/
Your running community NEEDS YOU!!
Help other runners, review your shoes today and be in with chance to win a new pair! *more info*

Win new shoes!

At Shoeguide.run we love reviewing shoes

We try and bring you un-biased reviews to help you pick from the vast choice of products available. However don't just take our word for it... we want your reviews too!

Find a shoe you run in, leave a review (either good or bad!) and our favourite one will win a brand new pair of shoes of their choice from our current top 10!

Winner anounced by email on the 31st July 2020

follow us on Facebook follow us on Twitter follow us on Instagram
Running shoe technologies

Running shoe technologies

Published January 08, 2016, Author Shoe Guide

It helps to know when you are getting when you buy running shoes. Knowing about the technologies featured in running shoes will help you understand what you are getting for your money. We also have a new Running Brand Overview article you may wish to have a look at. For the best shoes of 2020, click here

adidas
Feature: ClimaCool
Description: Highly breathable construction of upper and midsole.
Benefit: Ventilation keeps your feet cool and dry to give a more comfortable feel, plus a reduced risk of blistering which can be associated with moisture build up.

adidas
Feature: adiPRENE+
Description: High rebound cushioning used in forefoot.
Benefit: Cushioning to protect from impact forces. Also a more springy feel to help give a more effective toe-off.

adidas
Feature: adiPRENE
Description: Shock absorbing units used in heel.
Benefit: Protection against impact forces where these are at their highest.

adidas
Feature: GeoFit
Description: Memory foam to make the heel moulded to the shape of your foot.
Benefit: Improved fit and comfort. Reduced slipping of the foot within the shoe.

adidas
Feature: Quickstrike
Description: Lighter, more flexible outsole material.
Benefit: A smoother, more responsive ride and the softer compound also gives a more grippy feel.

adidas
Feature: Torsion
Description: Midfoot shank.
Benefit: Your midfoot is held and guided to give support and stability.

adidas
Feature: ProModerator
Description: Medial unit wraps around the medial (inside) of the midsole.
Benefit: More stability and reduced over-pronation so you are less likely to be affected by the twisting and rotational forces associated with over-pronation.

adidas
Feature: ForMotion
Description: Decoupled heel unit that uses two plates which slide over each other.
Benefit: A 3D reduction of impact and the twisting and shearing forces that can be generated by footstrike and pronation.

adidas
Feature: adiWear
Description: Outsole material with enhanced durability
Benefit: Longer life of the shoe - particularly beneficial in the areas which take more wear and tear.

adidas
Feature: NoSeam
Description: Upper built using seamless bonding rather than stitching.
Benefit: Reduced risk of rubbing and improved shape.

The best adidas running shoes can be found here

ASICS
Feature: IGS
Description: Impact Guidance System - combining different features in a way to guide a foot through a natural gait.
Benefit: A concept of how technologies are combined rather than a single feature. The different units are placed to give protection against impact and also guide your foot from heel strike to toe-off.

ASICS
Feature: Gel
Description: Special shock absorbing silicone
Benefit: Improved cushioning from impact forces associated with running. Different types of Gel units give differing types of protection and guidance.

ASICS
Feature: DuoMax
Description: Two density midsole to give support and guidance.
Benefit: More stability and reduced over-pronation so you are less likely to be affected by the twisting and rotational forces associated with over-pronation.

ASICS
Feature: Trusstic
Description: Midfoot shank to give support and stability
Benefit: Your midfoot is held and guided to give support and stability.

ASICS
Feature: SpEVA
Description: Midsole with increased 'bounce back'.
Benefit: Good cushioning combined with a more responsive feel than a conventional midsole foam.

ASICS
Feature: DuoSole
Description: Mixed material outsole.
Benefit: Combining grip and flexibility with durability where it is needed.

ASICS
Feature: DuraSponge
Description: AHAR outsole with blown rubber for softness.
Benefit: A smoother, more responsive ride and the softer compound also gives a more grippy feel.

ASICS
Feature: Biomorphic
Description: Stretch units at the point where a shoe upper flexes.
Benefit: Improved fit and flexibility from the upper to allow your foot to move more freely and naturally.

ASICS
Feature: Solyte
Description: Lightweight and springy midsole.
Benefit: Reduced weight to make running easier and give a springy feel for a responsive ride.

ASICS
Feature: DuoTruss
Description: Two density midfoot shank to give more support and guidance on the medial side.
Benefit: Your midfoot is held and guided to give support and stability.

ASICS
Feature: Space Trusstic
Description: Allows a space between the supportive Trusstic and midsole.
Benefit: The Trusstic gives support and guidance to the midfoot but the 'Space' configuration allows room for your arch to drop, mid-stance, as you run. This makes for a more natural running action combining freedom with guidance.

