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Mile after mile—discover the shoes it takes to keep running.
The proper running shoe sets you apart at the starting line. DICK’S Sporting Goods offers the latest in footwear technology. Don’t be left behind—find the shoe that matches your gait. First, what kind of runner are you?
Learn more about a running shoe’s make-up to make an informed choice:
Upper: The upper is the soft body of the shoe, usually made of a combination of materials from lightweight, durable synthetic mesh to heavier materials like leather. The materials and construction of the upper provide stability, comfort, and a snug fit:
Last: This is the basic shape of the shoe. Running shoes have one of three basic lasts: straight, curved, and semi-curved.
Insole: The removable part inside the shoe that the runner's foot rests on. It offers more cushioning to supplement the midsole for added comfort.
Midsole: Provides cushioning and, in certain shoe types, the midsole evenly disperses pressure on the foot.
Outsole: The bottom layer of the shoe that is in direct contact with the ground.
Determining your gait mechanics is the essential toward selecting the right shoe. Pronation is a term used to describe the natural inward roll of the foot during a runner's gait cycle. After the heel strikes the ground, the heel and the ankle roll inward and weight is transferred to the midfoot. Overpronation and underpronation can cause injuries if the runner is not wearing the proper shoe.