When shopping for new running shoes, it is important for consumers to keep seven things in mind. These factors include your current fitness level and future aspirations, the injuries you’ve had and how they affect the way you run, your gait as you run, how much space you need, an adjustment gameplan, the shoe’s midsole, and how the way your new shoes feel. David McQuade of City Sports says, “The best shoe is the shoe that is specifically tailored to your foot, support- and cushioning- wise. There’s not one shoe that’s the best shoe. There’s the one shoe that’s best for each person.”
Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type
To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.
- Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even go barefoot
- Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability
- Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.