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What type of running shoes should you buy?

The vast world of running gear could give even the most experienced shopper decision fatigue!Whether you’re looking to “run like the wind” or keep it casual cool in your day to day life, take this simple quiz to discover what style of running shoe is just right for you.

Quiz Questions

  • 1.
    When it comes to running, your experience level is:
    • A.
      Minimal. Just getting started over here, but I love a good long stroll!
      (Correlates to: You need... Neutral Cushioning)
    • B.
      Advanced. Just finished my third Ultra marathon last week and am ready for round 4!
      (Correlates to:  You need... Maximum support runners)
    • C.
      Medium. I can crush a 10km race, so long as my ankles are happy.
      (Correlates to: You need… Stability Runners )
    • D.
      Intermediate. Endurance is my middle name and there’s nothing I love more than rocky mountain terrain.
      (Correlates to:  You need… Trail runners )
  • 2.
    Pick the photo that best describes your activity level…
  • 3.
    When out running or walking, you tend to…
    • A.
      Supinate - my weight loves to pour into the outside edges of my feet
      (Correlates to: You need... Neutral Cushioning)
    • B.
      Pronate - I can’t keep these darn ankles from rolling inward to save my life!
      (Correlates to: You need… Stability Runners )
    • C.
      Just wish that I had more overall support for all those harsh weather conditions!
      (Correlates to:  You need… Trail runners )
    • D.
      Pound the pavement pretty dang hard.
      (Correlates to:  You need... Maximum support runners)
  • 4.
    Which is your preferred activity?
    • A.
      A long morning stroll with my bestie, featuring coffee and life chats.
      (Correlates to: You need... Neutral Cushioning)
    • B.
      Hiking the switchbacks, of course!
      (Correlates to:  You need… Trail runners )
    • C.
      Running - all day everyday. I live for this sh*t!
      (Correlates to:  You need... Maximum support runners)
    • D.
      A light jog accompanied by my favourite podcast
      (Correlates to: You need… Stability Runners )
  • 5.
     It’s racing season! You’re geared up and ready to train. When choosing which race to sign up for, you choose:
    • A.
      5km. I’m new to this world and not looking to bite off more than I can chew!
      (Correlates to: You need… Stability Runners )
    • B.
      Full marathon! Why do anything in this life halfway (amirite?!)
      (Correlates to:  You need... Maximum support runners)
    • C.
      Show me the Tough Mudder option please.
      (Correlates to:  You need… Trail runners )
    • D.
      Is there a walking option? I’m not really about that race life.
      (Correlates to: You need... Neutral Cushioning)
  • 6.
     Whether you're walking, running or hiking, the bottom line is that you feel…
    • A.
      Supported af. I can’t take an insurance policy out on these ankles.
      (Correlates to: You need… Stability Runners )
    • B.
      Like I can run for hours on end with happy shins and maximum comfort.
      (Correlates to:  You need... Maximum support runners)
    • C.
      Like I can take on any condition and not have to worry about a broken toe or soaking wet feet!
      (Correlates to:  You need… Trail runners )
    • D.
      Light as a feather! There’s nothing I love more than feeling like I can glide through the day light on my feet.
      (Correlates to: You need... Neutral Cushioning)
  • 7.
    Choose one of the following:
    • A.
      Iron man
      (Correlates to:  You need... Maximum support runners)
    • B.
      The Golden Ultra (Canada)
      (Correlates to:  You need… Trail runners )
    • C.
      Awesome 80’s Fun 5KM (California based)
      (Correlates to: You need… Stability Runners )
    • D.
      Walking to the top of the Empire State Building
      (Correlates to: You need... Neutral Cushioning)
  • 8.
    What’s your favourite aspect of working out?
    • A.
      Crushing my personal best! Competition is my middle name.
      (Correlates to:  You need... Maximum support runners)
    • B.
      Fresh air! There’s nothing I love more than getting into the great outdoors.
      (Correlates to:  You need… Trail runners )
    • C.
      I’m not super big on the workouts! My life is pretty go-go-go, so I feel like I am constantly on the move.
      (Correlates to: You need... Neutral Cushioning)
    • D.
      Feeling the progression! I love watching my endurance grow slowly over time.
      (Correlates to: You need… Stability Runners )
  • 9.
     Choose the word you most gravitate towards:
    • A.
