What Are Stability Running Shoes?

Natalie Cecconi
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A Simple Pronation Test

Did you know that when you shop at the store for new running shoes, there’s an easy way to choose the right shoes?

The V-shape balance board test is one of the best ways to evaluate your pronation and determine which kind of shoes you need.

The test can be conducted in the store or at home on a rigid floorboard that’s cut to a 45-degree angle. (Once your shoes are worn, they can bed a bit more flexible than when new.)

Find a smooth floor or stand on something hard on your feet height (e.g. the stairs or a floor mat), and put your heels at the balance point on the chart. Next, lean slightly forward until you feel a slight tension in the center of your foot. Most people will naturally land at the AE line. Then, compare the distance of your feet from the balance point for the AE line and the DG line.

If there’s more space between your feet when you land on the DG line (i.e. towards the outside of the board), then you pronate to the outside of the foot, which is referred to as over pronation. You’ll need a motion control shoe. When a runner over pronates, the foot rolls inward when the foot hits the ground.

Which Type of Runners Will Need a Pair of Stability Running Shoes?

Having that good sense of stability and that “feel good” feeling during your daily runs are some of the most important factors when running. Unfortunately, some heel strikers will feel pain or will be less comfortable with a regular shoe over time. This is when a supportive and well-cushioned stability running shoe can make a world of difference.

Stability running shoes are built with a low heel-to-toe drop and ideally with good under-pronation control to not only protect over-pronation prone runners, but also for those with neutral feet who need some guidance as well. Some may also provide good arch support and excellent cushioning for the whole foot.

While the idea that only those who over-pronate need a stability running shoe is a common misconception, stability running shoes can certainly make a big difference in the healthy foot development of any non-super-human runner, no matter what their running style may be.

What Are Stability Running Shoes and How Do They Work?

Why do you think that balance is such an important part of running? Isn’t it obvious? Falling over can really hurt!

When we run, we provide our own resistance. This includes the power from our muscles. But this is only one part of the tale.

We need to bear the weight of our body too. And that’s done by means of shifting weight forward from the back foot to the front foot after every step. And this is when the stability running shoes come in handy!

What stability running shoes do is that they reduce the energy you need to provide yourself with balance.

They do that by taking over the job of running to prevent you from being toppled by keeping a firm footing on a variety of surfaces.

There is also a theory that stability running shoes can help prevent injuries by preventing impact to your joints. But this has not been proven yet.

All in all, these shoes work to keep you steady and stable in your run, and to reduce the strain on your muscles, ligaments, and joints.

However, this is not to say that you should be wearing your stability running shoes on every run you do.

A lot depends on the surface on which you are running. A lot of runners skip stability running shoes when they are on a treadmill or are working out indoors on a concrete surface.

Are Stability Running Shoes for Everyone?

Running shoes are categorised as Road, Trail, or Stability. This refers to their intended use and is not related to their level of cushioning. Several types of categories exist, but for simplicity, the most common are those for flat ground running (also called Road Running shoes), Trail running shoes, and Stability running shoes.

Road Running shoes are built for runners who run on flat and even surfaces without lots of obstacles. They are lighter, more flexible, and have minimum cushioning to allow the foot to bend for a more efficient stride.

Trail running shoes are built for running over uneven terrain such as sand or rocky paths or surfaces and also trails through woods or densely forested areas. They are heavier, have a more rigid sole, and are more cushioned to protect the feet from the uneven surfaces.

Stability running shoes are built for runners who have a tendency to over pronate when running. Over pronation is a condition where the foot and ankle rolls inward too much and in a way that the arch actually flattens when the foot strikes the ground.

This is common for those who have low arches in their feet. Stability shoes allow for more movement in the foot and provide a firmer and more supportive platform for the foot. This allows the foot to actual over pronate while still providing some stability and taking the strain off the plantar fascias and other stressed areas.

Features to Look For If You Need Stability Running Shoes

Stability running shoes are ideal for those with weak ankles or knees, flat feet, and people that pronate. They provide more cushion and support than most other running shoes. You have to go through a different process when searching for stability running shoes as opposed to regular running shoes. In the past, stability running shoes were clunky and unattractive, but that’s not the case anymore. You’ll find bright and colorful running shoes, just like regular running shoes, but with a stiffer midsole. They are highly recommended for people that love to run or jog over distances or trails.

Now that you know what they are, you most likely have some questions.

What Differentiates a Stability Running Shoe from a Regular Running Shoe And

What should you look for when you are searching for stability running shoes?

In this article, we’ll take a look at the things you should consider before you let a salesperson sell you a pair of stability running shoes. Of course, you should first go to a shoe store where you can talk to the salesperson to find the best pair for you.

Final Thoughts

Thank you so much for downloading this book!

I hope this book helped you learn more about your staple pieces of gear and each product’s features, benefits, and price point.

The next step is to go out there and buy the best gear that you can afford to suit your needs and lifestyle.

WRAPPING IT Up

Thank you so much for downloading this book!

I hope this book helped you learn more about your staple pieces of gear and each product’s features, benefits, and price point.

The next step is to go out there and buy the best gear that you can afford to suit your needs and lifestyle.

Thank you so much for downloading this book!

I hope this book helped you learn more about your staple pieces of gear and each product’s features, benefits, and price point.

The next step is to go out there and buy the best gear that you can afford to suit your needs and lifestyle.