New Balance: finding the right trainers for your running style
From gait analysis to their top five trainers for marathon runners
Everyone’s running style is unique and it’s important to find the right fit trainers for you. That way you can focus on clocking your miles in without worrying about getting injured. Here New Balance takes you through everything you need to know from gait analysis, to what trainers you can wear.
Finding your running style
Gait analysis tracks your running style from one foot to the other, from the stance phase to the swing phase. Getting gait analysis done is the first step to find what support you need on your runs.
When you get your analysis done, you’ll fall into one of three styles:
- Under pronation / supination is when you have excessive outward rotation of the knee, ankle and foot at mid-stance. Your trainers will usually show greater wear on the lateral side of the rubber.
- Neutral pronation is when your knee, ankle and foot are all aligned at mid-stance with no excessive inward or outward rotation. Your trainers will usually have an even level of wear across the shoe.
- Over pronation is when you have excessive inward rotation of the knee, ankle and foot at mid-stance. Your trainers will usually show greater wear on the lateral rear side and the medial front side.
Once you know whether you’re a neutral runner or someone who pronates, you can start finding the right trainers for you. We caught up with Technical Field Representative Molly from New Balance who recommended their top five trainers for marathon runners.
Top five trainers for marathon runners
1. 1080v9 New Balance
For a neutral runner, the 1080v9 (new 1080v10 dropping November) features our Fresh Foam which has the most premium cushioning. It is durable with a full blown rubber outsole as well as very cushioned for spending a long time on your feet. The upper is an engineered mesh which is breathable. In addition, the 1080 features a wide toe box and gives space for your toes as your feet swell the longer you are on them and the last thing you want is squashed feet.
2. 860v10 New Balance
For a person that pronates, they need a stability shoe. The 860v10 (new model released this month - October) is a very popular shoe of ours and gives people the support and cushioning for the marathon. It has a medial post to stop over pronation. It uses a TruFuse midsole which is a little more responsive than Fresh Foam but still cushioned enough for the marathon.
3. Vongo v4 New Balance
Another shoe that provides stability is the Vongo v4. It uses a Fresh Foam midsole but it is unique in that it has a split midsole where the medial side of the shoe is denser than the lateral side. This is great because it gives a really nice heel-to-toe transition while providing support at the same time.
4. 880v9 New Balance
The 880v9 is another option for a neutral shoe. It is very similar to the 860v10 but doesn’t include the medial post as it is for those runners who don’t pronate.
5. Fresh Foam More New Balance
The final shoe I would recommend is the Fresh Foam More (neutral). It offers maximal cushioning with a lower offset to give a more natural feeling. It is also relatively lightweight despite having the most Fresh Foam material in the shoe of our Fresh Foam range. It uses a ground contact Fresh Foam which is packed more densely to make it more durable but maintain its light weight.Visit New Balance for more information