Cushioning Versus Support

What’s the difference between all those running shoes? Well generally, you’ve got two dimensions to look at: stability and cushion.

The NB 880, the most boringest shoe ever made

Neutral

Basically, this means the shoe offers no additional support. You’ll use it if your body is taking care of itself and not pronating, which is roughly half of the population.

This is a men's color, believe it or not
Nike Structure. Note the differently colored (pink) area on the inside. That’s harder foam.

Stability

This comes in two flavors: “guidance,” which is slight and “stability,” which is more rigid. These shoes have a higher-density foam on the medial side of the shoe, so they help if you roll your ankles in. That can mean people with flat feet (me), heavier individuals, or whoever, really. Again, roughly half the population does this.

Racing shies are BRIGHT
DS Racer 10, a racing flat. even below most minimal shoes.

Cushioning

Here, you’ve got “minimal,” (pretty self-explanatory), “basic,” which is the most common, and “cushioned,” which is softer and plusher. Use the latter if your ankles have a tendency to roll out, which is about 5% of the population.

But yeah, it's really soft. Especially the upper
Triumph ISOfit. Dat plushness around da whole foot doe.

For a summary of the brands and other terms, click here.

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