What do you look for in a running shoe? Feel? Fit? Style? (hopefully not the sole factor anyway) Ever consider the technology of a running shoe? If you haven’t, give it some thought the next time you’re in the market for a new pair.
If you’re regular Amplify reader, you know I’m always interested in technology, but not just all things digital. For me, technology permeates into all aspects of our lives. It’s not always an app, device, or gadget. That’s what I love about running. Technology has made it’s way into running shoes and I think that’s great thing.
Running shoe technology has been on the rise for some time. I think the increased popularity of running has pushed companies to come up with better shoes with innovation that sets them apart for the competition.
Stability Running Shoe Technology Breakdown
For this post, I’ll examine stability running shoe technology. This is something I’ve come to learn more about as I overpronate and need as much support as possible.
So here’s what you need to know about a few popular brands of stability running shoe technology. The brands I’m discussing were not picked arbitrarily. A couple of them I’ve used and others I know of are from friends.
The concept is based on what a wave really is. Think about an ocean wave. It glides as it moves displacing impact not just in one area.
This technology moves the impact around and redirects it.
The shoes are lightweight so you’re not paying for a heavy shoe with this wave distinction
Brooks’ Midsole Technology takes a shock displacement approach as well and leverages biomechanic innovation to address overpronation:
Brooks DNA leverages cushioning material for the most comfort possible
The Hydroflow is fluid unit positioned in the heel and forefoot really attacks shock when running
A progressive roll bar helps with the transition from midsole strike to pushing forward. This keeps the pronation in check.
This was my shoe before switching to Mizuno. I wasn’t unhappy with Asics but after a number of running injuries I felt a brand change was in order. Nonetheless, Asics are a very popular and respected brand and they have the technology to back it up. Here are the highlights of Asics’ technology:
Shock absorbing gels are used in the front, mid, and rear of the shoe.
SpEVA is a material that improves bounce back and limits midsole breakdown
Asics technology are engineered to shift your body mass forward and as result limit impact on joints
Under Armour’s Spine Technology is light and responsive when it comes to stability. This is probably a shoe I’d like to try for the following reasons:
Lightweight design so that it maintains comfort because of its Micro G foam
Supportive cage design to cancel out weight that is not necessary
Knowing your stability running shoe technology doesn’t just make you a savvy shopper, but lets you understand what’s important when you’re running.
Are you using any of these stability shoes? I know I left others out so leave a comment with your brand and why it works.
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