“Heel drop and the total amount of cushioning are independent of each other; it is possible to find ultra-cushioned shoes that still have a zero or low drop. “
Whether you’re running for fun or training for a marathon, the right running shoes provide the proper foundation for your entire body, can help prevent injuries and make it far more enjoyable to log those miles. Ultimately, the right pair will fit well from the start and complement your running style.
Here are the key decision points to help you find a shoe that fits and feels good:
1. Consider where you’re planning to run. Do you mostly hit the road? Or do you hit the trails and gravel paths? Your choices are road-running, trail-running or cross-training shoes.
2. Decide if you want more or less cushioning underfoot. Do you want to feel like you’re running on a cloud with maximum cushion or to feel the ground underfoot? Cushioning—the thickness of material under the midsole and the firmness of the foam—and heel drop are two factors to consider in the construction of a running shoe.
3. Understand whether you need a specific type of support for your gait. Most runners will be able to choose a neutral shoe, but if your foot tends to roll to the far outside or inside, there are shoes that can help you.
4. Make sure the shoe fits. Your shoe should fit well from the start with no breaking-in period.