Air Zoom Fly and Nike Air Zoom Pegasus: A pocket of air is
strategically located, depending on where your foot strikes the
ground. According to shoe tech John Kashian at Rodiez’s
Running Store in West Allis, those who run up on their toes
(such as elite high school and college runners) would want the
Fly; heel-strikers would do better with the Pegasus.
If you missed
out on the running boom of the 1970s, you can still be a trend-setter.
The sport is exploding in popularity once again.
Thanks to a
dazzling selection of shoes, runners nationwide spent a record $3.09
billion on footwear in 2013, up from $2.32 billion just three years
earlier. Local running stores are on top of all the trends.
Balance Minimus Trail v2: If you want a lightweight, minimalist
shoe for the trails, here’s one with a 4mm drop. "The
sole is very durable, but it’s extremely flexible," notes
brand we carry has something for every type of foot, whether a person
would benefit from a more supportive type of shoe versus something
less supportive," says Anne Chapman, manager of Performance
Running Outfitters in Shorewood.
A good shoe
salesperson will ask lots of questions. Do you run on the roads or the
trails? What are your fitness goals? Do you have an injury? Staff also
will determine if your arches are normal, flat or high. They can use
video analysis to study whether you land on your heels and roll
forward versus running more up on the ball of the foot.
feet. Check out these models before you head out on your next workout.
Zoom Wildhorse: The deep-lug sole provides extra traction on the
trails. "It helps grip on surfaces like dirt, grass or wood
chips," notes Chapman.
shoes feature a "drop" of 10mm — meaning the heel of the
shoe is about 3/8 of an inch higher than the front of the shoe.
Minimalist shoes feature a drop of just 2 to 4mm, forcing you to run
more on your toes. "It’s hard for people to change their
mechanics, and not everybody wants to," notes Jaime Jacoby, sales
associate at InStep Physical Therapy & Running Center. If you own
a pair and they’re just not comfortable for running, wear them for
Supernova Glide 6: "The ‘boost’ material (in the
midsole) gives you a springier step," says Kashian.
that have separate compartments for each toe may have seemed like a
good idea — lightweight, flexible and snug. But they also required a
months-long transition to adjust to the reduced cushioning, and many
runners reported injuries. Now, local running stores are dropping
them; they’re already off the shelves at InStep. The manufacturer of
the most popular style, Vibram FiveFingers, is refunding $3.75 million
to consumers to settle a class-action lawsuit.
Gel-Kayano: Extra gel in the heel structure makes this shoe a
good choice for walkers, according to Chapman. "The seams
in the upper are welded instead of stitched, which reduces
irritation," she adds.
After seeing Meb
Keflezighi win the Boston Marathon while wearing compression socks,
runners could be thinking the $30 to $60 investment might just be
they should be looked at as a tool, whether they are used to help
reduce the stress of running during a run or to enhance recovery after
a race or hard workout," says chiropractor Jon Mueller.
PureFlow 3: This lightweight shoe features a 2mm drop, and works
well for training or racing. "There is some cushioning, so
we like them better than the FiveFingers," says Kashian.
compression socks aare designed to increase the oxygen supply to the
leg muscles, help remove lactic acid and provide stability, says
Mueller. Similar (but heavier) socks have been used for years by
people with circulatory issues.
elite and older runners are the people most often wearing compression
socks, according to Mueller, who also is race director of the
Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon.
shopping tip: Measure your calves and ankles to get the proper fit —
don’t just go by your shoe size.