How to choose Correct Running Shoes?

Posted on 26 Nov 19:10

Have you ever wonder what kind of running shoes is right for you and how to choose the correct running shoe?

You will first need to find out your foot type.

1) What is my foot type?

In order to find out your foot type, the simplest way is to conduct the wet foot test. Simply wet the bottom of your feet and step onto a piece of newspaper or the floor. Observe the foot print that you leaves on the newspaper or floor.

There are 3 different foot types. 1) The Neutral Feet 2) Flat Feet 3) High-arched Feet.

  • Neutral Feet                
Feet type Neutral Feet

Your footprint will have a noticeable curve inward, but not by more than 3/4 of an inch. 

This is the most common type of foot, you can choose from a wide variety of running shoes, including ones made for neutral runners or those with slightly flat-footed or high-arched feet. Don't pick running shoes that have a lot of stability or motion control.

  •  Flat Feet
Feet type Flat Feet
The bottom of your foot, from your toes to your heel, is completely flat. You won't see an inward curve from your big toe to your heel. 

If you're flat-footed, you're most likely an overpronator, which means that the heels of your feet roll inward when you run. Being a overpronator, you will probably need a running shoe that maintains your stability. Look for the word "stability" on the box of running shoes you are considering. The "stability" shoes will provide stability to your overproning running style. 

  • High-arched Feet
Feet Type High Arch Feet
Your footprint will curve inward, making the middle part of your foot look very skinny. 
If you have high arches, you probably underpronate, which means the heels of your feet roll outwards as you run. You need to look for flexible running shoes with a soft midsole that absorbs shock. When buying running shoes, look for options with the word  "cushioned" on the box of running shoes. 
2) What are the types of Running Shoes available in the market?
  • Stability 
"Stabiliy" shoes are recommended for runners with flat to normal feet. The shoes will be able to provide the runner with a combination of good support and midsole cushioning.
  • Performance 
"Performance" shoes are recommended either for racing or for training. They have varying degrees of support and cushioning. One general characteristics is that they are generally lighter and narrower. 
  • Neutral 
"Neutral" shoes are recommended for runners with normal to high-arched feet.  They provide maximum midsole cushioning and minimum medial support. The sole of the shoes are generally thicker due to the cushioning. 
  • Minimalist 
"Minimalist" shoes are recommended for runners who want maximum responsiveness and a stripped-down shoe while retaining minimum cushioning. These are generally not recommended for beginners or runners with heavy strikes. 
For beginners who are starting to run long distances, we would recommend either the "Stability" or "Neutral" running shoes depending on your foot type.

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