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If you’re pounding the pavements regularly, it’s a smart move to invest in running shoes with extra cushioning. Cushioning can really help reduce the risk of impact injuries, strain and pain from running, and allow you to go further in greater comfort.

It’s useful to understand how running shoes with cushioning are built, as this can help with your decision as your browse shoes. Let’s see what cushioning is and how it works.

Why do you need running shoes with cushioning?

When you go running, as much as three times your body weight passes through your feet from the force of the run (and even more if you’re sprinting). Cushioning that is built into your shoes is therefore designed to take a good portion of that impact – meaning your joints, bones and muscles don’t take such a big hit.

While every runner values cushioning, some people especially benefit from it:

  • Underpronators: If your feet roll ‘out’ when you run, extra cushioning can correct your position and distribute weight more effectively to reduce injury.
  • Heavier runners: It’s often recommended that people over 13 stone invest in shoes with more cushioning to help reduce the impact on their joints.
  • People with existing musculoskeletal conditions: If you have an injury or another kind of joint or muscle condition, your orthopaedist may recommend choosing shoes with more cushioning.

What goes into running shoes with extra cushioning?

While most trainers today have at least some cushioning in the sole, running shoes with extra cushioning have even more, and it’s distributed more widely throughout the shoes – including on the outer edge and in the front of the foot. This can all help give you a little extra bounce as you run.

Running shoe cushioning is essentially provided through the combination of two key technologies:

  • Gel technology

Gels are a kind of synthetic polymer that are made of silicone. In running shoes, they often look and feel like rubber. These gels are able to compress and then return to their original shape, making them an ideal shock absorber. At ASICS, we’re proud of our world-famous GEL technology which we first introduced in the late 1980s and have continued to improve.

  • Foam-based soles

Most running shoes today use some kind of synthetic material with air pockets built in to enhance shock absorption. These millions of tiny air pockets in the foam can endure being compressed before returning to their previous form. While traditional foam trainers tend to eventually permit the air to escape and become flat, a new generation of more durable foam materials are emerging which supply more cushioning for longer. Our super lightweight FlyteFoam Lyte is an innovator here.

Find running shoes with extra cushioning

Extra cushioning means your body needs to spend less energy adapting to the ground, and that means you can concentrate more on getting the most out of your run. To find running shoes with cushioning in the UK, visit one of our dedicated outlets to find the right pair for you, or browse our running shoes today