Are my cheap running shoes hurting me?
October 21, 2013 11:34 AM Subscribe
I use throwback Saucony Jazz as my primary running shoes. They're inexpensive, seem to have adequate cushioning, are light, and are free of unwanted motion control features. But no one else runs seriously in these shoes, and they're marketed for walking around and fashion. Is there something about the construction that makes them significantly inferior to more expensive running shoes?
posted by bepe to sports, hobbies, & recreation (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
As far as I can tell, the Jazz, like most more current running shoes, uses EVA foam for the primary midfoot and heel cushioning. Are there different grades or types of EVA? Any studies that evaluate different shoes' resistance to compression over time? I think that people at one point used the Jazz regularly for running. Has the construction quality gone down since then?
By way of background, I'm a pretty neutral runner, no serious injury problems, currently logging around 30-40 miles per week, hoping to bump that up a bit this winter. I don't notice any problems with my shoes but I get some funny looks in the running club. I really don't want to pay $100 for shoes when I'm current paying $40. I just want the most simple running shoe possible.