Sartorius Sports in Avon and Glastonbury has all of you running shoe and apparel needs. We carry Saucony, Asics, Brooks,  Inov-8 and more. Stop by Avon or Glastonbury and get fit by true running experts.

Shoe Guide

Having trouble determining what is the right shoe for you? We have over 50 different shoes on our shelves, and admit that it is overwhelming when you are trying to narrow it down to just the right one. Knowing what type of shoe that best suites your needs does help narrow it down considerably. Running shoes fall into five categories: Motion-Control, Stability, Cushioning, Light-weight Trainers, and Trail.

Our Guide to Running Shoes explains each type of running shoe and points out examples of shoes carried at Sartorius Sports that fall into each category. Once you understand the type of running shoe for your needs, our staff can help you determine the right shoe for you. Of course, despite what any article says, the final test is always comfort and fit.

»Support Shoes

  • Support shoes offer a good blend of cushioning, medial support and durability. To provide stability, these shoes often have a medial post or dual-density midsoles. They are usually built on a semicurved last.
  • You should buy these shoes if: you are a midweight runner who doesn’t have any severe motion-control problems and wants a shoe with some medial support and good durability. Runners with normal arches often do fine in stability shoes.

» Neutral Shoes

  • Neutral shoes generally have the softest (or most cushioned) midsoles and the least medial support. They are usually built on a semicurved or curved last to encourage foot motion, which is helpful for underpronators (who have rigid, immobile feet).
  • You should buy these shoes if: you are an efficient runner who doesn’t overpronate and doesn’t need any extra medial support. Runners with high arches often do best in neutral shoes.

» Lightweight Trainers

  • Lightweight training shoes are lighter versions of standard trainers. Usually built on a semicurved or curved last, lightweight trainers are for fast-paced training or racing. Some lightweight trainers are relatively stable; others are not.
  • You should buy these shoes if: you are a quick, efficient runner who wants a light second shoe for fast-paced training. Or: if you want a racing shoe, but want more support and cushioning than you’d get from one of the pure, superlight racers.

» Trail Shoes

  • Trail shoes offer increased outsole traction, midsoles similar to those of stability shoes and uppers with toe bumpers and reinforced stitching for more durability.
  • You should buy these shoes if: you do a lot of off-road running and need shoes with extra traction, more durable uppers and extra protection from stone bruises.

Use these training tools to help in your workout.
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