Proper running shoes are designed to serve two purposes; one is to absorb the impact on your joints to protect you from injury; the other is to provide greater grip, which will maximise your speed. This can be a bit of a paradox, as generally, a running shoe that is designed to give maximum protection is not optimised for speed, and a shoe design to provide optimum speed is not optimised for preventing injury.
It is widely accepted that running provides one of the highest calorie burns per minute , which makes it an ideal ally for any weight loss goals you may have. However, for people attempting to incorporate regular running into their lifestyle, they can lose interest quite quickly. This is primarily because they don’t feel comfortable doing it, which is because most new runners just throw on a pair of plimsolls and a hoody and hope for the best. However, in order to get the most from your running exploits, you need to invest in a pair of running shoes that provide the right amount of support for your joints.
In my opinion, anybody that is first taking up running should err on the side of caution and opt for support and comfort when you buy a new pair of running shoes.
As a general rule, running shoes can be divided into three distinct categories:
General-Purpose Running Shoes:
The main characteristics of a general purpose running shoe are a hard-wearing shallow tread, and lots of cushioning and support to absorb the impact of landing on the ground (equivalent to roughly three-times your body weight). This type of footwear will also be ideal for any other sports, including squash, tennis and circuit training. You can view a range of general purpose running shoes online at sites like Millet sports .
Trail/Off-Road Running Shoes:
The key difference between trail running shoes and general purpose running shoes is that trail shoes feature a deeper tread, which offers better traction on soft, uneven, and slippery surfaces. Trail running shoes generally have a more durable lining than general purpose running shoes, which is to make them more robust against the type of terrain they tend to be used on.
Source: Millet Sports
These running shoes get their name from having a much lower heel, which consequently renders them much lighter and more efficient than other shoes. However, as a result, they do not provide as much support and cushioning as general purpose running shoes; they should therefore not be used for general training. Racing flats are designed so that they are raised at the front, which encourages you to run on your toes and therefore faster