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Best Shoes for Running on Concrete

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Last updated: 04/12/2022

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by James McCormack

While running on concrete isn’t necessarily bad for your joints, it is helpful to have the proper footwear to help absorb some of the force that comes from running on concrete. In an ideal world, you should alternate the surfaces you run on, but if you have little option and concrete is the surface you run on most, then we have the solution for you.

James McCormack is a Physical Therapist who specialises in knee, foot & ankle injuries. www.james-mccormack.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Earnings from this are used to create free-to-read content.

Best Shoes for Running on Concrete

The best shoes for running on concrete have responsive cushioning, gel or EVA footbeds and a stable midsole. The responsive cushioning helps by absorbing the impact of hitting the concrete without facilitating excess foot movement that softer cushioning allows. EVA is a lightweight material used in insoles to help control the foot’s motion, while a gel cushion helps protect the heel on impact. When these factors are combined with a stable midsole to help control the speed of pronation forces, they make an excellent running shoe for running on concrete.

Shoes for Running on Concrete: Mild Cushioning

We recommend the New Balance X 880v12 for those who have a neutral foot type and wish to run on concrete.

The 880v12 has a 10mm help drop that helps to offload the calf when running, and alongside their dual-layer midsole, it reduces the forces placed through the foot when running on concrete.

These are a good option for men and women who require mild to moderate level of cushioning when running on concrete

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Shoes for Running on Concrete: Moderate Cushioning

We recommend the Asics Gel-Kayano for those who required moderate support when running on concrete due to their high levels of cushioning, deep heel cup and stable midsole.

The Deep heel cup helps to control the ankle joint when making contact with a concrete floor and alongside the medial arch support it helps to control excess pronation moments and slow the speed of weight transfer on the foot.

The stable midsole with midfoot support controls the foot through the running cycle to prevent overloading the foot when running on concrete.

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Shoes for Running on Concrete: Maximum Cushioning

We recommend the Hoka Clifton 8 running shoes on concrete due to their neutral sole and cushioned soles.

Their responsive cushioning absorbs the impact from the ground when running on concrete without compromising your running efficiency.

A neutral sole allows for an even distribution of forces alongside adequate protection from their balanced cushioning.

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Physiotherapy with James McCormack

This is not medical advice. We recommend a consultation with a medical professional such as James McCormack. He offers Online Physiotherapy Appointments for £45.

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