shoes emphasize enhanced shock absorption and can assist in motion for a foot that moves less.  Materials are often incorporated into the soles to enhance the cushioning properties of the shoe such as air cushions, gel, and HydroFlow.

No matter what type of shoe is recommended, or what brand & style you prefer, make sure to try the shoes on and jog & run at least a short distance to ensure fit, comfort and that they don’t create or contribute to any pain or discomfort. 

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