ASICS
Feature: AHAR
Description: ASICS High Abrasion Rubber
Benefit: A durable outsole material to give a longer life to the midsole and its tread.

ASICS
Feature: AHAR+
Description: Lighter and thinner version of AHAR
Benefit: A durable outsole material to give a longer life to the midsole and its tread but by being thinner and lighter it gives a more responsive feel.

ASICS
Feature: PHF
Description: Personal Heel Fit - Self-moulding foam to give a snug and secure feel at the heel.
Benefit: Improved fit and comfort. Reduced slipping of the foot within the shoe.

ASICS
Feature: Visible heel Gel
Description: Special shock absorbing silicone
Benefit: Improved cushioning from impact forces associated with running. Different types of Gel units give differing types of protection and guidance.

ASICS
Feature: Visible forefoot Gel
Description: Special shock absorbing silicone
Benefit: Improved cushioning from impact forces associated with running. Different types of Gel units give differing types of protection and guidance.

ASICS
Feature: AHAR+ heel
Description: ASICS High Abrasion Rubber at the heel
Benefit: A durable outsole material to give a longer life to the midsole and its tread.

ASICS
Feature: blown rubber forefoot
Description: Softer, more flexible rubber for use on the outsole.
Benefit: A smoother feel, better cushioning and more flexibility when you are pushing the pace.

ASICS
Feature: Discrete heel with dual density Gel
Description: Special shock absorbing silicone in separate units.
Benefit: Improved cushioning from impact forces associated with running separated units to target cushioning and guide the foot.

ASICS
Feature: Biomorphic fit
Description: Stretch units at the point where a shoe upper flexes.
Benefit: Improved fit and flexibility from the upper to allow your foot to move more freely and naturally.

ASICS
Feature: Visible Forefoot Twist Gel
Description: Special shock absorbing silicone.
Benefit: Improved cushioning from impact forces associated with running. Twist Gel helps guide the forefoot and give a 'Windlass' mechanic.

ASICS
Feature: Heel Gel
Description: Special shock absorbing silicone at the heel.
Benefit: Improved cushioning from impact forces associated with running. Different types of Gel units give differing types of protection and guidance.

ASICS
Feature: Forefoot SpEVA insert
Description: Midsole material with increased 'bounce back'.
Benefit: Good cushioning combined with a more responsive feel than a conventional midsole foam.

ASICS
Feature: SpEVA midsole
Description: Midsole with increased 'bounce back'.
Benefit: Good cushioning combined with a more responsive feel than a conventional midsole foam.

ASICS
Feature: Durasponge outsole
Description: AHAR outsole with blown rubber for softness.
Benefit: A smoother, more responsive ride and the softer compound also gives a more grippy feel.

ASICS
Feature: Cuprothermo
Description: Temperature regulating material in the upper.
Benefit: Better comfort and temperature regulation.

The best ASICS Running Shoes can be found here

Brooks
Feature: DRB Accel
Description: Unit in the midfoot to stabilize and guide the foot.
Benefit: Helps you to maintain a more correct movement through the midfoot.

Brooks
Feature: ArchPod
Description: Posts in the midfoot.
Benefit: Pods that help to stabilise the foot and therefore reduce any over-pronation or biomechanically inefficient movements.

Brooks
Feature: Pivot
Description: Medial and lateral posts to stabilize the foot on uneven ground.
Benefit: Protection from the twisting forces that can be generated by your foot rolling excessively.

Brooks
Feature: Split DRB
Description: Two medial post units centred on the midfoot.
Benefit: More support focussed around the midfoot to help 'late phase' over-pronators and protect them from the harmful effects of twisting and rotational forces.

Brooks
Feature: PDRB
Description: Progressive Dynamic Rollbar - medial posting in two densities.
Benefit: Medial posting in two densities to give a smoother feel while still preventing over-pronation and therefore reducing the harmful effects of the twisting forces associated with over-pronation.

Brooks
Feature: HydroFlow
Description: Viscous fluid units for cushioning.
Benefit: Using 'thick' fluids for shock absorption to protect against impact. The fluid can be channelled to move as your foot moves so that its flow enhances stability and/or cushioning.

Brooks
Feature: MoGo
Description: New soft and more durable midsole.
Benefit: Midsole material that has a softer feel and maintains its cushioning properties longer than a regular midsole.

Brooks
Feature: E-Fusion
Description: Midsole/outsole which works with Hydro Flow.
Benefit: The e-fusion works with the HydroFlow to give additional shock absorption and cushioning. It also gives more propulsion at toe-off

Brooks
Feature: Heel Hydroflow
Description: Viscous fluid units for cushioning.
Benefit: Using 'thick' fluids for shock absorption to protect against impact. The fluid can be channelled to move as your foot moves so that its flow enhances stability and/or cushioning.

