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The Best Trail Shoes for Supinators

by
author image Beth Rifkin
Based in San Francisco, Beth Rifkin has been writing health- and fitness-related articles since 2005. Her bylines include "Tennis Life," "Ms. Fitness," "Triathlon Magazine," "Inside Tennis," "American Fitness" and others. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Temple University.
The Best Trail Shoes for Supinators
Stability and cushioning keep your feet safe on the trail. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images

The natural inward roll of your foot while running is called pronation, and most runners fall into one of three main categories: over-pronator, neutral or supinator. The supinator’s foot tends to roll outward, placing stress on the outer edges of the foot. Supinators require cushioning, and the best trail shoes will provide extra cushioning to help keep the foot injury-free during movement.

About Supinators

Supinators, who are also called under-pronators, tend to roll toward the outside edge of their feet, which decreases the ability to control the foot when landing. If the wear on your running shoes is greater on the outside edge than any other part, you may be a supinator. This outside rolling can pull the hips and pelvis out of alignment and can lead to conditions like Illiotibial band syndrome, plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis.

Shoe Features

Since supinators land with greater impact, trail shoes that provide maximum cushioning are the best. Trail shoes are essentially running shoes with soles made for off-road activity; these outsoles are enhanced for greater traction on surfaces like rocks, mud, grass and roots. The ideal trail running shoes will also provide plenty of arch support, stability and adequate room in the toe box. Comfort and ease of movement are also necessary qualities.

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