All running shoes are different and made for different foot and arch types. You’ll want to choose from one the following three categories according to your arch type and degree of pronation. Learn about the different foot types and pronation in other articles available on this site.
NEUTRAL CUSHIONING SHOES
Cushion shoes are the most flexible and encourage natural pronation, with added cushioning and extra shock absorption. These shoes do not have stability or motion control features. Cushions shoes are best for people with a high arch and also those with a normal arch.
MOTION CONTROL SHOES
Motion Control shoes incorporate extra stability features on the medial side to help control severe over-pronation. Runners with severely flat arches need the extra support and stability of motion control shoes
Stability shoes have light support features on the medial side and well-cushioned midsoles to help guide mild-to-moderate over-pronation. Stability shoes are great for feet with a moderately flat arch and for those with a normal arch.
Running Barefoot is the oldest form of exercise. Minimalist shoes allow for a barefoot-like experience, with some protection from the elements. Natural running does just that − allows your feet to work naturally, while strengthening your muscles.
These types of shoes are designed for those running enthusiast that prefer to run off-road. This category offers a range to suit most pronation ranges. Shoes may offer additional features such as water resistant uppers and special tongue construction to help keep out debris.