Many runners find it necessary to wear shock-absorbing running shoes. The shoes cushion the impact on joints and add stability to running. This makes running more comfortable and reduce stress on your lower back, hips and knees. Whether you are running on pavement, dirt trails or treadmills, you should have shoes that absorb shock when your feet hits the ground, so you can run longer comfortably. The best options provide motion control, traction systems and high shock absorption.
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Reebok's RealFlex offers new technology in shock absorption. Reebok created the sole out of pods of anthropomorphic foam rubber, which absorbs the shock of running and adds traction control, while also being extremely pliable. The shoes can be bent in half, allowing for natural-gait running while also protecting joints. These shoes retail for around £58.
Asics Gel Nimbus 12
The Asics Gel Nimbus 12 features a soft foam sole injected with gel. The gel provides more feet support and added shock absorption than foam alone. Gel is also more pliable than foam allowing for ease of movement. The interior of the shoe is foam-lined and holds feet in place firmly. The shoes retail for around £81.
Asics Gel Eagle Trail II
The Asics Gel Eagle Trail II is a great shoe for running trails and pavement. This shoe features an Impact Guidance System, which smoothes the striking when your heel hits the ground. The shoe also improves balance by guiding the foot through to toe-off. With a two-layer midsole, the shoe allows the heel and toe to move independently, allowing for easier motion. The shoe retails for about £65.
New Balance 1221
The New Balance 1221 is a light running shoe weighing just 312gr. Those looking for extra stability will like the inner side's rollbar. The rest of the shoe is made mostly out of flexible mesh, which provides breathability. The heel is more cushioned than the forefoot, which adds to the shock absorption caused when the heel strikes the pavement. The shoes retail for around £84.
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