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Is a Stability/Motion Control Shoe Right for You?

Is a Stability/Motion Control Shoe Right for You?

Having the right shoes on your feet can make all the difference, and this doesn’t only apply to runners. People who spend a lot of time on their feet and don’t have proper support from their shoes can experience issues in posture, pain, and discomfort over time. So how do you know if a stability or motion control shoe is right for you? 

Stability Shoes

Stability shoes are great for people who have flat feet or over-pronate*. They are designed to correct this by having extra support in the midsole, or arch area, in order to help keep your foot in a neutral position. Stability shoes have a little more weight to them than neutral shoes, but the support makes all the difference.

Motion Control Shoes

Similar to Stability shoes, motion control shoes have extra support, except they are designed for people who severely overpronate. The added support of a motion control shoe is in the arch and heel area in order to limit excessive foot motion, and overall the shoe will be more durable and stiffer than a stability or neutral shoe.

What Shoe is Right for You?

There are a few ways to tell if you overpronate or under-pronate, which can help you determine a shoe that will work best for you. One of the easiest ways to tell if you require more stability and support in your shoes is by checking the wear on the bottom of your current shoes. If there is a lot of wear on the inner side of the shoe, you probably overpronate. If you see more wear on the outer edge, it’s likely you under-pronate.

*It’s important to know that pronation is a natural motion of the foot, and how they move fall on a spectrum. If the wear on your shoes is severe in certain areas, you could likely benefit from having more stability from a motion control shoe.

Matrix 2020 Shoe

The matrix 2020 has the patented Xelero technology that can help common foot-related issues including knee and ankle pain, plantar fasciitis and metatarsalgia. The Custom Fit System (CFS) in this shoe allows for a perfect fit along with extra depth to accommodate a custom orthotic. Features such as the soft gel pads, a firmer propulsion element and control plate, as well as the durable soft suede leather and breathable mesh will provide you with the stability you need and an exciting new modern look.

Choose the right Stability/Motion Control Shoe from Xelero’s Extensive line

While the Matrix 2020 is a great option, there’s plenty more you can choose from! Xelero technology uniquely helps both overpronation and under-pronation foot types. The internal propulsion element cradles the rear foot into a neutral position helping to guide the foot into a level gait pattern. With Xelero motion control shoes, you will walk easier and stay on your feet longer with less pain, whether that means helping you live a healthier and more active lifestyle, or getting you back training quicker while overcoming an injury.

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What’s the Difference between Stability and Motion Control Running Shoes?

What’s the Difference between Stability and Motion Control Running Shoes?

With so many kinds of running shoes on the market, it can be difficult to find a pair that is right for you. Everyone has their own style of running, which means it’s important to find a shoe that fits your style for maximum comfort and support. Two of the main special shoes on the market aimed at adjusting your support are stability and motion control shoes. Not every runner needs a specialty shoe, but it can make all the difference for runners who do. In this blog, we’re going to go over the two shoes, as well as the similarities and differences between them, so you can decide which is right for you.

Stability Running Shoes
Stability shoes are designed for runners who have flat feet, or overpronate, which is when the ankle rolls too far inward when running. They are designed to correct this by having extra support in the midsole, or arch area, in order to help runner’s feet stay in a neutral position. The technology used to provide this support is often referred to a medial post, and while this added stability can help prevent overpronation, they can be heavier compared to neutral shoes.

Motion Control Shoes
Similar to stability shoes, motion control shoes have extra support, except they are designed for runners who severely overpronate. With added-support in the arch and heel area of the shoe, motion control shoes limit excessive foot motion, and are even less flexible than stability shoes. Since motion control shoes limit motion, they are heavier and very durable as there is more correction needed than with a stability shoe.

How Both Differ from Neutral Running Shoes
Neutral running shoes account for a small amount of pronation, which is what the average runner would experience. They are designed for the ideal running stride, and move with a runner’s feet flexibly, without any stabilizing design. Without the medial post stability and motion control shoes have, neutral shoes tend to be lighter.

Similarities
The main similarity between stability and motion control shoes is that they are both trying to correct the same problem (overpronation) except to different degrees. They both are designed for people with overpronation or flat feet to avoid future injuries.

Differences
As mentioned above, the difference between the two shoes is that they correct overpronation to different degrees. Stability shoes are better for runners who have slight overpronation, while motion control shoes are for more serious pronation.

In addition to the difference in support, stability shoes tend to be lighter, as there isn’t as much weight from the added support in the shoe.

Xelero Shoes: Supreme Engineering
Xelero shoes actually systemically combines stability and motion control designs to provide a shoe that corrects for pronation as well as supination (the outward rolling of the ankle). The supremacy of Xelero engineering actually comes from the design’s “Propulsion Element” which cradles the rear foot on both the Medial and Lateral sides.

With Xelero motion control shoes, you will walk easier, and stay on your feet longer with less pain, whether that means helping you live a healthier and more active lifestyle, or getting you back training quicker while overcoming an injury.