Best Running Shoes for Shin Splints

Expert Advice on Running Shoes,Running Injuries: Shin Splints & Calf
Best Running Shoes for Shin Splints

With running being such a high-impact sport, shin splints are a common problem for a lot of runners – in fact, many runners suffer with shin splints at some point during their running life. It manifest in a mild version that may just go away as easily as it has arrived with simple self-treatment or rest. More acute cases, if left alone, can lead to a more serious injury and involve a longer lay-off. As with any injury, if you feel it has reached a level where running is uncomfortable or just not possible, we would always recommend seeking advice from a competent physio or medical professional to get an accurate diagnosis. We have some great tips in Shin Splints and Running.

Will new running shoes help shin splints? 

Very often, replacing your running shoes can really help with shin splints. The cushioning on your current running trainers may have compressed and no longer be absorbing any impact. The support in your trainers is also very important. Depending on your foot strike – whether you have a neutral gait or whether you supinate or overpronate – your running trainers should be offering you the right level of support. 

If you are unsure of which level of support is right for you, having Natural Gait Analysis at one of our stores will help direct you to a selection of running trainers suitable for you. You will then be able to find a trainer catered specifically for you. Choosing something more cushioned, or that provides you with a greater level of support to prevent pronation, can help prevent and manage shin splints.

There is no such thing as the PERFECT trainer to defeat shin splints. That would be the dream! Nonetheless, depending on what is causing the shin pain, your trainers can make the world of difference. So, if you experiencing shin splints and are looking to replace your trainers, we have compiled the running shoes most likely to help you keep on running!

Neutral ShoesSupport ShoesCushioned ShoesSupinator ShoesTrail Shoes

Best Neutral Road Running Shoes for Shin Splints

New Balance 1080 / Brooks Ghost

New Balance 1080

Fresh Foam is New Balance's premium midsole implemented in their top of the range models, designed to deliver ultra-soft cushioning for a lightweight ride and shock-absorption. This fantastic Fresh Foam cushioning will absorb the impact and reduce shock on your shins.

Men's New Balance 1080v12 2E

Women's New Balance 1080v11 D
£105.00 £135.00

Brooks Ghost

Brooks’ most popular neutral running shoe, the Ghost delivers great shock-absorption and a smooth ride. It includes super-soft DNA LOFT cushioning, extended to the midfoot area to give you a bouncier feel underneath your foot without losing responsiveness.

Men's Brooks Ghost 14

Women's Brooks Ghost 14

Best Support Road Running Shoes for Shin Splints

Hoka One One ArahiSaucony Omni

Hoka One One Arahi

The Hoka One One Arahi has a specially designed EVA J-Frame that sits in the midsole under the arch to reduce the over-pronation of your feet. This can alleviate shin pain by aligning you into a neutral running position. This trainer also has the typical wider Hoka base outsole, which provides you with extra stability when you land, making this shoe both supportive and stabilising.

Men's Hoka Arahi 6

Women's Hoka Arahi 6

Saucony Omni

To control your foot and decrease your over-pronation, the Saucony Omni has a medial post built into the midsole underneath your arch and extended under your heel. This prevents your arch collapsing inwards and keeps your body in the proper alignment. This means you are less likely to suffer from injury or pain.

Men's Saucony Omni 20
£109.00 £130.00

Women's Saucony Omni 20
£109.00 £130.00

Best Cushioned Road Running Shoes for Shin Splints

Brooks Adrenaline GTSAsics Cumulus

Brooks Adrenaline GTS

The Adrenaline GTS is rightly one of the most relied upon support shoes on the market. Its support features offer effective pronation control and the BioMogo DNA midsole gives a great cushioned ride. The Guiderail barrier also helps to prevent your ankle from rolling outwards, reducing supination.

Men's Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22

Men's Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 2E Wide

Women's Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22

Women's Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 D Wide

Asics Cumulus

Asics' Gel Cumulus includes Gel technology in the forefoot to decrease the impact from running, while the Rearfoot Gel technology is a visible gel under the heel for shock absorption. This great lightweight neutral trainer also has a FLYTEFOAM construction to encourage your natural running stride. 

Men's Asics Gel Cumulus 24

Women's Asics Gel Cumulus 23
£93.00 £120.00

Best Supinator Road Running Shoes for Shin Splints

Saucony TriumphHoka One One Bondi

Saucony Triumph

To offer you the best in shock and pressure reduction, energy return and durability, Saucony introduces the PWRRUN plus midsole, as well as a memory foam heel-counter. This provides you with ultimate softness and super energised bouncy materials for a plush feel and fantastic cushioning. This neutral shoe is also a great option for those naturally stable runners returning to running after an injury.

Men's Saucony Triumph 20

Women's Saucony Triumph 20

Hoka One One Bondi

Hoka’s most cushioned neutral shoe in their range, the Bondi has maximum cushioning with superb shock absorption. Another fantastic choice for naturally stable runners to put on when you start to feel any niggles in your feet or legs, and for getting back into running after an injury such as shin splints.

Men's Hoka Bondi 8

Men's Hoka Bondi 7
£110.00 £130.00

Women's Hoka Bondi 8

Women's Hoka Bondi 7
£110.00 £130.00

Best Trail Running Shoes for Shin Splints

Hoka One One SpeedgoatBrooks Cascadia

Hoka One One Speedgoat

The Hoka One One Speedgoat is a really good all-round shoe – great grip, cushioning AND stability. The midsole is updated with a new lightweight foam to make this running shoe lightweight as well as responsive. The fantastic traction will also ensure you feel light on foot and confident in stride, even on the muddiest of trails.

Men's Hoka Speedgoat 5

Men's Hoka Speedgoat 4
£107.00 £125.00

Women's Hoka Speedgoat 5

Women's Hoka Speedgoat 4
£107.00 £125.00

Brooks Cascadia

The midsole of the Brooks Cascadia 15 features BioMoGo DNA technology, which offers environmentally friendly long-lasting cushioning with dynamic response that adapts to your stride, weight and speed. It also cushions your foot in comfort and protects it by taking away the impact from running. The Ballistic Rock Shield also helps protect against sharp rocks and stones.

Men's Brooks Cascadia 16
£102.00 £120.00

Women's Brooks Cascadia 16

Your running trainers can make a lot of difference when it comes to shin splints. If you do find yourself suffering with shin pain, check your trainers for too much wear or compressed cushioning, which won’t be absorbing the shock from impact. It is also important to make sure that what you’re running in is suitably supportive – that is where Natural Gait Analysis comes in! 

Of course, it would be best to try and avoid injury as much as possible. Stay true to your rest days, stretch whenever possible, and (perhaps the most important one) make sure your trainers are properly fitted, suitable to your running style and terrain, and preventing pronation. These will help avoid shin splints altogether!

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