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Are Trail Runners The Best Shoes For Running On Pavement?

Not long ago, running shoes meant a pair of trainers that fit nicely enough and didn’t hurt the feet. Not anymore. An increasing interest in trail running and the availability of more selections for runners has made choosing the best shoes more difficult.

Trail Runner Shoes
Trail Runner Shoes. Courtesy –

Before Buying

The criteria for buying shoes used to be based on their appearance. Thanks to technology and better understanding of how our body works, comfort has replaced good looks. With this in mind, we should choose shoes depending on where we plan to run.

The first step is to find out what type of foot we have, to maximize comfort and reduce injuries during a run. Our feet can be categorized into three types, depending on the arch.

  •  Someone whose arches almost touches the floor tend to have stability issues. Runners with flexible feet or over-pronators need running shoes which help them maintain stability.
  • Someone whose arches is high have flexibility issues. Runners with rigid feet or supinator need running shoe which bend and are flexible.
  •  A few lucky runners have normal feet and really have no problems finding good fitting shoes.

You should check out your local shop where you can find an experienced, knowledgeable shoe salesperson that can help you determine your foot type.

Shoes For Running

Which surface? Some runners prefer the smooth, even surface of the pavement, some like the soft surface of a trail while others like to run on both. Which shoe then, is the best?

Trail Runners
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Runners who enjoy trail running talk about the softness of the surface, the beauty of nature and the reduced strain on their knees, ankles and feet. Because trail surface varies widely from dirt tracks, pebbles, uneven ground with water to cross, to fallen trees to jump over, most prefer to use trail runners. Trail runners have better traction, more durability and added stability. Trail shoes are robust, closer to the ground with hard rubber soles. But, they do not have enough cushioning.

Runners who run on pavements enjoy the idea of not having to worry about what is ahead, below or around them while running. They do say that the hard pavement can take a toll on ankles, knees and feet, so, the importance of a good pair of road shoes is obvious here. Road shoes are lighter, more flexible and have more cushioning support for the constant pounding that the runners’ feet go through. They are made to last many miles while protecting runners from injury.

Trail Shoes or Road Shoes?

When it comes to comfort in running, it is best to stick to the basics. Experience has shown that runners can go on both trail and pavement with road shoes but it is best not to wear trail runners if running on pavement.

The limited cushioning of trail runners does not offer enough protection for running on pavement. For those who like to run on both surfaces, Hybrid shoes are also a good option. But then, that’s a different story.

Terry Bain

Terry has an extensive background in Cardio health. He frequently writes for numerous fitness and sports publications. Terry has designed several smart Cardio workout plans which have turned the sedentary lifestyle of his clients active within a short time. His expert Cardio advice has helped many to shed the extra fat and keep in top shape.

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