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What’s the best shoe for heel strikers?

Here’s the important fact that should be considered when we talk about the best shoe for heel-strikers: just about every technical running shoe has been made to accommodate heel strikers.

(This is beside the point but heel-striking is not necessarily a bad thing.)

Sneaker manufacturers aim to make shoes that respond to the things that people do. So they make basketball shoes for basketball players, tennis shoes for tennis players, weightlifting shoes for weightlifters and powerlifters, technical running shoes for runners, etc.

It also means that they make shoes that are believed to cooperate with the movements and activities of their customers’ joints and muscles.

Manufacturers put dense foam on the medial side of shoes for some runners, they create mid-foot wraps for other runners, they put plates inside of midsoles for another group of runners, and they use gel for still another group of runners.

For heel-strikers, manufacturers put extra material at the heel of nearly all of their technical running shoes.

All technical running shoes are good for heel-strikers

best shoe for heel-strikers

As I write this I am looking at more than 50 different styles of technical running shoes at Run Shoe Store. It’s the largest selection of technical running shoes found in any of Philly’s running shoe stores.

Each one of them is made for heel-striking. All of them have a lot of material in the heel. They all include outer-sole material, usually hard-wearing rubber, in the heel.

Each of the shoes will therefore cushion the blow of landing, which is the way that manufacturers offer heel-strikers protection.

Sure, but one must be the best shoe for heel-strikers

best shoe for heel-strikers

OK, I admit it. There is one particular shoe that’s best for heel-strikers.

The one that feels most comfortable.

We’ve been selling shoes for many years. During that time, we’ve seen people buy shoes because of price, color, brand, country of origin, and because it matched their gait.

Then there are the people that bought shoes that were the most comfortable. They are the same people that most enjoyed their shoes, and had the fewest shoe-related problems, over the shoes’ lifespan.

Coincidentally, leading-edge biomechanical research also leads to the conclusion that comfort is the most important thing to focus on. It’s chief among the variables that are studied–cushioning, internal loading, injuries, arch support, etc.

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Phil Clark