      Victory
      (Correlates to:  You need... Maximum support runners)
    • B.
      Adventure
      (Correlates to:  You need… Trail runners )
    • C.
      Support
      (Correlates to: You need… Stability Runners )
    • D.
      Leisure
      (Correlates to: You need... Neutral Cushioning)
  • 10.
    When shoe shopping, you generally like to spend...
    • A.
      Between $45-$100. I'm a simpleton and just need a light as air feel.
      (Correlates to: You need... Neutral Cushioning)
    • B.
      Between $150 and up. GIve me the latest and greatest to support my races please.
      (Correlates to:  You need... Maximum support runners)
    • C.
      Between $100-$150. I'm new to the run game, beginner pricing for me, thanks!
      (Correlates to: You need… Stability Runners )
    • D.
      $200 +. The trails I'm crushing require top-of-the-line!
      (Correlates to:  You need… Trail runners )

Quiz Outcomes

  • 1.
     You need... Maximum support runners
    You take your runs very seriously, my friend! A 10km jaunt is practically a walk in the park for you.Your mentality?Why settle for the half marathon when there’s an ultra you can crush?!When prepping your ankles for your long distance road rendezvous, you need a runner with maximum support.So, what’s the best option for you to keep the shin splints at bay?You’ll want to be sure that you choose a runner with high support, ample density and max durability. Running shoes made with our DUROMAX are engineered to have higher density materials on the inner sole to keep your heels from collapsing. They also feature a carbon rubber sole so you can keep that “run Forest run” vibe going strong as you pound the pavement. Feel ready to run in the Rebel Race RunnerThese babies will have you running like your life depends on it — seriously, they are just that good. The combination of DUROMAX and the structural mould these runners are built on give them an A+ in ground contact and stability.They also have reflective features and extra glow in the dark laces to support your late night run obsession.[SHOP REBEL RACE]👟 3 tips to strengthen your run game 👟1. Start with shorter intervalsEver heard of the term “proximal development”? Well, it most definitely applies to your running journey.Good things come in time! Rome wasn’t built in a day and your personal bests probably won’t be either. If you’re new to running, give yourself some time to build your endurance and strengthen new muscles. Instead of planning to run the entire distance full tilt, break up your run into intervals and keep them short in the beginning. A little walking never hurt anyone.Download our new running app and start clocking those kilometres today!​2. Pace yourself Just like the tortoise and the hare—slow and steady wins the race, my friend!Nobody likes a show off, plus your body needs time and space to get used to the new stresses of running steadily. Too many new runners make the mistake of overexerting at the start of the run, only to pay the price later on. Skip the painful injuries and instead, stick to a pace that feels manageable and steady. Patience pays, so pace yourself!Click here to take advantage of our exclusive offer on the Fittastic GPS watch. Start tracking those times!3. Don’t forget to R&RIt happens all too often—you get hopped up on your 5 minute km only to injure your Achilles the next time you decide to hit it. It goes without saying (but we’ll say it here too) your body needs time to recover! It has to adapt to the new demands of your cardiovascular system and prepare your muscles and joints for your next run.Be sure to build some rest days into your training regime and check out our Youtube channel for some restorative yoga classes you can take on your “off” days.Just like walking on a cloud...Cloudscape was created for the athletically minded and was born from one simple vision: to deliver a world class shoe that is centred in performance and comfort.John Clarke is a man of many passions. With countless hours of triathlon training and marathon runs under his belt, there’s almost no sneaker that hasn’t made its way to his feet.After his many years of longing for the perfect shoe, he found himself strolling down the Squak Mountain Trail here in Seattle while staring up at the clouds. The thought then dawned on him: “if only there was a shoe as comfy as a cloud with support as sturdy as the West Seattle bridge.” That one thought alone is why Cloudscape exists today.Cloudscape seamlessly blends a comfy cool lifestyle look with the kind of support you thought only your best friend could give. Using the technology of DUROMAX combined with synthetic leather and mesh panelling—each unique Cloudscape design offers a sturdy foundation with a light as air feel.As our pal John likes to say: “Your feet will thank you.”Resources to get you racing to your next personal best:Click HERE to receive our monthly newsletter! Each monthly letter is packed full of gear tips, training advice, inspiring stories, and much more!Use the code, "CLOUDSCAPE" for 10% off your first purchase! Don’t forget to check out our selection of long distance run accessories!Looking for something specific? Book a free 15 minute personal shopping appointment. Our online team of educators has mastered our products and they are ready to help you find exactly what you need!Be a part of our #RunLoversCollectiveNow that we're connected, check your email for your quiz results and suggestions for your best choice of running shoe.By taking this quiz, you’ve become an honorary member of our Run Lover’s Collective! Stay tuned as we’ll be sending you monthly discounts and updates on our latest and greatest gear.Happy shopping!
