What's the difference between all of these? Essentially, running shoes are typically marketed in four different types:
- Motion Control: These shoes are typically the most rigid and heavy shoes available. They have more support and cushion then other running shoes. They're typically recommended for people with flat feet, or who are heavy runners.
- Stability: Stability shoes are recommended for people who overpronate. This means your foot tends to roll inward slightly when you're running.
- Cushioned/Neutral: As the name suggests, neutral shoes are designed for people with a neutral gait. Typically they have a little bit of cushioning.
- Minimalist/Barefoot shoes: These shoes tend to have little to no cushioning or support. They're meant to mimic barefoot running as closely as possible while still providing the protection many people need.
What does this all mean to you as a shopper? Not that much, actually.