WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? AND WHICH ONE IS RIGHT FOR ME?
Different types of runners require different types of shoes. But to understand the difference between neutral and support shoe options, you first must understand pronation.
Pronation is a natural inward movement of the foot that occurs during foot landing while running, jogging, or walking.
Simply put, the more you pronate, the more you’ll benefit from wearing support shoes.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the specific differences and help determine which shoe is right for you.
FEWER SUPPORT FEATURES FOR RUNNERS WHO PRONATE LESS.
Neutral shoes are typically for runners with a neutral or natural step cycle. They’re great for those with “proper”running form or those who don’t necessarily need additional foot guidance or support. Neutral Altra running shoes still encourage natural running form through FootShape™ comfort and Balanced Cushioning™.
This go-to daily performance trainer is our most tailored FootShape™ fit and has a Neutral InnerFlex™ midsole to help provide flexibility. The heel is designed to mimic the natural form of the human heel for a smooth heel-to-toe transition.
Perfect for everyday training to long runs, the Torin 4.5 Plush features the plush Quantic™ midsole foam for a soft, cushioned ride. Plus, the engineered mesh upper offers lightweight breathability for complete comfort.
Support shoes are great for those who crave a little extra foot guidance and support or for those who pronate during their step cycle. These shoes offer support when your feet need it most: as you pronate or when your feet become tired. Even many who identify as “neutral” runners have a support shoe in their quiver and can benefit from the shoe’s added features.
The Paradigm 5 features our GuideRail™, which is designed to provide extra medial support only when and where it’s needed. The Altra EGO™ foam is designed to provide added energy return and a responsive, yet soft, comfortable feel.
The contoured insole of the Provision 5 is designed to engage with the nerves of your feet encouraging a deeper connection with the shoe, while the refined InnovArch™ feature encourages a more natural step cycle and more secure fit.