If you just can’t seem to find the right shoe for your foot, then maybe its time you did a little research! Tons of people go out and buy shoes mearly for the look… only to find out later that the shoe they picked isn’t right for them! Don’t waist your money on expensive shoes that hurt your feet. Read the article below (and “what foot type are you”) and choose your next athletic shoe wisely.
FLAT FEET: When doing the “foot type test” you will notice that you lack an arch completely. Instead of your foot looking like an actual print; it resembles a full foot with no separation from the ground (the blob affect).
THE PROBLEM: You tend to overpronate. This means you roll your foot inward. Without the right support it can lead to some serious muscle in-balances and joint problems!!!
WHICH SHOES TO BUY: When buying your shoes, pay attention to the box! Look for word like “motion control” and “stability.” Some people will also need orthodics as well… but wait on those until you try out the CORRECT shoe type for you!
“If you have low arches and are looking for a very stable training shoe, this is an excellent choice for you. The shoe has a broad base that provides amazing support and responsiveness.”
Saucony Grid Stabil
“The Saucony Grid Stabil is a very supportive shoe, with a great combination of cushioning and stability. It also has open, breathable mesh to prevent your feet from overheating.”
Mizuno Wave Alchemy
“This is a great running shoe for female runners with a small or medium frame. It has good shock absorption and cushioning, but also provides plenty of support.”
New Balance 816
“This shoe offers great support and a roomy fit with plenty of cushioning. Its shape is ideal for flatter feet.”
“A great motion-control shoe, the Brooks Addiction running shoe is a good choice for moderate to severe overpronators. It’s very lightweight, but absorbs shock and stabilizes the foot well.”
NORMAL OR NEUTRAL FEET:
Congratulations! You don’t have a noticeable problem with your feet! This means you get to chose from a wider variety of shoes! You shouldn’t have a problem with any shoe UNLESS it addresses some sort of problem… stay away from shoes for people with high arches and flat feet. DO NOT BUY shoes that say “stability” OR “motion control” on them.
* On the foot test your foot will look like a normal print.
SHOES TO BUY:
Mizuno Wave Creation
These running shoes usually get high praise from wearers as being a durable, well-cushioned shoe. Whether you’re training for a 5K or a marathon, the Mizuno Creation is an excellent choice for neutral female runners. It features the Mizuno Intercool full-length midsole ventilation system, which reduces heat and humidity build-up inside the shoe, giving you a comfortable ride.
Whether you’re running indoors or outside, these running shoes offer terrific great support, nice cushioning, and incredible comfort. They’re ideal for neutral to mild-pronating runners looking for lightweight performance shoes.
* Don’t forget that since you don’t have a problem .. you can venture into the other brands like NIKE and Adidas as well!
NARROW (High Arches)
THE PROBLEM: People with high arches over under-pronate or supinate.. this means your feet will roll outward. It’s important that people with high arches pay attention to their feet. Over time the arch will gradually fall with running and other repetitive motions.
WHAT TO BUY
“You need to look for flexible shoes with a soft midsole that absorbs shock. When buying running shoes, look for options with the words “flexible” or “cushioned” included in their descriptions.”
New Balance W755SO
“This shoe is great for female runners with high arches looking for a stable trainer. It’s lightweight and comfortable, with good cushioning in the heel.”
Mizuno Wave Rider 11
“This shoe is well-cushioned and is especially good for small- to medium-sized runners looking for a lightweight shoe. The solid rubber forefoot sole offers excellent durability and flexibility. (Note: I have very high arches, and I’ve been wearing these shoes for about four years now. I love them! I’m on my 15th pair at this point.) ”
Nike Air Max
“This running shoe is great for runners who want great cushioning on a stable base. Its breathable mesh will prevent your feet from overheating. ”
Good shoes can make all the difference in your workout routine. The wrong shoes can ruin your body! If you are going to spend money on athletic attire 70% of your money should go towards your shoes and 30% towards clothing!