When you are ready to put in the miles, it is definitely time for you to pick the right running shoe. Not all feet and body compositions are created equally, the right shoe will help you prevent leg, knee and possibly back injuries. Mick Gieskes from Movin Shoes shares with me what's important when investing in a good running shoe. Check out my visit to Movin Shoes in Encinitas, CA!
The Wet Test is a great way to 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 when purchasing your next running shoe.
An average or normal foot has 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 bio-mechanically efficient and therefore will not need a motion controlled shoe. BEST SHOE: Stability shoes with moderate control features.
A flat foot has a low arch and leaves a print which looks like the whole sole of the foot. It usually indicates an over-pronated 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 SHOE: Motion control shoes, or high stability shoes with firm midsoles and control features that reduce the degree of pronation.
A high-arched foot 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 under-pronated. Because it doesn’t pronate enough, it’s not usually an effective shock absorber. BEST SHOE: Cushioned (or 'neutral') shoes with plenty of flexibility to encourage foot motion. RUNNER'S WORLD