Running shoes are our most important piece of equipment. They've got to fit and take care of our feet, meet the individual demands of our running, and provide the cushioning and comfort for our workouts. With so many shoes on the market selecting the right shoes can be confusing. |
Know Your Feet
Before you buy shoes get to know what type of feet you have. You can do this with a self exam and the wet test. Place your feet in water and then stand on paper to see the outline of your feet.
High Arched Feet
These feet leave an imprint thin at the midfoot. The arch looks high and pronounced. High Arched Feet generally supinate (roll outwards).
Shoe Requirements: These feet need a well cushioned shoe, rear foot stability and a padded arch high enough to give some arch support. The shoes are flexible with a soft midsole.
Flat Feet leave an imprint wide at the arch with little details. They have low arches and usually pronate (roll inwards) excessively. These feet can be very flexible and unstable.
Running Shoe Requirements: They need maximum motion controlled shoes with a high level of support and stability. These Running shoes are mostly inflexible, durable and heavy, to control the pronation.
This imprint shows a narrowing at the midfoot but not excessive and a slight curve inwards. Shoe Requirements: Normal feet need shoes that provide overall stability, good arch support and some cushioning.
Where to Buy?
If you're new to running, unsure of your feet type or have foot problems (supination or pronation) buy your shoes from a specialty running store. These stores usually have a salesperson that runs and knows how to fit you properly. Specialty running stores can advise you on the latest technology and updates from the shoe companies. What's more they're a good source of local information on running events, training and clubs.
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