Certain shoes are designed to slow down the rate at which your foot rolls inwards (pronates), which is useful on roads, as your feet are doing the same thing time after time, stride after stride. However, over-pronation is less of an issue on the trails, says Matt Parker, who has more than 18 years’ experience of selling running shoes with Peterborough retailer Advance Performance.
“The terrain off road is uneven and your feet do different things on each stride,” says Matt. “Visit your local running store with your road shoes and they should be able to help. Some trail shoes are more stable than they may appear, as they are typically lower-profile – meaning your ankle is nearer to the ground, creating a slightly lower centre of gravity – and feature slightly firmer midsoles. A local running store should also have good knowledge of surrounding terrain, and what grip works best.”