Shoe Types • Run4It
Our shoe type guide provides an indication as to the different type and styles of running shoe. It is provided as a guide and is not a replacement to proper fitting.
A green foot signifies a NEUTRAL shoe for runners whose feet require no additional support in their footwear through the running ‘gait’ cycle. A NEUTRAL shoe offers little or no stability to the foot in the shoe. We categorise our neutral shoes in Levels 1 and 2. Level 1 has no structure while a Level 2 offers a small degree of structure to help foot placement.
A yellow foot signifies a STABILITY shoe designed to bring a degree of support to the foot through the running ‘gait’ cycle with the use of additional features in the shoe design. This support helps prevent injury and promotes good core movement which complement the runners own running style. We categorise our STABILITY shoes in Levels 3 to 7. Level 3 has the least stability, through to Level 7 offering the most stability.
Our unique grading system is shown on the product page of each NEUTRAL and STABILITY shoe. It helps you to determine at a glance the level of support best suited to you.
- Shoe Levels
Key - Shoe Levels
Offers no real structure for the foot.
Offers a small degree of support to the foot but focuses on allowing the foot to take its natural placement.
The shoe will have some features built in to give a degree of structure to help with foot placement. This may not be noticeable to the un-trained eye.
A higher degree of structure is built into the shoe. The user will notice a difference in foot placement against a NEUTRAL or Level 3 shoe.
The shoe will start to offer a visible degree of structure assisting the foot through the running ‘gait’ cycle.
These shoes will have a number of features built in which offer a high degree of assistance to the foot. A shoe with this sort of structure and stability is likely to cause issues for a runner who does not need a high level of stability.
These shoes offer the highest degree of assistance to the foot for runners who need the most structure and stability. As with Level 6, a shoe with this sort of structure and stability is likely to cause issues for the runner who does not need a high level of stability.
Other Shoe Types
A brown foot with TRAIL categorisation signifies an OFF-ROAD shoe suitable for use on trails and which may provide adequate cushioning and stability for some road use. These shoes offer levels of grip appropriate to varied off-road terrains. Some are ideally suited, as mentioned, to runners who may have to run on roads in order to get to their favoured off-road trails.
A brown foot with HILL categorisation signifies an OFF-ROAD shoe suitable for use on open hillsides and similar rugged terrain. These shoes offer the highest levels of grip on steep ground. They may not offer any great degree of cushioning to the foot but concentrate more on an aggressive sole design to promote fast (and safe) ascending and descending..
A purple foot signifies TRACK or CROSS COUNTRY SPIKES suitable for competition and faster training. Track spikes are generally much less flexible than cross country spikes and use design features which promote efficiency and speed. Cross country spikes need to be more flexible over uneven ground.
A blue foot signifies a LIGHTWEIGHT shoe suitable for competition and faster training on road and tracks. Generally these shoes have a lighter weight construction as the name suggests. Users of these shoe types are used to the ‘flatter’ more efficient racing design which promotes a faster running style. They do not offer the same degree of cushioning as with normal road shoes categorised in the neutral or stability categories.
A grey foot signifies a TRAINING shoe suitable for gym and cross-training use and which may provide adequate cushioning for some running. Some of the shoes in this section are being specifically designed to promote ‘core’ strength and conditioning.