Do I need support shoes?

Published 14th December 2020 by mymo

We have so much choice with our running shoes and it can be all-too easy to fall into taking advice from other runners rather than finding the perfect shoe for you. That’s why here at mymo, we use AI to find specific, unbiased recommendations for your next pair of running shoes.

One of the things we hear runners mention a lot is ‘needing support’ in their running shoes, so we have taken a look at who needs a support shoe, when it might not always be the best choice for everyone, and some of our favourite shoe recommendations.

What are support or ‘structured’ shoes?

Support shoes are often known as stability or structured shoes, very much depending on the brand you choose. Support shoes have added support built into the midsole, often into the arch of the shoe, that ‘supports’ the landing and stops the ankle from rolling inwards. 

Do I need a support shoe?

Support shoes are designed for runners who roll in or ‘overpronate’. Overpronation isn’t an issue for everyone, and you may even overpronate differently on each side, in varying degrees, or it may only happen to you when you are tired. Overpronation is a problem in that it can cause injuries to ankles, knees and throw your running ‘off balance’. Wearing support shoes when you don’t need them can also cause similar problems, so it’s definitely worth finding out if you need them. Often aches, pains and niggles can be caused by weaknesses you can address with the help of a sports therapist and a good strength and conditioning plan rather than aiming to ‘solve’ them with a pair of shoes. 

What are the alternatives?

It’s always a good idea to speak to a professional if you have an ongoing issue that you can’t seem to solve, with or without a support shoe. Speak to specialists in biomechanics, find a great podiatrist who can work with you to address your weak spots. Often the answer can be a custom made orthotic (a specially-made insole that goes in your shoe) to help you to land in a certain way. A podiatrist will use a range of methods to help you find the answer, and while it may be pricey, it’s cheaper in the long term than paying out a lot for physio if you keep carrying injuries.

What are my choices?

As you know at mymo, we are completely unbiased. Anecdotally, we hear recommendations for some support shoes that just keep going and getting better. Take a look at the ever-popular Nike Structure, now on version 23 for a running shoe that offers great comfort and support where you need it. Another unstoppable brand offering great stability is Asics, offering male and female ranges of their ever-growing gel Kayano range that offers great comfort and support. As with all running shoes, we recommend trying a wide range of shoes in a variety of styles, sizes and width to make sure you get your perfect partner. 

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