There are all kinds and types of running shoes out in the market. Walking into sport shops haven't been more of a headache. So which shoes are good and which shoes are most suitable do you know? Let us introduce 4 different shoe brands that are growing in popularity in the local scene.
1. Hoka One One
Hoka One One (O-Nay O-Nay) was the brand child of two french footwear designers. It was introduced into the market when the trend in shoes was going in the opposite direction towards minimalistic shoes. So what makes the Hoka One One a stand out shoe? Even with the thick cushioning that it offers, Hoka One One shoes are light, weighing in at around 255g. Compared to other shoe brands, it is comparable.
In all Hoka One One shoes, a meta-rocker system is incorporated. This is also commonly known as the banana boat to many. The meta-rocker system allows for easier transition from landing to take-off.
Looking at the exterior of the shoe, many will think that the heel drop will be much higher as compared to traditional running shoes. But what’s different is that it features a heel drop of around 4-5mm. Not much difference from the everyday running shoes we wear.
The Hoka One One shoes is one sure to turn heads, it brings to the table, functionality and also comfort. However, it does look slightly bulky at first sight. The comfort that it provides males you want to run more and more in them.
Altra Running shoes boast of two main differences from normal running shoes. Firstly, it has a zero drop, zero drop would mean that the heel and the toes are at the same height away from the floor. This discourages individuals to land on the heel but instead more on the forefoot. This helps to reduce the pressure transferred to the heels and knees eventually. Through the reduction of pressure, these shoes help to reduce the incidence of injuries.
Altra Running shoes also features FootShape Toe box, a wider toe box for individuals with wider feet. It provides more comfort as compared to other form of shoes.
3. On Running
On Running shoes utilises cloud technology, small rubber stability balls at the bottom of the feet. These stability balls help individuals to land softly, reducing the impact. This in turns helps to prevent injuries and also ensure that running is as comfortable as possible.
Cloud technology also helps to provide a shorter contact time with the ground, providing for a more natural and powerful push off.
4. Topo Athletic
Topo Athletic have shoes in different areas of fitness, it includes, road running, trail running and even gym for weight lifting.
Topo Athletic shoes have a roomy toe box to accommodate individuals with wider feet, the wider cut provides more comfort as it does not squeeze toes together in the narrow front. Topo Athletic shoes also have a lower drop as it attempts to encourage individuals reduce heel striking in their strides.
The weight of the shoes are also kept as low as possible as to reduce the effort required when running. The heavier the shoes, the more effort needed when running. The shoes are built to allow for a maximum comfort and also performance.
So are you excited to try these shoes out? Why not head down to take a look!