Are Volleyball Shoes Good for Running?

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On the surface, it seems that there is not much of a difference between running shoes and volleyball shoes. After all, most have the same overall aesthetic design. However, under the surface, they are different in many ways, and it is not always that it is best to use the shoe in a multipurpose manner. Some benefits of volleyball shoes include extra traction and non-marking, as well as the thicker midsole.

However, why is this information important? For volleyball players, the demands on the body (and shoe are different). Therefore, you need different shoes to perform at your best. This article will seek to find out why you need to consider a specific type of shoe for each purpose by looking at the factors that make these shoes different from each other.

 What is the difference between volleyball and running shoes?

There are two major differences, all regarding the weight of the shoe and the sole. This is due to several reasons, including the fact that volleyball shoes tend to be lighter to give the user more freedom of movement. The soles and other aspects, however bear more differences, as we will discuss below.

Soles

Running shoes have designs that allow one-directional movement over long distances. They need to offer support to the heel. This means that they have thicker and heavier heels, which give extra cushioning during impact. Volleyball shoes on the other hand, tend to have more cushioning overall, particularly for the toes and the outer foot, since these areas are the hardest hit by jumps and falls.

Volleyball shoes tend to have gum rubber soles that lack markings. This is because you need unlimited freedom in movements when you are playing volleyball, in addition to sharp and sudden movements like stopping and starting play on a smooth wooden floor. Rubber soles will offer extra traction in this case.

Note here that rubber gum that makes up volleyball shoes is different from ordinary rubber. Its design gives it a semi-transparent appearance, though undergoes dyeing to match the shoe colour. In the case of running shoes, you need a shoe that withstands various surfaces, so these do not use rubber gum. Instead, they will use regular rubber to make the sole.

Weight

Volleyball players need maximum agility to move on the court, while other athletes need support, stability and strength on the ground surface. This makes volleyball shoes lighter due to the use of materials such as mesh and synthetic leather.

Midsole

Volleyball shoes have designs that help in easier movements for side-to-side quick motions, and much of the support goes to the ball of the foot. Regular running shoes however, need to accommodate forward movements so will not give much support to the ball of the foot.

Final thoughts

From the points above, the conclusive thought is that it is vital to get the correct shoe for your needs. It may not be a wise decision to use a shoe for multipurpose reasons, as it requires more replacements in the long-term. The shoe you go for depends on the level of use, but a good running shoe is different from a good volleyball shoe in some aspects.
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David

David is an avid sports enthusiast. He has won several state tournaments for his volleyball team. David started engaging in sports while in high school. He started off with basketball before settling on volleyball. After retiring from competitive volleyball, David decided to use his talents coaching and mentoring young kids in his neighborhood. He writes weekly columns for various sports magazines in the country. When not coaching, David likes hiking. You will find in him deep in the mountains with his son fishing and camping. David has seen the challenges facing people when selecting the right sports gear and this lead him to start this blog.

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