Brooks
Feature: Forefoot Hydroflow
Description: Viscous fluid units for cushioning.
Benefit: Using 'thick' fluids for shock absorption to protect against impact. The fluid can be channelled to move as your foot moves so that its flow enhances stability and/or cushioning.

Brooks
Feature: HPR
Description: Durable outsole material
Benefit: A durable outsole material to give a longer life to the midsole and its tread.

Brooks
Feature: Medial ArchPod
Description: Posts in the midfoot.
Benefit: Pods that help to stabilise the foot and therefore reduce any over-pronation or biomechanically inefficient movements.

Brooks
Feature: Heel e-fusion
Description: Midsole/outsole which works with Hydro Flow.
Benefit: The e-fusion works with the HydroFlow to give additional shock absorption and cushioning. It also gives more propulsion at toe-off

Brooks
Feature: Forefoot e-fusion
Description: Midsole/outsole which works with Hydro Flow.
Benefit: The e-fusion works with the HydroFlow to give additional shock absorption and cushioning. It also gives more propulsion at toe-off

Brooks
Feature: S257
Description: Midsole material that is more durable and springy.
Benefit: Longer lasting cushioning which is also more responsive.

The best Brooks running shoes can be found here


Ecco
Feature: Exposed Receptor technology plate
Description: Forefoot unit made up of 'fingers' which protect and steer the foot.
Benefit: Fingers in the plate help give support and guidance while allowing the foot to move naturally on uneven ground.

Ecco
Feature: Plantar Fascia Bridge (PFB)
Description: Midfoot support and guidance.
Benefit: Holds and guides the midfoot and helps enable a more efficient running.

Ecco
Feature: Receptor Forefoot Propulsion Plate (F2P2)
Description: Forefoot unit made up of 'fingers' which protect and steer the foot.
Benefit: Fingers in the plate help give support and guidance while allowing the foot to move naturally on uneven ground.

Ecco
Feature: DynaThane
Description: Strip to give support and work with the foot's Plantar Fascia
Benefit: Strip to give support and work with the foot's Plantar Fascia to help give the foot stability and propulsion.

Ecco
Feature: Exo-Skeletal Wraparound Shank (EWAS)
Description: Shank to support the foot at the midfoot.
Benefit: Your midfoot is held and guided to give support and stability.

Ecco
Feature: Exo-Skeletal Wraparound Shank
Description: Shank to support the foot at the midfoot.
Benefit: Your midfoot is held and guided to give support and stability.

Ecco
Feature: Receptor Forefoot Propulsion Plate (F2P2)
Description: Forefoot unit made up of 'fingers' which protect and steer the foot.
Benefit: Fingers in the plate help give support and guidance while allowing the foot to move naturally on uneven ground.

Ecco
Feature: DynaThane
Description: Strip to give support and work with the foot's Plantar Fascia
Benefit: Strip to give support and work with the foot's Plantar Fascia to help give the foot stability and propulsion.

Helly Hansen
Feature: LIFA Versa soft mesh
Description: LIFA material to get rid of moisture quickly.
Benefit: Hydro-phobic material draws moisture away from the foot to keep your feet dry and comfortable while also reducing the risk of rubbing associated with moisture build up.

Helly Hansen
Feature: Helly Wear Overlay
Description: Durable overlay on the upper.
Benefit: Gives durability to the upper to prevent snagging or ripping while on tough terrain.

Helly Hansen
Feature: LIFA sockliner
Description: LIFA material to get rid of moisture quickly.
Benefit: Hydro-phobic material draws moisture away from the foot to keep your feet dry and comfortable while also reducing the risk of rubbing associated with moisture build up.

Helly Hansen
Feature: Multi Directional Grip System
Description: To give grip off-road.
Benefit: Better traction for increased grip and confidence on demanding terrain.

Helly Hansen
Feature: Helly Wear
Description: Durable outsole material
Benefit: Prevents wear and means the outsole tread is more durable - giving grip for longer.

Helly Hansen
Feature: Freedom Tech
Description: Enables the desired level of midfoot mobility.
Benefit: Allows your midfoot freedom of movement while giving support and reducing the weight of the shoe.

Helly Hansen
Feature: LIFA
Description: Moisture management system moves moisture away from feet to the outside
Benefit: Hydro-phobic material draws moisture away from the foot to keep your feet dry and comfortable while also reducing the risk of rubbing associated with moisture build up.

Helly Hansen
Feature: C-Zone
Description: Cushioning zone that also starts the transition from heel to toe
Benefit: Protection from impact forces but also giving the foot guidance into the next stage of its motion.

Helly Hansen
Feature: C-Zone +
Description: Placed under the forefoot for cushioning and energy return
Benefit: Cushioning to protect from impact forces. Also a more springy feel to help give a more effective toe-off.