  • 2.
    You need… Stability Runners 
    Just like your oldest, most true blue bestie!By taking this quiz, you’ve discovered that living your best life requires a kind of support and stability you can rely on.When it comes to your 10ks and training days, you’re not exactly a “fly by the seat of your ankles” type of person. You want to be sure that your gams stay supported and your stance stays steady.What you need is a stability shoe you can count on. If you find that you overpronate (aka you push off from your big toe), a good old medial post built into that midsole is going to feel like heaven on earth.Luckily, you can lean on our Stable-Pro line for the days when your basic trainers just aren’t cutting it. This line features shock resistant gels built into the soles and a bridge in the mid foot to support your tender arches for those longer runs.Feel stable and steady in our Freedom runnerHow do you feel when you slap on our Freedom runners? Like you’re floating on a cloud — except that cloud is the pavement and you’re crushing it like it ain't no thang!Long distance runs will feel like a breeze in these stability shoes that feature a dual-density post on the medial side plus a hard plastic bridge in the midfoot. They also come in a whole whack of colours, so you can still feel trendy and cool while keeping your knees safe and supported. Isn’t that what we all want?![SHOP FREEDOM]👟 3 tips to strengthen your run game 👟1. Start with shorter intervalsEver heard of the term “proximal development”? Well, it most definitely applies to your running journey.Good things come in time! Rome wasn’t built in a day and your personal bests probably won’t be either. If you’re new to running, give yourself some time to build your endurance and strengthen new muscles. Instead of planning to run the entire distance full tilt, break up your run into intervals and keep them short in the beginning. A little walking never hurt anyone.Download our new running app and start clocking those kilometres today!​2. Pace yourselfJust like the tortoise and the hare—slow and steady wins the race, my friend!Nobody likes a show off, plus your body needs time and space to get used to the new stresses of running steadily. Too many new runners make the mistake of overexerting at the start of the run, only to pay the price later on. Skip the painful injuries and instead, stick to a pace that feels manageable and steady. Patience pays, so pace yourself!Click here to take advantage of our exclusive offer on the Fittastic GPS watch. Start tracking those times!3. Don’t forget to R&RIt happens all too often—you get hopped up on your 5 minute km only to injure your Achilles the next time you decide to hit it. It goes without saying (but we’ll say it here too) your body needs time to recover! It has to adapt to the new demands of your cardiovascular system and prepare your muscles and joints for your next run.Be sure to build some rest days into your training regime and check out our Youtube channel for some restorative yoga classes you can take on your “off” days.Just like walking on a cloud...Cloudscape was created for the athletically minded and was born from one simple vision: to deliver a world class shoe that is centred in performance and comfort.John Clarke is a man of many passions. With countless hours of triathlon training and marathon runs under his belt, there’s almost no sneaker that hasn’t made its way to his feet.After his many years of longing for the perfect shoe, he found himself strolling down the Squak Mountain Trail here in Seattle while staring up at the clouds. The thought then dawned on him: “if only there was a shoe as comfy as a cloud with support as sturdy as the West Seattle bridge.” That one thought alone is why Cloudscape exists today.Cloudscape seamlessly blends a comfy cool lifestyle look with the kind of support you thought only your best friend could give. Using the technology of DUROMAX combined with synthetic leather and mesh panelling—each unique Cloudscape design offers a sturdy foundation with a light as air feel.As our pal John likes to say: “Your feet will thank you.”Resources to get you racing to your next personal best:Click HERE to receive our monthly newsletter! Each monthly letter is packed full of gear tips, training advice, inspiring stories, and much more!Use the code, "CLOUDSCAPE" for 10% off your first purchase! Don’t forget to check out our selection of long distance run accessories!Looking for something specific? Book a free 15 minute personal shopping appointment. Our online team of educators has mastered our products and they are ready to help you find exactly what you need!Be a part of our #RunLoversCollectiveNow that we're connected, check your email for your quiz results and suggestions for your best choice of running shoe.By taking this quiz, you’ve become an honorary member of our Run Lover’s Collective! Stay tuned as we’ll be sending you monthly discounts and updates on our latest and greatest gear.Happy shopping!
