Finding the ideal womens running trainers can be quite intimidating. With countless brands and styles to choose from, with different technologies and components to understand, it can quickly become a shoppers nightmare. 

Selecting the best womens running trainers comes down to your individual requirements. Forget about the logo and the aesthetic, the most important aspect is to find a shoe that will prevent injury, offer superior cushioning and help you take to the open road with ease. 

Below, we take a look at 3 top tips to help you choose the best womens running shoes for you.

  1. Know the purpose of your running shoe

There are a variety of running styles and with that in mind, there are shoes designed to suit specific running styles.

  • Road Running Womens Trainers: Running shoes are specifically designed to withstand the repetitive motion and impact of running on the road. These shoes are built to be flexible, highly cushioned and lightweight.
  • Trail Running Womens Trainers: Trail running shoes are designed to withstand off road obstacles such as mud,roots and rocks. They are designed with aggressive tread for better traction and provide increased support and stability underfoot.
  1. Know the construction of your running shoe

Running shoes are made up of three primary features:

  1. Upper 

This is the part of the running shoe that keeps your foot in place and protects it from any obstacles, such as dirt, gravel or rocks. The upper is usually constructed of synthetic leather to ensure durability, mesh for breathability and reflective material for safety purposes. This is where you will find the laces, eyelets and tongue of your shoe – all elements working together to keep your foot in place within the shoes. The collar is another important part of the shoe’s upper. This is the part that fits around your ankle, and will always be lower on one side than the other – this is because the collar is supposed to fit properly around your ankle – an asymmetrical part of the body. When selecting the best womens running trainers, try to select a shoe with a soft collar that doesn’t irritate the skin. The vamp is also an important part of the shoe’s upper and refers to the area surrounding the toe box. If you can pinch it a centimeter – your shoe is too big and if you can’t move your toes around – your shoe is too small. 

  1. Midsole

This is usually considered the most important part of any running shoe and is located between the upper and the outsole of the shoe.

The most important part of the midsole is the heel-to-toe-drop. A typical range for a heel-to-toe drop is 0-16mm however, the heel-to-drop you want, depends on your feet and your running style. For example, a 4mm heel-to-toe drop  means that the heel sits higher than the rest of the forefoot while a 0mm heel-to-toe drop means that it’s the same distance from the ground.

Runners with a righter calf and aggressive heel strike should stay in a slighter higher drop while runners with achilles tendonitis should probably go into a higher drop in order to relieve the tension. 

  1. Outsole

This part of the shoe is designed to protect the underside of your foot from any obstacles and debris and is made up of tread for traction and flex grooves for greater flexibility. 

The tread in your running shoe will look different depending on what your shoe is made for – be it road running or trail running. Trail running shoes will be made of raised treads in order to provide more cushioning while running shoes have treads that are more rounded – providing cushioning with added traction. The decoupled heel is the split design in the heel strike zone of the sole and it is made to improve shock absorption by reducing impact. Many of the recent womens running trainers use column-like posts within the heel to work as a greater shock absorber. It is always a good idea to investigate the shock absorption of your running shoes – when selecting the best one for you. 

3. Understand your Foot’s Shape 

Prontations refers to the way your foot rolls naturally, from when your heel hits the ground to its transition through the gait cycle.

Normal Pronation

If your foot lands on the outside of the heel and rolls inward, you may require a shoe designed for normal pronation or a neutral shoe for overall comfort and stability. You can figure out if you have a neutral foot by looking at your old running shoes. If you don’t see excessive wear and tear on the inner or outer parts of your shoes sole, you probably have normal pronation. 

Overpronation

Overpronation refers to flat feet. This means that your kneecap moves offline to outside and doesn’t correctly track on your femur. Most people are born with flat feet however, excess weight or pregnancy can lead to the condition. Take a look at your old running shoes and if you notice excessive wear and tear on the inner part of your sole,  you are probably an overpronator. 

Underpronation

High arches usually result in underpronator, meaning there is a great transmission of shock through your lower leg as your outer heel hits the ground at a pronounced angle. This is because your foot doesn’t roll inward as much as it should. This can occur at birth but can happen due to outside factors such as poor form when running or working out as well as older injuries that cause weakness in the ankles. Take a look at your old running shoes and if you notice excess wear and tear on the outer edges of your soles, you probably fall into this category.

When selecting your running shoe, take a look at the features and technology, understand what kind of shoe you need for your specific running style and  find what works best for you and your wallet.

By zestful