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Why we need different shoes when hitting the trails!

Here at Alton Sports we have seen a huge uptake of trail running over the past year. This fills most of us with complete pride and joy as we share the love for off road running as well, being out in nature and finding head space is of course a great experience as we all adapt to our recent life changes.
National lockdowns and travel restrictions have forced us all to run local more than ever, this is where we are seeing more and more of you taking to the trails for perhaps the first time. The trail running market is just as big as road running now, with loads of options from all your favourite brands! We wanted to share with you all the differences you will experience from a road running shoe to a trail option.
1-Grip – Trail running shoes will have a deeper sole grip than your road shoes, the rubber is
softer so that it can move with the changing terrain we run on. The ground underneath us is
more likely to move than the pavement. Having a softer rubber tread gives us more traction
as we adapt with every stride. With this in mind the grip will wear quicker if worn on roads
for periods of time.
2-Upper – you will find trail shoes have a more durable upper to protect our feet. Small
features such as the laces and the toe bumper will be stronger materials to help stop any
discomfort during navigation through those woods.
3-Rock plates – Most, not all trail shoes have a rock plate in the forefoot, you generally can’t
see these but their purpose is to protect toe joints in the forefoot when running on stony or
flinty ground. If your running in areas that are Stoney or flint covered get in touch with us
and we can point you in the right direction of options.
4-Support – Unlike our road options trail shoes don’t come in categories of support levels
however some trail options are more stable than others. The stability comes from the heel
counter and flexibility in the midfoot.
Support levels in your trail shoe isn’t as important as your road runner, this is due to the
ever changing ground that we are landing on when trail running. When we road run our
bodies movement is nearly the same every time we strike off whereas with off road running
our foot placement is different with each stride.
If you are worried at all about support in certain trail options please do get in touch.
We hope this helps with any questions you might have had about trail running shoe options and why we would need a different pair of shoes when hitting the trails. Please remember to stay safe when adventuring, always take your phone for emergencies and tell someone where you are planning to run.
Any questions please do get in touch either via social media or
Thanks all, Happy Trails!
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