  • 3.
    You need... Neutral Cushioning
    Long distance runs? Nahhh!! Or at least, not quite yet!For you, life’s just dandy at walking speed and if you’re really feeling it—maybe a 5K on some flat road while you take in the lakeside views. You, my friend, need a neutral cushioning running shoe!Maybe you’re new to your running journey, or you simply crave feeling light on your feet while you jaunt around the city.Whatever the case may be, you need a shoe that has maximum cushion and minimal weight for a light as air feel.Our Airscape line has just what you need to make your transitions feel buttery soft.Designed with engineered mesh and plates built in to help disperse weight from heel to toe, you’ll be walking on an earth based cloud in no time! Live your life right in our Lifestyle runnerCan we give that middle path a little extra credit?!These Lifestyle runners will have you living your best neutral life from day to night.As part of our Airscape line, these shoes were made to support you in smooth, silky transitions from both your heel to toe and your day to night activities. In short, these shoes were made for walkin’ (or a short 3-5km jog to get your heart rate up).You’ll love roaming around the city while your feet get romanced by this light as air structure and mesh details.[SHOP LIFESTYLE]👟 3 tips to strengthen your run game 👟1. Start with shorter intervalsEver heard of the term “proximal development”? Well, it most definitely applies to your running journey.Good things come in time! Rome wasn’t built in a day and your personal bests probably won’t be either. If you’re new to running, give yourself some time to build your endurance and strengthen new muscles. Instead of planning to run the entire distance full tilt, break up your run into intervals and keep them short in the beginning. A little walking never hurt anyone.Download our new running app and start clocking those kilometres today!​2. Pace yourselfJust like the tortoise and the hare—slow and steady wins the race, my friend!Nobody likes a show off, plus your body needs time and space to get used to the new stresses of running steadily. Too many new runners make the mistake of overexerting at the start of the run, only to pay the price later on. Skip the painful injuries and instead, stick to a pace that feels manageable and steady. Patience pays, so pace yourself!Click here to take advantage of our exclusive offer on the Fittastic GPS watch. Start tracking those times!3. Don’t forget to R&RIt happens all too often—you get hopped up on your 5 minute km only to injure your Achilles the next time you decide to hit it. It goes without saying (but we’ll say it here too) your body needs time to recover! It has to adapt to the new demands of your cardiovascular system and prepare your muscles and joints for your next run.Be sure to build some rest days into your training regime and check out our Youtube channel for some restorative yoga classes you can take on your “off” days.Just like walking on a cloud...Cloudscape was created for the athletically minded and was born from one simple vision: to deliver a world class shoe that is centred in performance and comfort.John Clarke is a man of many passions. With countless hours of triathlon training and marathon runs under his belt, there’s almost no sneaker that hasn’t made its way to his feet.After his many years of longing for the perfect shoe, he found himself strolling down the Squak Mountain Trail here in Seattle while staring up at the clouds. The thought then dawned on him: “if only there was a shoe as comfy as a cloud with support as sturdy as the West Seattle bridge.” That one thought alone is why Cloudscape exists today.Cloudscape seamlessly blends a comfy cool lifestyle look with the kind of support you thought only your best friend could give. Using the technology of DUROMAX combined with synthetic leather and mesh panelling—each unique Cloudscape design offers a sturdy foundation with a light as air feel.As our pal John likes to say: “Your feet will thank you.” Resources to get you racing to your next personal best:Click HERE to receive our monthly newsletter! Each monthly letter is packed full of gear tips, training advice, inspiring stories, and much more!Use the code, "CLOUDSCAPE" for 10% off your first purchase! Don’t forget to check out our selection of long distance run accessories!Looking for something specific? Book a free 15 minute personal shopping appointment. Our online team of educators has mastered our products and they are ready to help you find exactly what you need!Be a part of our #RunLoversCollectiveNow that we're connected, check your email for your quiz results and suggestions for your best choice of running shoe.By taking this quiz, you’ve become an honorary member of our Run Lover’s Collective! Stay tuned as we’ll be sending you monthly discounts and updates on our latest and greatest gear.Happy shopping!
