The best way to buy your running shoes is to visit a specialist retailer such as Simply Running, where you will receive friendly, expert help and advice on choosing the most suitable shoe for you personally.
If it is not possible to get to a specialist shop then you should try and get to know your foot type. The most common and simplest method is the ‘Wet Foot Test’. Compare your result with the examples below to get an idea what type of shoe to look for.
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The normal foot
Normal 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 is the foot of a runner who is biomechanically efficient.
BEST SHOES: A Neutral Cushioned Shoe.
The flat foot
This has a low arch and leaves a print which looks like the whole side 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: Stability and Support Cushioned Shoe.
The high-arched foot
This 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: Extra Cusioned Shoe.