Neutral running shoes, also known as cushioned running shoes, provide plenty of midsole cushioning and minimum medial support. You should buy these shoes if you are an efficient runner i.e. you don’t overpronate and more than likely have high arches. A neutral running shoe is flexible through the arch to allow the foot as much motion as possible.
If you are 100% certain that you are a neutral runner then you can skip the text below and go straight to the nice part, choosing your shoes. To make your life easier we have created a list of the Top 10 Neutral Running shoes available backed up with our in-depth reviews and of course, the cheapest prices!
How do I know if I need neutral running shoes?
To find out if neutral running shoes are suitable for you, we would always recommend visiting a specialist running store for advice. Since this is the most accurate way of determining your running gait. However, if you would not like to do that, please use our running shoe guide or many of the manufacturers now offer online tools to help you decide. The pick of the bunch is Mizuno’s Precision Fit.
Take a look at your old shoes:Many experts will ask to see your old pair of trainers, as their wear pattern gives an indication of the way you pronate. Of course, other factors than pronation, such as weight, also play a role in choosing the best shoe.
You are likely to be a neutral runner if the soles of your shoes show wear in an S-shaped pattern, from the outer (lateral) heel to the big toe. When you have a normal pronation pattern you can run in a wide variety of shoes, but specialised neutral running shoes offering cushioning and support are most suitable.
No longer do you have to compromise performance for cushioning. Some fantastic innovations mean that; not only do neutral running shoes look the part but they offer the perfect blend of cushioning and a responsive road feel.