The Best Running Shoes For Every Type Of Run

26/10/2021 Off By Admin

You know what you want from your running shoes: lightweight, cushioning, support, and a comfortable fit. Of course, the most important part of any shoe is your experience over the hundreds of miles you’ll take it on. To help you find your next great pair, and to get a sense of how updates to your favourite road or trail shoe may change how it fits or performs, we review hundreds of men’s and women’s shoes each year.

How Test Shoes.

Has the most comprehensive shoe testing process in the industry. After a month of running more than 100 miles in their respective pairs, testers report back their findings on features like fit, comfort, performance, and ride. While they’re putting miles on the shoes, the same models undergo a battery of mechanical tests in our RW Shoe Lab, where we objectively measure each shoe’s cushioning, flexibility, sole thickness, and weight. Test editors combine their own experience in the shoes with data from the lab and feedback from our wear-testers to create reliable, useful reviews of every pair we run in.

Does A Shoe’s Cushioning Matter?

Some runners care a lot about weight, and research shows that you expend more aerobic energy with heavier shoes. Lighter shoes typically have less cushioning, which can make them feel faster, but new midsole foams now make a plush ride possible without adding much heft to the shoe. If you’re going long distances, some extra cushioning might be a better option, as it provides impact absorption.

To test softness, go to Shoe Lab to take individual measurements of both the heel and forefoot since the overall experience can vary based on where a runner touches down and toes off. The cushioning scores are given on a scale of 1 to 100, with one being the firmest. In addition to those key stats, we also look at the shoe’s stability features, flexibility, and energy return to help you find one you’ll love.

 

 

What Does “Drop” Mean?

A shoe’s drop – sometimes referred to as offset – is the difference between the heel and the forefoot measurements, or how much your toes “drop” below your heel. It’s important because a higher drop can lead to more heel striking and also transfers some strain away from the lower leg and up toward the knee. Conversely, a lower offset will shift that load farther down the chain of motion during your gait cycle to the calf and the Achilles. Neither option is necessarily better than the other. When deciding on a shoe’s drop, choose what feels most natural and comfortable to you, taking into account your personal running mechanics and injury history. Many shoes have a drop between 8 and 12mm, but some shoes have less than 6mm. A few based on minimalist designs have no drop.