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What Are the Main Features of a Running Shoe?

What Are the Main Features of a Running Shoe?

Jun 9, 2019

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A good running shoe offers the following features:

  • A synthetic leather and mesh combination upper, which provides durability and breathability.
  • Variable lacing systems, which help customize shoe fit, and a durable heel counter, which stabilizes the heel.
  • Reflective materials for nighttime running.
  • Removable insoles, which allow for cleaning and replacement.
  • An EVA midsole, which offers maximum cushioning and durability. That’s often combined with a brand technology to reduce weight while increasing shock absorption. Added motion control may come in the form of medial and lateral bridges and supports.
  • Outsoles, which include a waffle pattern for traction, carbon rubber for durability and forefoot flex grooves for ultimate flexibility.

HOW DO I FIND MY FIT?

Wear the running socks you’d normally wear to try on the shoe. There should be a thumbnail’s width of space between the end of the longest toe and the end of the toe. Your heel can move slightly in the shoe, but should not slip.

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