Stability Shoes- How much support is needed?
Runners who should consider stability shoes typically have arches that pronate excessively with each step, and often have flat feet (little or no arch). Runners who have low arches typically over-pronate more than runners with higher arches, although this is not always true. The runner who over-pronates has arches that collapse as their body weight comes down, allowing their feet to roll to the inside (or medial side). To determine if this might be you, take a look at the wear pattern on the bottom of your current running shoes.
Over-pronators typically wear out the tread on the outer edge of the heel, and the tread near the ball of the foot. To prevent your feet from over-pronating, stability shoes feature midsoles with supportive features, usually a firmer area of EVA foam called a dual density post. The post is a usually a darker color, and works by reinforcing the medial side of the shoe, allowing the over-pronator to run with their feet and legs in proper alignment, minimizing the likelihood of injury.
Another factor to consider is your injury history- if you've ever had knee, shin, lower back, or IT pain while running, you may want to consider trying shoes with more stability features to them. For expert advice into fitting you into the best pair of shoes that work best for your unique gait, visit any one of our store locations for a feee video gait analysis.