Whether you are just starting out on your running adventure or you've been doing it for decades, running shoes are an essential to the kit, whether it be minimalist, supportive or all about speed, there's a shoe for everyone - well maybe except for the barefooters! ;)
There are over 30 brands that have specialist running shoes on the market, and each will be selling their own line of runners with all different stats in an attempt to dominate the market by appealing to the latest running interests and clawing at the increasingly competitive arena of running shoes. Together, there is easily an excess of 500 different running specific shoe models in total. With running technology and our understanding of running biomechanics changing over the last few decades, the market is a minefield in your attempt to find your perfect shoe. To make matters worse, can be hard to know where to go for help. Going online is cheaper and offers a huge range of options, but lacks information, specific details and often lacks critique. Going into your local shop is great as they have far more knowledge and specialist care, but tend to lack a good range of options and will often be bias to those they have on hand.
Lots of people ask, what's the best shoe? It's a good and fair question! But, alas, it's never a straight forward one. It all comes down to what you want out of it, and the budget you're willing to spend and everyone has different foot shapes which complicate the matter further. There is no one best shoe, but there will be your match made in shoe heaven out there somewhere, and PowerKnapp will begin to attempt to make the search easier!
For those who know me well, you'll know I love a good running shoe! Currently the proud owner of about 13 as it stands! I used to work in two running specialist shops and picked up a vast wealth of knowledge on the variety of shoes on the market and ideas and concepts behind them. So I want to put this knowledge to good use and start a new blog series, talking about the latest running shoes.
I will go over the stats of each shoe. We'll talk durability, offset, stack heights, stability, surfaces and cushioning. And, for those who are hunting for their next shoe, I will also list shoes that are similar to other brands and models so you can easily transition from your current shoe to others! But, be warned, the blog is no replacement for getting a gait assessment!
If there are shoes that you'd like me to review/try out and dig up some key details for, send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org or any of our social media channels and we'll see what we can do!
I've very excited for this! Watch this space for our first batch of shoes we've already tried at the local Runners Need Port Solent store!