Best Running Shoes For Shin Splints

By on 2015
best running shoes for shin splints

Choosing the best running shoes can be achieved by understanding the running bio-mechanics of an individual.

The foot is designed to absorb the shock on every stride and at the same time push our bodies forward.

Everyones running experience, stride length, body weight and shoe requirements can vary. Regardless, a few a essential and helpful shoe recommendations can be made largely based on the individuals foot type.

Finding the right running shoes for shin splints largely depends on the foots pronation during running or walking. We have complied a table of our favourite footwear for each pronation type.

Getting high quality shoes has often been the most effective method for getting rid of shin splints. They can make a tremendous difference in reducing the impacts and stress to the lower leg from running.

 

Shin Splints Shoe Recommendations (2015)

 

OVERPRONATION

overpronation

Motion control shoes.

Most common. Typically equipped with medial support with density midsoles, foot bridges and roll bars. The inside support slows the rate of overpronation.

NEUTRAL

neutral feet

Stability shoes.

Combination of high quality cushioning and support features. Having a quality shoe is important for injury-free running with normal pronation.

SUPINATION

supination

Cushioning shoes.

Least common. Enhanced shock dispersion in the midsole and outsole. Added materials to the heel and forefoot areas to improve the cushioning properties of the shoe.

Wearing the correct type of running shoe has often been the best preventive method for dealing with shin splints. We’ve ensured to only list high quality shoes for each foot type, but knowledge if the shoe is right for you may only come after a few runs.

The listed shoes are available for both genders. If you are unsure of which group of shoes are for you, look at our foot pronation guide. Using the correct type of shoe can prevent your shin splints from returning or aid in getting rid of the injury.

 

Wearing The Right Shoes Can Prevent Shin Splints

 

Another factor that should be considered is the running surface that you are going to encounter. Which shoes to choose for shin splints also depend on the surface of running. Road running shoes are made for running on pavement or hard surfaces. These are very light, flexible, and have extensive cushioning to reduce stress being transferred to the legs.

Trail running shoes are souped-up running shoes made to withstand mud, rocks and trails. They offer more traction for running on nature trails and the like and are more weather-proof.

Running shoes should also be replaced in regular intervals depending how much they have been worn out. The frequency depends largely on the runner, durability of the shoe and how actively they have been used. Some shoes may last well for half a year and some might be too worn out after a month.

With a proper fitting shoe, the shoe width should allow a bit of space and the laces should just be snug but not too tight. The shoe’s toe-box should have some extra space which will avoid your toes from squeezing when your foot swells or during downhill runs. For persons using special orthotics or insoles, they should also be on when trying out new shoes to check for actual fit.

We hope that our guide has helped you pick the best shoes to avoid shin splints. They can make a tremendous difference in the quality of your training.

Leave a comment below if a particular shoe has made a difference for you. If this guide was helpful to you, give the page a like. For additional guides, return to the home page for more information on shin splints.

  • Amanda Brown

    Glad to find this guide. I had shin splints for a long time. Proper running form and shoes are everything. Best $115 I’ve ever spent! :)

  • PDC

    What is your opinion on New Balance 1080 v4 for a neutral runner with lower anterior tibialis?

  • http://never-never-never-give-up.com never-never-never-give-up.com

    My doctor recommended a golf ball muscle roller for my shin splints, great tool for massaging, worked surprisingly very well helped and me recover faster than any other treatment! Good shoes are HUGE. I used to have pain in my shins all day every day because my shoes did support my high arches. Getting good shoes (and might I add, good insoles) has made a huge difference for me.