FROM THE LAB What hap­pened to sta­bil­ity?

Runner's World (UK) - - Spring / Summer Shoe Guide 2017 -

Be­fore 2012, we re­viewed nearly as many sta­bil­ity shoes as neu­tral. But only a hand­ful of shoes in our spring 2017 guide qual­ify as sta­bil­ity. Why is this?

In part, the trend is a re­sult of the brief but in­flu­en­tial ‘min­i­mal’ era. Brands aban­doned heavy and ex­pen­sive sup­port fea­tures for less vis­i­ble de­vices: Nike, Puma and Al­tra now use a few de­grees of in­ter­nal wedg­ing, for ex­am­ple, as an in­vis­i­ble but ef­fec­tive sta­biliser. Even me­di­ally posted clas­sics such as the Brooks Adrenaline GTS and Sau­cony Sta­bil (pic­tured left) have evolved to carry less weight and con­struc­tion.

The need for tra­di­tional prona­tion con­trol is also un­der siege. Biomech­a­nists are un­sure about the con­nec­tion be­tween prona­tion and in­jury, and the ef­fec­tive­ness of prona­tion con­trol in run­ning shoes. In our view, some run­ners can ben­e­fit from a shoe with sta­bil­ity fea­tures, but they need less sup­port than once thought.

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