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. Read more for great tips on 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 absorb any impact. Having the right support in your trainers is also very important. Depending on your foot strike – whether you have a neutral gait, 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, consider a Natural Gait Analysis at our store in London. We supply a huge selection of running trainers suitable for everyone. You will then be able to find a trainer catered specifically for you.

Selecting a cushioned or supportive footwear can effectively prevent and manage shin splints. The added cushioning can help reduce the impact on your legs, minimising the risk of developing shin splints. Ensure the footwear fits your foot well to provide optimum support. As a result, your feet and legs won't be overworked and will stay comfortable, allowing you to perform physical activities while avoiding the stress and discomfort associated with 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 are experiencing shin splints, look into replacing your trainers, we have compiled the running shoes most likely to help you keep on running!

Neutral ShoesSupport ShoesCushioned ShoesSupinator ShoesTrail Shoes

Men's Brooks Ghost 15

Best Neutral Road Running Shoes for Shin Splints

New Balance 880 / Brooks Ghost

New Balance 880

Redesigned upper and a secured fit throughout the shoe. The 880 has revealed new improvements you'll want to try. Bouncy and lightweight midsole, meets the perfect ride from heel to toe, offering a smooth landing.

Men's New Balance 880v14

Men's New Balance 880v14
£140

Women's New Balance 880v14

Women's New Balance 880v14
£140

Brooks Ghost

Brooks most popular neutral running shoe, the Ghost delivers great shock-absorption and a smooth ride. It includes super-soft DNA LOFT 2 cushioning, extended to the midfoot area to providing a bouncier feel underneath your feet without losing responsiveness.

Men's Brooks Ghost 15

Men's Brooks Ghost 15
£135

Women's Brooks Ghost 15

Women's Brooks Ghost 15
£135

Men's Hoka Arahi 7

Best Support Road Running Shoes for Shin Splints

Hoka Arahi / Saucony Tempus

Hoka Arahi

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

Men's Hoka Arahi 7

Men's Hoka Arahi 7
£130

Women's Hoka Arahi 7

Women's Hoka Arahi 7
£130

Saucony Tempus

The Saucony Tempus is designed provide proper alignment. A PWRRUN Frame in the midsole runs from the arch to the heel, preventing the arch from collapsing and reducing the risk of injuries. The shoe offers maximum cushioning and efficient foot control, particularly for those with over-pronation concerns.

Men's Saucony Tempus

Men's Saucony Tempus
£170

Women's Saucony Tempus

Women's Saucony Tempus
£165

Men's Asics Gel Cumulus 26

Best Cushioned Road Running Shoes for Shin Splints

Brooks Adrenaline GTSAsics Gel Cumulus

Brooks Adrenaline GTS

The Adrenaline GTS is rightly one of the most relied upon support shoes on the market. The support features effective pronation control and the DNA LOFT 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 23

Men's Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23
£135

Women's Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23

Women's Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23
£135

Asics Gel Cumulus

The Asics Gel Cumulus has been revamped with PureGel technology that is 65% softer than previous versions, along with 2mm extra cushioning – the FF Blast+ foam also has built-in shock absorption properties, which help to reduce the impact on your feet whilst running. New engineered mesh upper provides a balanced mix of comfort and breathability. More recycled plastic has been utilised in the latest version, making it an eco-friendly option.

Men's Asics Gel Cumulus 26

Men's Asics Gel Cumulus 26
£140

Women's Asics Gel Cumulus 26

Women's Asics Gel Cumulus 26
£140

On Cloudstratus

Best Supinator Road Running Shoes for Shin Splints

On Cloudstratus / Hoka Bondi

On Cloudstratus

A highly responsive, double-stacked with two layers of Cloudtec cushioning, the Cloudstratus 3 is designed to give a boost of momentum during your long runs with maximum comfort.

Men's On Cloudstratus 3

Men's On Cloudstratus 3
£170

Women's On Cloudstratus 3

Women's On Cloudstratus 3
£170

Hoka Bondi

The Bondi 8 is an excellent option for runners looking for natural stability and to alleviate any foot or leg discomfort, especially after injury. Ideal for those recovering from conditions like shin splints, it offers reliable support and is a great choice to get back into running safely.

Men's Hoka Bondi 8

Men's Hoka Bondi 8
£150

Women's Hoka Bondi 8

Women's Hoka Bondi 8
£150

Men's Hoka Speedgoat 5

Best Trail Running Shoes for Shin Splints

Hoka SpeedgoatBrooks Cascadia

Hoka Speedgoat

The Hoka 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 a lighter feel underfoot, bringing confidence to your stride, even on the muddiest of trails.

Men's Hoka Speedgoat 5

Men's Hoka Speedgoat 5
£140

Women's Hoka Speedgoat 5

Women's Hoka Speedgoat 5
£140

Brooks Cascadia

The midsole of the Brooks Cascadia 17 features DNA LOFT v2 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 upgraded Ballistic Rock Shield also helps protect against sharp rocks and stones.

Men's Brooks Cascadia 17

Men's Brooks Cascadia 17
£135

Women's Brooks Cascadia 17

Women's Brooks Cascadia 17
£135

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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