Helly Hansen
Feature: Tridensity EVA
Description: Three types of different density EVA strategically placed in the midsole.
Benefit: A smooth transition from heel to toe which gives a combination of cushioning and support to protect from impact forces and also give protection against the forces generated by over-pronation.

Helly Hansen
Feature: Midfoot Stabilisers
Description: Located on medial and lateral sides of the midsole.
Benefit: Added durability to the structure of shoe and allow for better midfoot movement.

Helly Hansen
Feature: Freedom Tech
Description: Located in the midfoot of the shoe.
Benefit: Allow for a wider range of movement and reduces weight.

Helly Hansen
Feature: HH Cool
Description: Lightweight dual action fabric technology to draw water away from the foot and disperse from shoe.
Benefit: Keeps your feet cool and dry and helps you to regulate the temperature of your feet.

Helly Hansen
Feature: Helly Grip
Description: Grip and durability for climbing and trail running.
Benefit: Traction for running off road to reduce slipping and give confidence on a range of surfaces.

Helly Hansen
Feature: Helly Wear
Description: Outsole material made from carbon rubber.
Benefit: A durable outsole material to give a longer life to the midsole and its tread.

Hi-Tec
Feature: Vibram
Description: Performance outsole material.
Benefit: Gives a mix of durability and good traction.

Hi-Tec
Feature: V-Lite
Description: A concept running throughout the build of the shoe to keep the weight to a minimum.
Benefit: Reduced weight while still including the key ingredients for a running shoe of support, cushioning, guidance and forefoot flexibility.

Hi-Tec
Feature: 4:SYS
Description: Cushioning and support technology featuring an eight piece midsole made up of six different types of EVA.
Benefit: To give a mix of cushioning against impact forces, support to prevent rotational forces from over pronation, guidance and responsiveness where they are needed.

Hi-Tec
Feature: V-Lite construction
Description: A concept running throughout the build of the shoe to keep the weight to a minimum.
Benefit: Reduced weight while still including the key ingredients for a running shoe of support, cushioning, guidance and forefoot flexibility.

Inov8
Feature: Meta-flex
Description: Flex groove aligned at the forefoot.
Benefit: A natural forefoot flex to give a more responsive feel and a smoother ride.

Inov8
Feature: Meta-shank
Description: A five 'fingered' shank that lines with each metatarsal (bones in the mid to forefoot).
Benefit: Gives protection and guidance through to the forefoot but also allows the foot to move freely, particularly on uneven ground.

Inov8
Feature: Terra-shank
Description: Shank behind the metatarsal head (at the ball of the foot).
Benefit: Gives protection from rocks or harsh surfaces underfoot and support to the midfoot.

Inov8
Feature: Bi-Planar heel
Description: Sole design at the heel to suit the natural curvature of the heel.
Benefit: Gives a more natural and stable ride.

Inov8
Feature: Met-cradle
Description: Upper webbing to cradle the forefoot and give a secure fit.
Benefit: Keeps the shoe secure on your foot to prevent your foot rolling on uneven ground and to give a more responsive and secure feel.

Inov8
Feature: Fasciaband
Description: Strip that runs along the outsole of the shoe to mimic and aid the action of the foot's Plantar Fascia.
Benefit: Improved stability and foot movement.

Inov8
Feature: f-lite outsole
Description: Outsole for harder ground.
Benefit: Outsole compound and lugs tailored for grip on compact ground.

Inov8
Feature: flyroc outsole
Description: Outsole for firm to soft ground.
Benefit: Outsole compound and lugs tailored for grip on firm to soft ground.

Inov8
Feature: Roclite outsole
Description: Outsole for terrain that can include harder and softer surfaces ground.
Benefit: Outsole compound and lugs tailored for grip on a combination of hard and soft ground.

Inov8
Feature: Mudroc outsole
Description: Outsole for muddy ground.
Benefit: Outsole compound and lugs tailored for grip on muddy ground.

Inov8
Feature: Terroc outsole
Description: Outsole for fairly hard ground.
Benefit: Outsole compound and lugs tailored for grip on fairly compact ground.

The best Inov-8 shoes can be found here

Mizuno
Feature: Wave
Description: Wave of material in midsole to give cushioning and support.
Benefit: Improved shock absorption which can be tailored for different types of shoe by altering the shape/formation of the wave and the material used.

Mizuno
Feature: Composite Fan Wave
Description: Fan Wave using two materials to give an improved mix of cushioning and support.
Benefit: Mixing firmer and softer materials allows for a softer ride where this is needed and for more support and guidance where this is appropriate.

Mizuno
Feature: Fan Wave
Description: Wave shaped to give increased stability.
Benefit: Fan-shaped Wave gives a softer feel on the outside/lateral side where the impact forces are higher but more support and stability where these are necessary.

