As one gets more involved in running, it becomes clear that there are some important factors regarding the purchase of a pair of running shoes. You may become aware of this through conversations with your running friends, or perhaps from articles that you have read in running magazines. Perhaps you have been experiencing some type of pain or injury, and have been advised by another runner, or even a medical professional, to get into the "right" pair of shoes. What does this mean?
At Big Dog Running Company,
we have the technology and experience to analyze your feet and your running gait in order to determine the category of shoe that is best for you.
There are three basic categories of running shoes. These are referred to by slightly different names, depending on whom you are talking to. At Big Dog Running Company,
we refer to them as Motion Control, Stability, and Neutral.
What do these terms mean, and how do we determine which type is correct for you?
Recommended for runners with low arches who are moderate to severe overpronators. They need maximum rearfoot control and extra support on the medial (arch) side of their shoes. Also best for larger runners who need plenty of support and durability.Stability:
Recommended for runners who are mild to moderate overpronators and generally have low to normal arches. These runners tend to need a shoe with a combination of good support and midsole cushioning.Neutral:
Recommended for runners who need maximum midsole cushioning and minimal medial support. These shoes are best for biomechanically efficient runners with minimum pronation and for midfoot or forefoot strikers with normal to high arches.