Innovation in foams, rubbers, construction, textiles and other key running shoe components have made performance running shoes more durable, resilient and responsive as well as lighter and more dynamic. All of this innovative running shoe technology is designed to facilitate a better running experience and help reduce risk of injury.
While footwear brands have certainly unveiled compelling innovations in outsoles (the bottom of shoes) as well as upper materials delivering enhanced breathability, reduced friction and improved support, no part of the running shoe has seen more technological innovation over recent years than the midsole.
The midsole is the most important part of running shoe construction since it is responsible for cushioning and stability. While a rubbery compound called ethyl vinyl acetate (EVA) was once the standard, footwear brands have aggressively experimented with different foams, processes and solutions to drive innovation. As a result, today’s performance running shoes boast midsole technologies that offer greater cushioning, rebound and durability — and often at a lighter weight.
Keep reading to learn more about new running shoe technology.
The geometrical design of Hoka’s Meta-Rocker midsole creates a rocking chair-like fulcrum effect to efficiently support a runner’s natural form. (The Hoka Bondi X is the perfect mix of speed and cushion)
At Fit2Run we carry a variety of high quality brands and models of running shoes to fit all styles of runners. While they are all great shoes the perfect fit running shoe is not always “one size fits all” so make sure to come by a Fit2Run today to talk to a Fit Expert about finding your perfect fit.