How are Running Shoes Made

Running shoes are constructed in all different ways. Which ones you buy depends on what your feet are like.

So it's time to buy another pair of running shoes. It's the part about running you hate the most. There's oodles of choice, tons of brands and you don't have a clue where to start. Then you read somewhere about pronation, supination, gait cycle, over-pronation and high arches and now you're really confused. Don't worry, I felt just the same way, but it's really not that difficult. All you need to know is running shoes nowadays are constructed in different ways for different people's needs. Figure out your needs, and choosing a good running shoe is cake from there on out.

Start by deciding what kind of foot you have - always a good move, so you don't end up pulling a Cinderella's ugly sister moment, with that pretty shoe not fitting you even if you force it with a lug iron. Look at these terms first, and choose the one that applies to you the best.

Pronation means the arch of your foot is designed to roll inward, which makes it absorb the shock of running. If your feet have over-pronation that means they roll inward too much when you run. The opposite is supination, where your feet roll out when you run. If your feet have a high arch, that means they don't roll in enough when you run. Shock isn't absorbed correctly and you could end up with mind-bending pain in your feet, ankles, knees or hips every time you run. Your gait cycle basically starts when your feet contacts the ground and ends when it contacts the ground again - something you should also consider when buying running shoes.

o, that's out of the way, now let's look at the shoes. Running shoes are constructed in different ways depending on the needs of your foot. For most runners, a pair of Stability Shoes is perfect. Stability shoes have some support and lots of great cushioning and are awesome for people who have normal or medium arches with just a little over-pronation.

If you've got a high arch and supination then Neutral Cushioning Shoes are for you. They have seriously cool midsole cushioning and that will give you the extra cushioning you need because your feet aren't doing the right job as shock absorbers.

Motion Control Shoes are your thing if you've got flat feet and are a really bad over-pronator. They have extra support to stop over-pronation and the soles are usually wider and flatter, which is also fabulous for runners who are heavier.

You can also buy Trail Shoes if you do a lot of off-road running. These are constructed with good traction in mind and come in the Stability, Neutral Cushioning and Motion Control shoe models too.

See, I told you it wasn't too bad. So, before you go order your next pair of shoes from Zappos, figure out what your feet look like and what shoes you'll need. Then hop online, head right over to Zappos, where you'll find they even have their running shoes organized by type. Easy to look at tons of models of shoe and easy to buy. What more could you ask for?