What Running Shoe Is Number One?
Many of you no doubt tore into the latest issue of Runner's World (Issue 2/2019) to check out newest running shoes on the market. All the major brands were represented with their latest editions that included updates to midsole materials like EVA, PU, TPU & PEBA X and different levels of cushion and stability options. It is important when selecting your shoes that you take the time to understand how your foot functions at the moment of impact and at toe off. It may seem natural to think that everyone is the same in this aspect but truth be told, we all have different influencing factors (i.e. weight, hip range of motion, foot stability, foot shape, big toe strength, etc.) that impact our running form and ultimately our performance. Selecting a shoe based on "coolness factor" or color should not be the first indicators you consider when choosing your running shoes. While the Nike Zoom Vaporfly worn by the likes of Galen Rupp and marathon world-record holder Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, keep in mind that Kipchoge weighs in at 114 pounds. Both have superb running forms with fluid strike patterns that are complimented (not caused by) the shoes they wear. This is not a call to starvation dieting to merit a pair of racers! On the contrary, we use this example to point out that whether running for fun or competition, running in the correct shoe can make a big difference in the quality of your experience. Don't just settle for whatever everyone else is wearing. Take a deep dive into understanding how your foot functions, twists, bends, folds at the toes and responds to impact. Its not a matter of what is the best shoe out there. Its ultimately about which is the BEST shoe that compliments your body's abilities and running style. Check out the reviews for the hundreds of running shoes that includes reviews by runners and experts. See where your favorite shoes ranks and why: