The rules of run­ning­shoe shop­ping

Elle (Canada) - - Body -

Models have a sig­na­ture walk; you have a sig­na­ture gait. All of us hit the ground heel first, but if you over­pronate, it means your foot col­lapses to the in­side. Try New Bal­ance Fresh Foam Vongo ($170, new­bal­ance.ca), which are made of cush­ioned foam for ex­tra sta­bil­ity.

If you roll to the out­side (known as “supina­tion” and com­mon in those with high arches), you need a shoe with lots of cush­ion­ing. Oth­er­wise, a small part of your foot will take the brunt of your weight, lead­ing to in­jury. Brooks Ravenna 7 Run­ning Shoes ($155, brooks.com)

Are you the Switzer­land of run­ners? Look for a neu­tral shoe like Adi­das PureBoost X (seen here; $130, adi­das.ca) or Asics Dy­naF­lyte ($180, asic­scanada.com).

If your runs top out at 30 min­utes, a light rac­ing shoe is fine. Any longer, though, and you may want more cush­ion­ing and sup­port. The Nike FlyUnit Lu­nar Epic Low ($215, nike.com) can be used for both long- and short-dis­tance runs.

A run through Gas­town re­quires dif­fer­ent shoes than a jog up the Grouse Grind. Trail shoes like Sau­cony Xo­dus ISO Run­shield ($189.99, at spe­cialty run­ning stores) have stronger treads to pre­vent slip­ping.

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