Mizuno
Feature: Parallel Wave
Description: Wave for the neutral runner
Benefit: Wave formation specifically for cushioning for neutral runners.

Mizuno
Feature: ap
Description: Lightweight and more responsive midsole material.
Benefit: Good cushioning combined with a more responsive feel than a conventional midsole foam.

Mizuno
Feature: VS-1
Description: Shock absorbing units used in heel and forefoot
Benefit: Cushioning units to absorb impact forces.

Mizuno
Feature: Intercool
Description: Ventilation system to keep feet cool and dry.
Benefit: Ventilation keeps your feet cool and dry to give a more comfortable feel, plus a reduced risk of blistering which can be associated with moisture build up.

Mizuno
Feature: X-10
Description: Durable outsole material
Benefit: A durable outsole material to give a longer life to the midsole and its tread.

Mizuno
Feature: SmoothRide
Description: System to give a 'smooth ride' from heel strike through to toe-off.
Benefit: A smooth and gentle transition from heel strike through to toe-off for a better feel to the 'ride' of the shoe.

Mizuno
Feature: SensorPoint
Description: The Wave plate connects to the ground through plastic studs.
Benefit: Enhanced grip, better stability and a good 'feel' for the ground you are running over while still maintaining cushioning.

Mizuno
Feature: X10
Description: Durable outsole material
Benefit: A durable outsole material to give a longer life to the midsole and its tread.

Mizuno
Feature: Airmesh
Description: Breathable upper material
Benefit: Ventilation keeps your feet cool and dry to give a more comfortable feel, plus a reduced risk of blistering which can be associated with moisture build up.

Mizuno
Feature: Wet Traction
Description: Outsole with rubber and synthetic leather compound to give grip in wet and dry conditions.
Benefit: Better grip on a wider range of surfaces - both soft ground and also surfaces such as rock, which can be slippery, especially in wet conditions.

Mizuno
Feature: VS-1 forefoot insert
Description: Shock absorbing units used in heel and forefoot
Benefit: Cushioning units to absorb impact forces.

Mizuno
Feature: Parallel Composite Wave
Description: Wave for the neutral runner
Benefit: Wave formation specifically for cushioning for neutral runners using two types of material.

Mizuno
Feature: Composite Double Fan Wave
Description: Two Fan Wave using two materials to give an improved mix of cushioning and support.
Benefit: Mixing firmer and softer materials allows for a softer ride where this is needed and for more support and guidance where this is appropriate.

The best Mizuno shoes can be found here

New Balance
Feature: Abzorb
Description: Shock absorbing units used in heel and forefoot
Benefit: Impact forces are dispersed and absorbed to give comfort and help prevent injury.

New Balance
Feature: Abzorb FL
Description: Full length Abzorb midsole
Benefit: Using a cushioning material for the whole midsole to give a more comfortable and protected feel to the shoe.

New Balance
Feature: Abzorb SBS
Description: Improved cushioning and durability Abzorb unit
Benefit: A cushioning unit with a more springy, bouncy feel to it than standard Abzorb.

New Balance
Feature: Acteva
Description: Lightweight midsole material which compresses less than standard materials.
Benefit: A midsole material which maintains it's cushioning properties longer than a standard material and gives a more springy feel.

New Balance
Feature: Acteva Lite
Description: Midsole material which is 14% lighter than standard Acteva.
Benefit: A lighter midsole for an even more responsive feel.

New Balance
Feature: Acteva Ultralite
Description: Midsole material which is 12% lighter than standard Acteva Lite.
Benefit: New Balance's lightest midsole material to give shoes a responsive feel.

New Balance
Feature: C-Cap
Description: EVA moulded under pressure.
Benefit: A firm, lightweight cushioned feel.

New Balance
Feature: Encap
Description: A unit of EVA encapsulated within a shell of PU.
Benefit: Gives cushioning, stability and durability.

New Balance
Feature: ISS
Description: Internal upper construction that hugs the midfoot to add additional support.
Benefit: Improved fit and the upper also helps hold you foot in position within the shoe as you run to enable you to get the most of the shoe's cushioning and support features.

New Balance
Feature: Ndurance
Description: Hard wearing rubber compound for increased sole durability.
Benefit: A durable outsole material to give a longer life to the midsole and its tread.

New Balance
Feature: N-Lock
Description: Enhanced midfoot support.
Benefit: Straps wrap around your midfoot to 'lock' it in position giving a good fit and helping you to get the most from the shoes stability and cushioning features.

New Balance
Feature: Rock Stop
Description: Moulded TPU plate to stop rocks pushing up through the midsole of a trail shoe.
Benefit: Prevents you getting bruised or hurt feet as a result of treading on rocks or other sharp objects while out on the trails.

