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Guide for heavier runners

Two of the great things about running is that is simple and a very effective way of getting in

shape. As such, it attracts people from all walks of life and in all shapes and sizes.

Everyone can enjoy running but it can be particularly challenging for people who are heavier

than the norm. So, if you’re just a big person or carrying a bit of weight you may be looking

to lose, you might need to take a slightly closer look at the type of shoe you’re looking to

buy. Most brands make shoes that will be suitable for you so there’s no need to worry.

As you run, you exert forces through your body of between 1.5 and 3 times your body

weight and this can and does lead to leg problems exasperated / exaggerated in the heavier

runner, so finding a pair of shoes with good shock absorption and support is vital.

Start by looking at the upper. You will need a shoe that will support your feet; hold your feet

in place as you put that force through your shoe. A common problem with the wrong

footwear is that the upper will stretch and could tear as it just isn’t strong enough or being

supported enough. Look a shoe with strong overlays; the materials brands’ lay over the top

of the upper to give additional support. You’ll need support around the heel, around the

midfoot and forefoot areas. These overlays are strategically placed and stop the upper from

stretching and getting baggy.

The next thing to look at is the cushioning. Steer clear of very soft shoes, you don’t need a

shoe that is going to be ‘the softest’. Soft, for a heavy runner, does not mean cushioning.

You’ll destroy a soft pair of shoes in no time at all. They won’t offer the durability you’ll

require and they’ll compress quickly.

Soft for a big person often means unstable. Think of that soft cushioning acting like jello. All

that soft cushioning wobbling underneath you with your feet, Achilles tendon, ankle

ligaments and calf muscles etc., making a ton of little adjustments to help you stabilize

yourself. In short, an unstable shoe will increase your likelihood of injury.

Instead, look for a firmer shoe (remember, cushioning doesn’t = softness) that can cushion

your weight and offers a supportive ride through the running cycle. A firm shoe will be more

stable and more durable while offering the protection you’ll need.

Firm cushioning is good for the heavier runner and it’s also more cost effective!

Now you’re more aware of the pitfalls, what shoes do you go for? Well, we’ve done the

groundwork for you. Here are our

Best shoes for the heavier man

Best shoes for the heavier woman

Maybe 8 shoes for each?

Find the perfect shoe for you