The Five Running Shoe Categories

The Five Running Shoe Categories

Running shoes are usually divided into the following five categories:

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Neutral

Neutral shoes are for runners who are neutral or under-pronate. Some shoes may also be appropriate for mild over-pronators. Under-pronators should wear a pair of well-cushioned neutral shoes.

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Racers

Racers are designed for racing or very fast training, such us track work. These shoes are very light, but offer limited protection. Some provide support for over-pronators.

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Support

These shoes have the same kind of cushioning technologies as neutral shoes, but they also feature extra support and guidance to slow and reduce over-pronation.

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Motion Control

People that over-pronate more severely and heavier runners who over-pronate may choose these shoes because they provide extra support and guidance.

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Lightweights

This type of shoes is designed for fast training or racing but offer less protection than regular training shoes. They are also either neutral or supportive.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.

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