New Balance
Feature: Rollbar
Description: Graphite unit to improve rearfoot stability and reduce pronation.
Benefit: Stiff unit on the medial side helps to prevent over-pronation and therefore protects you from the twisting and rotational forces it can create.

New Balance
Feature: Stability Web
Description: Lightweight midfoot shank to support and guide the foot.
Benefit: Your midfoot is held and guided to give support and stability.

New Balance
Feature: Toe Protect
Description: TPU unit on the toe.
Benefit: Stops you from stubbing your toes on rocks, roots etc as you run on off-road surfaces.

New Balance
Feature: TPU Post
Description: TPU units to help control the movement of the foot.
Benefit: Keeps your foot stable on uneven ground.

New Balance
Feature: TruTrak
Description: Multi-direction lugs to give off road grip.
Benefit: Gives grip even when twisting and turning on uneven terrain.

New Balance
Feature: TS2
Description: Mix of midsole densities to support and guide the foot.
Benefit: Medial posting to reduce over-pronation and protect you from the associated twisting and rotational forces.

New Balance
Feature: Lightning Dry
Description: Inner lining to wick away sweat and prevent moisture build up or rubbing.
Benefit: Keeps your feet cool and dry to give a more comfortable feel, plus a reduced risk of blistering which can be associated with moisture build up.

New Balance
Feature: Abzorb DTS
Description: Dynamic Transition System - Abzorb and Abzorb SBS unit to give a smooth transition on heel strike.
Benefit: Mixing cushioning materials to give a mix of soft and springier cushioning to absorb impact forces and then guide your foot through a correct movement.

New Balance
Feature: Extended Web
Description: Extended Stability Web.
Benefit: Gives added support and guidance through the midfoot.

The best New Balance Shoes can be found here

Nike
Feature: Air
Description: Gas filled cushioning units.
Benefit: Lighter more durable cushioning. Different pressures give different feels and properties as they are needed.

Nike
Feature: Rideliner
Description: Sculpted PU layer between the foot and midsole for comfort and a more responsive ride.
Benefit: Gives comfort, holds the foot, guides it and helps give the shoe a smoother feel from heel to toe.

Nike
Feature: Waffle
Description: Waffle shaped outsole to give grip on a variety of surfaces
Benefit: Lugs give grip on the roads and also on the lighter trails or grass that you may do much of your running on.

Nike
Feature: Waffle fill
Description: Waffle outsole with softer rubber in the lugs.
Benefit: As with the Waffle outsole this gives grip on a variety of surfaces the softer rubber 'fill' in the lugs helps give additional grip on more slippery surfaces.

Nike
Feature: BRS 1000
Description: Tough and durable outsole material
Benefit: A durable outsole material to give a longer life to the midsole and its tread.

Nike
Feature: Duralon
Description: Softer, more flexible rubber for use on the outsole.
Benefit: A smoother feel, better cushioning and more flexibility when you are pushing the pace.

Nike
Feature: Nike+
Description: Nike timing and speed monitoring system compatible.
Benefit: Nike+ shoes have a compartment for the Nike+ unit that can be combined with an iPod to create a speed and distance monitoring and recording system which also plays your running tunes.

Nike
Feature: Zoom Air heel
Description: Thin and responsive Air Unit.
Benefit: Responsive shock absorption in a thinner than normal Air unit.

Nike
Feature: Zoom Air forefoot
Description: Thin and responsive Air Unit.
Benefit: Responsive shock absorption in a thinner than normal Air unit.

Nike
Feature: Control At Origin
Description: Rounded edge and cushioning at outsole midsole unit at impact zone.
Benefit: Smoother footstrike and reduced rate of pronation to decrease rotational forces.

Nike
Feature: TPU shank
Description: Midfoot shank.
Benefit: Your midfoot is held and guided to give support and stability.

Nike
Feature: full length Air
Description: Gas filled cushioning units.
Benefit: Lighter more durable cushioning. Different pressures give different feels and properties as they are needed.

Nike
Feature: Duralon & Waffle fill
Description: Soft rubber with lugs using softer rubber centres.
Benefit: Combination of responsiveness and grip on a variety of surfaces.

Nike
Feature: Dual pressure heel Air
Description: Gas filled cushioning units.
Benefit: Lighter more durable cushioning. Different pressures give different feels and properties as they are needed.

Nike
Feature: PU Rideliner
Description: Polyurethane unit between the foot and midsole.
Benefit: Improved ride and interaction between the foot and midsole.

Nike
Feature: Phylon midsole
Description: Phylon material used in midsole.
Benefit: Effective and durable cushioning

Nike
Feature: Phylon crash pads
Description: Phylon material used in strike zone area of the midsole.
Benefit: Effective and durable cushioning

Nike
Feature: Natural Motion engineered
Description: Designed to encourage a correct natural movement of the foot.
Benefit: Smoother and more responsive ride while still guiding the foot.

