Anatomy of running shoes
The most important feature to consider is the shape of the
shoe as this is related to your foot type. You can see the
shape of the shoe clearly by looking a the bottom of the shoes.
In general there are 3 shapes:
shape for overpronators
shape for underpronators
shape for normal pronators
flatter feet that overpronate......then you will need a shoe to
control motion......otherwise known as a motion-control shoe.....
strangely enough. With a straight shape (normally) the shoe gives
max. support to the foot. Also look for:
firm rather than soft midsole with denser material alog
the inner edge of the shoes
firm heel counter to reduce rearfoot motion .
you have a high arch......your feet as not so good at absorbing
the shock.....so you need to look for a cushioned sole.
A cushioned sole tends to work with the foot rather than control
it. You need a soft cusioned midsole with a curved or semicurved
shape to allow your foot to move as you run.
you have a normal arch and pronate normally....then
congratulations! You don't need to search our for special features.
Just ensure that you get a shoe that fits and feels comfortable.
Often shoes in this range, with a semi-curved shape are referred
to as stability shoes and lie between the motion control
shoes and the cushioned shoes.
Buying your shoes
we have all that sorted out, get yourself along to a specialist
running shoe where you can rely on the staff to sell you what
you need rather than what they have extra of in the stock room.
Don't go to your run-of-the-mill sports shop in the high street.......a
specialist running shop is the way to go as they will understand
and advise you of the best shoe. The sales person should always
talk to you about your running and running style before you try
on some shoes.
late in the afternoon or after a run - your feet will be expanded
your running socks
BOTH feet measured in the shop - one foot is always larger.
shoes should be snug but NOT TIGHT.
shoes may need to be a half to a full size larger than your
that there is adequate room at the front of the shoe.
There should be a thumb width between the end of your largest
toe and the end of the shoe Shoe should fit the foot snugly
at its widest point and when you walk your foot should not
slide around either. Upper should fit snugly and hold foot
securely. There should be no irratating seams or bits that
press the foot to tightly.