Neutral cushion shoes are designed for the normal to high arched foot that requires no pronation control. These shoes are flexible and allow the natural roll of the foot without any excessive correction. They are cushioned and tend to be more sculpted in the arch area. Neutral cushion shoes are typically designed on a semi-curved last. They can also accommodate an orthotic.
Flexible and cushioned; supports the medium to high arched foot; sculpted in arch area to allow natural roll of foot; accommodate orthotics which require a totally neutral shoe
NEUTRAL ARCH, MEDIUM-HIGH ARCH, NEUTRAL PRONATION, NEUTRAL LAST
Stability shoes are designed to support the foot with a low arch or with a medium to high arch that collapses. These shoes usually have a broad base and have a stability device on the medial side of the shoe. A typical pattern will show pronation at the heel to mid-arch, with a lateral rotation or slide at the forefoot.
Medial support; supports the low arch or arch that collapses; controls mild to medium pronation
MEDIUM-HIGH ARCH, NEUTRAL PRONATION, SLIGHT SUPINATION, CURVY LAST
Motion control shoes are designed to support the flat foot. It supports the low, flexible arch, and prevents overpronation. These shoes have a broad base and have a stability device on both the medial and lateral side of the shoe. This type of shoe is built on a straight last. This shoe will accommodate an orthotic due to the straight last and broad base. It provides a solid foundation for an orthotic. This type of shoe is suitable for a heavier runner.
Medial and lateral support; broad base of support; supports the flat foot; controls medium to heavy pronation; accommodates orthotics
NO ARCH / FLAT ARCH, PRONATION, STRAIGHT LAST
Lightweight trainers are designed for faster runners or for someone looking for a shoe to do speedwork in. They are lighter than regular running shoes, but not as light as racing flats. Lightweight trainers can be neutral or have stability devices. They are also excellent choices for someone looking for a lighter shoe to race in without sacrificing too much cushioning and support.
Light, yet still cushioned; designed for speedwork; suitable for racing (especially 10k or longer)