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Stable for Who? We Rank Shoes By Stability and How it Varies for Runners
Doctors of Running Podcast, Episode 162

If you've been a follow of Doctors of Running for a while, you know we like discussing stability in our shoes. As we've talked about at length, stability is not a monolithic term, but something that will vary between shoes and runners; everyone's experience of a shoe's stability will be different. On this episode, Matt and David rank ten different shoes from least to most stable. You'll get an inside look at how they judge the stability of different shoes. Have you run in any of these shoes? What shoes are less or more stable for you? Send us an email at!


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0:00 - Intro 
3:58 - New Balance Rebel 3 
6:00 - Altra Escalante 3 
9:42 - Nike Vomero 17 vs. On Cloudgo 
16:30 - Adidas Boston 12 
19:40 - Hoka Arahi 6 vs. Asics Kayano 30 
26:42 - Brooks Adrenaline vs. Saucony Guide 16 
30:00 - Brooks Adrenaline vs. Hoka Stinson 7 
33:48 - Saucony Guide 16 vs. Hoka Stinson 7 
39:44 - Should neutral runners use a more stable shoe for longer efforts? 
48:08 - What injury types impact the need for stability shoes? 
54:54 - Wrap-up

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