Have you bought running shoes online before?
Have you ever ran into the term “heel drop” and do you know what it’s all about?
heel drop basically means a higher heel. We’ll explain exactly which consequences a height difference between the heel and forefoot has and what you should pay attention to when buying your next running shoe.
Many runners, for a long time, have lived by the motto: “the more cushioning the better
”. But we know better, or put it more accurately
The classic differences between running shoes for different runners are as follows:
The diverse cushioning materials in the midsoles of each shoe are very important as they need to sufficiently cushion and stabilise the foot. High custioning shoes are less flexible, which means the muscles are under less stress.
The crux of the matter is that these systems only come into effect when we begin our running motion with the heel. But what about forefoot and midfoot runners? Runners with this kind of running style are hindered by these kind of shoes and in the long term can experience pain as a result of the “wrong” cushioning.
We’ll have to have a rethink.
Running shoe shot
The heel drop determines the difference in sole thickness between for forefoot and the heel. The bigger the heel drop, the higher the heel.
Now if you think of a woman in stilletos. Sexy, but not very natural and surely not suitable for a quick run.
The sports scientist and medical personal trainer Björn Gustaffson
points out that there is a lack of tension in the Achilles tendon and therefore less energy in the step imprint.
So there are arguments against high heel drop (and therefore also strong cushioning). So the application area and foot position are no longer the only crucial elements when choosing a running shoe, but also your own running style.
As long as you’re free from complaints there’s no reason why you can’t change your type of running shoe.
#Keeponrunning! What will be your next pair?