Nike
Feature: Lunar Foam
Description: Cushioning unit encapsulated in a Phylite midsole.
Benefit: Cushioning with a very low weight and also very high rebound properties.

Nike
Feature: Flywire
Description: Strands lying over the upper with a thin layer on top.
Benefit: Enhanced fit without the added weight of upper overlays.

The best Nike shoes can be found here

Pearl izumi
Feature: Syncro Cushioning Frame
Description: Structured frame designed to cushion and guide neutral runners.
Benefit: Improved cushioning and a guided ride

Pearl izumi
Feature: Skydex crash pad
Description: Cushioning semi-spheres to absorb shock and give spring.
Benefit: Shock absorption and a responsive ride.

Pearl izumi
Feature: high rebound forefoot foam
Description: Cushioning to absorb shock and give spring.
Benefit: Shock absorption and a responsive ride.

Pearl izumi
Feature: Skydex forefoot
Description: Cushioning semi-spheres to absorb shock and give spring.
Benefit: Shock absorption and a responsive ride.

Pearl izumi
Feature: Syncro Stability Frame
Description: Structured frame designed to cushion and guide over-pronators.
Benefit: Improved cushioning and a guided ride.

Puma
Feature: Concave DuoCell heel
Description: Concave unit of two sized hexagonal shapes.
Benefit: Provide shock absorption and stability as the smaller hexagons compress into the larger ones.

Puma
Feature: ldCell heel
Description: Low density foam that compresses more slowly.
Benefit: Better shock absorption with a responsive feel.

Puma
Feature: ldCell forefoot
Description: Low density foam that compresses more slowly.
Benefit: Better shock absorption with a responsive feel.

Puma
Feature: M2D
Description: Two density midsole to give support and guidance.
Benefit: More stability and reduced over-pronation so you are less likely to be affected by the twisting and rotational forces associated with over-pronation.

The best Puma shoes can be found here

Reebok
Feature: TRINITY Kinetic Fit System
Description: Upper split into three sections relating to three separate areas of the foot - the heel, the midfoot and the forefoot.
Benefit: Improved upper flexibility for a better fit and feel.

Reebok
Feature: DMX Shear
Description: Cushioning unit with holes placed to allow the unit to absorb 'shear'.
Benefit: Cushioning from impact forces but also from some of the twisting and rotational forces that are created as you run.

Reebok
Feature: DMPRTEK
Description: Durable outsole
Benefit: A durable outsole material to give a longer life to the midsole and its tread.

Reebok
Feature: PlayDry
Description: Inner lining to wick away sweat and prevent moisture build up or rubbing.
Benefit: Keeps your feet cool and dry to give a more comfortable feel, plus a reduced risk of blistering which can be associated with moisture build up.

The best Reebok shoes can be found here

Salomon
Feature: SCS
Description: Salomon Cushioning System - mixes cushioning at the heel with support and a more responsive toe-off.
Benefit: A mix of features designed to combine cushioning, support, guidance and a responsive toe-off.

Salomon
Feature: Ortholite
Description: A shock absorbing memory foam insole.
Benefit: Better fit and feel within the shoe.

Salomon
Feature: 2D Advanced Chassis, Running Chassis
Description: Structure unit in the midsole.
Benefit: Provides stability and improved cushioning.

Salomon
Feature: Running Chassis
Description: Structure unit in the midsole.
Benefit: Provides stability and improved cushioning.

The best Salomon shoes can be found here

Saucony
Feature: Full Length ProGrid
Description: Saucony's top cushioning technology using rubber and polymer.
Benefit: Soft and smooth cushioning to protect you from potentially harmful impact forces.

Saucony
Feature: SSL EVA midsole
Description: Special EVA material with reduced weight improved durability.
Benefit: More 'bounce' from the shoe, longer lasting cushioning and a lighter feel

Saucony
Feature: SRC Impact Zone
Description: Cushioning system.
Benefit: Decreased shock from impact or toe-off forces.

Saucony
Feature: Midfoot Bridge
Description: Midfoot shank.
Benefit: Your midfoot is held and guided to give support and stability.

Saucony
Feature: Medial Midfoot Arch-Lock
Description: Midfoot fit system
Benefit: Holds your arch, and therefore your foot, securely in place.

Saucony
Feature: Ortholite Sockliner
Description: Sockliner which stops bacteria and adds comfort.
Benefit: Improved fit and cushioning while also keeping your feet dry of sweat and preventing odours.

Saucony
Feature: HRC Strobel Board
Description: A responsive rubber cushioning compound.
Benefit: Improved cushioning, usually used in the forefoot or 'strobel board' which sits inside the shoe.

