The Best Running Shoes for Concrete
Studies show that running on concrete increases your in-shoe pressure, which makes your lower limbs more apt for injury. Having the right shoes can help make your stride less jarring on your body. Cushioning and extra support are required.
Best Shoe Features
Concrete is about 10 times harder than asphalt. Shoes that have more cushioning are helpful to wear on this surface to absorb the shock. This type of cushioning is typically found in neutral or stability running shoes. Orthotics can reduce this shock and provide extra support, which is particularly helpful to runners with high arches. If you are interested in running in minimalist shoes on concrete surfaces, build up your body's tolerance by running on softer surfaces first.
Try to avoid running on concrete as much as you can. Instead, look for running routes that are composed of asphalt or natural surfaces. If you must run on concrete, try to adjust your stride so that you are not slamming your heel into the ground with each foot strike. Combining this with a supportive, cushioned shoe will ensure your body can handle the hard surface.
Lora Mays is a RRCA-certified running coach. She has been running for more than 15 years and coaching since 2010. She has published articles on Plum Deluxe and in "Variance Magazine," among other publications. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Arts in professional strategic communications from the University of Minnesota.