Running shoe terms can be a bit daunting to the beginner runner.
I'd love to be able to walk into a shop and say, "I want some blue running shoes please". And I'd love to see the sales assistant's face!
Nowadays when choosing running shoes, it does help to embellish your running shoe desires with a few other running shoe terms and below is my list of most useful running shoe terminology.
Heel to Toe Drop
This is the vertical distance between the height of your actual heel from the ground in relation to your forefoot. Most shoes vary between 6 - 12mm and a zero drop means that the sole of the shoe is totally flat from heel to toe.
Running shoes are getting lighter and lighter which is good news for us women. The given shoe weights are usually for one shoe and often they will say the size of the shoe that the weight relates to.
This is the fabric, usually mesh, that covers the top and sides of the shoe from toe to heel. Some uppers are more waterproof than others and some are for hot or cold weather running.
This is the reinforcement around the heel to help lock your heel in place. It can be on the outside or inside of the shoe.
Heel Crash Pad
The part of the shoe under the heel that is padded to provide a crash landing for your heel. You can also find a crash pad on the toe area as well.
This is the bottom part of the shoe and in running shoes it is divided into 3 parts:
The padding around the inside of the heel and interior parts of the shoe. Its usually made of foam and fabric.
The front tip of the shoe. It can be shaped upwards for a faster toe off.
The part of the shoe where your toes sit.
The padded strip that sits on the top of your foot just under the laces.
You'll find this in running shoes that offer stability for feet that overpronate. It is found in the midsole but is a harder density than the normal midsole material. It is usually a different color than the rest of the sole and sits under the arch.
Running shoes have different types of cushioning in the sole for absorbing shock. The amount and type of cushioning is geared towards they type and length of running you'll be doing and the type of terrain.
If you are on the quest for the best running shoes then here's my advice for choosing running shoes.