No two runners are exactly alike, which can make selecting the right running shoe quite the challenge! With all of the fancy technology, performance promises and flashy looks, one can easily get lost while searching for the right shoe.
Your Pedorthist may have made specific recommendations for shoe selection. These recommendations will have been based on your activities, injuries, foot type and function as well as additional lifestyle factors. Try to stay within the category of shoe your Pedorthist has recommended for you.
If you haven’t received specific recommendations, Use the following guidelines to help you choose the right shoe for you.
There are 4 main categories of running shoe. Each category will satisfy the needs of a different foot type.
Cushioning: This category provides ample cushioning and mild support. Shoes in this category are appropriate for a normal gait pattern, or when extra cushioning is required. People with higher arched feet typically feel more comfortable with the extra cushioning.
Stable Neutral: Shoes in this category provide moderate cushion and mild support. This shoe type is recommended for mild overpronation or for when a cushioning shoe isn’t providing quite enough support. Those with “normal” arches and a normal gait pattern are typically comfortable in these shoes
Stability: This category of shoe provides moderate cushioning and increased support for the inside arch of the foot. This shoe category is suitable for those with mild to moderate overpronation. These shoes are commonly recommended for those with “normal” or moderately low arches that collapse as they walk or run.
Motion Control: this category provides ultimate support for those who experience severe overpronation. Motion Control shoes provide support not only for the inside arch, but also around the heel and along the outside border of the foot. This category is typically recommended for those with severe overpronation or an injury that requires a higher degree of support and control.
Always choose a shoe that feels right, even in the store. Ensure that the shoe fits your foot well in all areas; overall length, width, volume and heel to ball length. If you don’t know what your foot type is or have any other questions, we would be happy to assist you! Contact us today for an appointment to discuss your footwear.