  • 4.
     You need… Trail runners 
    Congrats friend! By taking this quiz, you’ve discovered that you were born for the woods and built for adventure!City views and flat road runs just sound like a big ol’ snooze fest for your wilderness craving spirit.That’s right—for you, mountainous backdrops and a wide range of conditions are what your soul (and your sole) craves. Sunday mornings in your world are best spent running to the tune of nature’s sounds while your ankles get covered in mud.So what’s the best option for your trail-blazing feet?You need a runner you can count on for just about any kind of condition. Think: weather protecting finishes, max durability and a super secure fit. Lucky for you, our TrailBlZE line has just what you need to feel stable and protected while you tackle that next terrain.Run for your life in our Mountaineer RunnerHit the trails in stride with your feet cushioned and your mind clear.These runners will have you forgetting all about your feet (in the best kind of way)! Our Mountaineer running shoe was designed with your most adventurous trail run in mind.Even the wettest, rockiest, muddiest terrain is no match for these weather protected, incredibly stable shoes.The Mountaineer features a low-profile chassis to ensure maximum balance in some of the most uneven surfaces. They’re protected with our WeatherProtec finishing and feature a toe and heel protector so you can put your best foot forward and forget the details.Happy trails![SHOP MOUNTAINEER]👟 3 tips to strengthen your run game 👟1. Start with shorter intervalsEver heard of the term “proximal development”? Well, it most definitely applies to your running journey.Good things come in time! Rome wasn’t built in a day and your personal bests probably won’t be either. If you’re new to running, give yourself some time to build your endurance and strengthen new muscles. Instead of planning to run the entire distance full tilt, break up your run into intervals and keep them short in the beginning. A little walking never hurt anyone.Download our new running app and start clocking those kilometres today!​2. Pace yourselfJust like the tortoise and the hare—slow and steady wins the race, my friend!Nobody likes a show off, plus your body needs time and space to get used to the new stresses of running steadily. Too many new runners make the mistake of overexerting at the start of the run, only to pay the price later on. Skip the painful injuries and instead, stick to a pace that feels manageable and steady. Patience pays, so pace yourself!Click here to take advantage of our exclusive offer on the Fittastic GPS watch. Start tracking those times!3. Don’t forget to R&RIt happens all too often—you get hopped up on your 5 minute km only to injure your Achilles the next time you decide to hit it. It goes without saying (but we’ll say it here too) your body needs time to recover! It has to adapt to the new demands of your cardiovascular system and prepare your muscles and joints for your next run.Be sure to build some rest days into your training regime and check out our Youtube channel for some restorative yoga classes you can take on your “off” days.Just like walking on a cloud...Cloudscape was created for the athletically minded and was born from one simple vision: to deliver a world class shoe that is centred in performance and comfort.John Clarke is a man of many passions. With countless hours of triathlon training and marathon runs under his belt, there’s almost no sneaker that hasn’t made its way to his feet.After his many years of longing for the perfect shoe, he found himself strolling down the Squak Mountain Trail here in Seattle while staring up at the clouds. The thought then dawned on him: “if only there was a shoe as comfy as a cloud with support as sturdy as the West Seattle bridge.” That one thought alone is why Cloudscape exists today.Cloudscape seamlessly blends a comfy cool lifestyle look with the kind of support you thought only your best friend could give. Using the technology of DUROMAX combined with synthetic leather and mesh panelling—each unique Cloudscape design offers a sturdy foundation with a light as air feel.As our pal John likes to say: “Your feet will thank you.”Resources to get you racing to your next personal best:Click HERE to receive our monthly newsletter! Each monthly letter is packed full of gear tips, training advice, inspiring stories, and much more!Use the code, "CLOUDSCAPE" for 10% off your first purchase! Don’t forget to check out our selection of long distance run accessories!Looking for something specific? Book a free 15 minute personal shopping appointment. Our online team of educators has mastered our products and they are ready to help you find exactly what you need!Be a part of our #RunLoversCollectiveNow that we're connected, check your email for your quiz results and suggestions for your best choice of running shoe.By taking this quiz, you’ve become an honorary member of our Run Lover’s Collective! Stay tuned as we’ll be sending you monthly discounts and updates on our latest and greatest gear.Happy shopping!