The term running shoes has often been used to describe many types of athletic footwear, but when soccer players hit the field they wear soccer shoes, golfers wear golf shoes, and boxers wear boxing shoes, and so on and so on. The same thing applies to runners as they wear running shoes specific to their sport. There are various types of running including long distance, sprinting, marathons, cross country and trail running. Each sport has shoes specifically designed for it. Running shoes are made to absorb shock, when your feet hit the ground, and to provide stability. Shoes are designed for different running styles, surfaces and foot types. When choosing your running shoes make sure you buy them for the specific type of running you will be doing and for your foot shape as they have to fit properly and be comfortable to help you perform to your potential.