MENS CUSHIONING (NEUTRAL) SHOES
Recommended for runners who need maximum midsole cushioning and minimum
medial support. These shoes are best for biomechanically efficient
runners (minimum pronation) and midfoot or forefoot strikers with high
or normal arches.
When you run or walk, you land on the
outside edge of your foot and roll inward. This entirely normal inward
rolling is called pronation. For most runners, the pronation stops at a
healthy point. However, some runners roll inward too much. This
excessive inward rolling is called overpronation. Runners who
overpronate should wear support or control shoes, which contain special
foams and devices that are designed to limit overpronation. Runners with minimal pronation should wear cushioning shoes.
How can you tell if you overpronate? Here's the easiest way. Take off
your shoes, whether your normal work-a-day shoes or your running shoes,
and put them on a table with the heels facing out toward you. Now study
the heels. If they are fairly straight and tall, you do not have an
overpronation problem. If the heels tilt inward (toward the arches), on
the other hand, you are probably an overpronator, and should try
motion-control shoes. Many (but not all) overpronators are bigger,
heavier runners with flat feet.