Saucony
Feature: Rearfoot SRC Impact Zone
Description: Cushioning system.
Benefit: Decreased shock from impact or toe-off forces.

Saucony
Feature: Rearfoot GRID
Description: Heel cushioning unit to absorb impact
Benefit: Enhanced cushioning.

Saucony
Feature: XT600 Heelstrike
Description: Durable outsole material.
Benefit: Longer lasting outsole that does not wear as quickly as conventional materials.

Saucony
Feature: Midfoot Arch-Lock
Description: Midfoot fit system
Benefit: Holds your arch, and therefore your foot, securely in place.

Saucony
Feature: Heel ProGrid
Description: Saucony's top cushioning technology using rubber and polymer.
Benefit: Soft and smooth cushioning to protect you from potentially harmful impact forces.

Saucony
Feature: 2d EVA
Description: Two density midsole to give support and guidance.
Benefit: More stability and reduced over-pronation so you are less likely to be affected by the twisting and rotational forces associated with over-pronation.

Saucony
Feature: HRC
Description: A responsive rubber cushioning compound.
Benefit: Improved cushioning, usually used in the forefoot or 'strobel board' which sits inside the shoe.

Saucony
Feature: Arch-Lock
Description: Midfoot fit system
Benefit: Holds your arch, and therefore your foot, securely in place.

Saucony
Feature: 2d EVA
Description: A second density in the midsole.
Benefit: Reduced over-pronation and a therefore a reduced risk of injury or soreness from the associated twisting and rotational forces.

Saucony
Feature: Flexion Plate
Description: TPU plate running all the way through to the forefoot.
Benefit: More efficient transition from heel to forefoot.

Saucony
Feature: ComforTemp
Description: Material which regulates the temperature in the shoe.
Benefit: The foot is kept at a comfortable temperature in both hot and cool conditions.

Saucony
Feature: Ortholite
Description: Sockliner which stops bacteria and adds comfort.
Benefit: Improved fit and cushioning while also keeping your feet dry of sweat and preventing odours.

Saucony
Feature: Grid
Description: Cushioning system.
Benefit: Reduce shock from impact forces.

Saucony
Feature: XT-900
Description: Durable outsole material.
Benefit: Longer lasting outsole that does not wear as quickly as conventional materials.

The best Saucony shoes can be found here

The North Face
Feature: Boa multi-adjust lacing system
Description: Lacing system with disc tightening.
Benefit: Improved fit.

The North Face
Feature: Northotic multi-density footbed with AgION
Description: Sockliner which stops bacteria and adds comfort.
Benefit: Improved fit and cushioning while also keeping your feet dry of sweat and preventing odours.

The North Face
Feature: Triple-density midsole
Description: Three different density of material used in the midsole.
Benefit: A better mix of support, cushioning and guidance.

The North Face
Feature: Heel X-2 02
Description: Air cushioning unit.
Benefit: Improved shock absorption.

UK Gear
Feature: 3M
Description: Reflective for running at night and in low light conditions
Benefit: Improved safety when you are running in poor light conditions.

UK Gear
Feature: S+S plates
Description: .Strengthening and Stabilising. plates to give medial support and stability.
Benefit: Reduced over-pronation means less twisting forces so you get less discomfort or risk of injury from these.

UK Gear
Feature: Solite EVA
Description: Lighter midsole EVA material
Benefit: Improved responsiveness.

UK Gear
Feature: duoMASS
Description: Medial posting
Benefit: Medial posting to reduce over-pronation and protect you from the associated twisting and rotational forces.

UK Gear
Feature: NRG Impact Pads
Description: Cushioning unit
Benefit: Protection against impact forces where these are at their highest.

UK Gear
Feature: NRG Reactor Pads
Description: High rebound forefoot cushioning unit
Benefit: Cushioning to protect from impact forces. Also a more springy feel to help give a more effective toe-off.

UK Gear
Feature: Directional Traction Lugs
Description: For grip on varied terrain
Benefit: Gives grip even when twisting and turning on uneven terrain.

Multiple brands
Feature: Gore-Tex XCR
Description: Waterproof and breathable upper by Gore-Tex with the XCR material which has good flexibility qualities.
Benefit: Keeps your feet dry by keeping water out but also allows your feet to breath and sweat to evaporate off. This keeps your feet comfortable and helps you to regulate the temperature of your feet.

Multiple brands
Feature: Gore-Tex XCR
Description: Waterproof and breathable upper by Gore-Tex with the XCR material which has good flexibility qualities.
Benefit: Keeps your feet dry by keeping water out but also allows your feet to breath and sweat to evaporate off. This keeps your feet comfortable and helps you to regulate the temperature of your feet.



For more information on how to use www.shoeguide.run to find the best running shoes click here or here.

Find the perfect shoe for you