Shoes are always a special debate for runners especially when it comes to the choices of neutral and stability running shoes. When analyzing the choices, it seems endless and confusing. But how does the structure of the shoes matter to the runners? Let’s find out!
Having a deeper insight
Shoes are usually chosen based on the structure of the foot and the purpose of wearing. Therefore, the level of support promoted by shoes plays an important role. Runners with the perfect form of feet can wear anything which is light in weight, cushioned, and flexible. As per the traditional approach and belief, people with flat feet used to be suggested to wear running shoes which were equivalent to combat shoes. Due to overpronation experts often prescribed them of wearing heavy shoes that limit movement.
This is an absolute myth. Whether or not, you have podiatric problems, shoes must be chosen that are super flexible and offer stability. Now, considering the structure, you should be aware of the parts of shoes to make it understand easier.
Elements of the upper part of a shoe
- The upper fabric: The upper fabric is made of engineered mesh to support flexibility and strength. Sometimes they also come in knitted versions to provide sock like and close-to-foot feeling.
- Overlay: This is a layer or group of layers formed from various types of fabric to provide complete structure to the upper. Most of the times, they are made from reflective materials for increased visibility. Most shoe making brands are working on overlays to reduce weight as much as possible.
- Tongue: The top of our foot is protected by tongue. It forms a comfort layer between our foot and the laces. The tongue is connected to the upper, however, there are two variations available. If it’s a gusseted tongue, it stays connected to the side of the upper to prevent debris entering in while conforming the foot more securely. However, sometimes it becomes difficult when taking off and wearing the shoes. A burrito tongue is also available that is connected to the sides. It helps in blocking junks, but a lot easier when wearing and taking off.
- Toebox: This part helps in protecting the toes and provides ample room to splay. This prevents toes from blistering and rubbing against the wall of the shoes.
Whether you are looking for running or training shoes, determining these parts of a shoe is crucial for prioritizing the health of your feet.
Apart from choosing the best shoes for running and training, make sure to work on the mechanics. Running shoes does matter, but the mechanics of stepping also play a major role. Never adopt the style of a shoe rather let the shoe adapt to your foot’s style. Therefore, choose the most comfortable shoe that provides ultimate support and matches with the preferred path of movement. When wearing shoes, make sure that they allow natural movement and meets the requirements of flexibility. Your feet shouldn’t be forced to stay normal inside the shoe.
A shoe isn’t a cage for your feet, rather a comfort-wear through which it can breathe.