Steps for Selecting Your Running Shoe (part 3)

Steps for Selecting Your Running Shoe (part 3)

In the last step, we addressed the shoes’ types and which is suitable for each gait/ arch type. So, how to know which footwear is what?

Two ways are available to decide on the shoe type. First, look at your footwear’s shape.


Motion control footwear: It is designed on a straight last. You can turn it over as well as looking at the bottom. Is its shape is wide, straight? Then, the model should be a motion control shoe. Do you overpronate and have a flat foot? If so, it is your shoe. It will keep the wearer from rolling in overly far. It will give the maximum foot support as well as offering the ultimate control.

Stability shoes: They will feature a semi-curved shape. Those who have a normal arch as well as pronating only slightly may like a stability shoe. It offers a great balance of support and cushioning.

Neutral cushioning shoes: They will come with the most curved shape. If you supinate and your foot is high arched, you should select this footwear. It absorbs the impact which your foot fails to absorb naturally. 

Other than looking at the shoe’s shape, another “cheat sheet” is available – the footwear itself provides it. To gain stability in your footwear, the manufactures not just make use of a wider last, but leverage one dual-density foam on your shoe’s inside for preventing you from rolling in as well as keeping the foot at one neutral stride. When you look at the shoe’s inside, you will see either speckled foam or a darker color. In case the discoloration is seen in the middle near your arch, it should be a mild stability shoe. When the dense foam begins at the arch’s beginning and wraps over the heel’s back, it is the motion control footwear.