Q What is a cushioned shoe?
Cushioning doesn't refer to how soft a shoe feels but rather how long a shoe will provide shock absorption before it begins to break down. There is a direct relation between the amount of cushioning needed and your body size. Runners who do best in cushioned shoes typically do not overpronate. You can also use a cushioned shoe along with a more controlling insert if you do over-pronate. As with pronation control categories, cushioning levels are broken down based on the amount of cushioning in a particular shoe.
- Largest and heaviest cushioning devices
- Midsole materials resistant to compression
- Good for high-mileage, larger runners
- Medium-sized cushioning devices
- Good for any amount of training volume and body frame size
- Smallest and lightest amount of cushioning devices
- Best for fast-paced training and racing
- Good for runners with smaller body frames