If you want to choose a pair of running shoes that suit you, you must choose at least from the following four dimensions:
Weight; running posture; application scenario; runner’s own level
The following is a step-by-step introduction to how to choose a pair of running shoes that suits you best:
1. Choose shoes by weight –the most important step
Remember, this step is the most important. If you only look at one standard, it must be this one, so I also put it first:
The greater the body weight, the greater the impact on the knees when running. Weight is also the most important consideration when designing the cushioning level.
When designing running shoes, running shoe manufacturers will also design running shoes according to different cushioning levels. We roughly divide them into three cushioning levels according to their weight (the following weights are for men, and women can roughly subtract 10kg from each level):
<60kg: running shoes for small-weight runners
60-80kg: running shoes for middle-weight runners
>80kg: running shoes for heavyweight runners
The reason for this division is that the cost is the most direct manifestation of different cushioning levels in running shoe manufacturers. Low-cost and low-volume cushioning materials are used for low-weight running shoes, such as the most commonly used EVA material. Large-weight running shoes use higher-cost cushioning materials, such as some variants based on EVA with other materials added, which are also the most commonly used by manufacturers, as well as PU (TPU), etc. Common ones include Adi’s BOOST and Soconni’s EVERUN. The same goes for other outsoles, shoe uppers, and insoles.
2. Choose shoes according to running posture
Body weight determines the level of cushioning, while running posture (arch) determines the type of running shoes:
Low-arch runners with excessive internal rotation need to choose supporting running shoes;
High-arch runners with insufficient internal rotation in the running position need to choose cushioning running shoes;
For runners with normal running posture, you can choose either;
Regarding how to test your running posture and arch conditions, I will teach you a simple way to see the wear and tear of running shoes:
Low arch runners with excessive internal rotation-the inner forefoot and the outer side of the heel are relatively severely worn (severe internal rotation may cause serious wear on the inner side of the heel);
High-arch runners with insufficient internal rotation in the running position-the outer forefoot and the outer heel of the heel are relatively severely worn;
Runners with normal running posture-forefoot and heel wear are relatively even;
3. Choose shoes according to application scenarios
The application scenarios here mainly talk about two aspects:
The first is the road conditions of running shoes, whether they are on ordinary asphalt concrete roads or school plastic grounds, or on uneven roads in the wild. Should we consider rainy conditions? Most of the jogging shoes on the market are aimed at road conditions
If it is a plastic venue, you can consider buying running shoes with a thinner sole, because the plastic venue itself has a certain degree of cushioning. If you buy a too thick bottom, the shoes will be too soft, which is not conducive to the stability of running and will cause problems. The feeling of strength, that is, a little relief;
For the road in the wild, consider that the road conditions are not good, and the feet are easy to be broken. The emphasis is on running shoes with strong resistance to torsion in the midsole and strong stability of the heel.
In rainy conditions, two aspects of running shoes are mainly considered, grip and water resistance. A few manufacturers will specialize some running shoes for rainy days, and some manufacturers will also consider rainy conditions when designing road running shoes. The road is slippery on rainy days. If the grip is not good, it is easy to slip, and the waterproofness of the upper is also the waterproofness of the upper.
The second is the purpose of running shoes, whether it is used for jogging, speed training, or competition. The weights designed in these three scenarios are different.
The main focus of jogging shoe design is “protection and durability.” The weight is not the most important point to consider, it may be a little heavier; the outsole should be more wear-resistant;
Speed training shoes are between jogging shoes and competition shoes. Speed training shoes will sacrifice some protection and take into account some durability. The weight is also between jogging shoes and competition shoes;
4. Choose shoes according to the runner’s own level
With the same pair of shoes, an elite marathon runner feels very light and runs fast, which is particularly cool. A person who just started to run may have a completely different evaluation. This shoe is too unstable. , It’s so tiring to run, and I feel like I’m going to have trouble at any time.
So for those who are just starting to run, do not pursue speed, pursue light weight:
Protection is the most important thing!