How to pick the right running shoes for you?

We’re always looking for a better way to choose the right running shoe. For a long time, it was believed we wanted to find a shoe that would promote “neutral” pronation. That’s the world I grew up in and what I, along with pretty much everyone else during the time, believed.

Then, we realized that using this method didn’t seem to reduce injury risk. So along came the “just find the pair of shoes that’s more comfortable” theory. It’s one I adopted (and, for myself, it didn’t really change the shoes I was picking). I believe it works well but is it really the best? We haven’t seen injury rates drop dramatically, if at all, since switching to this method.

Well, maybe there’s a new way to find the right shoe for you. This is much more complex than the prior methods and not really ready for the real world. The study of it is also early. One small study so far. However, the idea is interesting. It will be interesting to see follow up studies and, if they pan out, see what they can come up with to allow the method to be used in the real world.

For now, though, I guess I’ll be sticking with the shoe that feels most comfortable.

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