Choosing the Right Running Shoe!

As runners, we all know that running can be a rewarding sport and the danger in the sport is at a minimum! Whether you are a consistent runner or a "newbie", it starts with those beautiful feet of yours. You have to pick the right shoe to prevent leg, knee and possibly back injuries. I have seen people wear the craziest shoes to run in and the first thing I think, "they are going to be injured in a matter of days!".
When running your body can take a beating and you have to really have great support to prevent potential injury. I found this great article from Runner's World on how to pick the right shoe. But first, start with the Wet Test that will help correlate the amount of stability you might need in your shoe. It will show you what features you should look for and equip you with the basic knowledge you need to make when understanding what type of foot you have before entering a running store.

The Normal FootNormal feet have a normal-sized arch and will leave a wet footprint that has a flare, but shows the forefoot and heel connected by a broad band. A normal foot lands on the outside of the heel and rolls inwards slightly to absorb shock. It’s the foot of a runner who is biomechanically efficient and therefore doesn’t need a motion control shoe.Best shoes: Stability shoes with moderate control features.

The Flat FootThis has a low arch and leaves a print which looks like the whole sole of the foot. It usually indicates an overpronated foot – one that strikes on the outside of the heel and rolls inwards (pronates) excessively. Over time, this can cause many different types of overuse injuries.Best shoes: Motion control shoes, or high stability shoes with firm midsoles and control features that reduce the degree of pronation. Stay away from highly cushioned, highly curved shoes, which lack stability features.

The High-Arched FootThis leaves a print showing a very narrow band or no band at all between the forefoot and the heel. A curved, highly arched foot is generally supinated or underpronated. Because it doesn’t pronate enough, it’s not usually an effective shock absorber.Best shoes: Cushioned (or 'neutral') shoes with plenty of flexibility to encourage foot motion. Stay away from motion control or stability shoes, which reduce foot mobility.

For more detailed information on the right shoe, you can also check out! Another great source I like to use is the Road Runner Sports buyer's magazine. This magazine gives you fantastic descriptions of the shoe and what foot type goes with what shoe! Get educated on running shoes and take care of your feet! You will prevent so many injuries if you do! Happy Running!
Posted on March 27, 2010 .