Recent research from UBC presented at the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine conference has started to fill the void of evidence to answer the question.
Women runners following a 13 week half-marathon training program were randomly assigned to neutral, stability, or motion control running shoes. Runners with the motion control shoes reported the most injuries.
Runners with pronated (flat) feet had less injuries wearing neutral shoes. Runners with neutral feet where better in the stability shoes. The details of the study are included in the abstract below. The full study will be published in next month’s British Journal of Sports Medicine.
If you have been running for years in the same type of shoes with no significant history of injuries, please do not change your shoes if what you are doing is not in line with the study findings. You have found what works for you. If you have any questions, please book in an appointment and we can discuss further.