RUNNING SHOES - ADVANTAGES THROUGH BEST QUALITY
A normal shoe is not an option. Today's top running shoes are designed to give you the best possible support while running and protect you from overloading, even injury:
Cushioning where it's needed: running shoes protect your feet, knees and tendons through targeted cushioning. Your running style is important. If you only touch down with your forefoot, you need more intensive cushioning. If, on the other hand, you roll over your heel, less is enough.
Protect your joints: To protect your knees, ankles and tendons, adjust your cushioning to your preferred surface. Harder running tracks on asphalt require more intensive cushioning than gravel or forest floors. However, the running shoe cushioning should not be too soft. This can also have a negative effect on the joints. When making your choice, also consider your body weight and your running style.
WHAT TYPES OF RUNNING SHOES ARE THERE?
A trail or nature path presents you with different challenges than the road. Novice runners need more support than experienced runners. That's why there's an athletic shoe for every situation:
Neutral shoes: the perfect middle ground. The cushioning is comfortable, but not too intense. The foot receives guidance, but not too much. The weight also settles in the middle, and the drop is not too steep. Neutral running shoes are therefore suitable for your training on asphalt, especially if you roll naturally.
Supported running shoes: Intensive cushioning combines supported running shoes with a stiff upper that provides significant support to the foot. All of this counteracts overpronation, where the knees and feet buckle inward when you step on them. The drop is medium, rather strong.
Trail running shoes: soft, uneven ground meets roots, tree trunks, possibly larger stones. Trail running shoes therefore give the foot intensive support, also have a sole with studs that grip even on mud. The material is usually breathable, partially waterproof, while the cushioning is moderately intense.
Competition shoes: Running shoes for competition are lighter than training models. They save on cushioning and support, guiding the foot only minimally. The thin upper material saves weight on the one hand, while ensuring effective ventilation on the other.
Natural running shoes: The barefoot running feeling is gaining more and more followers. Instead of a leading upper and thick cushioning, Natural Running shoes shine with minimal weight and maximum flexibility. The sole protects against stones, not against impacts. The musculoskeletal system takes care of that. Therefore, natural running shoes are only suitable for experienced, well-trained runners.
HOW ARE RUNNING SHOES CONSTRUCTED?
Every running shoe is made up of several elements. Each component fulfills its own task:
The outsole protects against uneven surfaces and stones. It also provides grip through special rubber compounds and sole patterns.
The midsole provides cushioning. For this purpose, it consists of elastic materials and contains special technologies such as Boost, Gel or Zoom Air.
The upper material protects against the elements, is supposed to be breathable at the same time, and is also lightweight and robust. There are also water-repellent versions and models that keep the foot warm even in cold weather.
The insole allows you to adjust the running shoe even more precisely. It is removable and therefore allows changes in terms of fit, footbed and additional cushioning.
The lacing should not press, but still fix your foot well, after all, it should sit stably. For trail running, there are also variants that do not get caught in small branches.
RUNNING SHOES: WHAT DOES SPRINT MEAN?
Guided by the midsole and footbed, most running shoes drop slightly to intensely from back to front: the sprengung. In other words, the drop describes the difference in height between the heel and forefoot. In principle, a low offset favors a natural running style. Natural running models therefore sometimes rely on a completely flat progression from the heel to the forefoot. A more intensive - i.e. thicker - cushioning at the back, on the other hand, is intended to relieve the heel of heel runners.
BUYING RUNNING SHOES: WHAT SHOULD YOU LOOK OUT FOR?
The most important thing when buying new running shoes: size and fit should be right. Of course, running shoes should not be too tight. You should also avoid chafing. Since the feet can swell a little, especially during longer runs, and should not bump against the front when rolling, you normally go about half a size higher than with street shoes. A thumb's width of space in front of the toes is considered optimal. The last should be wide enough to give your foot complete space. The ankles, on the other hand, are free. Also note that running shoes vary in size depending on the brand and model.
HOW MANY RUNNING SHOES SHOULD I OWN?
