What is a neutral running shoe
Neutral running shoes
Neutral shoes get their name from their neutral sole structure. These are running shoes without stabilizing elements, i.e. especially without pronation support. The semi-curved last enables a relatively good rolling behavior. The less pronounced damping elements allow a better feeling for the ground and thus a more natural running. This property is additionally reinforced by a (usually) lower blast. Even if the cushioning is lower in neutral shoes, they still offer sufficient protection for the joints. Especially before the impact on a hard surface in the knee joint. Foot muscles, ligaments and tendons are more stressed in neutral shoes, but also better trained.
Selection of neutral shoes
Neutral shoes can be used for the following foot positions or misalignments:
- normal foot position,
- with supination,
- High arch with supination,
- slight overpronation.
Neutral shoes and slight overpronation
If there is a slight overpronation that can be traced back to an untrained foot and lack of movement, neutral shoes can help to get the foot in better shape after a relatively short and regular training period of usually around 2-3 months. Initially, however, short training units should be completed and the runs should be approached carefully. If the overpronation is due to other causes, you should consult a sports doctor, orthopedic surgeon or, in the case of minor causes, a running expert / trainer.
Weight of the runner and neutral shoes
The weight of the runner and the surface on which one is running play a particularly important role in neutral shoes, as in all other running shoe categories.
Neutral shoes are basically suitable for:
- easy to moderate runners
- Runners who are a little untrained to runners who are very trained
- soft to medium-hard subsoil
Neutral shoes are intended for quiet and long endurance runs.
Neutral shoes are not suitable for:
- untrained, heavy runners (these should first have completed about 3 months of regular running training)
- overweight runners
- The points mentioned apply even more so on hard ground. A damping shoe should always be used on asphalt.
Neutral shoes or cushioning shoes
Cushioning shoes have the same features as neutral shoes, only they are equipped with (significantly) stronger cushioning elements. This is particularly beneficial for the heavily untrained or overweight runners. For runners of normal weight who do not train on very hard surfaces, and regardless of their level of training (with the exception of very advanced runners), too much damping would be excessive and could even have very negative effects. More about this under the topic of running shoes cushioning.
Tips for buying neutral shoes
Before you decide on this category of running shoes, we recommend carrying out a detailed running analysis and analysis of the foot and any misalignments. The 10 most important tips for buying running shoes.
Author: Sven Spanka
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