Can you own too many running shoes? No, having several pairs of running shoes is actually very useful: if you own at least two different pairs of running shoes, you prevent permanently putting one-sided stress on your foot during training. The muscles receive different stimulation. It also prolongs the life of the shoes. It also makes sense to adapt the choice of running shoes to the occasion: for forest and mountain trails trail running shoes are well suited, for dirt roads and city routes you need soft cushioning on hard asphalt. In rain, snow and mud, good grip and waterproof uppers (e.g. Gore-Tex, GTX) are a must-have. Just like your body, jogging shoes need a certain recovery time to develop their full cushioning qualities again. 48 hours is considered sufficient. As a rule, you should also change running shoes after 800 to 1,000 kilometers. By then, the cushioning and materials have largely worn out. If sports shoes remain unused, the materials and cushioning will still age. Depending on storage conditions, running shoes can thus "wear out" by up to 200 km per year.
THE BEST RUNNING SHOES FOR EVERY SEASON
High temperatures. Slippery. Cold. You want to run at all times and therefore can't rely on one pair of running shoes. There are suitable variants for every weather condition:
Running shoes for winter ❄
Support is especially important in the cold season. Therefore, use running shoes with particularly non-slip rubber compounds, possibly intensive sole pattern or even spikes. They should also be water-repellent and on particularly cold days you wear shoes with Gore membrane. Reflectors for running sessions in the dark also increase safety.
Running shoes for summer ☼
Thinner material saves weight and increases breathability. The right combination for summer. In addition, the upper should effectively transport moisture to the outside.
Running shoes for the transitional season
Conditions change between dry and wet more often. So you need outsoles that offer grip even in wet conditions, as well as somewhat thicker material that can also be water-repellent.
RUNNING SHOES: TEST WINNERS & SERIES MODELS
Every year, many shoe models are tested and compared in the running scene, and the Keller Sport Pros also test new running shoe innovations. As different and individual feet can be - as diverse is the range of shoe models: With Eliud Kipchoge's marathon sprint of under 2 hours, the Nike Alphafly NEXT% also entered the stage. A running shoe revolution and -evolution. After all, the predecessor of the Vaporfly series is already one of the most famous in the entire industry, as is Nikes Pegasus. adidas Running counters with its Ultraboost, among others, whose revolutionary cushioning makes running on asphalt faster and more comfortable. Already there for generations is the ASICS Kayano series.
RUNNING SHOES AND CUSHIONING TECHNOLOGY
Not all cushioning is the same. While the materials in the midsoles of running shoes are often very similar - cushioning using EVA materials (ethylene vinyl acetate, a lightweight, strong and heat-resistant plastic) is popular. However, each of the major athletic shoe manufacturers has developed its own technologies with specific physical properties:
adidas BOOST: small capsules that contract when you step on them to return energy to your foot immediately, especially intensely. That's adidas Boost. In addition, the damping from Herzogenaurach promises high running comfort.
ASICS GEL: Silicone for long-lasting cushioning and stability. ASICS GEL technology is among the most famous in the running shoe industry. It cushions, stabilizes the rolling foot and also adapts to your foot shape.
Nike Zoom Air: Through an interplay of intensely stretched fibers and compressed air, Nike creates control, agility and responsiveness. Zoom Air absorbs your impact, then returns to its original shape shortly after. This brings protection and dynamics together and protects joints, muscles and tendons.
Mizuno Wave: Waves replace a flat shape. With its Wave technology, Mizuno sets itself apart from the competition by extending the impact force to the entire sole instead of absorbing it selectively. Along with cushioning comes increased stability as well as dynamics.
New Balance Fresh Foam: the midsole technology from US manufacturer New Balance (NB) promises a soft running feel, best damping and simultaneous responsiveness for propulsion.
Saucony PWRRUN: EVA damping is also used in the midsoles of Saucony running shoes. The technology is offered in variants as PWRRUN RS, PWRRUN PB or PWRRUN+. Differences include cushioning levels, comfort and rebound levels.
Under Armour HOVR: With the UA HOVR midsole, Under Armour joins the list of sports shoe manufacturers. The midsole technology scores with a rather soft cushioning for an optimal performance.
RUNNING SHOES AT KELLER SPORTS
You choose the running shoe type, your preferred sports brand, and Keller Sports will provide you with the desired shoe model. In the Keller Sports running store you will find both men's running shoes and women's running shoes. Nike is represented as well as ASICS or adidas. You can also order running shoes from ON, PUMA, Saucony, New Balance or Mizuno online and benefit from the attractive offers in our running shoe sale.